October 20, 2017

5 Reasons . . . to Visit Innsbruck

Innsbruck. Tirolean Alps.  Snowcapped Mountains.  Alpine Valleys.  Yodeling.  Charming Villages.

These are all terms used to describe Innsbruck and the Tirolean Alps.  You could even add in glorious mountain rivers, Alpine lakes, houses bedecked with overflowing flower boxes, cows wearing bells and glaciers.

Innsbruck is described by many as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.  As the capital of Tirol, Innsbruck has enjoyed an important role in Austria’s history. Emperor Maximillian I lived here when Innsbruck was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and the Empress Maria Theresa visited Innsbruck often during the Hapsburg rule.

Innsbruck Austria

Innsbruck by Leo-setä, on Flickr

There are many reasons to spend time in Innsbruck, but today I’ll tell you about 5 of them!

1.  The Aldstadt
Wander through narrow alleys, marvel at noble squares and be amazed at the ornate Baroque architecture.  Stopping to admire the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) made of copper tiles and now home to the Maximilianeum, which displays paintings and artifacts from the life of Maximilian I.  Wandering further to explore the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) housing portraits of the Hapsburg’s and other historical items; continue to the Hofkirch to visit the 16th century Silver Chapel.  Don’t miss the statues which include one of King Arthur of England an ancestor of Maximilian I.

Schloss Ambra Inssbruck Austria

Schloss Ambra by anjči, on Flickr

2.  Schloss Ambra
Archduke Ferdinand II decided to marry a “commoner” and, therefore, was not allowed to live in the city.  To have a home fitting his stature, he had a 10th century medieval fortress turned into a Renaissance beauty complete with red and white shutters, which can be seen from a distance.  Today we call it Schloss Ambra.  Inside you will be amazed by the Spanish Hall which is embellished by gorgeous wood ceilings and frescoed walls.  Also be on the lookout for the Archduke’s sunken bath!  The castle is also home to collection of15th century armor and weapons as well as a portrait gallery which is home to many exquisite portraits of the Hapsburg’s and other European aristocrat’s.  The grounds offer an equally amazing display and are a great place for a picnic.

3.  Hungerburg
To soar above Innsbruck head to Hungerburg to board your cable car that will sweep you up to Hafelekar which stands at 7,500 ft.  The trip from Hungerburg to Seegrube to Hafelekar may just be the highlight of your trip!  As you are rising above Innsbruck you will be dazzled by the views.  As usual, the Alps do not disappoint.  During your journey you’ll stop 3 times and each time the views get better.  At each stop there are restaurants.  Hungry?  Might be a great place to enjoy traditional food and drink while savoring those views!

4.  Stubai Valley
The alluring Stubai valley is one of those magical places Tirol is known for.  This valley is home to over 80 glimmering glaciers and 40 plus imposing mountain peaks.  Traveling this valley you will find small quaint villages with church spires as their main attractions.  You will see blossoming wildflowers, rivers, wild life and those mountains.  The real attraction of the Stubai valley is the beauty.

Neustift in Stubai Valley near Innsbruck Austria

Neustift in Stubai Valley by cayenne2006, on Flickr

5.  Hiking or Walking

No matter what level of hiker you are, you can find it in and around Innsbruck.  With over 320 miles of marked and maintained paths and trails, hiking in Tirol is a must.  Whether you want a day or multi-day hike, you can find it in this amazing area.  The Innsbruck Hiking Program has hikes that last 3-5 hours.  Their program even includes a shuttle to the starting point, guide and equipment (if needed) for those staying at hotels in Innsbruck.  Included in their list of hikes are the sunrise walk, lantern walk, pleasure walks, peak walks and even culinary walks.  These sound like a great way to discover all that Innsbruck and Tirol has to offer!

I’d love to hear how would you spend your time in Innsbruck?

Tell me about it!

 

 

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

Is a Yurt Lodging?

What is a Yurt?

According to the dictionary, a yurt is “a tentlike dwelling of the Mongol and Turkic peoples of central Asia, consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement with a conical roof of poles, both covered by felt or skins.”

