Nuremberg in Bavaria is famous for the Nazi rally grounds, the charming altstadt (old town) tiny sausages, and a giant chair! Continue reading
Bavaria really is one of the most beautiful parts of Europe.
From just outside the world famous Christmas shop in the centre of Rudesheim you can take a cable car over the vineyards and up to the Niederwald monument. The tourist office sells a round trip ticket that includes the cable car up and a chair lift back down to the next village, Assmannshausen. Then you walk through the small village to the the river and get a boat ride back to Rudesheim.
Day trips in this area are very easy because there are so many towns and villages along the river. This means you can cruise past the castles or get one of the comfortable and efficient trains.
There’s a lot to see in Heidelberg so we started with a guided tour of the town centre. The tour starts by going to the hospital. This is more interesting than you might think. The locals are very proud of the world class facilities here and they benefit by being able to use the facilities that are paid for by rich international patients. The children’s hospital was paid for by a rich financier as a birthday present for his wife.
Rudesheim is a perfect choice for a week in the wine making area of the Rhine gorge. You can easily take a boat or a train to some of the many pretty towns and villages nearby but its just as nice to stay in the town.
The last time we went to Germany, admittedly many years ago, eating was all about sausages. I remember bockwurst, bratwurst weisswurst and of course weiners or frankfurters. They must all still be there but I didn’t see any. Instead we found cafes selling excellent coffee and lots of soup and cream cakes! German cream cakes are bigger and better than most I’ve seen and they taste even better than they look!
We have finally succumbed to the OAP’s coach holiday.
Many years ago we swore never to do another coach holiday after an endless journey back from Switzerland. We decided we would always arrange our own transport and hotels wherever we went. However times change and needs must. We had agreed not to go away until around Christmas when we would have another years worth of holiday money to spend. But after six weeks at home painting and decorating JP cracked first.