RHINE RIVER CRUISE: First Post
Since returning home, several people have asked what I enjoyed most about our cruise through parts of Switzerland, France, Germany, and The Netherlands. I thought a few minutes and decided there wasn't any one thing I enjoyed more than the time spent with my sweet hubby.
Next on my list of favorites were the cruise itself on Viking's Mani and Eir longships, the architecture, castles, cathedrals, the small villages, the countryside as seen from both ship and bus, the food, and the people. Specific favorites were Basel, the tour in the Black Forest, Colmar City, Strasbourg and Alsace, Heidelburg, Marksburg Castle, the windmills, and our fellow shipboard passengers.
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After boarding the Mani in Basel, Switzerland, we unpacked and headed into Basel, home to 40 museums. Viking provided the much needed umbrellas.
I found the architecture--a mix of modern and very old--fascinating. The building below is only one of the incredible examples of old architecture in Basel.
The Munster Cathedral (pictured above and below), the most famous landmark in Basel, is 1,000 years old, and has been called the Evangelical Reformed Church since 1529.
Basel's first bridge across the Rhine was built in 1225 and connects Switzerland to Germany and France.
We docked in Breisach, Germany, on our second day, and boarded a Viking bus--a very comfortable Mercedes-Benz--and headed off toward the Black Forest.