Yurts are the traditional homes of Nomads in Central Asia.  The traditional construction consists of a circular wooden latticed frame covered with felt.  These homes worked especially well for the Nomads since they were designed to be dismantled and then carried by camel or yak to be built again at their next destination.  Yurts were repaired as needed and were passed down, father to son, to the next generation.

Today Yurts are still used by herders in the steppes of Central Asia but have also been adopted and used in other areas of the world as shelters for Nordic skiers, housing and school rooms.  Yurts are also available as an alternative to traditional hotels during our travels.

Modern Yurts offer European travelers the feel of a tent but with more of the comforts of home.  In fact, some of them are down right luxurious!

Mongolian Yurt Hoopoe Yurt Hotel Andalucia Spain

Mongolian Yurt courtesy of Hoopoe Yurt Hotel

Hoopoe Yurt Hotel – Andalucía Spain
“Camp in Style . . . allowing you to get back to nature without forgoing the usual luxuries you would wish for on your holiday.”

Afghani Yurt Hoopoe Yurt Hotel Andalucia Spain

Afghani Yurt courtesy of Hoopoe Yurt Hotel

The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel is a complex of 5 yurts set on 3 hectare acres of olive groves and Cork Oak trees.  The grounds offer amazing views of the Grazalema Mountains and the wilds of Southern Spain along with many hammocks and a chlorine-free swimming pool!  The entire complex is run on solar power.

Poolside Hoopoe Yurt Hotel Andalucia Spain

Poolside courtesy of Hoopoe Yurt Hotel

All of the yurts are individually decorated and include antique Mongolian furniture and antique linens from around the world.  Each yurt has a private bathroom next door complete with a hot shower and “ecological loo”.

Jaipur Yurt Hoopoe Yurt Hotel Andalucia Spain

Jaipur Yurt courtesy of Hoopoe Yurt Hotel

Each yurt has its own name affiliated with the area it came from.  You can choose from the Afghani yurt, Mongolian yurt, Jaipur yurt, Safari yurt, or Maimani yurt.  Each of these offers great views, seclusion and is decorated in traditional motifs.

Your Meal is Served Hoopoe Yurt Hotel Andalucia Spain

Your Meal is Served courtesy of Hoopoe Yurt Hotel

Canvas Chic – Ardeche France
This complex is a small campground located near the Ardeche river and gorge in the Rhone-Alpes region of southern France.  The area is known for its outdoors activities, prehistoric caves and stunning scenery.

Pont d'Arc Ardeche France

Pont d'Arc by Nolleos, on Flickr

The grounds of CanvasChic hold 11 yurts and 20 tent sights.  The yurts are all handcrafted from oak and ash and are covered in canvas.  There is a definite “rustic” feel to the lodgings but they are still very nice accommodations – they just have a campier feel to them!

CanvasChic Yurt Rhone-Alps France

CanvasChic Yurt courtesy of CanvasChic

There are shared showers and toilets as well as access to a shared kitchen complete with refrigerator, stoves and utensils.  If you don’t want to cook, there is a café and bar onsite.

One thing to note, they offer a 10% “zero emissions” discount if you arrive on foot or bike!

 

Are you looking for alternative style lodging for your next trip to Europe?

Would one of these options be something you would stay in?

Tell me about it . . . why or why not?

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

 


Travel Foto Friday: Royaumont Abbey

While traveling in Europe we see a lot of beautiful and inspirational spots.  As I was flipping through some photos, I stumbled upon these of the Royaumont Abbey I had taken a few years back during a trip to France.

The Royaumont Abbey was founded in 1228 by Saint Louis, King of France and was occupied by Cistercian monks  until the Revolution.  This abbey is the largest Cistercian cloister in France.  As you can see the grounds are spectacular as is the Gothic architecture!

Royaumont Abbey outside Paris France

View of the Royaumont Abbey

These canals were used by the Cistercian’s as they are known for using water for energy purposes.

Royaumont Abbey outside Paris

Canals of Royaumont Abbey

The buildings of the Abbey are situated around the Gothic cloister.

Royaumont Abbey Courtyard outside Paris France

Royaumont Abbey Courtyard

Royaumont Abbey

Royaumont Abbey

The Royaumont Abbey is outside Paris and can be enjoyed as a day trip coupled with a stop in Auvers sur Oise.

 

Have you been to Royaumont Abbey?  What about other Cistercian Abbeys?

