July 19. Today, we awoke to the walls of a lock outside our room's window. I was up topside to see us exit,
Cruising the Main. Much was just trees, grasses, and flowers above rock-lined (and obviously straightened) banks.
Sometimes we saw fields beyond.
There was an occasional august building, like this, the Schloss Johannisburg in Aschaffenburg. It was the official residence for the archbishops of Mainz before Napoleon.
Cruising the Main. There were a few nice bridges.
Plus some small towns, like this one, Großwallstadt, with views of people's gardens.
And there were the locks. Sometimes we had to wait. A boat's in the lock now and one can see the water splashing in front of the gate.
July 19. Entering a lock on the Main. This one has room for both the Embla and a barge.
The back gate closes, the water rises, the front gate opens, and out go the boats. The whole process takes about 30 minutes.
Here's a picture of an entire dam/lock complex, this one just before today's destination, Miltenberg.
Miltenberg. I'm going to climb that tower at left by the end of the day. Miltenberg is the birthplace of composer J. Martin Kraus, who Haydn rated up there with Mozart.
Our walking tour began near the east town gate (Würzburger Tor).
Lots of half-timbered buildings, with little statues.
Miltenberg's Hotel zum Riesen, "ältestes Gasthaus Deutschlands". (Germany's oldest guesthouse.) Documented to 1411. Thought to be from the mid 12th century.
The Market Square (Schnatterloch) in Miltenberg. Everybody takes this picture: check the web!
Uphill from the Schnatterloch is this gate in the wall, leading (east) an overlook and (west) to Mildenberg castle.
Castle Mildenberg, seen from the overlook. We heard music -- a 17th century brass fanfare -- coming from here. The tower is just behind.
First I went to an overlook above Mildenburg Castle where I could look down on the tower and walls (but I couldn't enter from here.)
I made my way over there. It's a museum now. I paid the one Euro entrance fee and climbed the tower.
The Main makes a big bend and the tower was located for the view ... all the better to collect tolls. It's an astounding vantage point.