Artistry II – Day 7 Sailing Through Rhine Gorge

By posted on July 18, 2017 12:21AM
Artistry II Day 7 Rhine Gorge

Before sailing through the Rhine Gorge we docked in Boppard for a walking tour of the city. Local guides were available for a guided walk; I chose to walk into the city on my own on this beautiful morning.

Docking at Boppard
Docking at Boppard
Riverside Walk into Boppard
Riverside Walk into Boppard

There is a wall of hotels, businesses and residences along the Rhine Promenade with only a couple of openings through to the city center.

Gate from Rhine Promenade to Old City Boppard
Gate from Rhine Promenade to Old City

Boppard recorded history goes back to the third century, its archeological history goes back thousands of year before that. Much of the architecture from the 1100s to the 1800s is still standing today, such as St. Severus Church built in 1148.

Saint Severus’s Church Boppard
Saint Severus’s Church Boppard

Remains of early Roman occupation from the 4th and 5th centuries can be found in several locations, the largest area is at the Archeological Park.

Roman Remains in Boppard
Roman Remains in Boppard

There are also Renaissance Revival buildings from the late 1800s.

Villa Belgrano Boppard
Villa Belgrano Boppard

In addition to its interesting history Boppard is currently a lively walkable community with parks and cafes along the river.

Riverside Park Boppard
Riverside Park Boppard
Cafes in Front of Hotels
Cafes in Front of Hotels

This was one of my favorite stops on the cruise and I will be writing a separate article on Boppard as a tourist destination. For Day 7 of our Highlights of Germany cruise it was a three hour stop before setting sail for the Rhine Gorge and an afternoon viewing the castles of the middle Rhine.

As we sailed towards the castles I went up to the Sky Deck for a Grilled Lunch. Passengers can sign up for this lunch alternative once during the cruise. The gorgeous day and Rhine Gorge itinerary added to my enjoyment of the al fresco lunch.

Grilled Lunch Plate
Grilled Lunch Plate
Grilled Lunch Buffet on Sky Deck
Grilled Lunch Buffet on Sky Deck
Grilled Lunch Dessert
Grilled Lunch Dessert

As we were finishing up our lunch the Cruise Director announced that we were nearing our first castle on the Rhine Gorge.

First Castle Sighting on Romantic Rhine Gorge
First Castle Sighting on Romantic Middle Rhine

Sitting on the sun deck cruising down the Rhine Gorge with a drink, a detailed map of the Rhine River and castles, along with a running commentary of the history and local lore surrounding each castle, made for a relaxing, dreamy afternoon!

Virgin Mojito on the Rhine
Virgin Mojito on the Rhine
Castles on the Left and the Right
Castles on the Left and the Right

The small white castle built on a small isle in the river represents one of the romantic tales. The owner of the castle on the hill built the castle in the river and banished his daughter to live in it to keep her away from an inappropriate suitor. Unknown to the father, the suitor was rowed out to the castle and lived there with the daughter. You can read more detail about this and other castle legends at Great Castles.com.

There is a Romantic Tale about These Two Castles
There is a Romantic Tale about These Two Castles

After two hours sailing the Rhine Gorge we docked at Rudesheim for an excursion to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. This collection, housed in a building constructed in 1542, contains approximately 350 exhibits of mechanical instruments dating from the 18th to the 20th century.

So Many Unique Mechanical Instruments
So Many Unique Mechanical Instruments

Being a lover of antique music boxes and player pianos I was looking forward to visiting the museum. However, I was blown away by the variety and quality of the display.

This Player Piano Played Both the Piano and Violins
This Player Piano Played Both the Piano and Violins
Some Were Complete Orchestras
Some Were Complete Orchestras

Our next stop in Rudesheim was at the Ruedesheimer Schloss Hotel for an included tasting of their Ruedesheimer Coffee.

Ruedesheimer Schloss Hotel
Ruedesheimer Schloss Hotel

The Ruedesheimer Coffee recipe is available on their web site. To create it you need their own unique liquor Asbach Uralt, coffee, sugar, cream and a match! Not being a big fan of strong liquor or coffee I was content with one sip.

Ruedesheimer Coffee
Ruedesheimer Coffee

After coffee some of the passengers stayed ashore to participate in an optional German Dinner Party. Many of us took a stroll along the river back to the Artistry II for dinner on board. After a very full day, the grilled lunch on deck and the Ruedesheimer Coffee I decided on a light dinner.

Light Dinner Artistry II

Dessert Artistry II

La Strada, two violinists and a classical guitarist, provided the evening entertainment from 9:30 to 10:30. Their talent was a surprise and I think we all could have listened to them play for another hour.

La Strada Concert Artistry II
La Strada Concert

We would be cruising through the night and the following morning to reach our Day 8 destinations of Speyer and Heidelberg.

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at www.cherokeerootsblog.com.

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