Loreley (1)

William Turner - Site 14: Loreley
Loreley (Watercolour, 1817) ©Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery)/Bridgeman Images
  • William Turner - Site 14: Loreley
  • Footpath in the direction of Oberwesel, looking towards the Lorelei
Installation complete

Footpath in the direction of Oberwesel, looking towards the Lorelei

Coming from the direction of St. Goar, we encounter this view of the Loreley rock. Turner painted the legendary rock formation from seven different positions and left behind a considerably larger number of sketches of this exceptional landmark. Two more works originated only a few hundred metres from this point in the direction of Oberwesel. Once again, in this watercolour we see Turner’s tendency to dramatize the landscape. He makes the mountains more impressive by portraying them as higher and more rugged than they really are.

Watercolour, 1817
Medium: watercolour and gouache on grey-washed paper
Dimensions: 202 x 312 mm
Collection: Leeds Museums and Galleries (City Art Gallery); UK Turner Worldwide
Reference: TW0318; Wilton 648


From here you have a wonderful, unobstructed view of the Loreley rock opposite.


Hiking: The RheinBurgenWeg hiking trail can be reached in approx. 20 min. via an access route.


Ground plaques #13 and #14 are both located at the same site. They show Turner’s views of the Rhine Valley from different perspectives and the works that resulted.

Installation complete

Address: Rhine footpath, St. Goar – An der Loreley

Site: The Turner plaque is located next to the Rhine footpath

Public Transport: »Loreleyblick« bus stop, St. Goar: approx. 15 min. walk

By bike: Unfortunately, cycling is not permitted on the Rhine footpath

Parking: Parking available near the town’s southern entrance. Approx. 5 min. walk from there