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Sep 9, 2019 - On to Bamberg

It's cloudy and slightly rainy again. We made good time through the locks last night, so we will arrive early. Bamberg is another UNESCO world heritage site, the best preserved in Germany. Many structures have a Baroque facade on the lower levels (tax advantage) and half-timbering above. Bamberg Cathedral was originally built in 1002-1012 but burned; the second of two re-buildings was in 1237, resulting in both Romanesque and Gothic features. Pope Clement II is encrypted there, as are Henry II and his wife Kunigunde, who surprising for the...

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Aug 20, 2019 - Bamberg after shopping

Up for breakfast one last time with Angelika at Pension Galerie, and then we loaded the car for a 5-hour drive. Unfortunately, I made a wrong turn around Tempelhof Airfield, and we did some unnecessary driving in Berlin. We finally got on the correct Autobahn, and were headed south by 1045. I wanted to drive through Magdeburg, and then south to Coburg, but with the delayed start, I opted to use A-9 to near Leipzig, and then the A-4 until we could turn off in the direction of Suhl. The drive from this spot on was very pretty and reminded us...

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May 30, 2019 - Day 8 = Bamberg

Today we enter the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal which really connects the Main with the Danube, but there are a couple of canals on the Rhine, so why not? Britta gave a presentation to tell us about the canal and locks. We will travel about 1128 miles and go through 68 locks! Most of them will take us uphill but the last 21 of them will take us downstream! There is such a thing as a Continental Watershed Divide because the Rhine flows into the Atlantic Ocean and the Danube flows into the Black Sea. The Main-Danube Canal was called Charlemagne's...

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Apr 30, 2019 - Somewhere on the Main

It is April 30, 2019 somewhere on Main River in Germany. Once again I woke up to the ship bumping along the side of locks, it felt a little bit like a small earthquake. We have gone through many, many, many locks so far. The total that we are supposed to go through on this trip is 68 and I have no idea how many we have gone through so far. Since we weren’t scheduled to dock until about 1 o’clock near Bamberg, we decided to sit on the front of the ship and hope to catch a lock passage. We had front row seats! The patio filled up with...

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Cruising to 170

Sep 26, 2018 - Bamberg

Old-World Franconian City by Foot -- We joined our local guide and headed to this medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Where we visited the magnificent 11th-century cathedral with its four imposing towers. The church was rebuilt in late Romanesque and early Gothic style in the 13th century; this is where both Emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II are buried. We paused to admire the detailed statue of the Bamberger Reiter, or Bamberg Horseman at the church. We visited the picturesque Rathaus, or Town Hall, built in the middle...

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Aug 10, 2018 - Bamberg

This morning was spent cruiing the last section of the Main river, we also had a very interesting talk about the lock system and how it is used to move people and products along the river. This morning we also has Frühschoppen - pre lunch snack of beer and sausage (pork and veal sausage known as Wiesswurst), Pretzels and a wheat beer (Weissbier) - was very yummy!! After a light lunch we headed into the old town of Bamberg on a medieval walking tour (lots of walking on this trip and lots of cobblestones). Two famous people were born near...

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Europe Escape 2018

Dec 7, 2017 - Bamberg and interrupted Journey

We were up early to day and had breakfast the joined a tour of Bamberg. The sun broke out and, though it was quite chilly, the sun shone and made things look warmer. We were taken by Bus to the city's concert hall where we got off and walked round parts of the old city then u to the cathedral. We had a tour inside the Cathedral where Emperor Henry II and his wife, Empress Kunigunde are buried. We went next door to the Prince Bishop's residence and then walked down through parts of the old town to the old City Hall and the Christmas Market....

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Jun 13, 2016 - Route 66

Route 66, the nickname for our next 3 days and nights. It comes from the fact that we are going through 66 locks to progress us down the Main River. We are moving uphill and will go up in some of the highest locks in the world. The river bridges are so low that the sky deck will be closed for these three days as well. In fact the crew collapses the railings, collapses or stows the furniture and the wheelhouse is only 2 inches high. Just enough for the captain to look out a periscope to navigate. Yikes. Fortunately the river boats are made...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Day 31 - Bamberg; and leave the Canal for the Main River

Day 31 - Tuesday 9th June, 2015 - Bamberg and leave the Canal I awoke in the early hours (about 5:30) to realise we were travelling backwards. I thought we must be backing up to have a second go at getting into a lock. Not so I found out later. First activity of the day was breakfast. Now that is an excursion in itself, not only for the fact that we have to walk about 60 meters from our cabin, but also the task of approaching a buffet that holds 2 juices, 3 types of cereal, eggs cooked whatever way you want them by the chef in place with...

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Swiss Trip 2015

Dec 17, 2014 - Berlin to Bamberg to Nürnberg to Bamberg (oops!)

Every trip has it's mishaps, right? So today we had one. In the morning we scouted the S-Bahn station for where the elevator was since we'd be coming back with suitcases in a couple of hours. You saw the photo of the Candy Crush advertisement on the stairs at the station from my previous post -- now imagine hauling suitcases up those. We found the elevator and came back later and all went well to get on the S-Bahn to the main train station where we located the platform for our ICE train to Bamberg, a 4-hr journey in relative comfort of our...

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Jul 30, 2014 - Bamberg, Germany (Cruise Day 7)

7/30/14, Wednesday We stopped in Hassfurt to drop off the people on the tour for Bamburg by bus. Robin and I decided to stay on the ship instead of taking the tour into Bamburg. Instead, we enjoyed the sail down the 106 mile Main-Danube Canal. This is an engineering masterpiece which has 16 locks. Completed in 1992, it is a continuous waterway from the North Sea to the Black Sea. In total, we will be going through 68 Locks on this trip. Several of them are over 80 feet vertical lift. When we started at Amsterdam, we were at 16 feet...

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2014 European Trip

May 28, 2014 - Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg is a very scenic German town. In 1007, Emperor Heinrich II made Bamberg the center of the Holy Roman Empire and the capital of his reign. Like Rome, Bamberg was built on seven hills, each with a church on top. The Cathedral was built in 1012 and remains the spiritual heart of the city. Both he and his wife are buried in the cathedral. Heinrich II and his wife were both made saints for all their generous work and support of the faith. They also founded the St Michael's Abbey which is perched high above the city and is considered an...

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