This river is
full of stories and myths. Everybody has different ideas about it. The Rhine, that’s the lifeline. I can understand that
many people from all over the world travel the Rhine and say:
Is that nice? It’s 1,200 kilometers long. It flows
through fascinating landscapes. On its shores stand in droves historic
and romantic buildings. It’s great with kids.
This is such an adventure. People come all year round
to come here to hike, open to inspection
or having a good time. A warm welcome
to our Rhine journey. Glad you’re looking at it.
Because of the Rhine. – I got it. Our journey
to Germany’s longest river begins in the beautiful Rheingau,
in Wiesbaden, to be precise. Then we visit
the legendary Rüdesheim. Continue through the world cultural heritage
Upper Middle Rhine Valley with the famous Loreley Rock, through the Siebengebirge,
past Bonn to Cologne. On land and sea
we have in these regions exciting things. (screaming) We’re about to capsize. Did you guys get your butts wet. “Beautiful!”
has in recent years often the different regions
along the Rhine. For us these trips belong
to the highlights, when it comes to the shipments
in his own country. Therefore we show
our most beautiful experiences, the most exciting places
and the nicest insider tips. Have a good time. Subtitles: WDR mediagroup GmbH
on behalf of WDR * (music playing) In the Rheingau the current flows
about 20 miles east to west. We’re going that way too. After a visit to Wiesbaden
we’ll go to picturesque Eltville, into one of the
most beautiful monasteries in Germany, to Eberbach
and of course to Rüdesheim. * (music playing) The Rheingau is such a region,
where you know how to enjoy. Good food, selected wines to go with it. This sensual
and pleasure-oriented nice people. If then the weather is good and
you’re sitting in a beautiful garden, that’s something. I guess so. Also Wiesbaden with
of its wonderful old buildings. The casino and spa town is
during the Second World War far less destroyed
than other German cities. The historical building fabric,
this is also a special feature, is for the most part
in just 60 years, between 1850 and 1914. Wiesbaden is
a very liveable city, was repeatedly
as such. Even the Romans knew
that there’s something special. 26 hot springs
bubbling up out of the ground. That’s why there’s a lot
Thermal bath culture and wellness there. The bathing culture, that’s what got me
Theresa Breuer, is still today
living in Wiesbaden. Right at the beginning she showed me
the most famous fountain in town. Why is the cooking fountain called that? The experience
you can do it yourself. Check it out. It’s the warmest. That’s really hot.
– Yeah, more than 66 degrees. This is the hot spring of Wiesbaden. The others are also
between 40 and 60 degrees, aber das ist the one and only,
the one that spews the most water. How much?
– 500,000 litres a day. No, half a million a day?
That’s a lot. Is also important for Wiesbaden,
because it feeds the spa, the Grand Hotels, which
with their baths. This is the supply
and spa spring of Wiesbaden. With the emperor as a guest at the spa once more and more wealthy people came
to Wiesbaden. This has remained so to this day. The luxurious Art Nouveau thermal baths
was opened in 1913. She is of the most precious,
what Wiesbaden has to offer. Fortunately, even
preserve their interior decoration. * (music playing) The ceramics, ornaments and frescos are an innuendo
to the bathing culture of the ancient world. Because the Art Nouveau building was built on the foundations
of a Roman bath. * (music playing) The Schlossplatz with
the New Town Hall from the 19th century is another highlight
of the city. It is located within
of the “historical pentagon”, Theresa explained to me. Right next door
Wiesbaden’s shopping mile begins. That’s not surprising,
that here in good weather visitor records will be broken. Wiesbaden is regarded as one of the
most liveable cities in Germany. This is the oldest building
of the city. This wall?
– Right, the pagan wall. It was built in 370 AD. He’s had a couple of years.
on the hump. – Yes, it is. In 1903 the Roman gate was added. This bow?
– Right. You can stroll back and forth,
enjoy the view. And this is the Nerobergbahn
from 1888. A technical masterpiece. A rack railway, reminiscent
a little bit of San Francisco. The train that comes down from above,
pulls up the other track. There. * (music playing) The blue sign
for the Rhine trail. It’s a great hiking trail, on the right bank of the Rhine
between Bonn and Wiesbaden, 320 km. And divided
in 23 stages of varying length, that have something for everyone. The region shows itself on this
Hiking trail at its best. A part of the Rhine trail can be
also with the horse. On the plateau right on the Rhine determine wide meadows
the landscape. There are also criteria according to which
hiking trails can be categorised. I was studying,
What is important is the variety. It’s what people like best,
it’s not the same, only through forest or on open
distance, but different. The Rheinsteig really offers that. You’re the cyclist.
I’ll see you on TV. With the backpack.
– You see me with the backpack? See you with the backpack. Right. I went by bicycle
along the Rhine. That works out wonderfully because there’s
hardly any ups and downs. It’s always straight ahead. If you still have your tail wind,
it’s all the better. So this area is also for
Cycling is very suitable. The stage in the Rheingau
belongs to the great Rhine cycle path, the 1,400 km from the headwaters
the Rhine in the Swiss Alps to the mouth of the river at Rotterdam. In this section previously Oxen or horses
the ships up the river, where today cycle and footpaths
along the banks of the Rhine. The old towpaths
are ideal for family trips. * (music playing) That’s the kind of thing
also a great destination for families. The kids say:
How long do you have to go on? We’re going to the castle.
