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Day 6: Miltenberg, Germany

Plenty of room at the Hotel California, any time of year, you can find it here...lyrics for the song "Hotel California" by the Eagles

sunny 25 °C

The morning was free as we traveled along the Middle Rhine on a warm beautiful Sunday. It was a good time to capture folks at leisure along the riverbanks.

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One of the unique features of the river system is the use of locks on the canals. The canal moves the ship upward, over, and downward to the continental divide through a series of locks rising 1332 feet. The ship enters the lock and once positioned, the back of the lock closes and then the lock fills with water. Once the ship is at the height of the opposite waterway, the front gate opens and then the ship proceeds onward.

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Prior to our visit to Miltenberg, our ship docked in the town of Freudenberg. It was a great chance to get off the ship and wander around the town.

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After circling the town, we headed for a 10-minute drive to Miltenberg. The town is usually closed on Sundays but there was a wine festival taking place, so all the shops were open. This Franconian town sits on the Main River amid one of Germany's fine wine producing regions. This was really a leisurely walk down the main shopping district so I will highlight some of the sights along the way.

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One stop along the way was at a painter's studio that had the distinction of painting, well, women's anatomy.

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Some additional views along the walk:

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Of course, on any given Sunday one may run into a protest group,

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or a wine cellar,

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or a church,

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or a fountain!

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But the real star of the show is Germany's oldest inn, a Renaissance treasure (Gasthaus zum Riesen) that opened its hotel doors in 1411 and has been operating ever since. It is currently owned by the Faust brewing company and been host to such dignitaries as Napoleon and Elvis Presley (not at the same time).

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After returning from the town, we settled down for dinner and headed off to bed early, as we had an early day heading off to Rothenburg.

Posted by Argenti Travel 19:48 Archived in Germany

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