Storybook Setting of This Charming Town -- Explore Wertheim, a tiny town that has played a strategic
role at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers. The evening before we toured, we were favored with the performance of a world renown glass blowing artist. He invited us, after the tour, to visit the glass shop of his friend, which we did and picked up one cute sparrow item to add to our collection. We joined our guide to experience this quaint village that is squeezed into a narrow triangle in the shadow of Wertheim Castle. We strolled, its red sandstone towers and fortifications marking your progress from their perch, striking a dramatic pose against the lush hillside forest. We walked past the Pointed Tower, round at the bottom and octagonal at the top. Over its 800 years, it has tilted to one side. While ambling among beautifully restored half-timbered houses built in Franconian style we happened upon the historic marketplace, passing a bakery and butcher shop. You can also stop by a glassblowing shop to admire the intricate works here.
When the town tour was over and everyone met at the ship to continue on down the river, a quite large group of us, not Dave and Rebecca, met the “bicycle man” who sized everyone up, giving them helmets, safety vests, instructions and briefing. This group would continue on down the Main River for 16 easy riding miles. While they set out, we on the ship gathered in our favorites spots and watched the scenery go by. The scenery of charming landscape of hilltop castles, sloping vineyards, flowering meadows and verdant forests. After the 16 miles, the ship docked in Freudenberg where the cyclers finished their adventure, joined us on the ship, and the ship sailed to our next destination.