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A Trip to the Rhine Valley & Heidelberg

Updated on April 28, 2016

Our idea for this trip started started by two desires, the first one was to spend the New Years Eve abroad and the second was visiting the city of Heidelberg. It seemed as a good combination, since we saw that the city had some fireworks for the New Years Eve and beautiful during the day.

Before this first decision we saw the several airports that we could go to, since Frankfurt was on the short list, Heidelberg seemed as a fine decision.

After the decision of the city, we decided that we would enjoy the trip more if you did not just visit the city but also the Rhine Valley that was near. We wanted to visit several things, even if it was only a small time in each city, the goal was passing by, who knows if we will visit it better in the future, probably during the long days of Spring and Summer.

First Stop - Koblenz

Our first stop after leaving the Frankfurt Airport was the city of Koblenz, we booked our first night in an hotel in this city due to its location and the landmarks, Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, the Deutsches Eck and its monument.

Koblenz is also a city where you can see the former Elector's Palace of Koblenz, a former Prussian government building, the central stations and others

Koblenz

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View from the Diehl's Hotel room to the Former Prussian government buildingEffects from the rise of the water level of the Rhine in KoblenzThe Historiensäule in Koblenz
View from the Diehl's Hotel room to the Former Prussian government building
View from the Diehl's Hotel room to the Former Prussian government building | Source
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Effects from the rise of the water level of the Rhine in Koblenz
Effects from the rise of the water level of the Rhine in Koblenz | Source
The Historiensäule in Koblenz
The Historiensäule in Koblenz | Source

The small deviation to Cochem

Since we had enough time to visit more than the Rhine Valley by car, and there were no cruises to the Rhine, we decided to travel to Cochem by the Moselle river. The road is always by the riverside and you can see the valley and the small villages.

The main difference from the Rhine Valley is the number of castles, from Koblenz to Cochem you will not see many castles.

Cochem

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Cochem Imperial CastleSmall house on the other side of river Moselle, from Koblenz to CochemCochem, the River and the Castle
Cochem Imperial Castle
Cochem Imperial Castle | Source
Small house on the other side of river Moselle, from Koblenz to Cochem
Small house on the other side of river Moselle, from Koblenz to Cochem | Source
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Cochem, the River and the Castle
Cochem, the River and the Castle | Source

Time for the Rhine Valley

After the images of the cities of Koblenz and Cochem, time to see the photos of the Rhine Valley, one of the main goals of the trip.

Sorry for some lack of names in some of the photos, I will try to update it.

Rhine Valley

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Stolzenfels Castle in the Rhine ValleyMarksburg Castle in the Rhine ValleyMarksburg Castle in the Rhine ValleyRoad by the Rhine riverCastle in the Rhine ValleyMaus Castle in the Rhine ValleyMaus Castle in the Rhine ValleyMaus Castle in the Rhine ValleyKatz Castle in the Rhine ValleyKatz Castle in the Rhine Valley
Stolzenfels Castle in the Rhine Valley
Stolzenfels Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Marksburg Castle in the Rhine Valley
Marksburg Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Marksburg Castle in the Rhine Valley
Marksburg Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Road by the Rhine river
Road by the Rhine river | Source
Castle in the Rhine Valley
Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Maus Castle in the Rhine Valley
Maus Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Maus Castle in the Rhine Valley
Maus Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Maus Castle in the Rhine Valley
Maus Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Katz Castle in the Rhine Valley
Katz Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Katz Castle in the Rhine Valley
Katz Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source

The Rhine Valley is such a beautiful place that even with a strange weather and the sunset in the mountains, you can take some photos catching the beautiful places.

Rhine Valley (Part 2)

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Castle in the Rhine ValleyKaub villagePfalzgrafenstein Toll Station in the middle of the RhinePfalzgrafenstein Toll Station in the middle of the RhineCastle in the Rhine ValleyCastle in the Rhine ValleyCastle in the Rhine ValleyBingen and the Klopp CastleMäuseturm Toll Tower in the Rhine River, near the river mouth of the Nahe river.
Castle in the Rhine Valley
Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Kaub village
Kaub village | Source
Pfalzgrafenstein Toll Station in the middle of the Rhine
Pfalzgrafenstein Toll Station in the middle of the Rhine | Source
Pfalzgrafenstein Toll Station in the middle of the Rhine
Pfalzgrafenstein Toll Station in the middle of the Rhine | Source
Castle in the Rhine Valley
Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Castle in the Rhine Valley
Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Castle in the Rhine Valley
Castle in the Rhine Valley | Source
Bingen and the Klopp Castle
Bingen and the Klopp Castle | Source
Mäuseturm Toll Tower in the Rhine River, near the river mouth of the Nahe river.
Mäuseturm Toll Tower in the Rhine River, near the river mouth of the Nahe river. | Source

The Rhine Floods

The first time we were told that the Rhine levels rise, we were not totally aware of the implications, as we were told, because of the rise in the water level, there were not many cruising boat during winter in the Rhine.

