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    • Day 1

      Moselsteig Zuweg

      May 10, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Nach 4 Stündiger Zugfahrt erreichte ich um 11 Uhr Kobelenz. Doch der Moelsteig liegt noch 8km entfernt, also heissts den Zuweg Schildern folgen. Der Rheinpromenade folgend vorbei am Kurfürstlichen Schloss mit Blick auf die Ehrensteinfestung erreiche ich letztendlich das deutsche Eck und somit die Mosel. Ab hier dem Moselufer folgend bis Güls.Read more


      Gute Reise auf dem Moselsteig - ein Besuch auf Burg Thurant lohnt sich!




      Sehr großartig, wir werden dieses die zweite Hälfte bis Koblenz mit Wochenendtouren begehen 👍

    • Day 17


      October 6, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      A cold and showery day as we cruised from the Main to the Rhine river. Woke at 5am and watched the lights of Frankfurt through our cabin stopping here as we sailed on to Braubach.

      The top deck was finally opened after being closed for the last few days due to low bridges...amazing how everything folds down including canopys and handrails, even the wheelhouse is lowered to deck level.

      Spent half an hour up on deck, but it was bitterly cold and wet, so retreated to the lounge for the morning...beautiful towns and castles lined both sides of the middle Rhine as we sailed past.

      Had a guided tour of Marksberg Castle, perched high on a mountain behind Braubach. Amongst the better tours we have done! An 11th century castle with all the trimmings...torture chamber, blacksmiths room where they made the swords and armour, chapel, kitchen, dining rooms etc all set up as they were in medieval times.
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      What's that, let me get my glasses 😂😂😂😂😂

    • Day 47

      Fünf Fotos- Rhine Cruise Day 6

      May 30, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Happy Memorial Day, and I'm holding gratitude to all those in service who gave their lives for our country, our democracy, and our freedoms. May we all honor their sacrifice and strive to embrace "... and justice for all."

      It's a little disorienting being abroad for Memorial Day and the attendant traditions. We typically gather friends and family for a BBQ, and I carry my mother's tradition of baking a strawberry-rhubarb pie to welcome the informal start of summer.

      We did decide to go into the town of Koblenz for dinner. I had a steak and Jim had a pasta dish. We did go to High Noon, a western-style bar decorated with U.S. licence plates, to have a beer and play darts. We guessed that we hadn't played in a few decades. Jim C went 2 for 3 in the win column. So we did manage to salvage a bit of American culture for the holiday.

      We began the day in Rudesheim by going to Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, a museum housing a massive collection of musical contraptions ranging from music boxes to gramophones to automated mechanical machines playing multiple instruments. The town of Rudesheim offered Siegfried the medieval Brömserhof buikding to house his collection. The building was an additional treasure housing this marvelous collection.

      After the tour, we stopped for locally made and decadent crepes and "kaffe" before returning to the boat.

      Our destination today was to the town of Koblenz, and this was a trip that was definitely more about the journey than the destination. We journeyed through the Rhine River gorge that highlighted many castles in various conditions as well as towers and beautiful riverside villages. This is also the area boasting sine of the best vineyards in Germany known for their Riesling and other fine white wines

      Our cruise director Jane provided narratives about the castles as we watched from the chilly and windy deck. Most of the stories seemed to revolve around key themes- well, at least the tongue-in-cheek ones that I internalized:

      1. Karma is a bitch.
      2. Love interests can cause more trouble than their worth.
      3. The French destroy everything.

      One of the highlighted aspects of the gorge was a rocky cliff known as Lorelei (Loreley) a siren-like character who when betrayed by her lover lures sailors to their deaths. In 1824, a German poet, Heinrich Heine, composed a poem to honor the story of Lorelei.

      I don't know what it may signify
      That I am so sad;
      There's a tale from ancient times
      That I can't get out of my mind.

      The air is cool and the twilight is falling
      and the Rhine is flowing quietly by;
      the top of the mountain is glittering
      in the evening sun.

      The loveliest maiden is sitting
      Up there, wondrous to tell.
      Her golden jewelry sparkles
      as she combs her golden hair

      She combs it with a golden comb
      and sings a song as she does,
      A song with a peculiar,
      powerful melody.

      It seizes upon the boatman in his small boat
      With unrestrained woe;
      He does not look below to the rocky shoals,
      He only looks up at the heights.

      If I'm not mistaken, the waters
      Finally swallowed up fisher and boat;
      And with her singing
      The Lorelei did this.

      In further researching the author, I learned that during the Nazi regime and World War II, Heine became discredited as author of the lyrics because he was born a Jew, in an effort to dismiss and hide Jewish contribution to German art.

      It was good to know that his recognition was restored.

      We arrived in the town of Koblenz, a city found on the banks of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, later in the afternoon. We moored on the banks of Altstadt on the Moselle River. Before dinner, we strolled along the two rivers and noted the aerial tram to a fortress on top of a hill and a massive monument dedicated to the unification of Germany.

      Just before dinner, we noticed an unusual sculpture centered in a fountain. The artist created a tower representing the 2000 year-old history of Koblenz from the Roman Empire to present day. I was intrigued by the artist's view of history as reported on the placard: "History for him is not a progressive 'improving' development, but is always a new beginning that eminates from a demolished past on which it is based, but it is essentially something different."

