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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

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


      Traveler  Danke.


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

    • Day 55

      Schloss Stolzenfels

      August 13, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      The Rhine really is "filthy with castles" (thanks to Elaine for this quote) but this is our favourite and we have a great view of it from our apartment windows and balcony - we have loved watching the late afternoon light and sunset colours falling across this beautiful shimmering white castle.Read more

    • 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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      Traveler  What's that, let me get my glasses 😂😂😂😂😂

    • Day 22

      We're Having a Heat Wave

      September 8 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      When we arrived at the Trierer Hof Hotel yesterday, I asked the owner if they had experienced a hot summer this year. "It started off pretty warm", he replied, "but the past couple of months have been cold and wet".

      In that case it must have been just bad luck that saw us arrive smack in the middle of a series of hot and very humid days. In fact the temperature has risen to over 30C for the past few days, and the sequence is set to continue for at least another four days.

      This has come as something of a shock for our team who have just arrived from the Australian winter. The combination of high temperatures, hot sun and enervating humidity really takes its toll. I am just so grateful that our hotel features functioning air conditioning. This is something of an oddity in this part of the world.

      Today the group decided to ride the cable car to the fort on the other side of the Rhine. For those who are afraid of heights, this was something of a challenge, but the views down to the city from the lofty location made the trip worthwhile.

      Maggie and I spent the rest of the day alternating between exploring the old city and retreating to the coolness of the hotel room. At this point of time it is worth making mention of the very big elephant on the room. While I adore the history, culture and scenery of Europe, there is one aspect of European living that literally gets stuck in my throat. That aspect is the cloud of smoke that follows wherever you go.

      While Australia and many other countries have made huge progress in reducing the incidence of smoking, in Europe it is a filthy accepted part of life. Whether you are walking down the street, enjoying a view or eating at an outdoor restaurant, it is impossible to escape being enveloped in a stinking cloud of noxious tobacco smoke.

      From the young to the old alike, they are all equally addicted to a lifestyle revolving around nicotine. Parents think nothing of blowing clouds of poisonous smoke right into the faces of their children. Even when they are not smoking, the stink has penetrated into their clothes, hair, curtains and carpets. You just can't escape that awful smell. At times I really feel like yelling at people to wake up to how stupid their behaviour is.

      I am not sure what the statistics are concerning smoking in the big cities, but from my own anecdotal experience, I would say that it is at least 40%. The rest of the population choose to use vapes instead.

      This afternoon an exciting event took place - our boat arrived at the docks. Although we cannot board until tomorrow, it was fun to have a close up look at the vessel that will be our home for the next seven nights. In the morning we will be checking out of the hotel, and at 3 pm we will be boarding the MS Olympia. The next leg of our adventure will start.
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      Traveler  Agree on the smoke... at a lovely restaurant and our meal is awesome but the smoke is pretty bad. otherwise awesome place and our boat looks good.

    • 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 21

      This Apple Juice Tastes Funny

      September 7 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Following our enjoyable time in Maastricht, the time had come for our travelling circus to move to its next performance. When faced with the problem of getting 19 Ghostriders and a veritable mountain of luggage from Maastricht in the Netherlands to Koblenz in Germany, I examined several options.

      The obvious choice would have been to travel by train. That sounds simple, however it would have required all of us to travel to Maastricht Station (with all our luggage), then negotiate a sequence of three trains (with all our luggage) and finally to get from Koblenz Station to our respective hotels (with all our luggage). That was not an option that had any appeal at all.

      About 9 months ago, I started researching the possibility of chartering a bus for the journey. I contacted several companies for quotes and waited for their replies. While most of them were ridiculously expensive, there was one company (called A1 Service) that provided a realistic quote at about 50 Euro per person.

      I started a dialogue with the company, but they were somewhat difficult to contact at times. When they asked for a substantial deposit in advance, I started to get a little nervous. I had no idea who I was really dealing with, and could not help but fear that I was kissing goodbye to a stack of Euros.

