Day #5 - Miltenberg, Germany (Page Ten)
We traveled during the night to Afchaffenburg where we dropped some people off for an excursion and then we traveled a few short miles to Wurtzburg, Germany and then Freudenberg.
We are now on the Main River in Germany. The Main is a river in Germany. With a length of 527 kilometers (327 mi), it is the longest right tributary of the Rhine. It is also the longest river lying entirely in Germany (if the Weser and the Werra are considered as two separate rivers; together they are longer). The largest cities along the Main are Frankfurt am Main and Würzburg.
Todays sailing was about 44 miles but in two steps... First stop (and fast drop-off stop) was Afchaffenberg
Did You Know? - The town is located on both sides of the Main in the southwest part of Germany, 41 kilometers (25 mi) southeast of Frankfurt am Main. In the western part of the municipal territory, the smaller Aschaff flows into the Main. The region is also known as Bayerischer Untermain ("Bavarian Lower Main"). Aschaffenburg lies in the far northwest of the state of Bavaria, close to the border to the state of Hesse.
In World War II, Aschaffenburg was heavily damaged by Allied area bombing, including Schloss Johannisburg which was completely restored several years later. The Germans chose to defend Aschaffenburg with particular steadfastness, which resulted in the "Battle of Aschaffenburg" fought 28 March - 3 April 1945. The U.S. 45th Infantry Division was forced to take the fortified town against stiff German resistance in a series of frontal assaults that involved house-to-house fighting and vicious close combat. The resulting widespread urban destruction was quite severe, as cannon fire was used point-blank to blast through structures.
Hard to believe such a beautiful area was so damaged
Out for a morning stroll
We glide along having a great meal with a view
It's a tight squeeze in some places going through the locks
Up we go about 15 feet higher so we can continue the voyage
The locks are quite busy day and night
Many hydro-electric generation plants along the Main river
We move out of the lock
The boats are long and flat due to the many bridges across the canals
We are inching into Miltenberg
Ship repair facilities are located in all the larger towns
Lunch is served about noon... We have three hours until Milkenberg
We could not be closer!
As seen from the air
Did You Know? - The old town lies on the Main’s left bank on the "left knee" of the Mainviereck ("Main Square") between the Spessart and Odenwald ranges. Since the Main riverbed in the Miltenberg area is relatively near the foot of the Odenwald, only a narrow strip of usable land is left, little over 150 meters in width,:79 which in past centuries was time and again flooded by the Main. The historic centre, which stands on this land, often sustained considerable damage in these floods. Only in the 21st century efficient flood control measures, most of all a wall, have significantly reduced the adverse effects of these floods. Since about the beginning of the 20th century, after buying land from the neighbouring community of Großheubach, Miltenberg has been expanding on the right bank.
We docked adjacent to the bridge
Hop, Skip and a Jump into town
Flat boats... Low bridges
Swans a swimming
The come right up to the ships
We could not be any closer
Not a lot of traffic, safe to walk!
It's Germany, always flowers
Inn's are in every city
The Würzburg Gate east of the town center
An interesting look
Churches are ll over town... Some big and some small
Anyone for shopping?
Down the street is market square
Our guide (in red) was very helpful
Tourists visit all the little stores
The hotels were quaint but comfortable
Did You Know? - Records show that a building existed on the site for some time previous, though the earliest known mention of the hotel is the registration of Trestam zum Riesen as landlord in 1411, making it one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in the world.
The hotel was rebuilt in the half-timbered, Renaissance style in 1590 by architect Jacob Stoer, using 100 logs donated by the city council.
The building has been renovated a number of times since; first in 1948 for DM 250,000; and again in 1970 after being purchased for DM 194,000.
In 2001 it was purchased by local chain Faust Brauhaus.
A number of famous guests have stayed at Zum Riesen; including two Holy Roman Emperors, Frederick Barbarossa and Charles IV; the leaders from both sides of the Thirty Years' War, Johann Tserclaes and Gustavus Adolphus; Napoléon Bonaparte; and Elvis Presley.
The local "shopping mall"
It all becomes clear
The stone streets last forever and a day!
Did You Know? - Cobblestones are typically either set in sand or similar material, or are bound together with mortar. Paving with cobblestones allows a road to be heavily used all year long. It prevents the build-up of ruts often found in dirt roads. It has the additional advantage of not getting muddy in wet weather or dusty in dry weather. Shod horses are also able to get better traction on stone cobbles, pitches or setts than tarmac/asphalt.
The fact that carriage wheels, horse hooves and even modern automobiles make a lot of noise when rolling over cobblestone paving might be thought a disadvantage, but it has the advantage of warning pedestrians of their approach. In England, the custom was to strew the cobbles outside the house of a sick or dying person with straw to dampen the sound.
Cobblestones set in sand have the environmental advantage of being permeable paving, and of moving rather than cracking with movements in the ground.
The hotel was established in 1889!
Stadtkirche/Church St. Jakobus
Located close to the canal
Everything is close by
Finally, we get to shop!
Always Christmas in Germany
So much stuff... So little room!
Back to the ship!