Loreley (2)

William Turner - Site 15: Loreley
Loreley (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 15: Loreley
  •  At the end of the towpath; Looking towards the Loreley and Castle Katz
Installation complete

At the end of the towpath; Looking towards the Loreley and Castle Katz

Turner sketches this other view looking towards the Loreley and Castle Katz. The watercolour is considered the most interesting of Turner’s seven depictions of the Loreley. The dark cliff casts its shadow on the salmon fishers, thus symbolizing the danger emanating from the fabled Loreley rock. In the background we catch a glimpse of the safe harbour at St. Goarshausen, illuminated through the clouds by the last rays of the sinking sun. The suggestion of St. Goarshausen and Castle Katz in the background give the watercolour marvellous depth.

Watercolour, 1817
Medium: watercolour on washed paper
Dimensions: 197 x 309 mm
Collection: The British Museum; Turner Worldwide
Reference: TW0414; Wilton 684


For a long time, the section of the river at the Loreley was one of the most treacherous passages on the Rhine. But nowadays you can enjoy it safely on one of the many tour boats.


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

Installation complete

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

Site: at the southern end of the Rhine footpath 

Public Transport: »Loreleyblick« bus stop, St. Goar: approx. 9 min. walk

By bike: In the direct vicinity of the Rhine cycle route – right at the foot of the small ramp leading to the footpath along the Rhine

Parking: Parking available near the town’s southern entrance. Approx. 1 min. walk from there