Day 11 – Nov 21, 2015 Boppard • Optional Marksburg Castle tour • Boppard tour Join us on an optional excursion to one of the most beautiful castles standing on the hills that line the Rhine River, Marksburg Castle. The only 13th-century castle unchanged by war or reconstruction, it offers an unprecedented glimpse into the daily life of the time. Walking through the three towers and the connecting rooms, you will fully feel what it was like to live in a castle. You’ll climb a stone staircase leading to the romantic bed chamber (the only room heated with a stove), see the Great Hall with its enormous fireplace (large enough to grill a steer whole), and take in a commanding vista from the east bank of the Rhine as you stand atop the towers. Then make a discovery of a different nature as you sample regional beer before returning to Boppard. Or, spend the day at leisure in Boppard, where you are invited to join your Program Director for a walking tour in town before lunch. Boppard has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its importance as a cultural and historic center for the middle Rhine region. If you joined our optional Marksburg Castle tour earlier today, you have an opportunity this afternoon to stroll this lovely town. You’ll see its famous Rhine Promenade and the white towers of the Church of St. Severus. Later, you’ll be inspired as you sail the most beautiful part of the Rhine, where an imposing rock rises 440 feet above the river. Since ancient Greek mythology, there have been legends of sirens, who lure sailors to their death with sweet songs. Ancient Germanic legend places one such siren—Lorelei—here, and it is said she enticed sailors to destruction on the reef below the rock. Set sail for Speyer this afternoon, with dinner onboard tonight. Please note: The Optional Marksburg Castle tour features a considerable amount of walking uphill and on uneven surfaces; steep inclines; rocky terraces; narrow passages, no handrails; and dim lighting, at times.
Well you thought yesterday was short – same thing today.
Got in early today to Boppard, about four hours early. But did not affect anything on the schedule as we were due in about 8AM and getting in at about 4AM, who cares. Also this past evening we left the Mosel and are now on the Rhine!
The optional tour today was a trip to Marksburg Castle – see the GCT info above. As Patricia and I had been there before AND the fact it cost 85E we did not go. When we went a couple of years ago it was about 5E!
So we stayed in Boppard and took a tour about the town. We were told it was smaller than Zell – NOT! Maybe twice as big but certainly a small town and very neat. As in the case of Zell one street where most of the shops were. There were some way me shops here but not nearly to the extent that there was in Zell! Couple of nice churches and of course obligatory to visit them. There were some really nice Roman ruins. The Romans had built an out post here and typical Roman style it was not small. It was about 550×1000 feet in size with 18 towers. At the base of the walls it was about 23 feet thick! Most of the structure had been torn down and used for building in centuries past but there was still a couple of hundred feet left to see.
The weather today has turned colder and except for one brief drizzle of about 5 minutes no rain. Matter of fact saw sun – probably about 30-40% sun today. After we had left and were cruising one of the tour directors said he though he saw a few snow flakes! It is cold now.
After we left Boppard, about 2PM, we headed on up the Rhine through the section where there are many castles on the hill tops. Ah – there is a castle, go around a bend, ah – there is a castle, etc.. It is on this section we went by the rock of Loreli – see GCT info above.
So now we are just cruising to our next destination Speyer.