 

 

European Travelista – Month 2

Month 2 of this little adventure has been a whirlwind of activity: writing blog posts, learning about twitter and figuring out how to get more traffic to my site, European Travelista.

Blog Picture

by digitalrob70, on Flickr

Since I am only capable of tackling one task at a time, I chose Twitter as my challenge for the second month.  Starting out I had no idea what Twitter really was, how to use it, what hash marks are or what the heck #TTOT was!  Thanks to a couple great bloggers I settled in and decided to overcome my fear of Twitter.

Follow eurotravelista on Twitter

First off was reading a post by Steve at Ending the Grind.  In his post he explained his 30 Day Twitter Experiment and challenged us readers to do the same.  Knowing the power of Twitter, Steve embarked on building relationships and meeting new like-minded people by setting goals of actually communicating with you folks.   So I decided to follow his lead and set Twitter goals for myself and jumped in.  In the 2 weeks I have been following Steve’s experiment my Followers on Twitter have rose 630%, comments on my blog are up over 200% and I’m actually having fun!

The other blogger that REALLY helped me gain a better understanding of Twitter was Gillian and Jason at One Giant Step.  Their recent blog on “What the heck is twitter” really answered some of the confusing parts I was struggling with.  Through their series of blogs on Twitter I became more comfortable using Twitter.  I still have a ways to go but appreciate their timely posts.

So where am I going?  I need to focus on getting more traffic to my site and that will be my main focus for the next month.  Currently I am in the process of tackling the Facebook side of things and trying to come up with some unique ways to keep content fresh at that site.  I also will figure out how to get more visitors to my Facebook page and actually “Like” me (I feel like Sally Fields – “You like me, you really really like me!”)  Any suggestions or tips for Facebook?

The next item on my list is to increase readership of the  blog at European Travelista, get more comments and more subscribers to my RSS Feed.  This is where I’d like to gather some of your opinions.  What could/should I do to increase readership and comments on my blog site?  I am opening myself up and asking that you please be honest with me. . . I promise to not hold it against you 🙂   I really mean it when I say, I look forward to hearing your suggestions to improving my blog . . . from you all.

So here’s your chance,

I am asking you all to critique my blog and make suggestions I could implement to increase readership and comments!

What are your ideas or suggestions?

Swiss Post Bus – An Adventure to Remember

There are many ways to travel in Europe – boat, train, car – but in Switzerland the PostBus looks to be an exceptional way to see this beautiful country.

I have not yet taken an excursion on the PostBus but this has been something I have wanted to do since the first time I heard that distinctive toot of their horn!  At that moment I was sold.

Swiss PostBus on Susten Pass

PostBus on Susten Pass by Norbert Aepli, Switzerland (noebu)

The Swiss PostBus service began in 1849.  There were no cars just horses at this time.  It wasn’t until 1906 that the horses were replaced by motorized vehicles.

Today the PostBus has 13 tourist routes criss-crossing the country.  These routes venture into each nook and cranny of Switzerland and travel into places trains just cannot go and sometimes on roads that are not much wider than the bus!  This system has more than 2,000 vehicles in service that carry over 118 million passengers each year.

Glaciers along PostBus route Switzerland

Glaciers along PostBus route by ActiveSteve, on Flickr

On your journey via PostBus you will wind your way up mountains, through passes and tunnels, the Swiss National Park and many splendid valleys.  You will see medieval villages, UNESCO World Heritage sights, castles, ski resorts, glaciers and glistening lakes.

One of the tourist excursions, the Palm Express, is a trip that has many contrasts.  Beginning in the Engadine and ending in the Ticino canton, this trip will take you from the Alpine region full of glaciers to the region known for its Mediterranean climate complete with balmy weather and palms.

Susten Pass along PostBus route Switzerland

Susten Pass along PostBus route by ActiveSteve, on Flickr

Or if Alpine scenery is your style, enjoy a trip on the Central Alps Passes: Grimsel–Nufenen–Gotthard–Susten Pass Route.  On this journey you will enjoy views of glaciers, deep valleys and quaint villages.  The route travels along Switzerland’s highest road  and traverses 4 mountain passes and crosses the Devil’s Bridge over the Schollenen Gorge.

