Deutsches Eck

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  • Day9

    Deutsche Eck

    August 21 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    On a point where the Rhine and Mosel Rivers meet, there sits a park and giant statue honoring Wilhelm I, the first Emperor (Kaiser) of the modern German state.

    If you imagine our Mt Rushmore and Liberty Bell, you'll have a sense of what the Deutsche Eck (German Corner) means to many Germans.

  • Day10

    Sep 29 - Koblenz

    September 29 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    The ship is now docked in Koblenz. Docking space is at a premium here, so se are “double bunked” along side another ship that docked earlier. We will have to go out of our ship, cross through their lobby, and then go up the gangplank to reach street level. It’s a good way to look at other ships. (Our bunk mate looked very, very nice.)

    Koblenz is located at the point where that the Moselle River joins the mighty Rhine River. We sailed past the slip of land where this confluence occurs while we ate breakfast. It is called the “German Corner”. The site is dominated by an enormous equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhem I (1797-1888), the first emperor of Germany after its unification in 1871. The Rhine Gorge was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002, with Koblenz marking the northern end. We will be sailing the most dramatic part of the gorge later this week.

    We did a walking tour of Koblenz this morning, ably led a lady by the name of Jorai (pronounced "your eye"). Koblenz was founded in 14 A.D. by the Romans at this strategically important point - they controlled the area for 1000 years. Then there was a conquest by the Franks, a takeover by the French and then domination by the Prussians. Much of the town was badly damaged during WWII but has been rebuilt with history in mind. It is a city of narrow lanes and romantic squares, all lined with cafés and outdoor seating. It was Sunday morning, so the entire city was rather quiet, especially since most stores are closed on Sundays. We saw the medieval St. Florins Church and the lovely Church of Our Lady (a very common name for churches I’ve observed) and the Basilica of St. Castor. The town clock has an “Eye Roller” in it - a comical face that sticks rolls his eyes and sticks out his tongue on the hour. A commentary on the legislative processes that he observes, perhaps? And we saw the Schangël Fountain where an impish boy periodically spits water onto the unsuspecting.

    Back at the ship, we watched as the crew “hand bombed” (passed from hand to hand) more food, water, wine and linens. It’s a real team effort to restock this hotel without the use of machines.

    We had free time this afternoon. There was the threat of a huge storm but we decided to chance it anyway. We walked around along the quay side of the Rhine, back into the old section of Koblenz, and then back to the ship along the Moselle side. We walked about 6 miles today. We need to do that every day!

    I sought technical help about all the trouble I’ve been having uploading pictures. There is no solution- the upload speed is dismal, and in a few days, we are going to lose our internet service all together. So, please be patient - I will do my best to keep you up to date on our adventures, but postings could be delayed several days.
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  • Day11

    Sep 30 - Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

    September 30 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After lunch back at the ship, we had a couple of hours of free time so we decided to do more exploring. Across the Rhine River is the mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The medieval castle on this site was razed to the ground by the French in 1799. What is there now was begun in 1817, when the Prussian government made Koblenz into a garrison town. We took a cable car over the river to get to the fortress. This cable car was built for the 2011 National Garden Festival that brought millions of visitors to Koblenz. The UNESCO authorities were aghast that such a structure had been built smack dab in the middle of one of its world heritage sites and they threatened to rescind the area’s designation. After much negotiation, UNESCO backed down and the cable car and the designation can live in harmony - but only until 2026. We’ll see what happens after that.

    The fortress is a huge, maze-like collection of buildings, with a layout designed to discombobulate invaders, and now, visitors. It sits 120 metres above the Rhine and is the second-largest preserved fortress in all of Europe. The views over the river are breathtaking. We could actually see where the water from the Moselle meets the Rhine and creates an eddy of two different colours of water.