      I wonder what our history tower would look like. I think it would be interesting to invite artists to create a similar concept in the U.S.

      We enjoyed our night in town, and we look forward to our final leg of the cruise to Köln tomorrow. Guten Nacht!
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    • Day 6

      Rudesheim, Rhine Gorge and Koblenz

      May 14, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      Started day in Rudesheim and went on the walking tour while the boat was being resupplied with essentials. Moored close to the town the initial issue was crossing the railway line, at this part of the Rhine there are railway lines along both banks of the river, with goods trains and the occasional passenger train going by every few minutes. Not a large town, quality wine and tourism being the commercial activities. Boasts an active night life in Drosselgasse which is almost totally pubs apparently each with a separate style of musical entertainment. The Niederwald monument at the top of the hill above the vines was not accessible as the winter work on the chair lift station was running late. Leaving late morning to sail down the Rhine Gorge, the most picturesque with strep wooded sides sometimes vines when the geography allowed and more castles with associated small villages than I could count. Arriving Koblenz, where the Moselle joins the Rhine late afternoon we took another walking tour. The “German Quarter”, the point where the 2 rivers is converge is a monument to the unification of the original states to form a united Germany and a huge equestrian statue of the first emperor. Another town along the Rhine which alternated with being French or German, one of the unusual statues is one of a young French fathered boy ( apparently they were all named John!) which randomly spits trying to soak unsuspecting tourists. One of the “robber barons” who lived in a castle along the gorge was tried and sentenced to death there. At his execution he rolled his eyes, put out his tongue and cursed the city, they have built a clock with an image of this face which repeats these actions every 15 minutes. The town was mostly destroyed in the war, the oldest remaining house started to lean so a new house has been built alongside to support it and to commemorate the history of the town another monument depicts the different stages of the town from Roman times to the post war rebuild. After dinner we were entertained by a local “folk group” with clarinet and accordions.Read more

    • Day 5

      Vorbei an 14 Schlössern und Burgen

      September 5, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Heute ging es weiter bis nach Koblenz. Über 80 km dem Rhein entlang, vorbei an 14 Schlössern und ebensovielen Bäckereien, durften wir ein weiteres Mal das tolle Wetter, aber leider auch den Gegenwind geniessen! Erwähnen muss ich auch noch die lange Fahrt mit einer Fähre über den Rhein, ein kleines Highlight! (8 Minuten, € 6.80 für Michele, mich, beide Velos und den Anhänger)
      In Koblenz angekommen stand „Business as usual“ (duschen, Kleider waschen, ausdehnen und natürlich ESSEN) auf dem Programm! Ein weiterer toller und unfallfreier Tag, nie eine Selbstverständlichkeit!
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      Martin Harlacher

      Herrliche Bilder - vielen Dank!

    • Day 31

      Day 31: Koblenz, Germany

      August 3, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      We woke up with a beautiful view of the Rhine hillsides brightened by the early morning sun. There was another delicious buffet style German breakfast that was included with our room price which had a wide selection of breads, meats, cheeses, yogurt, fruit, muesli, and spreads. We were on the road about 9 PM with a 50-mile day ahead of us. The ride would take us on the west side of the Rhine past numerous castles and churches along the bluffs. We found it hard to move forward as there was something we wanted to explore every 3 or 4 miles. The scenery was amazing and we are overwhelmed by the beauty of the Rhine River valley and villages along the Rhine. It is tourist season in Germany and there are many bicyclists along the Euro Velo route. Campgrounds are full and villages are a bit crowded, but everything is calmer than touristy areas in the US. Our hotel in Koblenz was right along the Rhine River, and we spent the early evening exploring the area and grabbing some supplies for a picnic style dinner in the hotel room. The sunset from our balcony was beautiful, and the crescent moon 🌙 looked beautiful over the steeple in the horizon. It was early to bed as the heat had us pretty worn out.Read more


      Hi... i am just 3 days in Perl Nennig Deutschland.. with grandson Victor. To 15u in Remich Luxemburg. Nice biking weather for you.

    • Day 19


      August 30, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Koblenz räknas som Tysklands vackraste stad. Kanske det, speciellt är i alla fall att precis här rinner Mosel ut i Rhen. Udden kallas Das Deutsche Ecke. Många åker hit bara för att fotograferas längst ut på udden. Denna helg är det dock musikfestival på udden och man har ställt 50 toaletter runt hela udden så den är helt blockerad, otroligt!
      Från udden går linbanan över Rhen upp till Ehrenbreitstein, ett av Europas största fort. Överraskande fina utställningar och en fantastisk utsikt över stan.
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    • Day 24

      Koblenz - riverfront walk

      November 6, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      An eclectic mix of old and new along the riverfronts at Koblenz. Not much time to explore as the night descends quickly.
      A very poignant memorial to a divided Germany - 3 remnant slabs from the Berlin Wall. Built and divided on the 17 June 1953; torn down and unified on 9 November 1989.Read more

    • Day 9

      Deutsche Eck

      August 21, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      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.Read more

      Giovanni Colletti

      He looks scared

    • Day 11

      Sep 30 - Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

      September 30, 2019 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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