Ron’s back in Germany, so here are a few of his pictures – concentrating on transport (but with a little tourism thrown in).
Left home on 0558 to St Pancras to meet up with tour party and then caught 0855 Eurostar to Brussels. After a gap of 2.5 hours we caught 1425 ICE to Cologne. Due to supply problems we lost half an hour between Liege and Aachen. On arrival we had a quick connection to Remagen where we are staying but it was so full we could not get on it. After 30 mins wait we managed to get on the next train but until we got to Bonn it was more crowded than a rush hour tube train. We are due to go to the Peace Museum tomorrow morning but it is temporarily closed and moved into a smaller hall so I think I will try to go up Drachenfels,
To Bruxelles Midi….
Remagen station, night and day….
Overcast but turned sunny. Decided not to take part in group visit to Remagen Peace Museum as it is temporarily housed away from its historic site. Took train from Remagen to Cologne changing there for train down east bank of The Rhine to Konigswinter for trip on Drachenfels Rack railway. Having returned to Konigswinter I carried on down to Koblenz for train back up west bank to Remagen. Then took a stroll down to river promenade.
A bridge at Cologne (not Remagen!)
Drachenfelsbahn train at summit.
View of the Rhine from Drachenfels. The river engineer in me is impressed by the river training works on the near bank.
Back to Remagen….
View from Remagen river promenade
A hot and sunny day and saw an outdoor thermometer showing 28°. Today was a group visit to Rudesheim leaving on 0904 returning at 1642. From Remagen we changed in both directions in Koblenz to use trains running down the east bank of the Rhine. As on a previous visit due to the amount of freight the platform door is not open until the train is arriving in the station. At Rudesheim the train runs along the river bank separating the shops from the promenade