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    • 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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    • 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

    • 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 11

      ....auf Abwegen

      June 14, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Es gibt Tage an denen möchte man nicht mit dieser großen Kiste von Wohnmobil unterwegs sein. Heute war so einer......

      Nachdem meine Brille repariert war ging die gemütliche Fahrt über die Autobahn und später die Hunsrück Höhenstraße in Richtung Koblenz bevor der Abzweig Richtung Wiesbaden/Mainz kam. Leider hat unser Navi die Adresse der Loreley nicht gefunden und wir hatten nur die ungefähre Richtung. Kein Problem, wird schon angeschrieben sein.....

      In St. Goar ging es mit der Fähre über den Rhein und dann stieg das Navi aus, einmal falsch abgebogen und es ging eine endlose schmale Straße den Berg rauf ohne Möglichkeit zu wenden oder anzuhalten. Als wir endlich umdrehen konnten schickte uns das Navi über einige schmale Gässchen mit Serpentinen bis wir endlich wieder auf dem richtigen Weg waren und mit 30 Minuten Verspätung auf der Loreley ankamen. Es war schon nach 13:00 Uhr deshalb erst mal eine Kleinigkeit zum Essen.

      Der Weg zur Lore-Ley war nicht weit aber es war schon ordentlich heiß geworden. Der Bick ins Mittelrheintal war sehr schön, den Abstieg zur Loreley Statue haben wir bei der Hitze weggelassen.

      Auf dem Weg nach Mainz wollten wir noch kurz die Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim besichtigen, das war aber nichts besonderes...... man hat ja immer so seine Vorstellungen.

      Auf den letzten Kilometern am Rhein entlang noch schnell Erdbeeren 🍓 und Kirschen 🍒 gekauft und schon war unser Stellplatz an der Uni in Mainz erreicht.
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    • Day 1

      Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay

      June 21, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      I started driving yesterday evening until around 2 am. In the morning I drove 1,5 hours to make a small hike to Hängeseilbrücke. It was only 30 minutes and because I was so early (around 8 am) I had the whole bridge and hike to myself. After walking over the bridge, there was a nice bench I chilled on for 15 minutes, enjoying the calm scenery and chirping of the birds. After a walk back I got back to my parking spot, where I had to pay 10 euros (!!!!) for not even 2 hours of staying there. Next time I rather risk a fine hahaha. After the bridge I drove all the way to the south of Germany to see a nice castle.Read more

    • Day 4

      Was hat sich der Hofstätter erlaubt?

      June 28, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Nach der Fahrt durch die südliche Weinstraße sind wir durch Zufall (wegen Naviausfall) heute in einem Dorf mit ca. 100 Einwohner gelandet. Wir wollten eigentlich nur etwas essen gehe und nach dem nächsten Campingplatz fragen. Daraus hat sich ergeben, dass keine Wirtschaft vor Donnerstag aufmacht aber eine Wiese für Camper zur Verfügung steht. 😁🚌 So sind wir in Hofstätten gelandet.Read more

    • Day 78

      Burg Stahleck

      July 12, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

      We hiked up to Burg Stahleck today. It has an interesting history - a medieval castle that fell into ruins, and then was rebuilt as a youth hostel in the 1920s. Then it was also used for Hitler Youth conventions and later where youth who didn't fall in line with the party were sent as punishment.

      Today it's back to being a hostel and apparently it's the cheapest way in Europe to stay in a castle for a night.
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    • Day 121

      Spass für alli

      July 24, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Mer send go en Burg aluege, händ ufeme Wiiguet übernachtet, inkl. Vinetasting und händ die düütsche Badeseee testet. Sind uf verschidene Stellplätz gsi und sind vill gfahre. Was ned für alli so spassig isch. 😅🙈Read more

    • Day 7

      Etappe 7 Boppard-Remagen (79 Km)

      August 17, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Heute wieder mal mit einem herrlichen Frühstück gestartet. Immer eins der Tageshighlights. So wie so jeden Tag ein neues Hotel ist luxus. Und das Preissleistungsverhältniss ist echt topp. Hatte Heutenacht ein sehr grosses Komfortzimmer und habe dafür inkl. Frühstück CHF 70,- gezahlt (in der 🇨🇭 wäre es sicher das 3-fache). Heute auch die ersten Regentropfen abbekommen aber nicht wirklich die Rede wert.

      Auch interessant sind die verschiedene Dialekte die ich nach ca. 400 Km schon gehört habe: von fränkisch nach hessisch zu Rheinländisch 😉.

      Werde Heute die Hälfte qua KM vollgemacht haben. Resten nach Heute noch 6 Etappen mit ca. 440 Km
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

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