Breakfast is wonderful, of course. An omelet bar; buffet of museli, breads, pastries, meats and cheeses, bacon, sausages, eggs, etc.
After today's breakfast, we enjoyed a walking tour of Bonn's Old Town, where we saw the Baroque City Hall, Romanesque Basilica and Beethoven's memorial. Founded by the Romans, Bonn was the provisional capital of West Germany from the years following WWII until Germany's reunification in 1990. Today, Bonn is home to numerous museums and gardens, as well as a large student population that lives near the University of Bonn's campus.
Bonn was totally devastated in WWII so most of its beautiful medieval buildings were lost. Only a few were saved and restored. It's the same with most of northern Germany since that is where their industrial complex was located. Most cities are all new construction. Very sad.
Then back to the boat for lunch. They have a special item at every lunch plus a huge fresh salad bar. Doug and I are enjoying the salad bar.
Following lunch, the boat moved down the Rhine to Konigswinter. We took a cogwheel train up to the Drachenfels Plateau. Drachen means dragon in German. The legend says that a young man killed the dragon who lived in a cave in the hill. He then bathed in its blood to become invulnerable. There are many other legends of course. Anyway, the mountain commands an excellent view of the Rhine River Valley. Our pictures do not show the real beauty of the area. This view, to me, represents the Germany countryside that I love.
Schloss Drachenfels is a new castle, built in the 1920's, in the style of a baroque castle. The man who built it never lived in it but just wanted to impress his friends with his castle. The main floor is all authentic marble and wood but in the second floor, the private quarters, everything if fake but made to look authentic.
We returned to the boat and had our dinner. They have a theme every night. Tonight was German so we had saurebraten and red cabbage. And of course, all the wine we can drink. It's been a wonderful cruise so far and should only get better. Tomorrow we sail west on the Mosel River through France.