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Bopparder Hamm

Famous vineyard in the German wine-growing region of the Middle Rhine. Under the name Bopparder Hamm, it is part of the town of Boppard, which lies on the left bank of the Rhine south of Koblenz. Boppard goes back to the Celtic settlement of Boudobriga, which was originally located on the south side of the Bopparder Hamm. This experienced its heyday from the first to the third century. After the abandonment of the Limes on the right bank of the Rhine in 355, the Romans built forts near the banks. Thus the Roman fort of Bodobrica was built on flood-free territory directly on the banks of the Rhine, which was then abandoned at the beginning of the fifth century. With its corner and wall towers, it is one of the best-preserved forts in Germany. The vineyard stretches for six kilometres from Boppard to Spay. This is the section of the Rhine that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. The extremely steep slopes form a loop in the shape of an "S" due to the course of the Rhine. This is also the background of the name "Hamm", which is derived from the Latin term "hamus" (fishhook).

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