Eight questions for...

Claudia Schwarz, Manager of Romantic Rhine tourism board

When I visit the World Heritage Site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, what should I definitely not miss?

A boat trip on the Rhine from Koblenz to Bingen or Rüdesheim. This way you get to experience World Heritage from a prime seat - all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it.

What do you particularly like here?

This unique landscape: the cliffs, the castles and the course of the river. For a more intimate experience of the country, you can try a hiking tour on the 'Rheinsteig' and the 'Rheinburgenweg' paths.

Do you have an insider tip?

A bike tour and a break at the so-called Rheinkrippen, or 'Rhine Cradles,' near Trechtingshausen, a sandy beach on the Rhine's shores.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

The evening atmosphere in the Rhine Valley.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

For me, in May and June. Then I think the Rhine Valley shows itself in a particularly lush green.

What else should I see here?

Our castles.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

Warm goat's cheese with apple or pear sauce.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

I already know most of the German World Heritage Sites, but I've not yet been to the Muskauer Park and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz - I'd really like to go there one day.

Claudia Schwarz

is a child of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, and this is where the businesswoman has spent most of her life.

She has worked in St. Goarshausen, the town where the famous Loreley rock is situated, since 2009. Here she is the manager of the Romantic Rhine tourist board, and is also responsible for the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage Site.



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