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  • Day21

    Having ones cake and eating it too

    October 1, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We'd been told by the excellent Cheri, our Tour Director, that we'd be getting into the main part of the Rhine gorge overnight and that we'd be in an area of castles from about 4.30am. No castle is worth getting up that early for, but in a heroic act we set the alarm for 6.30am. Looking out the cabin window everything was still pitch black, so whatever we missed, we would have missed anyway.
    We headed up to the top deck at about 7.30 and joined a few hardy souls who were already there and madly taking photos. No question, there was plenty to see, with many photogenic little riverside towns, impressive church towers and, yes, quite a number of castles. Our GPS-driven audio guide would tell us what was coming up, which was very helpful. Brian managed to get quite a few (hopefully) good photos. We shall see.

    The only slight downside was the weather. There was a cold wind blowing, and even though we were well rugged up it was a bit of an act of endurance. After a couple of hours, having viewed the famous Lorelei, we retreated to the lounge to watch the changing view from there. Every so often, when there was an interesting sounding alert on his audio guide, Brian would head upstairs to get some more pictures..

    We were headed for the town of Rudesheim, where we'd been given the choice of two alternative shore activities. We could visit the museum of mechanical musical instruments or we could take a ride in a semi-enclosed gondola to the summit of the hill overlooking Rudesheim.

    As the weather was so unpredictable we had opted for the former, even though Brian was cynically expecting it to be little more than a rather kitsch tourist trap. How wrong he was! It was absolutely amazing and we'd love to have spent a lot longer than the allocated 40 minutes there.

    The museum has been in the hands of the one family for three generations and they have a true passion for collecting and restoring these ingenious machines. Most of them date back to the early years of last century and many are in good working order. Some of the more elaborate ones are up to 2.5 metres tall by about 2m wide and incorporate various instruments - piano, multiple violins, pipe organ, drums and so on. They contain the most ingenious mechanisms which are governed by perforated paper rolls similar to pianola rolls. The working models were able to play instantly recognisable versions of very well-known musical pieces.

    We'd been told that we would have enough time if we so wished to buy our own tickets and take the gondola ride. At that stage the weather had cleared a bit so we strolled the 50 metres or so and bought our tickets. It really is a highly scenic and enjoyable ride to the top. We travelled the whole way above vineyards, the Rhine Valley being famous for its wines. The views on the way up and from the summit are really great. One looks over the very picturesque town and beyond it to the river. There is also a giant memorial at the top, built in 1877 to commemorate Germany's victory in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.

    Rudesheim is a beautiful town. While it is undoubtedly busy during the tourist season, we were fortunate enough to be there when it was very quiet. While doubtful at first we were pleased to have enjoyed both of the available tour options and so, to have had our cake and eaten it too.

    Having dined in a palace with a real live princess the previous night it would have been too much of a shock for us to go straight back to dining with the hoi polloi in the main restaurant the following night. Fortunately we had a way out of that difficult situation. The ship also has a gourmet restaurant, named Chef's Table , seating up to 24 guests. Anyone can book it at no extra cost, the only stipulation being that one can book it no more than twice on a voyage. We'd already booked it a couple of days previously for 1st October, so that worked out rather well. Our table of nine had some real characters and was rather riotous, particularly after a few glasses of the free-flowing wine had been consumed. As one might expect, the six-course meal was superb.

    As we were leaving the restaurant a quiz night was just starting in the main lounge, so we decided to join them. We won, the prize being a box of chocolates which none of us really needed. On the strength of our quiz success and of having got on so well together we made a block booking for the Chef's Table for 6 October. A great day all round.
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    Sounds like a great day! Well done winning the quiz. You’ll need to start sporting pants with elasticised waistbands once you get home. xx HK


    Word of the day - 'VICARIOUS'. I'm with you..... BW


    Fascinating - thanks BK, El speth

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  • Day2


    August 14 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    I'm back on the road at last. First stop is the Rhine Valley. Rüdensheim is one of two small, picturesque German towns along the river that I visited. (See also the post for Bacharach.).
    The pictures are all around the town. I've seen many pictures of towns in Germany that seem to have a certain character. I can now say first hand that the towns along the Rhine Valley do have that character.Read more

  • Day8

    Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments

    June 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We disembarked in Rudesheim Germany and went for tour to the Siegried's Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments. It was amazing some very interesting large scale musical instruments and some very weird and scary looking. The tour guide was very informative but a little scary.Read more

  • Day8

    Rudesheim History and Coffee

    June 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Rudesheim is a wine-making town in Germany's Rhine Gorge. It lies on the bank of the Main, at the foot of the Rhine and belongs to the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region, one of Germany's biggest tourist attractions.
    The Drosselgasse Lane, the heart of Rudesheim's old town, is full of beautifully decorated restaurants, shops and live entertainment that plays all day and all night during the summer months. Built in the 15th century, the Drosselgasse was quite busy and a lovely town.

    After walking the streets and taking in all the history of Rudesheim it was time for coffee.