Okay, by bike. When you get there,
you can spot a castle like that. There are stories behind it. Just when the castle
is no longer quite intact, it’s for the kids
the most exciting thing. Then it’s good for everybody. Also highly recommended is of course
the little town of Eltville, which is also Pearl on the Rhine
is called. I can only underline that. The small old town
is many hundreds of years old. Be sure to look at it. Famous is the city
also because of her many roses. 22,000 rosebushes
and 350 different varieties they decorate
until late fall. Until the end of the 15th century.
was Eltville residence the archbishops of Mainz
and electors. * (music playing) Eltville
is a popular place for excursions. You meet people who like to travel and the red backpack
from “Beautiful!” It’s always nice when you shoot.
and someone’s coming. In my first show…
they said: You have the
“Beautiful!” backpack. I said no.
Did you buy this? No. Where did you get it?
I’m doing the show. No, the Tamina Kallert
does the show. And one more special feature, to which
Theresa brought it to my attention: In Eltville, no one
big road the city from the river. This is what you get in the Rheingau
nowhere else. That is why you will find here
a special place to stay. Rheingau is also a Weingau. * (music playing) Here you experience
genuine Rheingau life culture. Every place in the Rheingau
…has one of those wine stands. Eltville is particularly beautiful,
because it’s right on the Rhine. From the afternoon.
from the classic bottle up to the top wine
Rheingau Riesling. Also such a glass for 1.50,
for 2, 3, 4 euros? – Right. And you meet locals.
– Right. Cheers.
– Cheers. From the Rhine it went now
a little way upstate. Of course, we wanted to get one
of the most famous German monasteries not to be missed. It’s about 900 years old and
famous as a film set and winery. Eberbach Monastery, huge,
beautifully preserved. A Cistercian monastery, by the way. They brought
from her native Burgundy the knowledge of artistry
in wine growing with the Rheingau. In 1136 the Cistercians founded
their abbey with the goal, without the help of others
to be able to live. Eberbach Monastery survived
all wars and looting. In 1803, however, the monks had to the abbey
…on the prince’s orders. Through the monastery led me the longstanding managing director
Günter Ringsdorf. The dining room for the lay brothers
is more than 800 years old. Very impressive,
the old wine presses there. But one visits the monastery
for another reason as well. It’s a journey for that reason alone
worthy of being used as a scenery for the film “The Name of the Rose”. * (music playing) The famous film
“The Name of the Rose” based on the novel by Umberto Eco
tells of several deaths, to which the monk William
of Baskerville, played by Sean Connery,
is on the trail. In the basement of the cabinet, where the best
wines of the monks were kept, came to me so slowly
the memory of the film back. It was about the disappearance of poetics
of the Comedy of Aristotle, of which the only remaining copy
was hidden in the monastery. And whose sides were poisoned, so that everyone should die,
who read in it. This is where the barrel stood,
where you just got out, where the monk Berengar
in the cold water, because he is illegally
in the book. Yeah, I remember. That was a huge production. Like Hollywood. Bernd Eichinger…
– But that wasn’t Hollywood. Not that, but great actors. Sean Connery, James Bond,
what was that? I was fascinated,
to get to know these people. No presumption,
but precision. And how did you
experienced your monastery? I have a convent kitchen.
can experience, where piles of dirt were
with rats in it, where the pigs were slashed,
Blood flowed, fish stank. I have experienced a scriptorium
of the finest, with books in it was so valuable,
that people were guarding her. The film crew has your monastery to the medieval monastery
transformed. She has the Eberbach Monastery converted into a monastery
from the year 1327. You hardly recognized the convent. * (music playing) Rüdesheim, where
the ghosts. – Absolutely. Gotta love that.
– You have to go along with it. It was said that you have to
to Rüdesheim. Hello. * Music: “Oh you beautiful
German Rhine” * ? …be the ornament of Germany. Oh you beautiful
German Rhine. ? What do I look like?
With the blouses and the jacket. Here we are.
Fortunately, it has evolved. I used to work there.
the stiffer clods. Then you walk through a nice
Little town on the Rhine and notices, I don’t really fit in here. If I had dressed looser. ? …forever Germany
…to be ornamental. ? It’s nice, though. Tamina with the barrel organ, how nice. It’s not that simple. They think you’re just filming. Nope,
you have to be at that exact same pace. Otherwise the hurdy-gurdy will be droning. This is
by no means homeland kitsch, but from the point of view of
many foreign tourists the true face
the German soul. Guenter, why is it so urgent?
People from all over the world come here? To Drosselgasse? People are drawn there,
where there’s action. It’s just bear dropping. Music from here, we have
the next music around the corner. It’s a truss,
that you can only dream about. This mixture is that,
what the people …to Drosselgasse like that,
that’s nice. * (music playing) Now this is also a world cultural heritage site.
Rüdesheim is one of them. It’s loud on the other side,
very vinous, crowded. Does it fit together like that?
– Of course, that’s also culture. Why does culture always have to be quiet,
dignified and serious? Church and Museum?
It’s just as much culture. Culture is for me,
where there are people. That’s more culture,
than where there’s a dead rock lying around. So this is a wonderful
An inheritance that needs to be nurtured. Will it?
– I think so. We have a tradition here,
that’s been there permanently for 40 years. It’s nice. The food is good,
the wine is wonderful. The music is funny.
People are just happy. What kind of people come like this?
