7/22/17 Rhine Valley Cruise and Castles; Koblenz and Deutsches Eck
We are treated to a commentary about the various castles by our Tour Leaders
Perhaps the most famous of the sites is not a castle at all, but the Lorelei .
Then there were a number of other points of interest.
The rock formations protruding out into the river are constructed to prevent formation of silt.
After lunch, we dock at Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, known as Das Deutsches Eck , a popular tourist attraction with the reconstructed statue of William I as a tribute for his efforts in the 19th Century towards German Unification.
We enjoyed a walk through the Old Town, punctuated by a heavy downpour that drove us into an ice cream vendor where we were treated to a complimentary cone on Tauck. The rain and cool temperatures dampened my photographic creativity.
On the left above is a view of the confluence of Moselle and Rhine. The name for Koblenz is derived from the Latin for “confluence”.
The picture, lower right, is of Jesuit’s Square, home to a Jesuit School begun in 1694, that has housed the City Hall since 1895. Small dormers seen on both buildings are common in Germany.
On returning to the ship, we were treated to an Alpen Horn and vocal concert in the Compass Rose Lounge.
After dinner we continued our cruise to Cologne where we will arrive in the early morning.