      Of all the arrangements for this trip, the one that gave me the most concern was this bus transfer. What would I do if the promised bus did not turn up ? In the final email from A1 Service, they promised that the bus would be at the Hotel Valk at 9 am. I arranged for the group to be checked out and waiting with their luggage at 8.30 am. I started looking for the bus.

      The clock marched on to 8.45 am. No bus. 8.55 am. No bus. I tried to look confident, but I had butterflies in my stomach. The group started to look at me. I walked out into the street and looked either way. No bus. 9.00 am came and went. Still no bus. The team were starting to look mutinous.

      "What are we going to do?", some of the more cynical members asked.

      "Pass me your phone", I said to Maggie.

      I dialed the number, half expecting to get the dreaded "That number is no longer connected" message (or whatever that is in Dutch). You could imagine my relief when the driver answered, and explained that he had been delayed 45 minutes by an accident on the highway. He promised that he was only 5 minutes away. And he was.

      When he arrived he was at the wheel of a very large, and very modern bus. Everything would be OK after all. My reputation was intact, and I even started to breathe again. About 10 minutes later, we were loaded onto the bus and underway.

      The drive to Koblenz should have only taken about 2 hours, and it probably would have if there had not been a huge traffic jam on the German side of the border. At first we thought there must have been a big accident, but apparently the road was blocked while they cleaned and polished the line markings. I think that was the story anyway. Germans are sticklers for order and cleanliness after all.

      We also learned that the Germans have very strict codes for how long drivers can drive without a break. The traffic jam had delayed us so much that the driver had to stop the bus and wait for 45 minutes, before we could resume the journey.

      I think we finally arrived in Koblenz about 1.30 pm, and found Sue Rainsford standing outside the hotel, waving to us. It was a lovely welcome to see a friendly, familiar face so far away from home.

      After checking into the hotel and having a rest, Maggie and I went for walk around the city. Koblenz is an old city, situated in an idyllic location at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Our initial impressions were very favourable.

      Not wanting to have another restaurant meal, we decided to get some provisions from the supermarket and have a picnic in our hotel room. Shopping in a foreign supermarket can be a challenging exercise, but fortunately most items have informative pictures on the outside.

      I found some bottles of apple juice and thought they would be a nice way to quench my thirst. We also added grapes, oranges and yoghurt, before heading back to our room for a little feast.

      Since the heat was still around 30C, I could not wait to enjoy the apple juice, and poured myself a large glass. It smelt and tasted awful. Perhaps it is an acquired taste, I wondered. I took another sip. It tasted even worse. I felt like I was sucking the toxic sweat from a pair of old cycling socks.

      Just what was this foul muck that I had purchased ? I searched on Google for the solution and discovered that I had just purchased two large bottles of apple cider vinegar. I had been drinking almost pure acetic acid! No wonder it did not quench my thirst. So, down the sink with that toxic swill. I suspect that my throat is still seared from the unfortunate experience.
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    • Day 9


      May 23 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Heute war es wieder etwas kühler und auch Gegenwind hatten wir. Die Bopparder Rheinschlafen Aussicht haben wir von oben genossen. Es war eine lange Etappe, Heinz und Ruedi sind mit 3km auf dem Akku übrig im Hotel angekommen. Auch haben in Spay die Hälfte der Strecke geschafft💪 Morgen gehts weiter nach KölnRead more

      Traveler  Supi, gratuliere zur Halbzeit


      Traveler  Bravo 👍

    • 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

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

    • Day 24

      Stolzenfels & Lahneck Castles

      November 6, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Stolzenfels Castle [km 585] - a 19th century Prussian king rebuilt this charming 13th century castle.
      Lahneck Castle [km 586] Originally built in 1244, Lahneck portrays mediaeval life through its furnishings and portraits in the chapel, knight’s hall and servants kitchen.Read more

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