|Photo from state tourist website http://www.nrw-tourismus.de/|
Can you see the touring ferries there, with the gangways tilting down towards them? The will give you an idea of how high the walls are. The lower promemade is where all those people are walking along. There's an upper promenade as well, with trees and so on, although it's not very clear in this photo - basically it's about the height or a little bit above the height of the cafe umbrellas. And today the entire lower promenade was under water! I could hardly believe it. The left bank was, as expected, fairly well under water and the water stretched pretty far back (there's no building on the flood plain), with the tops of trees visible above the water. But on my side of the river those gangways are now pointing up (attached to floating temporary docks) at a steep angle. Incredible stuff. Just breathtaking to see it like that and a reminder of how powerful nature is.