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Notamermaid - thank you for all the information you provide on this site! So glad to see the rebound from the flooding earlier this summer! 

 

We are embarking on our first river cruise in a few days and have  been researching for the last year and a half (like most recent cruisers we couldn't sail in 2020).  To your knowledge, might we encounter some early Octoberfest type celebrations while cruising down the Rhine next week?  

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@w8ting2cruz @w8ing2cruzThank you. The Rhine is a pleasant river to be at - and on it - right now and soon we will see more of those early morning autumn mists (there have been a couple already) that envelop the landscape. I hope though that your sailing through the Rhine Gorge is not shrouded too much in fog, then the castles could be hidden from view a bit. Trees are still green, they turn yellow and orange with some red in October. Dark red is not a hue that is present much around here.

 

But to your question. In Rhineland-Palatinate the restrictions prevent large uncontrolled crowds, so many village fêtes, old town festivals and wine festivals have been cancelled. Likewise, Oktoberfest celebrations are not happening, but I do not know about the individual cancellations enough. One thing is definitely cancelled - the Oktoberfest in Koblenz.

 

Not sure what the other states do, but expect things to be relatively quiet in terms of festivities. The Oktoberfest in Cologne has also been cancelled, but there may be small indoor celebrations in pubs. Switzerland also has put a cap on crowds, so there will also be cancellations I expect.

 

I will roam around a bit to see what other towns do, but as I expect you to have quite a bit of time in Cologne, perhaps you would like to have a look yourself at what the city offers: https://www.cologne-tourism.com/

 

The dreaded word is "abgesagt", so when you read that anywhere, also on posters in the street, you know something has been cancelled.

 

All in all life is kind of pleasant and as a tourist that is fully vaccinated you can go and see places at your leisure without encountering problems, generally speaking. Things are a bit more complicated in everyday life for the people living along the river.

 

I can tell you from my perspective as a local that I am happy to see tourists again, so hopefully you will experience this with all the people you meet, too.

 

The other week I went to this restaurant and heard British voices at a  patio table nearby. In this mad world right now, I was as happy as a child that has just been handed a big bowl of ice-cream. But that story is for another post ...

 

notamermaid

 

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Thank you so much for all of this information!  I'm a bit sad that there are so many cancellations of festivals etc but I totally understand.  I'm happy that the residents are excited to see tourism get back on track.  We are so, so happy to be cruising!

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Thank you, notamermaid!  We leave very soon for Switzerland and the start of our Avalon 13 day Rhine/Moselle cruise.  I don't think there will be more than 30 people on the ship...just 15 cabins are booked.  We hope to see some fall colors and places where we used to live.  We plan to have a wonderful time!

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On 9/16/2021 at 2:32 AM, Loreto said:

Thank you, notamermaid!  We leave very soon for Switzerland and the start of our Avalon 13 day Rhine/Moselle cruise.  I don't think there will be more than 30 people on the ship...just 15 cabins are booked.  We hope to see some fall colors and places where we used to live.  We plan to have a wonderful time!

karen  

Sounds like you will really get pampered :classic_smile:.

 

It is a little early for autumn colours now, but by the time you are on the Moselle the colours may start a little. But the Moselle is a delight in any season I find. I know your itinerary goes as far as Remich, I really like that. If you still have the choice for Trier I recommend the Roman town walk rather than the standard town walk. I went to see the Roman baths and the amphitheatre many years ago, really interesting. But I am sure you will enjoy either.

 

Here is a webcam of the area at Drachenfels castle at Königswinter, North of Koblenz, still very green: https://www.feratel.com/webcams/deutschland/koenigswinter.html

That area is often sailed through at night, so many do not see it. Now that the sun sets earlier it is often also missed in daylight when the ships set sail from Cologne to go upstream.

 

The feratel website has many interesting places, this is the view of Cologne:

https://www.feratel.com/webcams/deutschland/koeln-hyatt-regency-hotel.html

 

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Miscellaneous good news from the Middle Rhine valley or nearby.