– From big to small. The older generation
outweighs already. The 16, 17-year-olds
prefer a full disco. We’re not gonna find them here. But they’ll come eventually.
– When they grow up. Then they come here
and want to see, where father, mother or grandma
has already walked along. The proof that
never changed the Drosselgasse, we have with “Beautiful!”
3 years later. Also on my trip with Theresa I came to this highlight
not around, everything as usual. Theresa, that’s typical too.
German hits. – Absolutely. Music belongs in Drosselgasse. The old town of Rüdesheim has an effect
in some places like a doll’s house. Theresa, herself a Rüdesheim girl,
told me that Drosselgasse after the war
was quickly rebuilt. She was a pre-war…
a tourist attraction and should remain so. Finally, the winemaker showed me
nor the wine cellar of her family. Look out,
the steps are a little bit out of place. A basement,
…the way you want it to be. It’s fresh down here.
– 16°. Will it always be like this?
– It is relatively constant. 2, 3° we have fluctuations,
but it fits. This is ideal for wine. A layperson would probably find here
immediately swing the cleaning rag. But the winemakers like
the mushrooms on the walls, they regulate the humidity
in a natural way. The winery of the Breuer family
is more than 100 years old. For some years now
Theresa has taken over. Is there anything in there?
– They’re empty at the moment. But in a few days.
hopefully they’ll all be filled. With the harvest.
– Right. What fits in there?
– Into the big 1,200-liter. Do you really use the wooden barrels? Or are these
just out of tradition? They are here by tradition,
but we use them. We appreciate the special style
wooden cask and we’ll be happy to continue this.
– Great. Fine. Just around the corner,
not far from Drosselgasse, you take the cable car
to the Niederwald Monument. A must
for every visitor to Rüdesheim. * (music playing) Rüdesheim from above.
– Yes, hovering over the vines. How nice. How long is it
this cable car already? For almost 60 years. To what,
This is the second set. It was once completely rebuilt
five years ago. These are new gondolas?
– Yeah. – I feel good there. How long does the journey take?
– About 10 minutes. Then you’re almost
at the Niederwald Monument. The sporty ones run down. * (music playing) Only a few 100 m
away from the cable car station stands the Niederwald Monument. It commemorates the foundation
of the German Empire and was not by chance in the middle of the Rhine Romanticism
built by Rüdesheim. Here we are at the Niederwalddenkmal
arrived. – Yeah, fine. This is one
the tourist attractions of the whole Rheingau.
– Yeah. The Niederwald Monument
is a magnet. The Germania, which is enthroned above,
is an important German symbol. It was founded in 1883 after the unification
built by the German Empire and for over 125 years.
important for us Rüdesheimers, but also for every visitor,
who comes to Rüdesheim. * (music playing) The abbey of Saint Hildegard
goes back to Hildegard von Bingen and earns her money
since the Middle Ages as a winery. That was a nice thing to do.
with a sister, harvesting wine. They’re all over the place. I got the scissors.
What am I looking out for? Roughly speaking, something like this. There you go,
that the stem has dried up. We don’t want that. The ones that look disgusting,
are the good ones this year. The “noble rot” that starts.
You can cut them off. And these thick ones down here too. What you must not take,
is up here. Why?
– They’re too small and too hard. They’re really pissed off. They’re not ripe.
– Very sour. Try the others,
They’re really cute. A little trial and error,
then you know what. There are 20 people helping.
All monks? No, there are a lot of guests. Friends of the house,
some of whom have been coming to us for years and with the sisters
want to read. Who also enjoy the fact that they also
participate in prayer times. Ora et labora. – How the
for Benedictines. Anyone who wants can come? I’ll just have to ask,
if we still have a room. For each helping hand
we are grateful. Why didn’t you
Your traditional tunic on? Because this is a little difficult.
Big veil, lots of fabric. Can you do bad
work in the vineyard. It’s also dangerous
with a gown and a dress. Since a fellow nurse and I an apprenticeship as a winemaker
…you’ve done, where you also have to drive a tractor,
there you have the hydraulic levers. When you get out,
get caught in the gown, it can happen,
that an attachment is thundering down. You can meet someone there.
Too risky, doesn’t have to be. * (ship’s horn) This ship is a rarity. For almost 100 years
it sails the Rhine. Formerly a barge
and passenger ship. The MS Goethe is the last
Paddle wheel boat on the Rhine. He’s driving now.
with diesel engines. But you can still
these huge wheels… look at. How the traditional ship moves
daily from spring to autumn en route
between Rüdesheim and Koblenz. 900 passengers can take it. More than 60 castles and palaces
it happens on his journey. In 1944 the steamer
by bombs. No one would have thought at the time,
that he would ever drive again. Our next stops: the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with
the Rheinfels castle and the Loreley. [humming the loreley song] * (music playing) The Upper Middle Rhine Valley,
World Cultural Heritage. Many great castles, picturesque
Villages, great vineyards. The epitome of the romantic
German neighborhood, I’d say. In the 19th century we were Germans. with our many famous
The chief romantics of Europe write poetry. At the same time
the Middle Rhine Valley with its many castles and ruins
to the tourist centre. Even Queen Victoria
was traveling this way back then, and even more so all the deep-seated
Literary figures and musicians of the time. Over a distance of
only 67 kilometres of river can be found no less than 40 castles and
Castles on the right and left bank. This is unique in the world. This is Rheinfels Castle, the biggest fortress
in the World Heritage Valley. You can imagine,
what that must have been like. A lot of things have been destroyed. But the many fights
still blowing over the place. More than 70 commanders guarded the former customs castle
in the last 500 years. To give me an idea of the
warlike past the editorial staff has given me
during the shooting at that time a surprise. Tamina,
you know a little shear-fighting? I’m sorry? Some training.
