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    • Day2

      Rüdensheim

      August 14, 2021 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

    • Day24

      Rheinstein and Reichenstein Castles

      November 6 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Rheinstein Castle [km 532] is a romantic 14th century castle featuring a drawbridge, ivy covered battlements and spectacular views of the Rhine.
      Reichenstein Castle [km 534] is also called Falkenburg. It’s a neo-Gothic reconstruction. It has collections of porcelain, furniture and weapons which span 5 centuries.Read more

    • Day14

      Oct 3 - Cruising the Rhine

      October 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      This morning and the early afternoon are all about just looking. We sailed all night back up the Moselle to Koblenz and back onto the Rhine River. The Middle Rhine Valley was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Here, the river forces itself into a narrow, winding valley where the scenery is spectacular with its ancient fortresses, many castles, tiny villages with half-timbered houses, jagged cliffs, old growth forests and hillside vineyards. We’re traveled this stretch three times now and it’s just as enchanting as it was the first time.

      After breakfast, we donned several layers and I added my trusty scarf, toque and gloves, and went to the top deck. We weren’t navigating under any low bridges so the back deck which sits three feet higher than the front deck was open. I walked three miles, around and around, but with ever-changing delightful scenery. Doug chatted with new friends.

      Kilometre 555 marks the location of the 430-ft. high cliff, known as at the Lorelei - it is one of the most famous sights of the Rhine Valley. The river narrows to just over 100 metres, and the treacherous currents and underground rocks have often caused ships to founder. Legend has us imagine the existence of a beautiful maiden sitting on the rock, combing her long hair and singing a sweet song that lures distracted sailors to their destruction. The modern bronze “Lorelei” statue near St. Goarshausen is from 1983.

      I retired inside after 3 hours because my phone battery was almost done - have used only my phone for photos on this trip. Doug had bailed earlier because he was cold. We continued to enjoy the fabulous views from the comfort of the lounge. Then I lost him - again. Found him in the gym working out. He may have been the first person to use that miniature gym on this cruise.

      About 2:00 p.m., the ship arrived in Rúdesheim, a town of 10,500 residents that plays host to over three million tourists per year. We are double-bunked again. We watched with amazement as the captain and his crew nudged the ship to within mere inches of the other ship without so much as the slightest bump. The crew ably hand loaded provisions onto the ship and garbage off the ship.

      More about the day in the next footprint.
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    • Day14

      Oct 3 - Rudesheim

      October 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      We left about 3:00 p.m. on a little tram car train to go the Seigfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett for a tour led by the effervescent Rita. This is a museum containing the world’s best collection of self-playing musical instruments - from tiny music boxes to street organ grinders to a huge “Mighty Wurlitzer” pumping out carnival calliope-type music at full volume. We have been to this museum before, but it’s easy to visit again. There is no other museum like it.

      We took the nearby cable car that skims over the vineyards and goes to the Niederwald Monument. Made of 32 tons of bronze, this 35-ft tall symbolic figure of “Germania” was completed in 1883 to commemorate the unification of 25 small states into the country of Germany in 1871. The sweeping views from the hill top gave us yet another look at the beautiful Rhine River.

      We came back down on the cable car (had to stand in line in light rain for 15 minutes) then checked out the great Christmas store and then Drosselgasse - one of Germany's best know streets. This street is only about 10 feet wide and is packed with wine-bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. From lunchtime onwards, it’s full of traditional music and songs that follow contain only one theme - "wine, women and song”.

      We walked back to the ship rather than wait for the tram. Had dinner with Jane and Phil again - lots more laughs. Tonight’s after dinner entertainment, in keeping with the party theme in Rüdesheim, was a traditional Germany folk music band - think oom-ph-pah - done with an accordion, a clarinet and and a trumpet. The band played for about an hour, and 5 minutes after they were off the ship, we set sail. Next destination - Mannheim.
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      Love the bells! Catherine

      10/10/19Reply
       
    • Day79

      Bingen

      July 13 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 88 °F

      Bingen is right across from Ruedesheim. We took the car ferry over to catch the train on the right side of the river to get home.

      It was blazing hot, but it would have been cool if we had the time to see some of the places related to Hildegard of Bingen.Read more

      Traveler

      next time 🙂

      7/14/22Reply
       
    • Day25

      Castle town

      September 14, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      We crossed the river to Bingen (by ferry), and we entered in to a world of castles at every new bend and turn..
      So picturesque!
      We headed up river to Bacharach (which is where the photo of red and white building)Read more

      Ian Gilmour

      Just want to put some age of empires archers and catapults on those defence steps :p

