You will be told many stories and legends while traveling Europe’s historic waterways with Scenic and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is the origin of many of these. The most famous is that of the siren Lorelei. The fable tells of a woman named Lorelai who lived in the village of Bacharach, which you will pass by. Rejected by her lover, but too fascinating to many local men, the bishop sent her to a convent. En route, passing a cliff, in desperation and despair, she jumped into the river. There are many versions of this story, but one tells that in the afterlife, Lorelai haunted this cliff with her long locks flowing down the side. She would sing to the passing ships, enchanting the sailors and luring them to their doom in the waters below. These days, a statue marks this area which you will see as you cruise safely by.