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Sep 6, 2019 - Koblenz and the Upper Middle Rhein

Temps went down to the mid 40's overnight, but recovered to sunny and 65. We decided to pass on the Marksburg Castle climb and walked a bit of Koblenz on our own. Its important geographic feature is the Deutschen Eck, the confluence of the Rhein and the Mosel. We saw the statue of Wilhelm the First as well as the Berlin Wall recognition and memorials to the Jews who were deported and murdered. The rest of the day (and night) were spent cruising the Rhein, into the Main via numerous locks. (There are 67 from beginning of cruise to end.) As...

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Jun 17, 2019 - Marksburg Castle and the Rhine Gorge

This morning we visited Marksburg Castle. We were a little concerned because the tour was listed as demanding, but we were fine. The castle was begun in the 1200s. It was built overlooking the Rhine, but it was not built to extract tolls from river traffic, rather it was built to defend a lead and silver mine. A bus took us part way up, then we walked -- up. Going through the castle, the floors and ramps were very uneven stone. We saw the kitchen, with a fireplace big enough for an ox. The lord’s bedroom had a stove that could be...

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Apr 27, 2019 - Upward then Onward

We sailed thru the night from Cologne to Koblenz, arriving about 8:00. Today’s excursion was to Marksburg Castle on the Rhine, just beyond Koblenz. We bussed about 30 minutes to the Castle and it was amazing. Built in the 1200s, it has been preserved in its traditional state as a museum. It passed thru several owners over the years, not by conquest so much as a result of reversals of fortune. But for the occasional handrail, it remains in its raw historic form, with floors and stairs that can be quite challenging to navigate. Our docent...

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Apr 18, 2019 - Marks burg Castle and the Middle Rhine River Sights

2019-04-18.Marksburg Castle and the Middle Rhine River, (aka ABC) I had been looking forward to visiting Marksburg Castle and it did not disappoint. It was never conquered by any opposing force and there is a reason for that. Just getting up the sheer cliffs high atop the hills above Brauberg, Germany, would have tested even the strongest warrior and then, there were the various traps set for the unwary. Only a small force of men guarded this castle but this is where the villagers living below came to avoid invading armies. It is an...

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Dec 22, 2018 - Koblenz 2

We started the day later than usual and the plan was to take the tram up to the fortrests to view the confluence of the Mozel and Rhine rivers . As we left the ship the rain started so we changed our minds and went back to the ship. After about a half an hour the renovated so we decided to go into the Christmas market. It was a day to try a number of different things so we had the fried potato pancakes and I would say and again ate them before we took a picture . Once again we ate before we photoed. He also had to have the french fries and...

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Dec 21, 2018 - Koblenz

Friday 21st: The ship had sailed during the night and by morning we were in Koblenz which is situated on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. This morning’s tour was to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which is perched above the city on the opposite bank. As the coach wound its way up to the fortress the views over Koblenz and the two rivers were quite stunning. The fortress was constructed in the early 19th century on the site of a previous fortress dating back to the year 1000. At the end of WW2 when Germany was ordered to destroy...

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Dec 21, 2018 - Koblenz

We set sail for Koblenz this a.m. Crossing the most beautiful part of the Rhine with the river much wider than it has been and with castles lining the banks and the hills above. While cruising a local glassblower came aboard and gave an awesome demonstration of glass blowing. Glass blowing has been in has family for generations and he - at Chihoulys request, flies to Seattle and teaches for him for some months each year. We of course were able to purchase and he would engrave anything you wanted on your items while you waited. We bought...

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Sep 29, 2018 - Marksburg Castle near Koblenz

The long valley cruise from the last stop was taken up with narration spoken over the ships announcement system, no one missed a shore bound feature. We planted ourselves on the bow and took it all in. Then we landed near the city of Koblenz, actually the town of Braubach. Medieval Life Perfectly Preserved -- We visited this, the only castle in the Rhine Valley to have never been destroyed. We met our guide and the coach drove to Braubach, where the incredible Marksburg Castle watches over the town as it has since the 13th century. Because...

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Jun 29, 2018 - Marksburg Castle & Koblenz, Germany

This morning we docked in Koblenz and the Deatz/Rineharts left to see Marksburg Castle. It is a medieval castle and has been perfectly preserved (furniture and everything) as it was in those days. The steps inside are rough and uneven and carved right from the mountain itself. These steps were carved with a rough surface intentionally to keep the Knight's horses from slipping on rainy days. Originally named Burg Braubach, The Marksburg rises high above the right bank of the Rhine River, crowning a cone-shaped hill overlooking the town of...

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May 27, 2018 - Koblenz and Marksburg

Last night we went to dinner at an Italian restaurant. As we walked we noted lots of bars. After dinner we walked around the block discovering lots of hotels with bars, "working girls" in many doors and several sex shops...not at all a good part of town! Guess we should have a look around before we decide on a hotel! Through high rolling hills, we passed from Luxembourg to Germany crossing the Moselle River several times as it made its way north to Koblenz and the Rhine River. Little villages nestled in valleys along the way, their houses...

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Dec 10, 2017 - Rudesheim to Koblenz

I had a restless night with my hiatus hernia and neither of us slept much at all. We decided not to take the tour of Rudesheim, although I urged Christine to go, she felt she needed to recover from her lack of sleep. We got up a bit later and Christine went for breakfast. The Cilla and Grace, the mother and daughter we have sat with several times wanted her to go with them, but, as she still had to eat, she declined. We had a lazy morning, watching the snow get heavier and heavier, we felt happy we had decided to stay in, although those who...

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Aug 7, 2017 - Koln to Koblenz

Monday, August 7 Koln to Koblenz 5 hrs 5 mins 96.1 kms I get up after 7 AM. The sun is not on my tent. I packed up and head to reception. The tag I hung on my tent had a deposit of 5 euros against it. The coffee and the chocolate croissants that I got at reception ate up the five. The route south from Koln is easy to follow. Even the need to keep my left hand in the water is not needed. The trails are a variety of surfaces: hard, soft, broken, cobbled. And there are a variety of things to see. Near Bonn the trail turned into a wide smooth...

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