After Andernach we left the Rhine and turned onto the river Moessel, a much smaller and shallower river. That day we went through three different locks, which was something neither of us had seen before, very interesting! The locks are there to accomodate the low points on the river and to avoid running aground.
We docked at the beautiful little city of Cochem at 1:30 pm, from afar we could see the large castle above the city. The city consisted of many cobblestoned little streets with little shops and cafe's and the riverside filled mostly with little cafe's and restaurants with lots of seating outdoors. We couldn't wait to get off the boat and run up to the castle or as the Germans call it the Reichsburg Cochem.
We walked through the tiny winding streets and out onto a pathway that led straight up the hill in an L curve, next through the vineyards (see photos). The views from up above at the castle were breathtaking as you can see from the photos. The lower part of the square tower in the middle dates back to the year 1000 A.D.
After we got back into town Steve had
appfel struedel mitt eis (see photo), and that night we finally had some real German Schnitzel, it was Sehr Gut!!!
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