Wednesday 9th . We woke up in Rudesheim. This is an idyllic part of the Rhine. There are no bridges for miles so there are two car ferries ferrying cars across the Rhine. The Rhine meanders here and there are several tributaries that give the area a distinctive and beautiful look. There is a gondola that takes you up to the spectacular memorial commemorating Gemany’s victory over France in the 1870 Franco-Germany War. The Neiderwald Hill on which it stands is also criss-crossed with walking and biking tracks all giving magnificent views over Rudesheim and the countryside for miles beyond. We had decided to sleep in and miss the 8:30 walk and visits so we set out about 9:30 to see what the town offered. There were huge queues for the gondola so we decided to give that a miss and visited a wine museum which was housed in an old knight’s castle. This was very interesting and had some amazing narrow winding staircases that eventually led to the top of the castle tower – well worth the visit. We wandered back to the gondola and the queues had disappeared and we got on straight away and went to the top of the Neiderwald Hill to see the view and it was fantastic. We had a coffee at the top and returned to the boat for lunch. John managed to fit a gym session in. After lunch we set off for Koblenz and what offered to be the most interesting section of the Rhine. We weren’t disappointed. There were about 14 or 15 castles, most still in use as hotels or other commercial activities. As per postcards these are amazing and to consider their location and the tools available their constructions were a feat of engineering that’s for sure. We had a running commentary about each from the tour guide which was very informative. We arrived at Koblenz around 3pm and had a couple of hours there. We avoided the guided walk and did our own thing, including taking another cable car ride across the Rhine (yes Julie’s second one in a day!) , this one was in larger cars taking up to 20 people and it was as smooth as silk. We then wandered around Kolbenz and viewed the amazing memorial to Kaizer Wilhelm (huge) and then the river Moselle promenade and a few city streets. Once again a very nice town with old and new architecture complementing each other. We then sailed for Cologne arriving there around 11pm. It looked fantastic at night.