Another very hot day.
We decided to head to the town of Boppard which sits on the Rhine with no railway running in front of the town. Although small this was a little gem for a number of reasons.
Firstly it had a lovely shady riverfront promenade with plenty of seats so you could watch the boats and also enjoy a good walk along its length without getting too hot.
Secondly it had a lovely market place with several lovely konditorie cafes which all had good views of St Severus Church. The twin towered church built in the Romanesque style over the original Roman military baths in the 13th century had painted arches inside with the legend of St Severus.
Thirdly there was a number of interesting buildings such as the Ritter-Schwalbach Haus which was part of a monastery for Franciscan monks and is one of the oldest buildings in the town. Today it forms part of the Federal German Academy of Public Administration. Unfortunately the Electors Castle on the riverfront which was built in 1335 was undergoing a major renovation.
Finally above Boppard there were two viewpoints, the Gedeonseck and the Vierseenblick. From the Vierseenblick the Rhine looks like a chain of four lakes. From the Gedeonseck the view of the horseshoe bend in the Rhine by Boppard was just spectacular.
An excellent day.