That’s hard. There the princess fights
against the knight. You’re really blocking… The Tamina, that’s who you want.
even at night. The cameraman always around,
from the side again. I’m like this: I can sword
…won’t last. Yes, once again
from below and above. (screaming) What a relief. Let me help you up. Let me help you. My God. That’s quite a fight.
– Absolutely. Did the women of the
to fight in the Middle Ages? There must have been women,
who went into battle. We know that women
were on the Crusades. I don’t think she’s…
were so brutal in their fighting. All right, Joan of Arc,
can be taken out. She felt the pugnacity
like you. It’s coming up.
You’re better off in chain mail. That was the divide?
– This was the gap of the 13th century. Anyone with any money left,
starting with plate armor. It’s hard, isn’t it?
– That makes a total of 26 kg. Then I’m glad,
that I don’t have a shirt. That’s just…
a monstrous vault. That’s correct. The big basement. Keller?
– Yeah. This vault
is the largest self-supporting cellar north of the Alps.
– How was it used? This is where the food was.
Here was the wine barrel of the Rheinfels. Once a brick barrel with wine
with 180,000 litres of wine. This was approximately the annual requirement. Our soldiers got money
for the fight and also wine. Contractually 3 l of wine per day. Drunk to the fight.
– It wasn’t that bad. Comparable is the wine
with a spritzer today. And the supplies for the whole castle
were stored? They were in here,
in the warehouse, on shelves. How is the space used today? Tonight, this is our party room. For weddings, birthdays,
Corporate events. This year, an all-terrain vehicle
has been brought down. Just as well for classical concerts,
Jazz, everything is done here. Trauma acoustics.
– Awesome. (shouts) Makes you want to sing directly
start. – Don’t be. Minnesong?
– The singing isn’t really mine. But I can show you on my
Play the bagpipes a song. This is the neighbor of a
medieval bagpipes. The big buck. * (music playing) The eerie foggy atmosphere
in the room at that time, by the way. also the director
…to come up with. It took hours, until you see smoke from outside in
had brought this large room. Until the light was such that
could see anything at all. Then it was too much smoke,
then too little. You’ve no idea, like sometimes when you have to do something
that may take some time. The corridors were formerly
filled with gunpowder. When the enemy walked over it, you have the corridors, the courtyard
and blew up the enemy. Where are we going now?
– Down here. * (screeching) Creepy.
– Yeah. It gets worse. Door closed again?
– Yes, or else there’s a draught. In there?
– Yes, I dare you. That was the Gunsmith Tower. * (screeching) There’s nowhere to go.
run side by side. The corridors are so narrow.
Although, here it goes. There are covered battlements here. Down here on the right, the soldiers
slept in “casemates”. There were some bedsteads in there,
Straw, that’s it. Not very romantic.
– No romance at all. At least not for the soldiers. * (music playing) The Loreley, beautiful as it is,
she’s the eye of a needle. The narrowest part of the whole Rhine,
the tightest curve. You gotta be good at this. It’s not like you’re going to be
…in a giant barge around the corner. You’ll have to watch it carefully.
It’s so… This makes it plausible why
there have been many shipping accidents. Even if you take the beautiful
Loreley in the shoes. When we were shooting there,
there were groups of people all the time. Constantly a new group came and
said we’d sing the Loreley song. (singing) ? I don’t know,
what does it mean, that I’m so sad. A tale from ancient times… ? ? …that comes to me
out of my mind. The air is cool and it darkens. And calmly flows the… ?
– Wine. Rhine.
– Of course. ? The top of the mountain sparkles. ? ? Sparkles. ?
Yeah? ? …in the evening sunshine. ?
A little more dignity. I thought it was fervor.
So, worthy fervor. – Yeah. * (music playing) That’s when I met the nice Ms. Loreley
hit, at the time by television viewers
selected. She had to pass a lot of tests. The legendary Lore L. In real life
that’s Christine Kipping. This represents the Loreley
now for two years around the world. How about the legends, we did it
with the fisherman and the rock? There used to be
many Salmfishermen on the Rhine. A fisherman has in the water
a little blonde girl. He pulled it out of the water,
raised it with his wife, called it a Loreley,
the prettiest girl in the Rhine Valley. She’s been in the Count’s
von der Katzenelnbogen in love. He gave her
the promise of marriage, but just before the wedding.
he has met someone else and the promise of marriage was fulfilled. The Loreley was so upset, she’s been hiding here over the rock
into the Rhine. She came from the Rhine,
it’s her father Rhine. He condemned her to it,
to sit on the rock and the men who have taken their
to sing to death. * (music playing) Perfect. With the fire boat.
A life jacket is required. Thank you, perfect. Nice parking job. Christine was then a member
the voluntary fire brigade and therefore was allowed to drive the boat. The castles are incredibly close
over the water. Now we are
right under the Loreley. You’ve only had a couple of weeks…
the boat license. Isn’t that
a little dangerous? – No. It’s a dangerous place,
but we’re safe in this boat. Does anything else happen around here? At the Loreley is three years ago,
how the water was so deep, a large Cologne-Düsseldorf
Passenger ship has run aground. When we were applying for the boat license.
practiced, there was also a big stern wave. Here at this spot?
