Culturally and historically, the Rhine is Germany's foremost river. It is also one of Europe's most important transport routes. With its many cities, castles, historic sights and nature, the river attracts visitors from around the world. It has also served as an inspiration for countless songs, paintings, poems and stories.
But what does the Rhine mean for the people who live and work along its shores? In short video portraits, DW asks ordinary Germans what makes the waterway so special to their lives, work and hobbies.
Join us as we travel the central part of the river, meeting Hildegard the environmental scientist, Manfred the fisherman and Tobias the canoeist as well as enjoying a birds-eye view of the river valley with Wolfgang the cable car engineer.