 

I wrote on June 29th: "A mishap that may cost up to half a million euros: a tanker hit the landing stage of the Namedy Geyser boat a few days ago. Nobody harmed, tanker in harbour for inspection and landing stage sunk. No access to geyser for visitors for several weeks probably. Much annoyance in Andernach as the attraction only reopened about three weeks ago."

Good news is that the geyser attraction has reopened and you can get to the fountain itself by ship again. If you are interested: https://www.geysir-andernach.de/en/geyser-visit/river-cruise/

 

Around three months ago, something unusual happened near Mainz. On the other side of the river is Wiesbaden which lies in the Salzbach valley. Part of the huge network of roads in the area is the Salzbachtalbrücke, which has both in Rhineland-Palatinate and parts of Hesse become quite infamous as the bridge structure was completely overwhelmed by mass commuter traffic (it was never designed for so much heavy traffic) and was supposed to be renewed. Construction work surrounding the plans were already under way when parts of the bridge moved and collapsed unto its pillar construction, completely destabilizing it. Result: immediate danger of collapsing entirely with closure of roads and railway underneath it. The weird bit: A truck to evaluate the damage could not be moved from the bridge and stood there for three months on the closed bridge. I saw it in real life and can tell you that it looked eerie. I hope somebody took a photo of it in early morning mists as it is now history. The good news: No, the bridge has not collapsed and the truck is fine. This is how the builders, authorities and owner of the truck have finally been able to get the vehicle off the bridge: https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/snacks/salzbachtal-bruecke-lkw-geborgen-100.html

The bridge will be demolished using explosives in November. River cruisers should not be affected by this unless they need to get to Wiesbaden (a short detour needed) but commuter traffic will be disrupted for many more months.

 

And finally, the good news from Neuwied. After around seven years of planning and building the embankment is completely redone and finished. At least the part that is most used by the locals and in future by river cruise ships. Looks quite modern and sort of inviting (the problem they always have is the massive wall, the flood protection dyke, which I would call only attractive for hydrology engineers and real architecture enthusiasts). But more on that when I can find out when they will actually have the landing stage ready, there seems to be a structure missing still. Will post this in the thread "Beyond the standard ports". Here is the part with the steps for enjoying an ice-cream from the beer garden and the sunset:

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More importantly of course, the river levels still look good and with the temperatures getting cooler we can in all likelihood look forward to weeks with little to no disruption from low water.

 

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They wanted to build a school annex - and found a Roman road!

 

They have been digging in Cologne again to prepare the ground for the foundations of a building and found part of a Roman road, as well as a canal/pipe. This is not any road but the long distance road Cologne - Trier - Lyon. Quite a sensation is not the Roman road as its whereabouts had been known, but the previously unknown canal. The article is only in German, perhaps you can send it through a translation program. If not, just the photo is good enough to give you an idea of what is happening: https://www.wz.de/nrw/burscheid-und-region/koeln_leverkusen/roemerstrasse-nach-trier-liegt-unter-schulbaustelle-in-der-innenstadt_aid-62936077

 

If you happen to be in the area and are keen to try and see it in the next few days, it is within the city centre, not sure how well they will shield and protect this from the elements and humans.

 

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As it is under a planned school annex, I reckon it will be documented - possibly partly removed - and then covered up. But who knows, they may make it accessible, all depends on value of the find and what is doable with building regulations these days. Would be cool if they kept it visible for the pupils, a nice way of teaching history: "Today, children, we will talk about the Romans. Let's go into the cellar". Would be real on site teaching if not hands-on learning.

 

The level at Kaub is now at 139cm. It will fall further, but a fall below 100cm will not happen by 6 October and a fall below 110cm on that day is highly unlikely. On 5 October the level at Maxau is predicted to rise so we may will see a rise at Kaub again by 7 October. Looking very good for sailings in October.

 

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