– Capsized here. But don’t worry.
We’re safe here. It was a smaller boat. You weren’t in the boat?
– No. I wasn’t either.
responsible for this. But what is it like, Loreley, on the one hand
she’s gonna capsize the boats, now you’re with the volunteer
Fire department, is it related? You have to be committed. I do it on a voluntary basis.
with the Loreley still, and with the fire department
and in the DLRG. It should be something for the valley. You’re really rooted here?
– Yeah. So you’re gonna stay here forever? If my career aspiration
I kind of… Attention. If my career aspiration
doesn’t stop me, I want to stay here. Watch out, we’re about to capsize.
– No. We have plenty of water in the boat. Did it spill into that? Now they’ve got wet feet. We’re so low up front.
– Yeah, we’re too heavy. Did you guys get your butts wet. The Loreley and I,
we’re about to capsize. I thought, oh, shit. If this continues,
it’s gonna tip over. It was really intense. Thanks for the ride. Thanks a lot. Bye. * (music playing) Which is also great, the lighting mood
by a river in the morning, when the fog
is still hanging on the water. Or in the evening, when the golden light through the leaves
is reflected on the water. It’s a magical place
in many places. And those who use this magic
…in a big way, often book a river cruise. This form of travel
is becoming more and more fashionable. The Rhine is in first place
of all rivers in Europe, even before the Danube. Beauty
during a cruise on the Rhine: Every few feet you see something new. Around every bend,
and the Rhine is very winding, you have a new Oh experience. What the cruise does
on the Rhine. * (music playing) I know some families,
you have small children and wants to take a trip,
taking the grandparents with them, and think about where it fits,
so that everyone gets their money’s worth? There’s this river cruise.
That’s a nice idea. Because anyone can live by rhythm. The industry has understood the trend,
not only orders new ships, but also works hard
on service and fun factor on the river cruises. * (music playing) The Marksburg differs
from the other castles, that it has never been destroyed, that they
never had to be rebuilt. That they are in their
late medieval condition still represents to the visitor today. At the castle we have
rooms to see, which are dedicated to life
on a medieval castle the frame. The bower, the knights’ hall,
the chapel, the castle kitchen. And our collection of medieval figures
from the 19th century. A great reconstructed collection. From the Bronze Age
into the late Middle Ages they show the development
the knight’s armor. You had a helmet on.
single-vision and was opposite the opponent
unrecognizable. But since knights with open visors
were facing each other, to show that I’m actually
the Count, not his servant, he has with his sword hand
his visor raised, to show his face. This movement is still today
militarized as a military salute. * (music playing) It’s great with kids.
to a castle like this. Then you
look at the knight’s armour and how they cooked,
how they lived. Then you realize how cold it is there. It’s such an adventure, great. * (music playing) Farewell Middle Rhine Valley. Welcome to the Siebengebirge. It’s not seven mountains,
it’s over 40 hills, that make up this landscape,
…you have to say so. And she is in many places
more beautiful than painted. We are talking about the oldest
Nature reserve of Germany. The Siebengebirge lies in the south
NRW and borders on Rhineland-Palatinate. Afterwards we drive to Bonn. This is Burkhard Mohr. A famous cartoonist
and sculptor, who comes from the region and has large
has a passion for the region. I was with him when
up the Dragon Rock. With him and my first baby in my stomach. Walking or driving? I could,
I brought my hiking boots. But when I look at it, in what hopeful state
you are, it’s better,
if we take the train. She’ll be here. What about you?
you’ve been here since you were a kid? Did you like walking? My parents made us
in all weathers through the Siebengebirge. No incline was an obstacle. So we are both by rail
as well as with the donkey and walk up. You’re up to every trick.
– I’m inoculated with dragon blood. We’ll take the tram.
Is it coming yet? * (music playing) Today, for example, when you walk.
…and climbs up the carriage path, the route takes 30 minutes. Of course, it is quicker with
Germany’s oldest rack railway. The journey does not take 10 minutes. The dragon rock railway
has been in service since 1883. Riding along is pure nostalgia. I’ve already taken the rack railway.
upstairs with the kids. In autumn, by the way. There was nothing going on,
we were almost alone up there. I did it. There the beautiful Rhine valley opens up. Where did you spend your childhood? In the highlands of the Siebengebirge.
At the foot of the Mount of Olives. Thomasberg. A small village.
In the country. In the middle of nature?
– Yeah. The Dragon Rock
…is only 200 feet high. Are you and your children
…you’ve done a little jumping up and down too? To the Dragon Rock, too,
like every mountain in the Siebengebirge. What did they think?
– The kids love that. Even the ruins,
you can imagine, like prisoners
in some deep dungeons of this magnificent ruin
still modern on rusty chains. Dark stories. – That ignites
…the fantasy in particular. The ruins of that time
also sparked my imagination, with all those stories,
that entwine themselves around her. The castle was built 700 years ago. captured by enemy forces
and dragged. Since then the
world-famous ruin over the Rhine. It has been crumbling ever since. Since all Rhine Romantics
about the mood and many tourists because
the great view up there, you had a problem. What if all of a sudden the stones
of the ruin and fall down? The ancient mortar had many cracks. In 2009 the building was closed
and renovated by the state of NRW. For months
the ruins were deserted, veiled and almost a little bit more
more romantic. * Thunder * * (music playing) Fabulous Siebengebirge.
