Sunday 16 April 2017
The fourth day on board the Viking Idi - Scenic Mittel Rhine.
Views of Rudesheim - before casting off.
Moving off from our overnight moorings travelling up river......
.....before turning round again to head north (down river).
Vineyards and statue near Rudesheim.
Catholic Parish Church of the Assumption of Mary and Heimburg
That really is the sun!
Heimburg - at kilometer 542.
The town of Bacharach
The Toll Station at Pfalzgrafenstein
- with Gutenfels
castle on the hill behind.
Trains and boats and..............
The Church of Our Lady at Oberwesel
Looking back at the church and Burg Schonburg.
Even the railway tunnels are castles!
St Martins Parish Church
Ochsenturm (Ox Tower)
By river, road and rail.
The Loreley statue.....
....zoomed in as best I can.
A closer view of Castle Katz (Cat).
There was a vintage car rally taking place on the far bank.....
.... I managed to snap a couple of the participants......
.... at extreme range.
I'm not sure what this is called???? - linky
Arriving at Koblenz
- with Fortress
on the hill.
We had a coach excursion to Marksburg Castle - in which Kay took a
Fancy building a tower in the middle of a busy road!
The castle keep being invaded by a load of Vikings!
Looking up at the battlements.
Can you crochet one for me Kay???
At last - our groups turn to go through the entrance door.
Inside Castle Marksburg.......
.... to see the heraldry....
.... and the upperworks.
The castle is in a strategic position to control the Rhine
Pay your tolls or.......
....we'll get the enforcer out.
This is the privy - you hang out over the outer wall - and do your
thing! Watch out for blowbacks though.
A place to relax.
Remember that privy? - this is the inside. A real 'hole-in-the
Painted murals on the bedchamber walls.
The castle had a small museum of armour through the ages - this is
... Roman, medieval etc....
.... and the rest.
What passed for Eastenders in those days ???
A room for guests who can't pay.
The forge room.
Back in Koblenz - this view from the cable car up to the fortress.
Viking Idi at her moorings.
Our cable car (No 17) had a glass bottom.
The confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle - called Deutsches Eck
Stylistic viewing platform at the top of the fortress.
Looking down from the viewing platform.........
.... and back up from the shore. Note the route of the old
funicular railwayy up to the fortress.
Strolling on the 'German Corner'.
Equestrian statue of Wilhelm I - the first German Emperor.
The Circle of Life??
What happens to passengers who don't pay their bar bill!
Some of the crew dressed in Bavarian costume for a 'Taste of