Sometimes it’s a tough discipline to keep a diary when you travel, but afterward the memories that you’ve captured make it all worthwhile – helping you relive the small details that made you smile and the funny things people said. Of course in these internet days we don’t have to keep a diary in a notebook (although I often do), but can post on Facebook, share photos on Instagram or even record an audio diary.
While I was on our recent Rhine cruise with Lüftner Cruises, I sent my diary updates by e-mail every night to my blogging friend Diane at The Online Travel Journal who kindly posted them daily with some of the photos that I had taken that day. In case you missed these posts, here’s a round-up that I hope will tempt you to take a look at the full articles, especially if you’re considering booking a Rhine River Cruise or visiting the Rhine Valley.
You’ll find the whole series of Rhine river cruise diary posts at The Online Travel Journal – Cruising the Rhine
Day 1 – Boarding our Rhine River Cruise at Basel
In which we board the Amadeus Princess in the Swiss city of Basel to start our cruise with Lüftner cruises. Highlights; The colourful facade and frescoes of the 16th century City Hall; the wildflower garden in the cathedral cloister; the beautiful fountains and sculptures throughout the city.
Read about Day 1 – Boarding our Rhine River Cruise at Basel
Day 2 – Strasbourg and the Alsace Wine Route
In which we visit Strasbourg on the border of France and Germany and do some wine tasting on the Alsace Wine Route. Highlights; Learning how Strasbourg has changed hands from France to Germany many times over the centuries; seeing the medieval houses of the Petite France district on our boat tour; our wine tasting of Reisling and Gewurztraminer at the family owned Hering vineyard.
Read about Day 2 – Strasbourg and the Alsace Wine Route
Day 3 – Speyer and Heidelberg
In which we wake up in Speyer where we visit the Romanesque Cathedral and Lutheran Church and take a trip to the university town of Heidelberg. Highlights; Visiting the medieval Mikveh or Jewish baths where the waters of heaven and earth mingle; seeing the huge stone coffins of the kings and emperors of Germany in the crypt at Speyer cathedral; the views from the ruined castle of Heidelberg; shopping for cuckoo clocks and Christmas decorations at Kathe Wohlfahrt in Heidelberg.
Read about Day 3 – Speyer and the university town of Heidelberg
Day 4 – Rüdesheim, the castles of the Middle Rhine and Koblenz
In which we are charmed by the town of Rüdesheim, cruise through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley past castles and vineyards and take a walking tour of Koblenz. Highlights; Listening to the musical boxes and fairground organs at the Rüdesheim music museum; drinking a Rüdesheimer coffee with plenty of brandy and whipped cream; sailing through the picturesque Middle Rhine with picturesque castles and the Loreley rock where the sirens are reputed to sing; staying out of the way of the spitting boy fountain in Koblenz.
Read about Day 4 – Rüdesheim, the castles of the Middle Rhine and Koblenz
Day 5 – Cochem, whine tasting and a cycle ride
In which the Amadeus Princess takes a detour along the Mosel River to Cochem where we visit the picturesque Reichsburg Castle, learn about local wines and take a bike ride beside the river. Highlights; Our tour of the Reichsburg castle with suits of armour and rich neo-gothic decoration; learning about the special red peach that grows in the vineyards and is used to make deserts and liqueurs; our cycle ride along the river bank with views across to the town; trying the sweet, seasonal white asparagus at dinner on the ship.
Read about Day 5 – The castle at Cochem, wine tasting and a cycle along the Mosel river
Day 6 – Our Rhine river cruise ends at Cologne
In which the Amadeus Princess arrives in Cologne and it’s the end of our Lüftner cruise although the ship goes on to Amsterdam. Highlights; Visiting the iconic Cologne Cathedral that escaped the worst of the bombing in WW2 while the rest of the city was flattened; coffee and cake at the Chocolate Museum with a view over the Rhine.
Read about Day 6 – Our Rhine river cruise ends in Cologne
My thanks to Lüftner Cruises who hosted my Rhine River Cruise – Lüftner Cruises specialise in European river cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Rhône and other destinations in Europe, with personal service and Austrian hospitality. You can also follow them on their Facebook Page. I travelled on the Amadeus Princess on a 7 day Classical Rhine Cruise which travelled from Basel to Amsterdam, although we disembarked at Cologne.
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