Historic Travel-The Rhine

Historic Travel-the Rhine

Mark Twine once wrote, ““Germany, in the summer, is the perfection of the beautiful, but nobody has understood, and realized, and enjoyed the utmost possibilities of this soft and peaceful beauty unless he has voyaged down the Neckar on a raft. The motion of a raft is the needful motion; it is gentle, and gliding, and smooth, and noiseless; it calms down all feverish activities, it soothes to sleep all nervous hurry and impatience; under its restful influence all the troubles and vexations and sorrows that harass the mind vanish away, and existence becomes a dream, a charm, a deep and tranquil ecstasy. How it contrasts with hot and perspiring pedestrianism, and dusty and deafening railroad rush, and tedious jolting behind tired horses over blinding white roads!”

Now replace the Neckar with the Rhine and a raft with a 443-foot boat and you can understand how we spent Monday afternoon. I sat on the top deck in perfect weather, sipping a drink and watching castles go by. Such beautiful landscape! Tall mountains on either side with only enough room for small villages, each with its own castle. If its not small villages it’s full of campgrounds. People from all over Europe come to this area with their tents and campers and relax by the river.

Lahneck Castle, 1244 A.D.
Marksburg Castle. this is the only castle on the river that was not destroyed either by the French or during the two World Wars.
These two castles are known as the Hostile Brothers from a family rivalry. Sterenberg Castle on the left and Liebenstein on the right.
Maus Castle. It was nicked named Maus Castle but the residents of the much larger Katz Castle down the river.
Rheinels Castles. Built in the 13 Century it is a hotel today.
Katz Castle. A 14th Century castle, almost completely destroyed by Napoleon.
Schonburg Castle. Built in 966 is not a hotel and restaurant
Gutenfels Castle. Along with the next castle they were built as a toll on the Rhine.
Pfalzgrafenstein Castle. This is only one of two on the water and worked with the Gutenfels Castle to collect tolls.
Stahleck Castle. Built in the 12 Century it was destroyed by the French but now a youth hostel

My lunch while looking at castles
Sooneck Castle. A much later castle built in 1834 by the Prussians.

Reichenstein Castle. A Neo-Gothic reconstruction.

Rheinstein Castle. A 14th Century build.
Mouse Tower. Only the second on the water and used to collect tolls on the River

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