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Miltenberg - Or...the town not famous for anything, at least according to our guide. Today was Good Friday and the start of the German four day holiday lasting through Easter Monday. We didn't arrive in Miltenberg until around 4:00 but the streets were filled with people enjoying the 75 degree sunshine. This is a town that was not bombed during the war so its medieval architecture, including its half-timbered homes, is intact and quite lovely. The streets were narrow, winding and absolutely charming though bustling with the Easter holiday crowds. The guide's self effacing humor was charming as well especially when explaining that Miltenberg has absolutely no importance at all which is why it was saved during the war. Today, according to her, the same is true though obviously, the town makes a lot of money hosting the Viking ship passengers who visit her streets, shops and cafes. One of the oldest if not the oldest continuously operating brewery is here, opening in the 1200's. The symbol of this brewer is what looked to us like a Star of David but there were apparently some differences we could't really see. I climbed to the top of the hill to visit the old fortress and the view of the Rhine and its u-shaped bend was spectacular. What a lovely way to spend Good Friday.

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