Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
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Entitled – The Rhine (St. Goarhausen). The Katz and St. Goarhausen.
From a Photo by Frith & Co.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
The Rhine (St. Goarhausen). – We now travel by rail to Mayence, in an hour and a half, and thence to St. Goar in three hours by the steamer of the Cologne and Dusseldorf Steam Navigation Company.
St. Goar is one of the handsomest of the smaller Rhenish towns, and derives a look of greater importance from the extensive ruins of the Castle of Rheinfels, the most imposing ruin on the Rhine.
This Castle dates from 1245; and in 1758 it was surprised and taken by the French, who kept a garrison in it till 1763.
In 1802 the Castle of Rheinfels was blown up, and ten years later it was sold for the paltry sum of £100.
St. Goarhausen is a small town of 1,500 inhabitants, and it consists chiefly of a single row of new houses.
The upper part of the town is so confined between the river and the hill, that a bulwark of masonry, on which are two watch-towers, had to be erected at an early date to protect the town against inundations.
Above St. Goarhausen, about half-way up the hill, rises the Neu Katzenelnbogen, commonly called the “Katz,” erected in 1393.
It then belonged to the Hessian Princes, and was occupied by a Hessian garrison down to 1804, when it was destroyed by the French.
The Schweizerthal, or Swiss Valley, extends about two miles inland from the foot of the Katz at the back of St. Goarhausen, and abounds in shady walks, picturesque rocks, and miniature waterfalls.
Immediately above the town of St. Goar, and almost in the middle of the stream, is a sunken ledge of rock, running out from the west bank, over which the water rushes and seethes in rapids and whirlpools.
On the left rise the great rocks of the Lurlei, 430ft. above the Rhine.
A steep path on the north side leads to the summit, where the nymph was supposed to dwell who enticed the fishermen to certain death.
The Rhine is here only 220yds. wide, but is 76ft. deep.
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