Joys of European Caravanning



CRUISE ON THE THREE RIVERS TITLED "Beautiful Bavaria to the Danube River"

We took this Cruise as it was on the same Ship Serenade 2 as we sailed on last year and loved the quality and comfort of it.

Travelling from Stop 24 near to The Tunnel.

Ben was our lovely Driver and as ordered and paid extra for we had Front Seats allowing me to photograph on the journeys.

The first stop was at Hotel on the River Meuse in Leige.

View from Bedroom of the Van De Valk Hotel over the Meuse.

The Dining Room.

Our Bedroom.

View of other end of Bedroom which had Bathroom with separate Toilet.

View from Coach of the Meuse river front in Liege

Autobahn A3  No rubbish on the roads here in Germany.

Two shots of Cabin on Serenade 2


View from the sundeck above our cabin over Wurzburg.

WURZBURG is a city in northern Bavaria.  Located on the Main River the city lies about 75 miles from Nurnburg and Frankfurt. The city has a population of around 124,000 people.

On the eve of the Nazis rise to power, 2,000 Jews lived in Wurzburg it was a community of tradesmen and professionals.  .  Wurzburg was a rabbinic centre   and home to many Jewish communal organisations .  In November 1941, the first Jews from this city were sent to the Nazi Concentration Camps in Eastern Europe. 

On the 16th March 1945, about 90% of the City was destroyed in 17 minutes by fire from bombing during a World War 11 air raid.  All of the city's churches, cathedrals and other and other monuments were destroyed, The city centre, which mostly dated from medieval times, was totally destroyed in a firestorm in which 5,000 people perished.

Wurzburg is also capital of the German wine region Franconia which is famous for its minerlic dry white wines from the Silvaner grape. Wurzburg Hofbrau brewery also produces a well know pilsner beer.  

Wurzburg is top of the Romantische Strasse.a wondeful road to follow which leads down to beautiful town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and other quaint old towns to Fussen in Southern Bavaria where you will ind the famous Neuschwanstein Schloss near to the Austrian Border. 


View across to the Castle in Wurzburg


The Bishops Palace where the Offices of the Wineary are. 

Beautiful gardens of the Palace you are free to walk around.

View of the City taken from the ship as we sailed on our way to our next stop Kitzingen.

Kitzingen is a town in the German State of Bavaria,capital of the district Kitzingen.  It is part of the Franconia geographical region and has around 21,000 inhabitants.

Surrounded by vineyards, Kitzingen County is the largest wine producer in Bavaria.  It is said to be Franconia wine trade centre.  

The city's main landmark in the Leaning Tower, built during the 13th century it is distinctive for its crooked roof.  According to town legend, the tower was being built during a drought, and workers used wine instead of water to make the mortar causing the top of the tower to lean.  Today the tower holds a carnival museum.                         Another local legend is that the golden ball atop the crooked tower contains the heart of Vlad Dracula of Romania. 

Rathaus in the Market Square.

Nearby Tower.

The Crooked Tower.

The Ship Serenade 11 on the Quay with only short walk into town.

Bamberg is a town in the Upper Franconia Region of Germany on the River Regnitz close to its confluence with the River Main.  A large part of the town has been UNESCO World Heritage Centre since 1993.  Population is around 77,179 people.

Bamberg extends over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful Church.  There is also the Fishermans Wharf named "Little Venice" 

The Old Town Hall in Bamberg is quite a curiosity: The frescoes that adorn the facades are as amazing as the story behind the building's construction.

According to legend the bishop of Bamberg did not grant the citizens any land for the construction of a town hall. This prompted the townsfolk to ram stakes into the river Regnitz to create an artificial island, on which they built the town hall they so badly wanted.

The Old Town Hall's frescoes never fail to impress as they lend the facades a three-dimensional quality achieved with trompe d'oeil architecture. A special detail is a continual source of mirth among tourists: the leg of a cherub protudes out of the wall as a sculpture. Today the Old Town Hall accommodates the prestigious rococo hall and the Ludwig Collection.

The Altes Rathaus  (The Old  Town Hall)  described above.


View of Fishermans Wharf a pretty row of Houses.

A wonderful Shop to visit the famouse Kathe Wohlfahart Shop in Bamburg next to the Old Town Hall.

Kathe started importing Christmas decorations from East Germany in 1964 and did Party Plan on the US Bases in Germany.

History and info here

Nuremberg is the second largest City in Bavaria on the River Regnitz and Rhine-Main-Danube Canal.  The City was very important during the Nazi Germany Period.

Huge Rallies were held outside the city from 1927 till 1938.  At one rally, Hitler passed the antic-Semitic Nuremburg Laws which took German citizenship away from all the Jews.  During the war was an important site for military production including aeorplanes, submarines and tank engines. A lot of the factories used slave labour.  After the war between 1945-1946 German officials involved in the Holocaust and other War Crimes in front of the International Military Tribunal in the Nuremberg Trials. Because of the Cold War there were no subsequent trials  

 Nuremberg city was badly damaged in bombing in WW11 especially between 1943 and 1945.  On January 2nd 1945 the medieval city centre was bombed and 90% of it was destroyed in one hour.

Nuremburg is famous for for its Christmas Market, drawing over a million shoppers in December, Toy Fair, Gingerbread Products, Sausages and Handmade Toys.

Rostrum from where Hitler addressed the thousands of Nazis..

The Blocks you can see were the Toilet Blocks for the thousands.  (Not the Portaloos in the foreground though they were not thought of/ then.)

 The rear 0f the Rostrum and Wall which are in such a bad state Crumbling fast and going to cost Germany millions to repair and keep for the future. 

 Old City Wall

The Hotel where Hitler use to say in the Room which window is above the front Doorway where he use to take the Salute of the Hitler Youth marching by.

Lovely Street in the centre of city taken from our coach.

Several views of the River and City..


These Houses in this Street where the rich people of Nuremberg lived all had different bay windows mostly built of timber,  When the owners moved house they would take their Windows with them to put in their new houses.

This Church of St Sebaldus, after WW11 they were given 3 nails from the bombed roof of Coventry Cathedral which were made into a cross to stand in the Church.,  

This place brings the poignancy and stupidity of war into clear and unwavering focus. It was greatly rebuilt after the damage it (and the rest of Nuremberg) suffered in WW2, with modern additions integrated with what remained. The juxtaposition of, say, a modern doorway with a medieval arch can be jarring at first, but it carries a powerful message, as do the informational posters about the wartime depredations that punctuate your walk around the interior. The church is twinned with Coventry Cathedral, and it has the famous Coventry cross, fashioned from the nails from the equally damaged English church. An eloquent and moving pause on your tour of the city.