Best of Germany
26.05.2015 - 26.05.2015
Day 2 of our tour was very busy. We were changing states again in Germany and had an early start. Bags were packed and stomachs full from a delicious breakfast and we were ready for what day 2 had in store. We decided to sit at the back of the coach, because we have a 'seat rotation' system, so the only way for us is forward.
We headed to Cologne via St Goar for our cruise down the Rhine. St Goar was beautiful and had traditional German buildings, that are postcard worthy. We explored the town before our cruise and then headed to the lake. The cruise was the best one we have done yet. The scenery is a see it to believe it type thing. It was gorgeous! We braved the wind and stayed on the top deck, taking photos and enjoying the picturesque towns and buildings along the way.
We arrived from our cruise in Boppard, a slightly larger town than St Goar, but in the heart of the Rhine Valley. We had a bit of time to explore, take photos and grab something small to eat. We didn't want to waste too much time at a restaurant, so I had the cheapest ice-cream ever and we kept going! When in ... Germany right?! We explored the church (of course!) and navigated our way through the cobblestone streets. Before heading back to the coach, we grabbed some delicious pastries from the bakery to eat on our way to Cologne.
After arriving in Cologne, we went on an orientation tour of the city and were dropped near The Dome (cathedral) and had a couple hours to ourself. We went into the Dome and were mesmerised by the sheer size of the church. Neither of us had any idea that this was the trackless building in the world before the Eiffel Tower was built, it is huge!!! We toured the inside, following a map that we purchased, on a trust system type sceme, and took it all in. They certainly know how to build churches! This particular church wasn't fully destroyed during the war, despite the city around it being destroyed, and was given considered protected during this time.
At the end of the day we explored the streets and just took in the bustling atmosphere - it was so busy compared to the places we have experienced so far.