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  1. Tentatively good news. The forecast at Maxau has been adjusted and is now supposed to peak at 720cm tomorrow morning. That is a bit better as the earlier forecast gave a peak of between 725cm and 740cm. At 750cm the river is closed at that section. Maxau is at official flooding status, though. A figure that lies between the first mark and the second mark for navigation. With the big tributaries Neckar and Main carrying much water and joining the river downstream from Maxau a rise is forecast at the gauging stations there, but so far Koblenz - as an example - is not predicted to rise to a level that entails a closure of the river in that section. The middle and lower Moselle have got a fair amount of rain during today but it will not have as much an impact as the rain along the Eastern tributaries. notamermaid
  2. Hello KathyK13, I like that itinerary, if it is the Avalon waterways one! Although I think going South from Koblenz to Basel is a bit more scenic IMO. The Moselle is lovely, I am sure you will enjoy it. Will you be coming from Paris with the company or independently? I always think that it is a pity the Lorraine area of the Moselle is not given more attention. But a bit of news to follow in the thread on the Moselle. notamermaid
  3. Yes, they really need much luck. I have just had a look at the gauge for Passau and the graph says the Danube has risen by 150cm in just under 24 hours. That is a lot! More rain must have come down in the direct Danube area around Passau than I had reckoned. Hoping to hear from G.M.T. how the ships are getting on at the infamous bridge in Passau. notamermaid
  4. It has been an unpleasant day so far in the Middle Rhine valley. Rain and mild storms with me and on the weather maps. The rain is supposed to ease tomorrow but it will not be dry with more rain forecast after a hopefully dry Thursday. The river: Hauenstein on the High Rhine (upstream from Basel) is on flooding status, so are three tributaries coming from the East in the Upper Rhine valley. The Ill running through Colmar and Strasbourg has risen much. West of the Ill the Vosges mountains stop the clouds thereby forcing the rain down into the valley. Fortunately this means that no rain is coming from the mountains themselves or via the Moselle. Maxau gauge has risen to 630cm. This means it is over flood mark one and traffic slows down. The graph is showing a further rise. A river closure is still not anticipated but the level could get close. Tomorrow will tell us more. notamermaid
  5. An area of low pressure formed over the Czech Republic and has brought much rain westwards into Bavaria, sweeping further into Germany along the Alps. The Allgäu region is on high alert. Those rivers there are the tributaries to the Danube. Several gauging stations reported flood warning levels of 3 and 4 during the night, 4 being the highest possible. But other regions of Germany have been hit by bad weather as well, this morning the state of Hesse looks the worst on the river levels map. More rain is coming and the water from the tributaries will reach the Danube during the course of today and tomorrow. So, over to our man in Passau, G.M.T. .... notamermaid
  6. Thank you very much for the info. I saw the low pressure area over the Czech Republic and was wondering how much water that would give the Elbe. Hopefully a steady flow but no flooding. The rain is indeed being pushed into Bavaria and spread along the Alps. I fear this will cause flooding along the Danube, seeing that the Danube and her tributaries are getting rain at the same time rather than one small area one after the other. Bavaria (along with other areas of Germany) is on alert. notamermaid
  7. It is raining in the Middle Rhine valley. As much rain has already come down in the Upper Rhine valley and adjacent areas, Maxau gauge is now rising and forecast to do so fast. Currently at 488cm, it will reach 600cm and could reach the first flood mark by Tuesday evening. At mark one traffic slows down, i.e. there is a speed limit in place for the affected section of the river. At this point in time the graph shows that a further rise to level two, at which point the river section is closed, is very unlikely. Update to follow tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday. notamermaid
  8. On this board I have repeatedly heard very good things about APT's Grand European itinerary Amsterdam to Budapest. I find the itinerary very appealing as it has got a couple of specials that are hardly offered on another itinerary and the dinner at Namedy is definitely exclusive to APT (I very much like that castle). notamermaid
  9. Hello sawtooth, Thank you. Happy to help. Unfortunately, weather reports say that May in Germany will show its "moody" side with sunshine and warm temperatures but also thunderstorms and much rain. Several places show a lot of rainy days (10 out of 14 days for Bonn for example). Temperatures can still reach 22 degrees but will more stay below that. The gauge at Maxau is predicted to rise sharply, but as this is a prediction - not a forecast - I will not give you a figure and wait. Only this much: there is still much room for the river to rise before it reaches full flooding level. Mild flooding that slows down traffic could happen with this amount of rain. Figures will become clearer by Monday morning. notamermaid
  10. Hello Kathleen, hmm, for specific info on this coming June we will need to wait a few days as the forecast looks ahead 14 days maximum. Generally, June is a great month to be on the river. The whole Rhine valley and the Netherlands are warm and pleasant. But we do get hot days and a few rainy days. Every year is a little different. No night frost and often balmy evenings with much daylight of course make June an attractive month to sail in. The crowds are there but you also get them in May and July. Are you travelling then or thinking of booking? notamermaid
  11. Hmm, have not heard or read of any problems. Rain has kept the level up in the Bavarian Danube, where the problems normally start before they reach the Austrian Danube (if at all). The level is high enough for sailing according to the gauging stations and there certainly is no flooding. Traffic appears to be running smoothly, i.e. other ships and barges. If you have followed the Impression for a few days and she is off schedule, perhaps have a look at other vessels on marinetraffic and look at the Impression there as well. Looks an isolated situation to me at the moment, but cannot say for sure of course. Get back to Avalon perhaps? notamermaid
  12. Hello Keith, Linz! That means Linzer Torte is right there at your fingertips to try. If you like sweet and heavy cake, do buy or sample some. It is delicious. notamermaid
  13. Ah, Maxau is the gauging station near the city of Karlsruhe in the Upper Rhine valley. It is regarded as a good indicator for sailing conditions. The river level figure does not say how deep the navigation channel is, just how deep at the particular spot the measure is in the water. Captains translate this into the actual depth of the channel. The other figures of Kaub and Koblenz are the gauges at the respective towns. notamermaid
  14. Just a quick message this weekend to say that the forecast for Maxau is now saying that the level will not rise much more and stay under 550cm. The prediction for the following days reflects the fact that hardly any rain is forecast in the catchment area of the Upper Rhine. The river level is likely to fall fast again under 500cm during next week. No problem as long as it rains the following week as the problem area around Kaub is looking pleasant for sailing at currently 226cm. notamermaid
  15. You could try Luftner cruises. It is called Classical Music Rhine. Or have a look at Tauck Musical Magic Along The Blue Danube. notamermaid
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