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  • Day15


    October 4, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Another overcast day in Wurzburg as we left for the guided tour of The Residenz (Wurzburg Palace)...a very opulent home for bishops and princes. We weren't allowed to take photos inside but needless to say the extravagence was unbelievable...way over the top!

    PS...I managed to find some photos online which I've attached.
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  • Day1


    August 16, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Hosszú tervezgetés után irány Dánia, azaz Legoland. Egy emberöltővel ezelőtt többször megtettük ezt az utat Fülessel és Dórival- lehet hogy merész volt bevállalni annak idején ezt a hosszú utat- most pedig mínusz 1 lány, plusz 2 fiú. Szokás szerint az első éjszaka Würzburgan alszunk, egy nagyon jó kis B&B hotelben. A 860 km nem tűnt nagyon soknak, de a magyar határ előtt “hála a koronának” kb. 4 órát rostokolunk/araszolunk a 3 kilométeres sorban.Így aztán délutáni érkezés helyett este 10 után érkezünk.Esőben, fülledt időben szenvedünk a magyar szakaszon, de ahogy megyünk Németország felé gyönyörű napsütéses, meleg nyári idő fogad. Ahogy végre átlépjük a magyar határt stílszerűen benyomjuk a Wiener Snitzeles zsemlét és uccu neki!Korona ide vagy oda, élénk a forgalom, magyar kocsik is bőséggel. A német részen ismerős a minduntalan újra felbukkanó öreg Duna, egy helyen pedig van egy “stau” valamilyen koronás? ellenőrzés miatt, de megússzuk az orrpálcikát. A német részen nagyon érdekes, hogy mindenhol katonásan sorakoznak a napelemek nagy területen, ez azelőtt nem volt.Félúttól Áron vezet, néha lobog a hajam a 165-s sebességnél 😄, persze itt nincs sebességkorlátozás Füli és Dávci hősiesen nyomja a hosszú utat és késő este már csak az önkiszolgáló számkódos bejutást kell megoldanunk a modern kis szállodánkba hulla fáradtan. Kis körözött, csabai kolbi és vbor, majd álomba zuhanunk- én az emeletes ágy tetején -ahogy a hajón is szoktuk-Dávci meg alattam.Read more

  • Day23

    The German word for kitsch is kitsch

    October 3, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    After sailing through the night we arrived at the large town of Würzburg at around 9am. We'd been given a number of choices of activity for the morning, among them a trip to what our information sheet told us was the most famous and perhaps one of the most picturesque villages in all of Germany, Rothenberg ob der Tauber. That was the option we chose. It took us about an hour to get there, which was great as it gave us a good opportunity to see more of the German countryside, which was very scenic. Much of the land was planted out as vineyards, particularly on the steep hillsides, while the flatter areas were growing crops such as sugar beet and winter wheat. This time we had a German guide, an art historian, who spoke excellent English and who was very knowledgeable. As we all know though, Germans don't do humour very well and she shouldn't have tried. Our Scottish guide from the previous day had been way better.

    This day was a national holiday celebrating Germany's reunification, so about half the shops in the town were closed, not that that bothered us at all. Despite the closures and the cold dry weather in what should be the tourist off-season the place was quite busy. One wouldn't want to be there at the height of the season.

    The mediaeval town dates back to 1274, and it is beautifully preserved. The buildings are interesting to see, though Brian found it quite challenging to take good photos which didn't have tourists or parked cars in the way. We were given a couple of hours to browse through the town, and this was more than adequate. There were plenty of little cafes and bars to choose from, but as we get generously fed and watered on board our ship we had adopted the Nil by Mouth approach while out and about.

    What we couldn't get over was how unbelievably kitsch so much of the merchandise in the shop windows was. It gave a somewhat touristy tacky feel to the place even though it is a very nice town in all other respects.

    There is a chain of Christmas shops called Käthe Wolfahrt, which occupy prominent positions, at least in every German town we have visited so far. They do overpriced kitsch like nobody else, though they had several competitors in terms of sucking in tourists' euros.

    After spending every bit as much time as we'd wanted in Rothenberg we jumped on the buses and headed back.

    The real surprise came after lunch when Brian and a couple of fellow passengers decided to borrow bikes and go off to explore Würzburg. Mary declined to join us, having decided some time ago that she and a bicycle are not a good combination.

    Brian quickly realised that Würzburg was where we should have spent the whole day. It is a really appealing town with a lot of interesting architectural styles, beautifully restored buildings and wonderful parkland surrounding it all on three sides. It was the first time Brian had ridden a bike since our last overseas holiday two years ago, and he was quite wobbly. This being a public holiday the footpaths were filled with pedestrians none of whom realised how lucky they were not to have been mowed down by an out of control bicycle. Unfortunately we were pressed for time as the ship was due to set sail at 4pm, so it was a bit of a rushed trip . The town offers so many terrific sights and photo opportunities, and Brian would have liked to have lingered a whole lot longer. Nevertheless Mary was quite relieved to see him get back on board still in one piece.
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    You’re either brave or crazy to go bike riding again. Not sure I’d be too keen. Despite the kitsch, the photos are lovely and I’m sure don’t do the scenery justice xx HK

  • Day7

    Wuerzburg to Ingolstadt on ICE

    December 14, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌬 45 °F

    My first high speed train. Not near as high speed as the ones in Sweden. More like an express with few stops. The first class car sure looks nice and there is free Wifi and a restaurant car.

