This panorama shot of our boat, 'Avalon Felicity', may appear a little bent, but I liked the result - a long vessel, perfect for river cruising! Heidelberg to Rudesheim was not a long haul but we had great venues to explore, day time cruising and nights in dock - that meant peace, calm & quiet ... zzz :)
The river level was clearly low - we passed many boat ramps that fell short of the water and this helped us appreciate the ordeal we went through with all the bus travel at the start.
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Cheers from Jan & Garry
Heidelberg CastleThis castle had an amazing history but suffered at the hands of the French - Louis XIV used gunpowder in huge quantities in an attempt to demolish it.
View from the CastleOverlooking Heidelberg from the castle - Neckar River valley below & the Theodor-Huess Bridge - acclaimed by Mark Twain to be the most beautiful bridge in Europe.
Theodor BridgeGorgeous buildings, bridges and gardens. A truely picturesque city - over-run with students of the local university & home to, "The Student Prince".
Souvenir StallsThought there was a church fund raiser on - no - the major, humungous church was aproned by a sea of tourist stalls - a little ... off?
Oz FartSaw these signs to 'Ausfahrt' all around the district - thought it must have been a really big neighbouring town. Couldn't help smiling each time - finally found out it meant, "Exit"!!!
Happy HourDeparting Mannheim for the evening cruise to Mainz coincided with 'Happy Hour'. Two for the price of one. When I ordered a beer & a wine, was given two of each!
We managed :)
MainzAnother guided tour - this time the city centre of Mainz - beautiful Cathedral. Also went into Gutenberg Museum - invented type of printing press - saw 2 original G'berg Bibles - hand illustrated.
Town with CharacterWalking the streets of Mainz brought so many photo opportunities that I often had people walking into the back of me as I propped to capture a scene on the hoof.
Lunch Cruise to RudesheimLunch buffets were awesome and when cruising it was a bonus. The 2 hours from Mainz to Rudesheim became an extended lunch break.
Short of Docking SpaceWhen access to shore was taken by a cruise boat, the next would tie up alongside and their passengers would stroll across our deck to reach shore - very friendly.
Novel TransportA Toot-Toot 'train' saved us the walk into Rudesheim - cute but squashy - but a quicker way to get us tio our afternoon tour of a mechanical musical intrument museum.
Pianola with a DifferenceAmazing museum of inventions that played music where no musician was available. This one, controlled by a paper scroll had piano as well as 8 violins playing a classical piece.
Wine GardensGermany has many beer & wine gardens - we seemed surrounded by them! Had a wine tasting of local reislings here in Rudesheim.
Rhine Valley ViewsTook a 'cable car' ride to a peak overlooking Rudesheim - beautiful Rhine Valley views. Walked back to town through hillside vineyards - ah - the serenity!