Wednesday, July 18. The day began cruising the Rhine between Bonn and Koblenz. Plain has given way to hills. This park is near the town of Brohl-Lützing.
The first stop today was Marksburg castle. The visit began with a climb from parking lot.
Entering Marksburg castle.
Marksburg exterior walkway.
July 18. View down to the Rhine from Marksburg with all its river traffic. That's the town of Spay.
Our Marksburg guide in the dining hall.
On our guided tour through the various rooms.
The chapel at Marksburg.
Displays of knights.
Driving back through Braubach. We were supposed to meet the boat here, but diverted to Koblenz. The boat needed minor repairs.
The Embla was parked at das Deutche Eck, where the Mosel meets the Rhine. We had extra time to explore.
Around the corner of the Eck. This is the Mosel.
Das Deutche Eck in Koblenz has this statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, labeled "Wilhelm dem Grossen". (Why the dative case? I learned rather later that it's a salutation: "To William the Great.")
Das Eck has a pretty park behind dem Kaiser.
We finally got going. Cruising out of Koblenz past the 19th century Prussian government building.
Ehrenbreitstein fortress sits across the Rhine from Koblenz.
Now for our tour of the Middle Rhine gorge and the parade of castles and riverside villages. The village of Lahnstein.