Devils Bridge Switzerland

Devils Bridge Switzerland by de: Benutzer:Markus Schweiss

Not sold yet?  Watch this video and I think  you will be making your reservations.

 

If you can’t view the video, click here.

 

There are many more routes and ways to access the Swiss Post Bus.

Is this an excursion you would like to enjoy?  Tell me why or why not.

3 Weird or Unusual Sights in the Land of Eire!

Since today is actually St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d keep with the Irish theme.

I ‘m sure we can all agree, Ireland is a tremendously beautiful land and it is relatively easy to find many things to do during a visit to the Emerald Isle.

Innishmor Head Ireland Coastline

Innishmor Head by slettvet, on Flickr

So I thought I’d focus on a few of the lesser known and eerie or creepy places you might want to visit.  Below are 3 of the weird or unusual sights to be seen in the land of Eire!

St. Michan’s Church, Dublin

St. Michan’s is one of Dublin’s most unusual sights and definitely not for the faint of heart.  Deep beneath the church lays a vault that is home to coffins containing the famous mummies of St. Michan.  Yes, I did say mummies.  Somehow these bodies have become mummified!  As your tiptoeing down the stairs toward the vault, make sure you’re ready for the creepy, unusual and weird!  The first thing you’ll notice is that the coffins seem to be in a disheveled mess with arms and legs sticking up.  Upon closer inspection you will see bodies covered by stretched, wrinkled skin.  St. Michan’s Church is definitely worth a look and will send shivers down your body!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

St. Michan’s Church Dublin Ireland

St. Michan’s Church Dublin by infomatique, on Flickr

Haunted Leap Castle

This castle has a really creepy history!  Leap Castle was built in the late 15th century and was the family home to the Chieftain of the area, the O’Carroll’s.  But they had a secret that was buried in the walls of the castle.  There is a hidden dungeon off what is known as the Bloody Chapel that was the site of much pain, misery and death.  Lucky prisoners were pushed in the room, fell through the floor onto a spike and died instantly.  The unlucky ones were left in the room, forgotten, to starve.  Fast forward to around 1900, workmen were hired to clean out the hidden dungeon and found piles of skeletons.  It is said it took 3 full cart loads to remove all the bones!  Due to its bloody history, Leap Castle has always been thought to be haunted.  Don’t believe in ghosts?  New owners purchased the castle during the 1990’s.  During renovations two unusual accidents occurred sidelining the owner for over a year!  Coincidence or ghosts?  You decide.

Haunted Leap Castle Ireland

Haunted Leap Castle by Ziegenheit at en.wikipedia

Kilmainham Gaol

Ireland has a very colorful and sordid history.  If you are looking for an interesting view of Irish history, Gaols (prisons) offer a very different perspective.  The Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin is one place that had a front seat to the tragic history of Ireland.  Built in 1786, the gaol has housed many of the most notorious characters involved in Ireland’s fight for independence.  It was here that Britain imprisoned many involved with the Easter Rising during 1916.  Some names you may have heard before include Padraig Pearse, Joseph Plunkett and Thomas Clarke.  The Irish Gaols are known to have extremely horrible conditions.  During the 128 years it was open, children as young as 7 were imprisoned, cells held up to 5 prisoners (men, women and children combined), and they only had one candle that needed to last 2 weeks.  Women often slept on the floor covered with straw while men “enjoyed” beds.   Even though the building still exudes an eerie shadow, the prison now houses a museum and offers insightful tours of the prison buildings.

Kilmainham Gaol Dublin Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol by guido612, on Flickr

 

 

Do any of these sights interest you?  Do you like unusual and eerie sights?

What are they and what is interesting about them?

St. Patrick’s Day and Irish Proverbs Towards the Path To Wisdom

Well it’s that time of year again!  Time to break out the green and celebrate that great Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day.  This is the holiday that has us get very philosophical as we eat our corned beef and cabbage washed down with a pint (or 2 or 3 or . . .) of Guinness.

