As one of the most noteworthy transport routes in Europe, the Middle Rhine Valley has always facilitated the changeover of culture between the Mediterranean and the north. Yet what justifies special attention is its 65 km upper stretch, whose magical charm has for two millenniums served as a boundless source of motivation for artists. Brimful with castles, historic towns and vineyards, it fittingly reflects the relationship between people and their environs. Once there, don't miss the deepest point alongside the way. Well-known for its ricochet and central to home folk, the Loreley brings myths to life. Who knows, maybe you'll be lucky to catch a glance of a mermaid.