Posted by: kcarlson1970 | June 23, 2011

June 23, 2011: On a Boat by David Freisner

We’re On A Boat…!

Today was an early morning for the group, breakfast at 6:30 sharp and off to the underground train station. After our daily commute to the Bonn main station, we promptly jumped on an above ground line heading towards the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. This was set to be a scenic 2 hour trip to our connecting Rhine River Boat Cruise. Three hours later, (due to damaged tracks) we arrived at our port of call.  This time delay did cause us to scrap the plan of meandering around a quaint German town…however a few of the gents did manage to find the time to show off their free climbing skills (see the picture below).  Without further delay we boarded our river vessel and were peacefully on our way down the Rhine. During our 2 hour trip we passed many medieval castles, and small German cities. The weather was perfect and the views were exceptional!

Our group exited the vessel in the town of Braubach, Germany. Here we stopped for a traditional lunch of Weiner Schnitzel und fritten (fries). With stomachs full and spirits high we trekked to the top off a nearby hill to visit the Marksburg Castle. (No small hill I might add a few of us needed a little stretch/ breather after). This medieval castle is the only hill castle in Germany never to be destroyed. The construction began in the 12th century and was modified only slightly by succeeding rulers. We were guided through this magnificent piece of history by a knowledgeable yet quite direct tour guide. After the visit we made our way back to the train station and then back to our residence. All in all this was a full day of great sights, great history and some cardio!

Auf Wiedersehen,

David Freisner

 

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