Sunday, July 17, 2011

On the Road: Danube - Rhine River Cruise Ends

Miltenberg was another quiet, lovely medieval town we were able to visit during our 15-day river cruise on the River Countess.

While in Rudesheim, we took a gondola ride up to the Niederwald Monument, passing over acres of grapes used in the production of Rheingau Riesling.

The Niederwald Monument, high above the city of Rudesheim - its history dates back to Roman times, was built to celebrate German unity.

Each city on our 15-day river cruise offered ample opportunities to stop and enjoy a coffee at a lovely cafe.
Heidelberg is a well preserved Baroque city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany's Castle Road; ruins of the Heidelberg Castle loom over the historic city.

Although we had to get out our umbrellas while touring the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, it was well worth the effort to see such an impressive historic site.

Before flying out of Basel, Switzerland, we had a morning visit to Strasbourg, known as the Crossroads of Europe. The canal ride showcased a lovely historic city, especially the Petite France neighborhood with cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses and flower-filled window boxes.

It was a wonderful 15-day river cruise on the Danube and Rhine; Doug and I returned home with wonderful memories as well as lots of photos from visits to charming cities and the delicious food served on the River Countess.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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