    Dinner tonight will be special. We received an invitation to dine in the fancy-schmancy on-board restaurant called Portobellos. (Everyone eventually gets an invitation, so we are NOT special.) As I recall from last time, this will be a 7-course dinner and will likely take almost three hours!! Such decadence.
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  • Day2


    October 7 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Wir brachen zeitig aus unserem Hostel auf und besuchten Koblenz. Das Deutsche Eck war besonders beeindruckend. Dort treffen sich Mosel und Rhein. An sich eine schöne Stadt mit viel Kultur. Nun geht es weiter nach Worms.

  • Day8

    Duetsches Eck Monument

    June 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Deutsches Eck "German Corner") is the name of a headland in Koblenz, Germany, where the Mosel river joins the Rhine. Named after a local commandry of the Teutonic Order it became known for a monumental equestrian statue of William I, first German Emperor, erected in 1897 in appreciation of his merits in the unification of Germany. One of many Emperor William monuments raised in the Prussian Rhine Province, it was destroyed in World War II and only the plinth was preserved as a memorial. Following German reunification, a replica of the statue was erected on the pedestal after controversial discussions in 1993. It is today a Koblenz landmark and a popular tourist destination.Read more

  • Day2

    Angekommen in Koblenz

    September 12 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Die Fahrt von Erdmannhausen nach Koblenz war recht entspannt. Einige Baustellen unterwegs aber im Großen und Ganzen ging es ohne Stau zügig voran. Schon Mittags waren wir an unserem CP in Koblenz angekommen. Der Platz ist ziemlich teuer - 35 Euro pro Nacht - aber hilft ja nix. Ist halt der einzige Platz weit und breit.

    Nachmittags sind wir dann in die Stadt. Mit der "Liesl" der kleinen Fähre über die Mosel ging's rüber in die Altstadt. Ein bißchen bummeln, ein bißchen shoppen, dann kurz in die kleine "Weinstadt", alles ganz gemütlich so wie es sein soll. Um 7 waren wir zurück am CP. Monti war froh dass wir zurück waren und wir waren froh über die leckeren Pizzen am Platz. Ein schöner gemütlicher Tag..
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  • Day1

    Basilika St. Kastor

    February 14, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Am Ende unseres Rundgangs kommen wir wieder bei Dr Basilika St. Kastor an, neben der wir geparkt haben.

    Bevor wir unsere Weiterfahrt zum Land- & Golfhotel Stromberg antreten, besichtigen wir natürlich die Basilika. Da hier gerade zufälligerweise der Organist am Üben war, war der Besuch etwas stimmungsvoller als der der Liebfrauenkirche.

    Mir persönlich gefiel die Basilika besser, als die Liebfrauenkirche. Bei Udo war es genau anders herum.
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  • Day1

    Deutsches Eck

    February 14, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Unser Parkplatz liegt ganz nah am Deutschen Eck, daher ist dies auch unser erstes Ziel.

    Das Deutsche Eck ist eine künstlich aufgeschüttet Landzunge am Zusammenfluss von Rhein und Mosel. Ursprünglich wurde dort ein Denkmal zu Ehren Kaiser Wilhelm I. und seines Kampfes für die Einheit des Deutschen Reiches aufgestellt. Dieses Denkmal wurde dann mit einem Säulengang, der den Königreichen des deutschen Reiches gewidmet wurde, ergänzt. Im 2. Weltkrieg wurde die Statue auf dem Sockel von amerikanischen Granaten getroffen und zerstört. Anlässlich der deutschen Teilung wurde ein Fahnenmast mit der deutschen Einheitsflagge auf den Sockel gestellt. Das deutsche Eck wurde somit zum Mahnmal für die deutsche Einheit. Bereits damals gab es Bestrebungen, das Reiterstandbild wieder aufzubauen, aber erst nach der deutschen Einheit wurden diese Bestrebungen wahr. Nachdem Deutschland wieder vereint war, brauchte es kein Mahnmal für die Teilung mehr und die Gegner verloren ein wichtiges Argument. So kam es, dass seit 1993 wieder Kaiser Wilhelm I. am Deutschen Eck thront.

    Das Deutsche Eck erhielt seinen Namen durch einen nahegelegenen Standort des Deutschherrenorden. So hieß es zunächst Deutscher Ort und dann Deutsches Eck.
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