Wernerkapelle Bacharach

bacharachwernherThis chapel is an unfinished church in Bacharach and is one of the most famous symbols of romanticism along the Rhine valley.
Today it is a memorial for the unmanly crime against Jewish people.

Legend has it that the patron…. “Werner came from a poor background. On Maundy Thursday 1287 his body was found near Bacharach. Certain Christians blamed his murder on the Jews, claiming that they had used his blood for the Jewish ritual of Passover (the blood libel against Jews).

Similar anti-Jewish legends were widely circulated in the Middle Ages.The alleged murder was followed by a wave of pogroms against the Jewish Community. Violence spread from the Middle Rhine to the Moselle and the Lower Rhine region. The Jewish community turned to King Rudolf I, who was convinced the accusations were groundless. He fined the murderers of Jews and ordered the burning of the corpse of Werner to prevent any further veneration.” (Wikipedia)

Music for this picture: Henryk Górecki – Symphony Nº3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)

Blue Salon Rheinstein

rheinfelsblauCastle Rheinstein is situated directly steep in the cliffs of the Rhine and offers some nice rooms to visit. But first you have to access the castle on foot, there is no road for cars to this small romantic castle.

Music for this picture: Nachtführung auf der Burg Rheinstein in Trechtingshausen (Rhein)

View off Pfalzgrafenstein

pfalzgrafenssteinsichtOne of the many romantic castles and situated directly in the Rhine is Castle Pfalzgrafenstein which you can access via a ferry. This view was taken from the main tower and is a view towards Kaub.

Music for this picture: Hildegard von Bingen – heaven and earth