We planned our stay in Frankfurt for two nights, mostly because its location in Germany allowed us to visit the Rhine Valley. We had signed up for a day trip that focused on the stretch of the valley listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stretch of the Rhine promised "storybook Germany" with historic villages, terraced vineyards, and (so many!) hillside castles. It was indeed the perfect backdrop for a fairy tale.

Adventures: Niederwald Monument, Niederwald Chairlift Assmannshausen, Rhine River Cruise, Loreley Rock, wine-tasting session

Takeaways: 1) Niederwald Landscape Park offers some nice views. 2) Who knew Germany has so many medieval castles? 3) Wine is popular in this region. 4) We're still not fans of ice wine. 5) The amount of wine sampled during a wine tasting is not standardized. 6) The vegetation in Germany is similar to Michigan. 7) Some day trips are better than others. 

Memorable Moments: 1) Spotting the many castles during the river cruise. 2) Drinking thimble-sized samples of wine at the wine tasting.

^^ Loreley Rock ^^

Recommendations: 1) Consider skipping the tour and visiting this area on your own. 2) Don't expect the boat to stop at each dock for an extended period of time.

Next Time: 1) Spend some time in those villages. 2) Visit a castle, perhaps Rheinfels Castle above St. Goar. 3) Drink more wine.


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