What we were not expecting was that even cars and roads could suffer with this, but the Germans did not seemed worried about it, it seemed just like another Winter was passing.

Bingen and the Restaurant Gaggianer

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Christmas Tree in BingenThe basilikastrasse in BingenThe Gaggianier, beautiful and cozy restaurant in BingenDinner at the Gaggianier, well served and good
Christmas Tree in Bingen
Christmas Tree in Bingen
The basilikastrasse in Bingen
The basilikastrasse in Bingen
The Gaggianier, beautiful and cozy restaurant in Bingen
The Gaggianier, beautiful and cozy restaurant in Bingen
Dinner at the Gaggianier, well served and good
Dinner at the Gaggianier, well served and good

We decided to spend a night in Bingen since we thought that after visiting the Rhine Valley, we would want to rest near the Rhine and in a "smaller" town. It does not have many things to see, but we found ourselves lucky to have dinner at such a good restaurant.

In Bingen you can also go to Rüdesheim am Rhein, and visit this beautiful village in the other side of Rhine.

Alzey, Worms and Mannheim

From Bingen to Heidelberg, we decided to stop by these three cities. We did not spend much time in each city so there are not many photos. It was worth to stop by to see the differences and their unique landmarks, but if you are thinking on doing a similar trip, these are not mandatory stops.

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Lion statue in the Fish market zone of AlzeyRossmarkt (Horse Market) in AlzeyWorms, view from the roadWormsWormsBASF complex viewed from the Autobahn
Lion statue in the Fish market zone of Alzey
Lion statue in the Fish market zone of Alzey | Source
Rossmarkt (Horse Market) in Alzey
Rossmarkt (Horse Market) in Alzey | Source
Worms, view from the road
Worms, view from the road | Source
Worms
Worms | Source
Worms
Worms | Source
BASF complex viewed from the Autobahn
BASF complex viewed from the Autobahn | Source

Heidelberg

Heidelberg was our final stop, famous for being a romantic city and the picturesque landscape with the mountains near the city, it is surely one city where you can spend more than one night.

Heidelberg - Photos

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River Neckar from one of the bridges in HeidelbergBuilding in the middle of the forest on the way to the Molkenkur, belvedere in Heidelberg.Hauptstrasse in HeidelbergThe Heidelberg Castle with the Christmas Market belowThe old bridge of HeidelbergHeidelberg CastleHeidelberg CityHeidelberg CastleHeidelberg Old Bridge and Castle
River Neckar from one of the bridges in Heidelberg
River Neckar from one of the bridges in Heidelberg | Source
Building in the middle of the forest on the way to the Molkenkur, belvedere in Heidelberg.
Building in the middle of the forest on the way to the Molkenkur, belvedere in Heidelberg. | Source
Hauptstrasse in Heidelberg
Hauptstrasse in Heidelberg | Source
The Heidelberg Castle with the Christmas Market below
The Heidelberg Castle with the Christmas Market below | Source
The old bridge of Heidelberg
The old bridge of Heidelberg | Source
Heidelberg Castle
Heidelberg Castle | Source
Heidelberg City
Heidelberg City | Source
Heidelberg Castle
Heidelberg Castle | Source
Heidelberg Old Bridge and Castle
Heidelberg Old Bridge and Castle | Source

New Years Eve in the bridge over Neckar River in Heidelberg

Most people get to the bridge between 23:30 and 23:45. There was no street performance, or live music, just people walking to the bridge, and staying there enjoying the view, the cold and the near countdown.

At 00:00, the people started throwing their fireworks and drinking champagne in the bridge. Thirty minutes later, most people had left the bridge but there was still some resistant, and the fireworks only completely stopped after 01:00.

The New Years Eve in Heidelberg

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    • Aladdins Cave profile image

      Aladdins Cave 

      3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hi Saitam,

      not much writing about the places you visited, but the Video's sort of made up for that.

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

    • saitam profile imageAUTHOR

      saitam 

      5 years ago from Lisbon

      Thank you moonlake.

      It is truly beautiful, even during the winter, I guess it may be better in spring.

    • saitam profile imageAUTHOR

      saitam 

      5 years ago from Lisbon

      Thank you tillsontitan, glad you like it.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      I was there so many years ago. It is a beautiful city. I enjoyed your photos. Voted up and more.

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Your photos are beautiful! Looks like such a lovely place and sounds like ou had a wonderful time. How nice to be able to celebrate New Year's in a different country. Your video was fun to watch.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

    • saitam profile imageAUTHOR

      saitam 

      5 years ago from Lisbon

      Glad you like it.

      My German is very basic, I only know some words, the first numbers, drink, sausage, thanks and other words used specially in stores. Other words are similar to English, so I could understand a few words in the restaurants (when the menu was not in English).

      Most people were nice when they realized I did not speak German, and when they did not speak English, we understood each other pointing or using a few words.

    • Credence2 profile image

      Credence2 

      5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Fantastic, sounds like you had a nice trip, thanks for sharing all the photos.

      How is your German?

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