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Continuing on to Bamburg

Day 6

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This morning was a sleep in day. We weren’t going to be arriving in Bamburg until afternoon so there was little to do other than enjoy the scenery. It was a beautiful morning and we were able to fully enjoy our balcony. We were continuing to travel along the Main River to a canal that will eventually take us to the Danube. The sounds of the birds and the heat from the morning sun made for a relaxing morning. The scenery along this section was very rural.39FCEF7B-8489-4F47-B353-5DE4ED4E9D42.jpeg7F3D5305-6CAE-45E4-BF63-4D9621C91169.jpeg We continued along the Main, passing through a number of locks that raised our boat significantly. We arrived in Bamburg about an hour ahead of time and since our walking tour wasn’t to start until 2:00 we went for a fairly long walk along the river. It was nice to get off the boat and stretch our legs. We returned to the boat for lunch and to get ready to go into the heart of Bamburg. It was a short walk to the buses and a short ride to the city centre. Once we got off the bus we divided ourselves into groups and set off with our guides. We first walked along the river bank and learned a little of the city’s history. We then crossed the river bridge and were shown the street of Bamburg known as little Venice.CA74CE01-BAA9-43FF-B22F-C5FD5E3A1C59.jpegA56FB539-B493-4230-B0F5-DDC8D911B58D.jpeg We continued on and learned about the beer called Schlenkerla Rauchbier. It is a porter beer in which the barley has been smoked. We were shown the main brewery for this type of beer and invited to return to try it after our tour. 6F88EC4A-64CF-4A26-A67B-798B98369DD1.jpegWe then walked up the hill to the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. George. It is an imposing structure with a combination of Gothic and Romanesque architecture. 3484825F-D333-45D8-AE95-B0375DD17D1B.jpegIt replaced the previous two wooden cathedrals that, not surprisingly, burned down. It is a Catholic Church. We learned a bit about its history and then moved on.
Our next stop was the Old Court of Bamburg which was the historic residence of the prince bishops. The courtyard is also famous as the filming location of several movies and television shows: including Orlando Bloom’s film of the Three Musketeers. 7F3FB8F9-0D0B-4E90-B1F3-FBF59D5CF174.jpeg72425FCF-9056-450A-954A-F6D6575E1DFD.jpegThe buildings themselves are mostly deserted today. We then went into the rose garden. This would have been an amazing place in another month. 4500 roses are planted here. Also, we were that much too early. The views out over the city were great though. 5035C4AB-9C2D-4774-B2CA-87445CD2C53C.jpegDF87E295-03A6-4C06-89E8-676C6DF035C3.jpegFinally we walked back down the hill and were shown Bamburg’s city hall. It is a really cool place. The story goes that the people of Bamburg wanted a new city hall, but the bishops weren’t really in favour of it because they felt it would give the people more power. They finally agreed but said that they wouldn’t give up any land. The clever residents of Bamburg came up with the idea of building the city hall in the middle of the river. The rest, as they say, is history.77893F73-02CC-4D1C-8A20-9036B2C81A5B.jpeg54587B2E-02CC-4D71-99ED-DADBF36B5AC2.jpeg
This was the end of our walking tour. We bade our guide a fond farewell, then set out on our own. We were curious about the cathedral and ventured back to it. We went in and found that while the cathedral is imposing, it is surprisingly plain. No stained glass. No elaborate tapestries. No frescoes. Mostly plain sandstone walls. It is significant in that it contains the only remains of a pope north of the alps. We walked around for a bit and found it a cold, foreboding place. After the cathedral we headed to the centre of town to try smoked beer. Really not sure how to feel about this. We went to the original Schlenkerla brewery. The deal is that you line up at a single window and order your beer to take out. You pay a €2 deposit for the glass. Then you go outside to drink your beer.900D6064-E224-4EDB-96D3-9A3A89C8EA58.jpeg It was a pretty pleasant day, so enjoying our beer outside was no problem. I have to say that while it wasn’t my favourite beer, it was pretty good. Really smoky taste.
After our beer we decided to walk back to the boat rather than take the bus. The walk was pleasant and easy and very enjoyable. We retired to our room for a tasting of cheese, sausage from Rothenburg and wine. We, later, dressed for dinner, and went to the lounge to meet with others for our daily port talk. Then it was off to dinner. After dinner we returned to the lounge for a game show that our entertainment director had organized. Great fun and tons of laughs. Tomorrow was to be an early day, so it was back to our rooms to relax and prepare for that.

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