      9/14/16Reply
      Deborah Hennessey

      You are a sad little man

      9/16/16Reply
       
    • Day16

      Tag 11 - so weit die Füße tra

      August 14 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Nach einer erholsamen Nacht habe ich an der Schutzhütte gefrühstückt. So gestärkt find es dann frisch nach Assmannshausen. Das Wegstück dorthin fand ich mit alten, zugewachsen Steinbrüchen sehr schön. Am Ende ging es vor dem Abstieg über den Höllenberg, dessen Boden wohl einen besonderen Wein entstehen lässt. Dort stand noch eine besonders schöne Schutzhütte bzw. eher ein Pavillon, der laut Information einer der Damen von gestern von einem Filmdreh vor Ort übrig geblieben war.
      Im Ort war Sonntagmorgens tote Hose. An einer Kneipe standen aber sämtliche Fenster und die Tür offen - wohl nur zum Lüften, aber der skurrile aber nette Wirt machte mir eine Schorle und füllte mein Trinkwasser auf. Danach kam einer der gefühlt heftigsten Anstiege auf dem Steig. Kein Wunder, dass vom Ort eine Seilbahn nach oben führte, wo das Jagdschloss Niederwald lag.
      Der dort oben angelegte Wald war schön und von zahlreichen Wegen durchzogen und auch relativ stark frequentiert - als Thruhiker fiel ich da schon etwas aus dem feinen Rahmen. Der Rheinsteig setzte sich aber bald etwas von den üblichen Rundwanderwegen ab. Auf einer Bank mit Blick auf Bingen gab es dann ein zweites Frühstück mit den Resten vom Vortag.
      Etwas weiter kam ich unvermittelt an einer riesigen Statue vorbei, dem Niederwalddenkmal, wo unzählige Touristen herumliefen. Die ließ ich schnell hinter mir - aber langsam musste ein Plan für den Abend her.
      Nach zwei Nächten draußen wollte ich noch mal ein Bett haben und Wäsche waschen. Ich hatte vorher schon mal geschaut, aber in der Ecke nichts Adäquates gefunden. Zudem ging langsam der Strom zu Neige - die Sonne gab heute nicht viel her außer Hitze.
      Kurz darauf kam ich zur Abtei St. Hildegard, wo ich Essen, Trinken und Strom tanken konnte.
      Die Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten in meinem Tageszielbereich bzw. tlw. deren Erreichbarkeit des Sonntags waren immer noch nicht so prickelnd, aber schließlich fand ich noch was in der Nähe von Östrich-Winkel. Leider ließ ich mich von den Kombination von km-Angaben auf den Schildern und den Etappenbezeichnungen etwas fehlleiten. Nach meiner Einschätzung waren es noch gut 15 km bis zum Hotel - damit lag ich aber sowas von daneben!
      Zudem führte der Weg gefühlte Ewigkeiten nach Norden vom Rhein weg (wieder eine der weniger attraktiven relativ sinnfreien Verlängerungen des Steiges). Am Hotel angekommen standen dann 44km zu dem Tageszähler. Dafür gab es dann eine. wohltuende Dusche und leckeres Abendessen.
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    • Day4

      Day 5 Rudesheim

      September 3, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Visited the Marksburg castle this morning. Very interesting. Back on ship for lunch. Had lunch on the sun deck. Domenique, our program director, then gave us comments on the history and statistics of each portion of this part of the Rheine as we cruised south. Docked in Rudesheim. Walked through the town area. Had dinner in town. Wiener schnitzel and apple strudel with Rudesheim coffee to follow. Great day.Read more

      Traveler

      Miss you! What is on the pedestals?

      9/3/17Reply
      Traveler

      Seriously who was the designer of that uniform

      9/3/17Reply
      Traveler

      Glad you're having such a good time. I'm enjoying the pictures.

      9/5/17Reply
      Traveler

      Looks like you are enjoying your trip! Beautiful pink dishes!

      9/5/17Reply
       
    • Day8

      Bingen

      August 4, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      … man trifft sich wieder … 😍
      … Antje & Tom gemeinsame Kaffeepause mit 🍧 … 😜

      Traveler

      Isch Gelati 🍧 guet gsi? 😎😀

      8/4/21Reply
      Traveler

      👍 … 😋😋😋 - Pfefferminz mit Schokoladenraspel und Schlagrahm … 😎

      8/4/21Reply

      Das sieht ja mal☀️aus😀habe zufällig einen Zeil einer DOK TV gesehen, in Bingen benötigen sie dringend 💦…. Weiterhin eine schöne,🌤ige Velotour🍀 mit viel spannenden Eindrücken🤗liebi Grüess us Wyfälde, Andreina [Andreina]

      8/5/21Reply
      Traveler

      🙏👋🤗

      8/5/21Reply
       
    • Day5

      Penalty verschossen!

      May 23, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Heute morgen war ich schon mitten im Anlauf beim Elfmeter und wechselte plötzlich meine ursprünglich ausgesuchte Ecke!
      Übersetzt: Ich hatte vor am Rhein entlang nach Bingen zu fahren (190km, 100 Höhenmeter)! Ich wechselte auf eine etwas direktere Route = FEHLER = 162 km mit 1300 Höhenmeter!😪😢 Mein Anhänger mit doch total 28 Kilo Gesamtgewicht meldete sich jeweils recht heftig bei den verschiedensten Aufstiegen! (Rekord: 18%‼️)
      Fazit! KEINE Abkürzungen mehr!👍
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      Martin Harlacher

      Penalty verschossen? Der Nächste geht rein! 💪😎👍

      5/24/17Reply
       

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