I bought this painting, which is supposedly of a German village on the Rhine called Clouds Above the Rhine and I was wondering if anyone knew what city it is.

clouds above the Rhine painting

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    The painting is clearly this: afremov.com/… but I'm not sure if that's supposed to be a real place.
    – Hilmar
    Feb 16 at 18:42

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This looks remarkably like the town I live in: Thun, Canton Bern, Switzerland! Not on the Rhine, but on the river Aare, which as it flows eventually arrives at the capital Bern. The photo above is my own, that I took especially to recreate the scene in the painting. Unfortunately, I cannot control the overcast conditions of a mid February Sunday.

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    This is probably the closest you can get to the original on Google Maps.
    – jcaron
    Feb 18 at 12:34
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    do you have any evidence that the town was not built based upon the painting
    – Turbo
    Feb 19 at 16:31
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    @Turbo The church tower dates back to 1330 and the castle roof to 1430 but I suppose we can't rule out time travelers. Feb 19 at 16:48
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    LOL @Turbo. Talk about life imitating art!
    – FreeMan
    Feb 19 at 17:36
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    Wow. That's incredibly close! Feb 19 at 19:44

While the painting is indeed a stylized Rheinland riverbank town, it might have, IMHO, been inspired by a river view of Eltville, not far from Mainz and Wiesbaden, on the right bank of the Rhine, south of Rüdesheim.

I was stationed in Wiesbaden and had many friends living there.

My favorite Eltville memory was a restaurant downtown that served kosher salted and herbed duck fat instead of butter with the basket of bread.

A Rhein cruise from Mainz to Koblenz on a sunny day is a great outing.

Eltville Tower

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