So before we jump in with both feet, I thought I’d share some interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts and end with Irish Proverbs that will help enlighten us all and lead along that ever winding path to wisdom!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! by *~Dawn~* Busy Bee ~ on Flickr

Happy St. Patrick's Day! by *~Dawn~* Busy Bee ~ on Flickr

  • St. Patrick’s day is a religious holiday honoring the patron Saint of Ireland.
  • Originally this day was a Catholic holiday and later became an official “feast day” during the early 17th century and now it is a celebration of Irish Culture (aka Guinness, Whiskey, Irish Car Bombs etc).
  • Original color connected to St. Patrick’s Day was blue.
  • It is believed that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans.
  • First ever St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Boston on March 18, 1737.
  • The St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City is the largest in the US and one of the largest in the world.

Now as you put back your beverage of choice to celebrate this auspicious holiday ponder some of these wise Irish proverbs:

May your glass be ever full,
May the roof over your head be always strong,
And may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

What butter and whiskey will not cure there’s no cure for.

When flowers bloom, I hope you’ll not sneeze, and may you always have someone to squeeze.

When we get drunk, we fall asleep.  When we commit no sin, we got to heaven.  So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!

As you ramble through life, whatever be your goal; Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.

Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord, and it makes you miss him.

But the greatest love — the love above all loves,
Even greater than that of a mother…
Is the tender, passionate, undying love,
Of one beer drunken slob for another.

In heaven there is no beer…That’s why we drink ours here.

Dance as if no one’s watching, sing as if no one’s listening, and live everyday as if it were your last.


 

Luck of Irish by Nick.Fisher, on Flickr

Luck of Irish by Nick.Fisher, on Flickr

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

What is your favorite proverb or adage?  Share it with us all. . .

Foto Friday

Calm.

Peaceful. Quiet.

Bucolic. Harmonious. Pastoral.

Placid. Serene. Slow. Tranquil. Rural.

However I define it, these pictures fill me with a sense of calm.

Walking up to Gruyeres Switzerland

Walking up to Gruyeres Switzerland

View from Gruyeres Switzerland

View from Gruyeres Switzerland

What is your definition of calm?

Wine along the Rhine. . .

. . . Main, Elbe, Ahr, Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Nahe, Neckar and Saale rivers.  These are the rivers in areas that are known to produce great German wines.  I know many of us associate beer with Germany but Germany is also known for its wine.

To be clear, I am not a wine expert of any kind.  Nope, not me.  I am just a wine drinker that gets great enjoyment out of trying local wine when traveling.

So what is the story on German Wine?

There are actually 13 wine regions in Germany!  That’s a lot of acreage allocated to growing grapes that produce wine.  Germany is the most northern country that grows wine, and in fact, its wine began about 100 BC with the Romans.  Today Germany produces some very good and diverse wines.  Of the grapes grown in Germany, 87% are white and 13% are red.  In Germany, if the wine is made from at 85% of one kind of grape that name must be on the label.

Here is a little information on the 4 major wine regions in Germany.  Not only do they produce excellent wines but you will also find stunning landscapes, cultural adventures and history to boot!

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wines

The Saar and Ruwer rivers are tributaries of the Mosel River where some of the best Rieslings are from.   These wines are delicate, fragrant, light bodied and fruity.  Well-known labels in this area include: Dr. Loosen, Weingut Von Hovel and S. A. Prum.

This area is full of remarkable villages hugging the river.  You could also enjoy a bike ride along the river, tasting wine as you go!  Bernkastel-Kues hosts the Middle Mosel Wine Festival which comes complete with fireworks.

Moselle vineyards Germany

Moselle Vineyards by Hans Peter Merten

Rheingau Wines

This area is home to some of the world’s oldest wine growing estates.  The Rheingau is known for its Rieslings that are spicy, fruity and full of flavor.  The monastery famous for the Johannisburg Riesling is also in this area and you can enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace while glimpsing beautiful views of the Rhine.

Both Mainz and Rudesheim host wine festivals during August and September where you can take part in the festivities along with sampling wines of the region.

Schloss Johannisberg Rheingau Germany

Schloss Johannisberg Rheingau by HA Hessen Agentur GmbH

Pfalz Wines

The Pfalz region is the largest wine producing region in Germany!  This one region produces wines ranging from Rieslings, to full-bodied Muller-Thurgau and Silvaners to a smooth fruity red from the Portugieser grape.

