Kolbenz - Rhine Gorge
Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, today you arrive at the 2,000 year old town of Koblenz. After your included walking tour, use your free time to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. Once part of the Prussian defenses against the French in the 19th century, it was later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. Perhaps you will use your free time to wander through town and take in the views. Visit Koblenzâ€™ Altstadt, most of it rebuilt after the war, which surrounds the northern end of shop-lined, pedestrians-only LĂ¶hrstrasse , the cityâ€™s main shopping street.
In the afternoon, youâ€™re in for a picturesque treat as you sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Featuring heavily in German folklore, it is said that the hero Seigfried is meant to have slain a dragon at the famous Drachenfels Castle, which is why the Counts of Drachenfels have a dragon in their coat of arms. As you cruise, youâ€™ll enjoy photo opportunities at every bend, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as the famous Lorelei Rock, which legend says was haunted by a lovelorn maiden whose singing lured sailors onto the treacherous rocks. Youâ€™ll also see Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station.