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Drapery Ley? I did not know - and I was never there either. Like me, others may also be. Hence what Wikipedia knows about it:
The Erpeler Ley is a basalt rock on the Rhine at Erpel, a few kilometers north of the Ahr estuary. In addition to the Drachenfels, the 191 m elevation (131 m above the Rhine) is one of the best-known volcanic ruins in the Middle Rhine Valley.
The formation of the rocks is due to the cooling and solidification inside the lava flows. The columnar structure of the Erpeler Ley shows a fan-like arrangement in several places, which is due to a multi-phase penetration of lava and the resulting uneven solidification.
The rock was already used as a quarry in Roman times. Since 1941, the Erpeler Ley has also been under nature protection due to its heat-loving flora and fauna (flora: including gold aster, feather grass; fauna: zippammer, peregrine falcon). On the plateau of the mountain there are several monuments, opportunities for shot put and discus / spear throwing, an 800 m long ash track and a restaurant (Bergesruh restaurant).
I would like to recommend the series of outdoor specialist Kai Sackmann, called Sacki, published on YouTube. In four parts, he tells, excitingly told and very well made, how he explores Erpeler Ley.
September 7, 2017
Today's use of bridge portals [edit | Edit]Picture of the former bridge abutments (Rheinbefliegung 1953)
Inside the bridge towers on the Remagen side since 7 March 1980, a peace museum has been set up. The initiator of the museum was the long-time mayor of Remagen, Hans Peter Kürten, who on March 7, 1978, for the first time sold stones from fragments of the bridge's mainstays, which had been removed in 1976, as a souvenir. The echo was remarkable. With the income and the many photos and other original documents he was able to set up the museum. The bridge stones are still available, with a certificate of authenticity, available in the museum. The right bank of the Rhine portal at Erpel is since the war in a little changed state. The access to the towers is walled in from one side and from the other through a steel door. The portal was sold by the Deutsche Bundesbahn in March 1988 for a symbolic price to the local community of Erpel and is now used for cultural events. In September 2012, the Erpeler cultural district "Ad Erpelle" acquired the former railway tunnel behind the bridge portal and adjacent properties from Deutsche Bahn for a symbolic price of one euro in order to maintain its public accessibility and continue to use it culturally.  [17 ] In the spring of 2015, a renovation of the Erpeler bridge portal with estimated costs of 1.4 million euros should begin. In July 2015, it was transferred to the federal railways assets by reversing the purchase contract of 1988; now the renovation is earmarked for 2016 at the earliest. 
The bridge of Remagen is known by the movie of the same name. The plot of the film does not show, however, the real happenings around the bridge, at the end of the Second World War. As a memorial against the war and against totalitarian systems, it is still good.
If you want to know more, look what Wikipedia knows:
And here are some interesting facts about the film and its creation:
September 8, 2017
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