Explore the Rhine Gorge in Germany in celebration of the 200-year anniversary of “Frankenstein”
WALK THE RHINE GORGE WITH UK-BASED ON FOOT HOLIDAYS
Experience the inspiration behind Mary Shelley’s gothic novel “Frankenstein”
SALISBURY, Great Britain, January 9, 2018 – 2018 marks 200 years since author Mary Shelley published her gothic novel, ‘Frankenstein’, and travelers can explore some of the landscape that inspired her – the beautiful Rhine Gorge near Frankfurt in Germany – on a seven-night, self-guided walk offered by UK-based travel specialists On Foot Holidays.
The Rhine Gorge is a World Heritage site which inspired Romantic painters, poets, authors and composers in the 19th century, including Mary Shelley, who holidayed in the area and went on to write the famous novel about a young scientist who creates a monster after exploring the area herself. The novel is partly set in the Rhine Gorge and describes its “rugged hills, ruined castles overlooking tremendous precipices” as well as its “flourishing vineyards, …meandering river, and populous towns.” Frankenstein Castle, from which the novel got its name, lies just one hour’s drive away.
On Foot Holidays’ aptly-named Castles of the Rhine walk offers hikers more castles per square kilometre than anywhere else in Europe. The route from Bingen to Koblenz leads through picturesque villages, past 20 castles that loom over the meandering Rhine. Featuring woodlands, vineyards, fine restaurants, historic buildings, villages and stunning views of the gorge, the route provides a unique and memorable walking experience.
Some highlights of the inn-to-inn walk include the iconic Lorelei Rock formation, which soars 120m above the waterline, a Roman fort in the town of Boppard, and the ‘4-Seen-Blick’, a scenic lookout where the Rhine appears like four separate lakes.
While journeying through the region which inspired Mary Shelley, guests will stay at small B&Bs and hotels – including one converted castle perched high above the Rhine, and can sample the produce of local Riesling vineyards they have passed by.
The Castles of Rhine walking route is walk is medium-hard in difficulty, with five to seven hours of walking each day. Shorter options are also available. Rates start from £725 per person based on double occupancy, including 7 nights bed and breakfast, two picnics, all luggage transfers, route notes and information pack. Flights and airport transfers are not included. Full days consist of approximately 11 to 13 miles per day (4 ¾ – 6 ¾ hours per day). For reservations and more information, visitwww.onfootholidays.co.uk or call +44 (0)1722 322652.
Spanning authentic, rural Europe, On Foot Holidays offers 32 boutique self-guided walking routes in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, and one guided route in Bulgaria. For over 13 years, it has amassed a network of local contacts throughout Europe to help travelers discover the best of pristine Europe.
About On Foot Holidays
Founded in 2004, On Foot Holidays is a travel specialist offering a range of boutique, self-guided walking holidays in the quieter, unspoiled parts of Europe. Creating some imaginative routes where travelers can immerse themselves in the local culture and cuisine, guests stay in friendly, small hotels and inns with charming hosts. Each route is designed by a local who is on hand to help if needed and showcases an authentic rural Europe with its landscapes, cultures and traditions intact. Luggage is transferred for travelers between hotels, and comprehensive route notes and maps help walkers find their way with ease. www.onfootholidays.co.uk