Why Celebrate the Rhine River?
One of the many reasons the Swiss take to jumping in for a swim of the Rhine must surely be their affinity for what is lovingly described as “Father Rhine” by some locals.
As one of the longest rivers in Europe, the Rhine is home to one of the most stunning stretches in the continent. Picturesque castles, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, magnificent cities and historic towns dot the way. Some of the major cities that lie directly on the river include Basel, Strasbourg, Koblenz, Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Utrecht and Rotterdam.
In ancient Roman times, the river was considered the boundary of the civilized world. Since then, it has been a witness to so much history. The French King Louis XIV and Napoleon attempted to annex the region west of the Rhine. Its occupation was significant between the two World Wars as well.
It has also inspired countless artists and musicians through the years with its beauty and legends such as the Lorelei Rock.
It is easy to see why the locals in Basel want to celebrate such an important river!