Rudesheim and the Rhine Gorge

Rudesheim and the Rhine Gorge

If you’ve been hanging out on your river cruise for some serious wine tasting then Rudesheim is your place. This picturesque little village on the banks of the Rhine, at the head of the famous Rhine Gorge, is surrounded by vineyards. Reisling is the grape of choice here.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

Rothenburg ob der Tauber:

Rothenburg ob der Tauber ( not to be confused with other Rothenburg’s in Germany) is your quintessentially picture postcard German town.  One of the most popular of the many medieval towns on the so called Romantic Road.

Germany’s Medieval Treasures: The villages of Bavaria

Germany’s Medieval Treasures: The villages of Bavaria

One of the joys of exploring Europe’s waterways is that you encounter so many beautifully preserved medieval settlements. Of course in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the rivers were important trade routes, hence the number of castle keeps along the Rhine, there, largely to extract river tolls from those transporting goods on the waterways. It made sense to settle close to the rivers.