Contact with people is very important
For Petra Menges, contact with people is still what makes working at the agency so special. That includes the guests who get on and off the ships, the people who come to the ticket counter and the KD staff. “I value these personal connections very highly.” Like her grandson Elias, she hopes that international guests will also return to the Middle Rhine Valley and the “Lorelei town” soon. Tourism is the most important economic sector for the former fishing and wine-growing community.
Of course, some well-known people have also stopped off in St. Goarshausen over the past five decades. Among them were famous politicians like the then German Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl and former German Federal President Gustav Heinemann. One event has remained particularly vivid in Petra Menges’ memory. “The arrival of the MS RheinEnergie in St. Goarshausen to mark World Youth Day in 2005 was incredible. Nearly 1,400 people waited here at the jetty for the boat.” KD’s largest event ship was used for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. As a guest on the MS RheinEnergie, the Pope, from the forward open deck, blessed more than 600,000 pilgrims who had gathered on the banks of the Rhine during his welcome cruise.