Mythical Dragon Rock. Then in the 19th century, the idea was born
that the young hero Siegfried, the one from the Nibelungs, around here
received his immortality. When he vanquished the dragon
and bathed in its blood. Maybe it’s true. Maybe it was just
a clever strategy, the dragon rock a little bit more
to make it more interesting. It’s Angie.
– Angela Merkel. Gosh. What will she do with you? Do I have to tell you?
– Of course. She’s sitting on a chest,
wields a sharp sword. Oh, yes, very hot.
– We can see that here. Sharp blade. What’s she doing on the chest? What’s that chest?
– A treasure. Yes, this chest holds a treasure,
that of the Nibelungs. And this treasure…
– She’s desperately guarding him. * (music playing) At the back of the Dragon Rock
lies the beautiful nightingale valley: Pure nature. A dream for walkers with
a fairytale mixed beech forest. This longing forest,
I can see that too, when I post pictures on Facebook: We’re shooting,
I’m with the forest ranger. Oh, and the forest.
And this green and this nature. * (music playing) Suddenly concrete in the mountain.
In the middle of a natural paradise. So much has been removed that
a real supporting structure of concrete, Iron plates and screws
supports the Dragon Rock, so he doesn’t fall apart. 50 km further on, at Cologne Cathedral, you find this,
what’s missing from Dragon Rock. The gothic is built
from the stone of the Siebengebirge. Until the end of the medieval
construction phase, the material by boat on the Rhine
transported to Cologne. This is not only handed down, but can also be
on the building. These crystalline inclusions
only exists in the trachyte. This is the stone from Dragon’s Rock. Since 1922, when the Siebengebirge
has been placed under nature conservation, is the stone mining at the Drachenfels
definitely outlawed. The Nature
has overgrown the damage. The Dragon Castle is magnificent,
but totally neo: neo-gothic style
and neo-renaissance. And therefore, from today’s perspective.
a little weird. It was the time of historicism, than this interesting building
was created. They combined everything,
what looked old and representative. The client was
the bucket-bag broker Baron Stephan von Sarter,
who owns the castle in just two years,
but never lived here. The title of nobility he had acquired
…by the way. The last owner
was an equally dazzling character. Entrepreneur Paul Spinat already gave
karaoke concerts in the 70s and gladly received his guests
in a fantasy uniform. He again gave the castle
his personal touch. I’m proud of it,
that it got even better. You can get lost there.
– Awesome. My studio. Do you like it?
– That’s wonderful. One would have wanted to live here too.
– Yeah. Or studio
I would imagine. Lots of light with a view of the Rhine. Did you see that,
all these carvings? What were they thinking back then?
for effort. All style epochs
mixed up. Here you see the masterpiece. It doesn’t look bad,
but does it work? I don’t think so. It’s all trompe-l’oeil. Also this imitated marble
on this balustrade, that’s not real either. And behind it,
that looks like a real organ, but you can’t play it. They’re tubes,
that do not produce sound. – Fake. Old man Spinach
liked it, his guests as a surprise
with music from the tape. He was sitting upstairs
in any keys. You thought you were being
of real organ music. Cheeky. – But funny.
You gotta figure it out. I fondly remember
the Dragon Castle, I met Tamina Kallert.
for the first time. She was shooting. I was just new. They wanted to take a picture
with both of us. Then it said,
You live in Cologne, come to Dragon Castle real quick,
halfway up Dragon Rock. That’s where I met Tamina. Through the Siebengebirge
the Rhine steep path goes and the somewhat older Rheinhöhenweg. There is no doubt about it
172 circular hiking trails. It’s hard to choose. One tip: the Mount of Olives. Is
the highest mountain in the Siebengebirge. You have a panoramic view,
i.e. 360°, but only of the Mount of Olives. * (music playing) Bonn is still
A very livable city. I know many people who say,
Cologne is too crowded for me. But Bonn is
exactly the right size. It’s in harmony with nature,
Siebengebirge around the corner. I think,
it’s really nice to live. * (music playing) Mm, cute as a button. Does it taste good? – Yeah.
Those from the region are the best. Thank you very much.
– Here you are. Bonn is of course also the town of a
of the greatest German composers. For lovers of classical music
the Beethoven house is a must. There are many original scripts, e.g. the Moonlight Sonata
you can see there. There’s his last piano, many Beethoven devotional objects,
that can be purchased. This is certainly a place to visit,
what you have to remember. The musical genius Ludwig van Beethoven was in 1770
born in this apartment building in Bonn. It attracts tourists
from all over the world. 100.000 visitors
the museum counts in the year. For some years now
the music fans are happy also via the department
“digital Beethoven house.” an interactive journey of discovery
to the work of the master, which is in the outbuilding
is accommodated. In the in-house chamber music hall
concerts take place regularly. Bonn is a university city
with great flair and was the seat of government for 50 years.
the Federal Republic of Germany. The former chancellor bungalow anyone can now
by appointment. That was a great experience. Here I am at the Chancellor’s bungalow
running along, they said you’d meet the flower now. In fact, he came to meet me there,
open the door, and then we met
looked around together. Come on in.
– That’s nice. Hello, Herr Blüm. I am not the chancellor.
– But almost. Welcome.
