We also stopped at a Kathe Wolfahrt Christmas shop, and picked up two ornaments as gifts.
After this buses picked us those who wanted to go to the winetasting at Schloss Vollrads. This was very interesting to me, as my husband and I have been to many vineyards in the US and Canada, and while a few of them attempt to have their main building look like a castle, this was a real chateau, with the oldest part dating from the 13th century. I cannot really speak about the wine, as I am not an expert, but the Schloss and the grounds were fascinating.
|The mini-train in Rudesheim|
After lunch back at the ship, we sailed at 1pm for Boppard and started started seeing more of the dozens of castles along the River Rhine, as well as the Loreley (Lorelei) rock, where legend says temptresses lured sailors to their doom.
At Boppard we took another short walking tour, and wandered arouund some more. As the ship was scheduled to stay in Boppard overnight, there was not so much pressure to get back to the ship.
|A statue in Rudesheim's town square|
|Bromserberg Castle & Siegfried's|
Mechanical Instrument Museum.
|Looking from a castle window towards|
the 13th Century tower
|Cat at Castle Vollrads|
An old house illustrating what happens
when you tax a house based on its
Castle Katz (Cat) one of dozens of castles along this
stretch of the Rhine. There is also a "Maus" (Mouse)