    Rudesheim has its own style of coffee invented by a TV chef in 1957. Asbach Uralt brandy and sugar cubes are added to a specially designed mug . The brandy is flambéed and stirred for a minute until the sugar dissolves. Strong coffee is added, followed by a topping of thickly whipped cream sweetened with vanilla sugar. Chocolate flakes are scattered onto the cream as a garnish. It was yummy.
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  • Day2

    Van Boppard naar Rüdesheim

    November 26, 2014 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Goed geslapen na een gevecht met het kussen, oogjes even open om half vijf met het gedacht dat de maan binnenscheen maar het was een straatlantaarn, daarna terug in slaap tot kwart voor acht.
    Het buffetontbijt staat van 7,30 tot 9u en het was ruim voorzien. We waren al snel aan de Lorelei en iedereen stond op het zonnedek om foto's te nemen. Het was minder spectaculair als vorige keer, mogelijk door het mindere verkeer op de Rijn maar ook een betere schipper en/of een beter schip?
    Nog wat Tai Chi om de spieren los te gooien en cocoonen in de kajuit we varen tot half twee en leggen dan aan in Rüdesheim.
    Maar voor we daar zijn nog een middagmaal zoals we zelf gekozen hebben bij het ontbijt:
    Crèmesoep van kikkererwten en spek
    Mahi Mahi; goudmakreelfilet met selder, tuinbonen en kruidencouscous
    Appelstrudel met vanille-ijs.
    Na het geslaagde middagmaal gaan we wandelen naar Rüdesheim, gelukkig is het terug droog want deze voormiddag viel er een druilerige regen, het is 8°. Langs de kade staan kraampjes, hier is het een Weinachtsmarkt der Nationen. We wandelen via de Drosselgasse naar boven, daar zijn allemaal winkeltjes dus er kunnen geen kraampjes meer staan, tot de Oberstrasse waar weer kraampjes staan. We drinken een gesoigneerde Rüdesheimer kaffé, dit wil zeggen aan tafel geflambeerd, de prijs navenant (7,50€/pp) maar we voelen ons dan een koning te rijk! En Dirk vond een handgemaakte kaasschaaf uit Finland aan 15€ te duur! Omdat de zetellift naar het Niederwald Denkmal het niet doet wandelen we maar de Panorama wandeling door de wijngaarden. Bladeren zijn er niet meer aan de wijnstokken maar op sommige wijngaarden hangen nog druiven, ik denk dat men deze laat hangen om op de eerste vorst te wachten om er ijswijn van te maken, maar ze zijn ondertussen al uitgedroogd. Dan wandelen we weer via de kraampjes, achter iedere hoek staan er weer andere, terug naar het schip. We hebben nog een uurtje om ons te verfrissen en het diner komt er aan, we durfden onderweg geen braadworst eten omdat we anders ons lekker avondmaal niet zouden opkrijgen.
    Gerookte zalmterrine met komkommer en dille- zure dressing
    Helder runderbouillon met pannekoekreepjes
    Botervis of parelhoenborst met ratatouille en aardappeltaart
    Het is heerlijk, juist genoeg en fijn opgediend. De kerstmarkt is dicht vanaf 8u en Dirk zijn pees doet pijn dus houden we het gezellig op het schip, wat UNO spelen en dan is het bedtijd.
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  • Day30

    Siegfrieds Music Museum

    April 24, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    With the strech of castles in the Rhine Gorge behind us, we arrived in the lovely little town of Ruedesheim It is in a wide and very calm section of the river and high on the hills around it are many vineyards.

    We hopped in a little train-tractor that toured quickly thorough the narrow streets to the Music Museum. This was housed in an old building that had paint friezes from the 16th century. The museum was filled with various mechanical musical instruments that had been restored to working order. Some had hundreds of moving parts and some used etched drums to play the music. Our guide set them playing and it was quite magical to see the one with violins hiding in cubbyholes of a piano playing (a violino).
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  • Day1

    Tschüss Rüdesheim

    November 28, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Schön wars. Ein sehr schöner klein großer Weihnachtsmarkt. Viele Stände nette Leute. Gefühlt war der Markt einen Kilometer lang. Beinahe in der gesamten Altstadt in vielen Gassen und Höfen gab es etwas leckeres.

    Ganz besonderen dank an dieser stelle an den Schweden-Finnland-Norwegen Stand. Der beste Glöcki den ich jemals getrunken habe. Und danke für die Erklärung des Elch-Bluts.
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  • Aug23

    Besuch bei Georg Michel - Teil 1

    August 23, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Bekanntschaft mit George, Christina und Tim vertiefen dürfen /Teil 1

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  • Day68

    Bingen und Rüdesheim am Rhein

    July 26, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Abfahrt 11h
    Ankunft in Bingen am Rhein um 16:30 bei km- 23550.
    Schöner, neu gestalteter Stellplatz in Bingen. Leider keine Toiletten (aber am benachbarten Campingplatz :-).
    Die Fähre nach Rüdesheim ist nach einem schönen Fußmarsch, am Rhein entlang, erreichbar.Read more

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