I worked here, temporarily. How does it feel,
to be here again? Nostalgia, nostalgia. It’s like
return to a workplace. Whereby this is not
was my main place of work. So for the smaller meetings
and receptions. Yes, also for
important decisions. So coalition talks. You go in here,
don’t know how to get out of here. Whether as winners or losers. You remember,
where here is what? There are private rooms
and the public. Where we’re going now,
this was the room, in which very many
important conferences were held. The table used to be bigger,
times smaller. * (music playing) Isn’t even this starry sky
of cabbage? – Yes, I do. We all have our tastes. – But
the basic structure is as it is. In this respect, these are only variants. The main structure
is Chancellor Bungalow, Bungalow. It’s getting private here. Yeah, this is where it gets private. Have you been in there?
– Yeah, I’ve been there. Really?
– It’s gonna be… The private living room?
– Yeah. This will be very small. It will be very small. One did not want to be too luxurious,
right? Still, I don’t like living
in bedrooms, where, when you turn around,
touching the wall. For people with longer legs than
me, they had to put on the feet. There’s even a pool back there, right? A little luxury, after all. Well, it’s a bigger bathtub. The Olympic preparations
you can’t meet here. That Kohl slept here,
you can’t imagine. I don’t know,
if it was his mattress. That’s why he has the spare bed. But even guests… For longer, larger, wider
it’s gonna take some getting used to. Let us leave
this private area and go back there,
…where we actually… This was the living room. On this balcony in summer,
Spring, fall is nice. Environments do change
Conversational situations. Down there on the facade… Does this open? They’re against me. They won’t let us out. So we don’t run away. But down here on the Rhine. has the famous conversation
Kohl-Gorbachev took place. In the evening, very late. In which the two not only
have discussed major world policies, but also their
personal past. And probably
approximated in the sense of familiarity. Maybe politics…
…even from such things. That depends,
whether you trust each other. * (music playing) Last stop of our Rhine journey
is Cologne. * Music: Bläck Fööss
“Mir han e Hätz für Kölle” * ? I have a hate for hell,
su weed et immer sin. Bes du he nit jebore,
that it’s Janit feasting. What matters is what it beats for,
the little rude thing. ? I’m not from Cologne. The other day I dared to say
to a cameraman from Cologne: Cologne is not nice. What, he says then.
What do you think? Cologne is not pretty.
You fall in love at second sight. You arrive and think, hmm.
But then you’ll get it right away. ? I have a hankering for Kölle
…and ahle town on the ring. I’ve got a taste for hell,
su weed et immer sin. Bes du he nit jebore,
that it’s Janit feasting. What matters is what it beats for,
the little rude thing. ? It is extremely communicative. I remember.
in a little kiosk in Ehrenfeld for my dormitory
I bought the first pot. Then
n Turkish kiosk salesman n Flowerpot put down
from a drawer: So girl,
…you’ll get over it for now. Not to mention,
the right side of the Rhine, Schäl Sick. Here I am when I came to Cologne,
with a map… I unfolded a plan,
where am I? Then it took 4 seconds,
there were people left and right: Young, where are you going?
– Sweet. – You can only experience that in Cologne. My beautiful Cologne film I have
made in special company. With a real Cologne boy. Guido and Stefan
have a good time. Those two are made for each other. They were fooling around in Cologne,
that it was a pleasure. How important is the Rhine for Cologne?
– Yeah, fine. The Rhine is a river. Our power
is environmentally friendly by the way. I’d like to give you something,
why the Rhine is called Rhine. Because there’s a flood every few years,
the river overflows its banks. Then the river flows
into the basement. Hence the name “Rhine”.
– Ah. “Pure” became
before the spelling reform also spelled with an “h”.
– Of course. I got it.
– Yeah. This traditional bliss,
it’s Kölsch, too, right? Cologne lights
has been around for 11 years. You get the feeling,
they’ve been around since the Middle Ages. The Romans already have
Missiles released here. Everything in Cologne for the third time
happened, it’s tradition. It is also the attempt,
during the time when there is no carnival, to keep on swaying. Cologne lights is carnival
with a little bit of New Year’s Eve. Halloween, that’s when you dress up. Christopher Street Day,
…all with a big train. Marathon.
– There’s a little swaying, too. With FC in the stadium
is also carnival. When?
– Always before a game. – I see. I like that line:
After the third time is tradition. Can we hold on for Cologne.
– Absolutely. * (music playing) Where to go first,
when you arrive in Cologne? Sure, in the dome. * (bells chiming) Dom rips it out, of course. For the cathedral the
most tourists to this city. Everyone knows the Cologne Cathedral. When I travel the world and we say we’re from WDR
from Cologne: Ah, the cathedral. * (music playing) By the time you go in.
you, how small you are as a human. It’s always good to feel
…to get back to the basics. The cathedral manages this again and again. Gothic churches
are spaces of light. This is no different in Cologne Cathedral. But the showpiece of the cathedral
seems from the inside through the mighty nave
to shine. The shrine with the relics
of the Magi. Because the skulls that are in this
golden container, should in fact
of those people, who came to see the baby Jesus. The bones came in 1164 as
Spoils of war from Milan to Cologne. Immediately the city
to pilgrimage site no. 1. * (music playing) Which is also nice,
to go to the cathedral on Christmas Eve. It is full and possibly cold there,
but when many people in the cathedral, I find it exciting.