The region goes on for more than 50 miles and is home to the “German Wine Road” where you can discover romantic spots, history, museums and the wonderful wine.  Every September there is a “Sausage Festival” in Bad Durkheim which is actually the largest wine festival in the area!  Another item to note, the last Sunday of August the Wine Road is closed to traffic.  This would be the perfect time to get out the bikes, skates or walking shoes!

Castle along Weinstrasse Germany

Castle along Weinstrasse by Phototdesigner Mark Wohlrab

Rheinhessen Wines

This region is the largest wine producer in Germany and is home to the famous Liebfraumilch wine.  Today there are a variety of grapes grown in this region ranging from the red Portugieser and a Pinot Noir from the Spatburgunder grape.  You will also find traditional Rieslings and Silvaner wines.

Two wine festivals you won’t want to miss are the Roter Hang Festival in June where the wine tasting booths are out in the vineyards and the Kellerwegfest in Guntersblum.  This festival also takes place in the vineyards and has cellars carved out of the hills.

Vineyards in Esslingen Germany

Vineyards in Esslingen Germany from Baden-Wurtetemberg Tourismus Marketing

Not one of the larger wine regions in Germany but the Franken region is special for the traditional vessel their wines are bottled in.  It is a short, green container called a Bocksbeutel!  Very unusual and worth a purchase just for this bottling!

Franken Wine Bocksbeutel Germany

Franken Wine Bocksbeutel by Foto-Design Ernst Wrba Wrba

Do you enjoy German wines?

Have you been to any of these regions?  Tell me about it. . .

The Mighty Rhine

Rivers were once the life spring of towns around the globe.  In times past, villages were established along rivers.  Rivers were the way goods were transported, supplied drinking water and even food.

Today rivers still are important for some of the same reasons but they offer us enjoyment too.

The Rhine River in Germany is a great example of an important river of yesterday and today!

The Rhine River begins in Switzerland, flows into Lake Constance on the German Swiss border.  From here we are dazzled by the Rhine falls and the beautiful Rhine valley as this waterway flows continues on its route to the North Sea.

Views along the Rhine River Germany

Views along the Rhine River Germany

As Germany’s longest and busiest river, the Rhine is important to Europe.  Goods can be seen being transported along this river every day.

But as important as it is for transporting goods, this mighty river is very important to tourists too.  Travelers can spend a few hours floating on the Rhine or a full week aboard a river cruise.

Castles and Wine along the Rhine River

Castles and Wine along the Rhine River

The most scenic portion of the river is between Koblenz and Bingen.  As the river winds its way towards its end, you will see a valley decorated by tree-laden hills, steeply terraced vineyards, medieval castles and charming villages.

The castles of the Rhine have mesmerized people for ages.  During medieval times, the feudal overlords used the castles to collect tolls along the river.

Castle Rhine River Cruise

Castle Rhine River Cruise

The legend of Lorelei still haunts this area today.  It is said, Lorelei bedeviled the fisherman luring them to the rocks and their doom.

Among the delightful villages that will pass your eyes are Rudesheim, Bacharach, St. Goar and Oberwesel.

Village along the Rhine River Germany

Village along the Rhine River Germany

If you choose to start or even end your voyage in Rudesheim, take some time to stroll the Drosselgasse.  Besides being a charming pedestrian friendly street, you will find shops, restaurants, wine taverns and live music.  Or climb up to the Niederwald monument to see the mythical figure of Germania and amazing views of the adventure you about to undertake.

Mythical Figure of Germania above Rudesheim

Mythical Figure of Germania above Rudesheim

Bacharach is a lovely village full of half-timbered buildings and is a great village to stroll through!

St. Goar has a large castle overshadowing it as well as many half-timbered buildings.  The Castle Rheinfels looms up on the hill and is a great place to seek out ghosts of history past!

Half-timbered Buildings along Rhine River

Half-timbered Buildings along Rhine River

For a chance to visit remains from both the Roman and medieval times visit Oberwesel.  This lovely village is known to have some of the best preserved remains along the Rhine.

More Castles along the Rhine River Germany

More Castles along the Rhine River Germany

Yes the Rhine is still a mighty river for a variety of reasons.  No matter how you decide to enjoy this river, it will be memorable.

Have you spent time on the Rhine?
What was your favorite part of the journey?