»Traces of Rhine Romanticism«
At the beginning of the 19th century the Middle Rhine was a source of inspiration for a new generation of writers, painters, musicians, poets and thinkers. Raw, untamed nature in all its elemental strength and primitive glory – manifested in rugged cliffs, the majestic river, the steep hillsides, and crowned by ruins – became the aesthetic ideal of a whole era: it was the dawn of the Rheinromantik. They left »traces« behind them in their works – in the form of correspondence, travelogues, paintings, poems, legends and songs. Their creations inspired many people to tour the Middle Rhine Valley. The first significant tourist destination in Germany was born – the Middle Rhine Valley.