Rhine Valley

Pilgrimage

THU, SEP 10 – LAKE LUCERNE

Tour Switzerland’s breathtakingly beautiful Bernese Ober- land. Follow the Bruenig Pass road to Interlaken, a popular summer resort dwarfed by the famous snow-covered Alpine peaks of the Eiger and the 13,642-ft. Jungfrau. Proceed to the picturesque villages of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald, then to your hotel for the night.

History

The Rhine Falls is a waterfall located in Switzerland and the most powerful waterfall in Europe.  The Rhine Falls were formed in the last ice age, approximately 14,000 to 17,000 years ago, by erosion-resistant rocks narrowing the riverbed.  The nearest community is Neuhausen am Rheinfall, where tourists can also view the Wörth Castle.  Boat trips can be taken up the Rhine to the falls and the Rheinfallfelsen. There are also viewing platforms with views of the falls built on both sides of the Rhine.

Tourists have been awed by the Rhine Falls for centuries. In the 19th century, the painter J. M. W. Turner made several studies and larger paintings of the falls, and the lyrical poet Eduard Mörike wrote of the falls:

 

Halte dein Herz, o Wanderer, fest in gewaltigen Händen!
Mir entstürzte vor Lust zitternd das meinige fast.
Rastlos donnernde Massen auf donnernde Massen geworfen,
Ohr und Auge, wohin retten sie sich im Tumult?

 

(Hold your heart, oh traveller, tightly in mighty hands!
Mine nearly collapsed, shivering with pleasure.
Restlessly thundering masses thrown upon thundering masses,
Ear and eye, whither can they save themselves in such an uproar?)

Read more on Wikipedia -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhine_Falls

Read about the Lion Monument -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Monument