In Paris I found fashion, history, and beauty and in Germany along the Rhine I have found a picturesque beauty that people often think about when looking at the Rhine. My story is from the eyes of a River Cruise through the Rhine from
The weather for the first part of our trip has been classic winter slightly misty but not too cold at all.
As the mist rolls over the Rhine it provides a beautiful romantic backdrop. Some say it is dreary I tend to think romance and it feels my soul with warmth. Not the warmth of a summer day but that of a warm hearth fire as I sit drinking warm wine or as most would say gluhwein. A combination of red wine (sometimes white) mulled spices, and oranges. It is available throughout Europe really during the Christmas Season at all the Christmas Markets.
I am in love with the small villages along this portion of the Rhine. They are absolutely incredible. Dating back centuries for many which traveling from the US is quite different than what we are used too. This history of occupation that the various places go through a lesson all by itself.
The Castles throughout the Rhine are amazing and you will not tire of seeing and hearing about their history. From the Katz and Maus Castles to Pflz fortress that sits on a rock in the middle of the river.
Cologne is I am sure a favorite of many as it’s history is rich. The Roman’s founded Colonia Agrippina their first settlement. Christianity was introduced here with the Roman’s and this city became a seat for the Bishop. There are many left over vestiges such as Roman walls and such along the street. The Cathedral is an amazing site to see with it’s Gothic Archetecture. The background story is that it was begun in the year 1248 and continued over many years finally being finished in 1880. It largely escaped damage that completely ravaged the city during World War II. It’s iconic two soaring spires symbolize the city.
As you proceed along the Rhine you will come to Koblenz, the Middle Rhine and Rudesheim. This is where you will discover Marksburg Castle which overlooks a town called Braubach. The castle itself is one of the best preserved onthe Rhine. It was never besieged by enemies due to it’s remarkable fortification. It really looks like it did when it was built about 700 years earlier.
One of my favorite things in the winter and Christmas Season are Europe’s and Germany’s Christmas Markets. They fill the streets and many are placed right by the local Cathedral which presents a stunning back drop to the market itself.
You are able to pick up many items such as ornaments, gloves, scarves, and lots of local craft items. My favorite though is the food it is varied to the region and is presented in a stunning array of colors and designs. For a foodie this is absolutely amazing and the food is fantastic. From pastries, to cheeses, to sausages, and much more your mouth will be watering. Then of course you top it all off with a glass of Gluhwein and paradise has arrived.
Many of these Christmas Markets are set with the Cathedral in the background which brings a stunning historic beauty to the scene. Nothing compares really. If you have not been it is a must trip. Early in the season of Advent is not bad. We arrived just after the season started and the markets were filled but still manageable.
If you are looking for a great way to see Germany, I would love to say Viking! It is a fantastic way to see quite a number of places in the short amount of time you might have. It’s a blend of various cities, styles, and culture all wrapped up in one trip. This was from our Rhine Getaway trip.
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I would love to hear if you have been to Europe’s Christmas Markets and if not I would love to help you go. After all this is how I make me living. Ready to book give me a call.