– Right. Great atmosphere. The inner city port of Cologne, where since Roman times
goods were delivered, is chic today
Office and residential area. The “crane houses” belong to the
the most expensive real estate in town. * (music playing) It’s a great place to stroll around
Inline skating, I always do. * (music playing) At least as important as the cathedral
but in Cologne, the Kölsch is the Kölsch. And especially the houses,
where it’s served. The ones that bring the beer,
are in a sense cultural carriers. Kölsch is not only tradition,
but also has his own rules, according to which
should definitely drink. It is served in “sticks”,
in practical wreaths. The waiters are called Köbes and learn
first of all: no Kölsch without a saying. Sweetheart, put the phone away. You’re here to drink,
not for making phone calls. As a woman from the South. …I first had to…
to this brewery culture. That’s where you come in
and you have the feeling the guest must see to it,
that the Köbes is fine. It’s a one-man show in part. You know,
that it’s not an ice cream parlor, right? I want you to drink this,
it’s getting warm. Nice sharing with the lady,
don’t eat it all yourself. The pork rind is cola, dear. Of course, we found that
the journalistic necessity, one of the cultural sponsors
to interview. Where does the term Köbes come from? Köbes is a Rhineland abbreviation
for the name Jacob. Probably the first waiter was called
in the Cologne breweries Jakob? Yeah, it’s called the Pilgrim’s Way
…back to the original location. Because Cologne on the pilgrimage route
to Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrims to Santiago
had to supplement their travel budget. That’s how they got
at the brewery. The man from Cologne likes to generalize, so they were all Jacob’s pilgrims,
all köbesse. He told me the ground rules,
how to behave. Very exciting. One. I’ll take a water. – Would like
You want a towel and soap with that? Two. Do you have alt? I think you’re
got off at the wrong station. That would be something in Düsseldorf. I’ll have a beer. – Mushroom grows
…behind the refrigerator in my house. But not here?
– Not here. What do I do when I
doesn’t want to drink Koelsch anymore? Then you put the lid
on top of it. Then he sees Köbes,
the gentleman doesn’t want any more. Means in reverse,
I don’t have to call him, when I want another Kölsch?
– Right. When the glass is empty,
we’ll bring you a new one. That means people are complaining too, when they get one,
even though I didn’t order one? There is, but with our charm.
we can do it, that for the people
it’ll be the last. They say “toad-in-the-hole”?
– Cheers. And toast at the bottom. Not this one.
– Right. Thank you, Mr Rieck. The best view of the city
…is from across the street, from the “Schäl Sick”. The Tower Block
of the Rhineland Regional Council, Newfangledly called Triangle, also brings Kölsche all-rounders
…into raptures. Of course there is also an elevator. * (music playing) Culturally here is
It’s pretty busy. A lot of museums. My dearest
would be the chocolate museum. This is the hit
for all those with a sweet tooth. There’s a workshop, in which one can
who can watch chocolatiers. In our own tropical house
cocoa trees grow. The greatest thing: You can use the liquid chocolate
in a golden fountain. With waffles, as much as you want. Also recommended:
the Museum Ludwig next to the cathedral. One is amazed at a large
range of modern art and a comprehensive
Picasso collection. Just recently, my mother
with my children at the Museum Ludwig. Because she said modern art,
you have to see. My children are good with my
Mommy walked through this museum and were very taken with it. In the end there was
something delicious to eat, nice in a café. She’ll still be
to the Rhine. It’s just great. Completed only in 2007
became the Diocesan Museum Kolumba. It is considered a milestone
celebrated in museum architecture and was built on the foundations
of a Romanesque church. Presented here are old
Church art in modern surroundings. Also in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum art of the past
presented in a very modern way. The journey begins in the Middle Ages
and ends in the early 20th century. * (music playing) By the way, the view from there
is also very beautiful. Then there is the Sports Museum,
great for kids’ birthdays. Have you been?
– Of course. Aha, the insider tips.
– And with Guido Cantz. We played football there.
– The two jacks. She better not let go. (screaming) There he was. Like Wembley. Oh, oh. No foul. Wonderful combination,
…I took another ride. Man… Hello, that was nothing. Look, what’s that? And there he is. (cheering) As far as our football duel at the
Roof of the Sport & Olympia Museum. Inside you can also
have a lot to try and original sports equipment
by stars. Above all, however, one learns
know the history of sports. The museum is located in the immediate
Close to the chocolate museum. * Music: Cat Ballou
“Evermore Awful” * ? Because mie Hätz su sleeps,
because it mows me down. Because mer niemols verjiss,
because et still su it. ? The legendary Cologne lights.
There’s a party all day long. In the evening there is
these gigantic fireworks. * (music playing) Then driving in the dark
these ships. Then you already have the feeling… And then… * Music: Cat Ballou
“Et jitt kein Wood” * ? Et gitt kei Wood, dat sage künnt, what I feel,
when I think of hell. When I think of Ming home. Et gitt kei Wood, dat sagt kunnen, what I feel,
when I think of hell. When I think of Ming home. Han hasn’t had enough of me yet on cologne leathers
and the Schmuh vum Rhing. ? That’s it from our Rhine journey. We hope you have
get a little longing and there was something nice about it.
– Thanks for watching. See you.
– Bye. – Ciao. [humming the loreley song] A warm welcome
in the new folk music show “Kallert and the Pinnow”. No. Copyright WDR 2018