The Life-Changing, Unmissable ‘Rhine-Swing’

A curious thing about Google Maps — At the very northern tip of Düsseldorf, right next to the Rhine, is a “tourist attraction” (as shown by the camera icon)  called Rheinschaukel, or Rhine-swing.

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There is no further description of the “Rhine-swing” on Google, or for that matter anywhere in the Internet. There is, bizarrely, one review, which just gives it three stars but leaves no comment. What is it? A restaurant? A carousel? Some sort of park?

After wondering about this for years, I said to myself: Self, why don’t I get on my bike and go visit it? Of course, I didn’t just go for the Rhine-swing, the banks of the Düsseldorf in summer are a pageant of lush green, and the scent of linden trees in bloom hangs everywhere in the air. There are also some great old-fashioned Rhine markers along the way:

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But I was there to find the swing, and so I did. It took a lot of hiking and riding among the banks of the Rhine, but I found it. Ladies and gentlemen, behold the Rhine-swing:

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There has to be a story for why this limp, moist length of rope has become a Google™-endorsed Tourist Attraction™. Does anyone know it?

3 thoughts on “The Life-Changing, Unmissable ‘Rhine-Swing’

  1. Meiner Meinung nach Hasste ja den einzigen Rheinschaukel, Schatzi.

    Ruessel in the pachyderm context, the Knueppel. Etc.

    “Rope swing,” .reminded of the Reeperbahn, Matrose.

  2. If it bugs, you can just delete it. On that sort of meta-data, Google Maps relies quite heavily on user generated input.

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