The river Rhine is a source of life and a transport route. It is home to various fish and animals again. It originates in the Alps and flows into the North Sea. The Rhine is divided into different sections: These include the High Rhine, the Upper Rhine, the Middle Rhine, the Lower Rhine, and the delta estuary, which is also known as the Rhine Meuse Delta.
The Rhine length of 1320 km was in most encyclopedias until 2010 and was also specified by the federal authorities. But the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reported in March 2010 that according to research by the biologist B. Kremer, the length of the Rhine in older writings was only 1230 km. It is suspected that a number rotator had simply crept in.
The Rhine and its economic & political importance:
The Rhine is a very special stream. Because it has been of economic and political importance for millennia. This is documented on the one hand by numerous historical finds from the Roman period, and on the other hand by various castles and historical city centers that can still be found on the Rhine today. Furthermore, the settlement of numerous industrial and commercial companies on the Rhine is proof of its economic importance.
The Rhine as a transport route: The Rhine is one of the most important transport routes in Europe. on the one hand, the river connects the north with the south of Germany and, on the other hand, the areas along the Rhine are supplied with goods from all over the world via the Rotterdam seaport. The Rhine is in many layers the lifeline of many cities and municipalities that are located on its banks.
But sometimes these places also feel the power of the Rhine. That is when it flows over the dikes during high water. Some places are more affected by these forces of nature than others. For years, flood protection along the Rhine has been under construction. For example, new floodplains are being created, which in addition to flood protection have the side effect that new natural beauties are created in these areas.
In contrast to the past, when the Rhine was used as a sewer by cities and industry, more attention is being paid to water protection today. The Rhine suffered one of the worst pollutions in 1986. During this catastrophe, contaminated extinguishing water came into the Rhine during the fire of a chemical company. This gau was followed by a gruesome fish and plant dieback. Fortunately, the Rhine and life in and around it has recovered. On the one hand, progress in the construction of sewage treatment plants has contributed to the fact that a large number of fish can be found in the Rhine today. on the other hand, increased awareness of nature and its protection. Today, both residents and tourists can enjoy a unique natural diversity along the Rhine.
The course of the Rhine from the source at Lake Toma in Switzerland to the mouth in the North Sea near “Hoek van Holland”: source – Alpine Rhine, Voderrhein – Upper Rhine – Upper Rhine – Middle Rhine – Lower Rhine – mouth delta
This map shows the Rhine River from source in the south to estuary in the Netherlands.
Course of Rhine
The region of the Lower Rhine offers a variety of opportunities to make leisure time entertaining, cultural or sporty.
Beautiful trees, some of which are ancient, can be found on the Rhine, as can wetlands or floodplain forests. Various migratory birds stop at the Rhine. However, native birds can also be seen on the banks of the Rhine. Herons, as well as various raptors, and also crows and wild geese can be seen in different places.
The nature and the landscapes along the Rhine are very different and therefore offer a home to various animals. The motto “drive out to the Rhine” should often be put into practice, because the Rhine is always an experience, and not only for anglers who see the Rhine as a popular fishing area.