It’s hard to believe that the Upper Middle Rhine Valley region was once submerged beneath an ocean. Over millions of years this unique valley was formed by the forces of the Earth and water to become what you see today. Testimony to an exciting episode of geological history which has provided a habitat for a rare and highly diverse plant and animal community.
The valley’s hillsides are blessed with more than their fair share of sunshine and the river itself acts as a heat reservoir. These are ideal conditions for a large number of conservation areas, both large and small, and some are even designated European Nature Reserves. This is a particularly rich natural and cultural landscape which is just waiting to be discovered.