Every year on the week-end following ascension day , the Rheingau plays host to an exciting car rally.
It is the longest and - as we who live here maintain - the most attractive mountain rally in Germany.
The rally is six kilometers long and runs from Lorch on the Rhine to the small town of Ransel, situated on a plateau above the Rhine.
The cars climb around 600 foot up the very windy road - 55 curves so the organizers claim!
I know the stretch well, travelling along it every day to work - but have never actually got round to counting the curves!
The rally gains continually in popularity - this year over 40 applicants had to be turned down as time constraints only allow 172 cars to participate.
Here is a U-Tube link showing the 2010 rally.
- a little long(ca.20 minutes) but you don't have to watch it all!