The UNESCO listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley, often refereed to as the Rhine Gorge, is a 65 kilometre stretch of the Middle Rhine Valley in western Germany. The area, with its castles, historic towns and vineyards, graphically illustrates the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers.

The twin towers of Saint Severus Church in Marktplatz, Boppard, Rhineland, in western Germany. February 18th 2005.

The twin towers of Saint Severus Church in Marktplatz, Boppard (map-pointer-icon), Rhineland, Germany. February 18, 2005.

Boppard is one of many charming towns in Germany’s Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Located at the start of a horseshoe loop in the Rhine River, Europe’s longest, the town originated as a Roman way-station and was replaced in the 4th century by a military fort. Today it’s a laid-back riverside town with the twin towers of the early 13th century Saint Severus’s Catholic Church in the Marktplatz (Market Square) the town’s prominent landmark.

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