William Turner - Site 08: Hirzenach
Hirzenach (Watercolour, 1817) ©The Trustees of the British Museum. Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence
  • William Turner - Site 08: Hirzenach
  • Just outside Hirzenach in the direction of St. Goar, looking towards Hirzenach
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Just outside Hirzenach in the direction of St. Goar, looking towards Hirzenach

This viewpoint can be located upstream of Hirzenach, looking in the direction of Boppard-Hirzenach. The small village is not visible in the painting. Turner exaggerated the height of the Rhine hillsides to dramatize the everyday scene of fishermen on and by the river. This tendency can be seen in many of his works. Turner’s supporter John Ruskin often referred to the fact that Turner was concerned not with producing an exact reproduction of reality, but with depicting specific light and colour phenomena.

Watercolour, 1817
Medium: watercolour on grey-washed paper
Dimensions: 210 x 325 mm
Collection: The British Museum; Turner Worldwide
Reference: TW0412; Wilton 681


Hiking: You can reach the RheinBurgenWeg hiking trail and »Rheingold« circular trail via an access route through Hirzenach in approx. 20 min.


The baroque Propstei­garten in Hirzenach was created in the 18th century. Today it is part of the »Route der Welterbe-Gärten«.

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Address: Rheinradweg cycle path, Hirzenach

Site: Turner’s painting site is not yet marked

Public Transport: Hirzenach railway station: approx. 10 min. walk

By bike: Rheinradweg cycle route – no detour necessary

Parking: Near Hirzenach railway station – walk from there