National Geographic : 1925 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE OVERLOOKING TIIE RIINE FROM THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE OF RIIEINSTEIN The origin of this stronghold, a few miles from Bingen, is lost in tradition, but it began to figure in the history of the river as early as 1279 and became the residence of the Archbishop of Treves in 1348. windows spectrally illumine the surround ings, without imagining Goethe's heroine at prayer before the altar, while her Evil Spirit accuses her from the surrounding shadows. Our local guide piloted us to a monu ment representing Johann Gutenberg and his coworkers (see page 29). Clearing his throat, he began: "Frankfort is justly proud of being the cradle of the typo graphical art, which" "But Mainz!" we protested, aghast. "Surely it was there that" "Mainz ! Pooh!" he returned. "Did those Mainzers really tell you that?" And he went on with his speech. It was no easy matter for us mentally to transfer Gutenberg, his press, and his struggles, from Mainz to Frankfort; but we did it and thanked the guide for put ting us right. CONFUSING ASPECTS OF TRAVEL IN GERMANY We decided to make several towns by rail and rejoin the Rijn-Schelde at Stras bourg. So we paid our hotel bill-and an unusual travel experience it was to find that our room rent had been reduced in accordance with the city's latest price revision list-then got our tickets and jumped on the train. But ticket-booking for Germany's oc cupied zone wasn't as simple as it sounds.