Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Two
Our first morning on board was spent cruising the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal towards Regensburg. The scenery was peaceful, green, and lush and we passed another river cruise ship waiting to get into the lock we had just passed through.
We enjoyed a special Bavarian lunch onboard as we continued cruising. The lunch included sauerkraut, Weisswurst (white) sausages, sweet mustard, and different types of bread. Tasty stuff.
We exited the canal near Kelheim, Germany and docked in Regensburg around 2:00 pm. Regensburg is a city of about 140,000 people and the medieval city centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Romans built a fort there about AD 90, the remains of which can still be seen today.
We learned that in the Middle Ages, wealthy families would compete to build the highest tower on their homes. The upper levels were unusable empty shells.
The Regensburg Cathedral is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. Building started in 739 and finished around 1520.
On the waterfront near the 800 year old stone bridge (under renovations while we were there) is the Historische Wurstküche (Historic Sausage Kitchen). Perhaps the oldest continuously open restaurant in the world, it has been serving up sausages for almost 900 years. Mike had one; he liked it.
Wandering on our own after the walking tour we discovered some interesting art.
Back to the Ship
Back on the ship before dinner, we had some Bavarian musicians play for us in the Horizon Lounge. I threatened to buy Mike a pair of lederhosen and I think he worried I might follow through on that.
The Captain’s Gala Reception followed the musicians with bubbly for everyone and the Captain’s Gala Dinner was immediately after in the Reflections Restaurant. I had the halibut with potato and horseradish crust while Mike opted for the veal in crepe coat with mushroom stuffing.
The kitchen staff put out great food every day.
That evening gave us the most spectacular sunset of the trip as we left Regensburg.
The next day we were going to dock in Passau, Germany at about 8:00 am and then off to Linz, Austria in the late afternoon. Stay tuned!
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