Heidelberg is home to Germany's oldest university, established in 1386, but we went to see the magnificent castle ruins. It took 400 years to build and was severely damaged during the 30 Years' War and the War of Succession. Heidelberg was largely spared during WWII, but it was already too late for the castle.
The only part that is safe enough for tours is the wine cellar where we viewed the world's biggest wine barrel.
The story is that taxes were paid in wine which was all poured into this giant barrel. Then the castle servants were paid with wine out of this mixture. Yum.
Only the facade remains standing on this section..
But I did like the unusual sundial.
And the view from the castle.
One more picture of the castle grounds.
This was the only day when we had an included lunch off the ship.
It was in the Hotel Ritter, built in 1592. Another gorgeous building.
The rain soon stopped and we walked down to the Old Bridge which is guarded by a bronze monkey.
We enjoyed the statuary on this pedestrian bridge. This is Minerva, goddess of war among other things.
I'm not sure what this is on her shield.
Once again the bus had to catch up with the boat, driving through some protected forest on the way.
And we caught up in Miltenberg where the ship was now on the Main River (pronounced 'Mine'.) (That's not our ship.)
We saw countless RVs and tents all along the Moselle and there also seemed to be a bike path all along the river. It's great to see people enjoying the outdoors. Some of the RVs looked like they had claimed a spot for the whole summer.