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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Rhein

One of the things I wanted to do while visiting Germany was to take a boat tour of the Rhein.
My cousins graciously went along with us, I'm so glad they were able to make the trip too!
We had a such a wonderful, relaxing day.
Enjoy these amazing sights.



When we loaded the boat, we were amazed at how close the villages and castles were to the river.
There were trails and pathways along the river...what a wonderful way to experience all the beauty.
This is a shot of the top of the boat where most people were seated. The boat made several stops as people came aboard or exited...another form of Germany's transportation system.
We kept our spot up here for most of the trip. It was the perfect place for grand views.
There was even entertainment for small children!




There were a few other modern boats, but overall it was a very quiet ride.



Wouldn't this be a wonderful way to travel for a few days or more?



Village markers






This is one of my favorite shots...the castle and modern transportation.
Amazing.



 Notice the RV camping trailors...






The striping on the hillsides are vineyards or other vegetation.




This gives a perspective of the width of the river.



Train tunnels


According to German legend, there was once a beautiful young maiden, named Lorelei, who threw herself headlong into the river in despair over a faithless lover. Upon her death she was transformed into a siren and could from that time on be heard singing on a rock along the Rhine River, near St. Goar. Her hypnotic music lured sailors to their death. The legend is based on an echoing rock with that name near Sankt Goarshausen, Germany

"Lorelei" Encyclopedia Mythica. http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/lorelei.html



Her statue is hard to see...she's sitting on the rock.





Rheinfels Fortress


Maus Castle


Marksburg Castle





Stolzenfels Palace



Elector's Palace in Koblenz


Our tour had sadly ended, our stop was quickly approaching.
It was an amazing, unforgettable day.
For more information on the castles along the Rhein, click here

**if you're a perfectionist like me and notice the spacing is off, i tried...for about an hour... for some reason blogger isn't taking my editing...ugh.

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