Koblenz – European River Cruise
At noon, it’s back to the ship for departure to Koblenz. If the morning’s activities caused a need to refuel, lunch was available. The range of cakes and other desserts looked very tempting, and some control was needed if you didn’t want to go down the path of weight gain. The first of our on-board activities was a visit to the ship’s galley between 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Much as it would have been interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes to create our meals each day, the majority of the passengers were more interested in being on the sundeck enjoying the fantastic scenery was fantastic. The weather was just brilliant and it was a great opportunity for photography. We were also passing a piece of WWII history, the famous Bridge at Remagen.
We arrived in Koblenz at 8:30 p.m. and this was to be an overnight stop. Koblenz’s prosperity derives from its position at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. A few people had thoughts of a drinking session in a local pub and attempted to find their way into town. Not knowing if there was anything worthwhile happening downtown at night, the risk of tracking in the dark didn’t hold any appeal for us. Those who made the attempt soon gave up as it wasn’t clear how ‘short’ the walk was and the streets were pretty dark.
As the boat is moored in Koblenz for the night, it was great strolling along the river to the “Deutsche Ecke” or “German Corner” to view the statue of Emperor Wilhelm I. Floodlit by night, it was rather impressive. By the river, you’ll also find beer gardens and restaurants if more sustenance is required. Koblenz is a 2,000 year old city and it was a shame that we didn’t get to see the place at all as we left the next morning for Rudesheim.