    The photos don’t do it justice.Read more

    Marc Scheulin

    Looks clean and roomy. Also looks full. First train pics with people on board

  • Day5

    Nach Würzburg

    April 13 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Wir hatten eine sau kalte Nacht mit -5°C wofür unser leichtes Sommer-Equipment nicht ausgelegt war. Im Schlaf hatte keiner geschnarcht, sondern es hat nur geklappert🙈.
    Die Fahrt nach Würzburg am Morgen mit Gegenwind war dann auch nicht gerade ein Saunagang.Read more

    Judith Lietzmann


    Peter Hübner

    ohne Worte😪😁🛀🛏😴

    Peter Hübner

    Ich glaube es würde euch gut tun😨🤤😁


    Viva frankonia Würzburg meine Stadt ich habe Heimweh [Gabi]

  • Day20

    Arrival in Wurzburg

    May 14, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

    The Viking Ingvi arrived in Wurzburg around 9:00 am after passing swans, locks and other things on the river. Breakfast aboard the ship was wonderful, as usual. Locks are common now, as are the peaceful birds that stay right beside the ship as it passes.Read more

  • Day20

    Archbishop's Residence and St. Killian's

    May 14, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    The Residence of the Archbishop is the most opulent high baroque structure I can recall seeing. The artistry and craftsmanship are unspeakably beautiful. Everything was "over the top" in this attempt to emulate the aesthetic excesses of Versailles. The little chapel with its myriad of angels and gold sun bursts transports one to the throne of God. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photographs inside.

    St. Killian's Church, despite its grizzly skeletons on the outside, was lovely inside. It is a monument to three Irish monks who brought Christianity back into Germany in the dark ages. On our way back to the bus we saw the church of St. Kilian, the site of the three Irish martyrs who brought Christianity to Franconia around 670 AD. Its white and gold interior are gloriously refreshing and joyful. The priest had just finished a mass for the Feast of the Ascension, and incense still hung heavy in the air. Without setting up a tripod, I attempted to hold the camera on a steady pew to take my slow exposures. We almost had to run back to the ship, and barely made the departure time of 6:15 pm. The activities briefing for tomorrow preceded our 7:00 pm supper with Heather and Don, joined by Mike and his wife Helen from Patuxent River, Maryland. The runny nose and the coughing is slowing down. I'm glad Glenda suggested continuing the full course of antibiotics for ten days. The doctor onboard the Royal Princess told me that I had to take that medicine for only 5 days.
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  • Day53

    Hannah and Würzburg

    October 18, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    A very exciting day for us! Last night, Hannah, our new au pair, drove from her home town of Saarbrücken, over near the German/French border, to stay with us for a couple of nights, so we could meet her before she arrives in Australia at the end of next week. She brought some lovely gifts including some honey from her Uncle's hive and some homemade grape marmalade made with grapes from their place.

    Finn did his best to grill her with all sorts of hard-hitting questions such as "Do you like plums?", "Do you like cake?" and "Do you like plum cake?". He loves making plum cake, so a winner its a winner if you like plums, cake and plum cake!

    We went to visit Würzburg today, starting with a visit through the the 18th-century Residenz palace. This featured lavish baroque and rococo architecture, with particularly ornate rooms. There was a huge fresco by a Venetian artist (Tiepolo) over the main entry staircase which had us all fascinated as it also included some of the figures in the painting coming out in 3D (plaster?). It was a great effect and we spent ages staring at the ceiling in this and another room with similar room.

    We also visited the garden where I was able to spot our first German eichhörnchen (which is a very groovy way of saying squirrel). The kids had already negotiated that the first person to see one and say eichhörnchen for 1 Euro cent. I had spotted one in Austria but couldn't remember the name to say. The added bonus for this squirrel was he was a reddy-brown and had an acorn in its mouth as it disappeared into the hedge. Cute as.

    We had lunch in the main square and then went down to the river which is obviously where all the cool kids were hanging out. The river was very wide and was split at one side with a commercial lock. Two large barges pulled up as we were watching, so we waited for them to navigate through.

    Back home, we played a bit of Uno and introduced Hannah to the game of Cheat. She is now probably thinking "what sort of family encourages their children to cheat in a card game!"
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  • Day12

    Chocolate Bananas

    July 11, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Story time;

    A Prince Bishop lived at Warzburg on a hill (pic1) and thought he would save the town money by building a palace closer... less time to get the groceries... so he built castle two (pic2). I would be quite content living in pic 3 really. Unfortunately, he died before it was finished (so no cheap burger runs for him).

    As our guide unpacked this story, Kilian Celebration was in full swing (vid 1) and very loud. As for what or whom St Kilian was, one word, google.

    Our time through the markets educated us in fresh food we could not identify. A Chocolate coated banana had our name on it and fresh roses had Emese’s, our cruise director, who has been responsible for so much in this trip.

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    Karen Goodsell

    Nice holiday house!!


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Würzburg, Wuerzburg, Wurtzbourg, Вюрцбург