The giant cuckoo clock in St Goar.
Very scenic day today, with a drive along the Rhine River to Koblenz. The hills are dotted with lots of vineyards and old forts/castles at the top - even the train tunnels are turreted (apparently during WWII, Hitler and the Allies agreed that castles wouldn't be bombed, so Hitler ordered the train tunnel entrances be decorated like castle walls in the hope that they wouldn't be hit!). We stopped at St Goar to have a look at the famous Christmas shop, but not that impressive really. More impressive was the cuckoo clock shop with the huge carved cuckoo clock hanging from the wall outside. We got on a cruise boat here for a trip down along the river to Boppard - nice and leisurely, nothing to exciting to see, apart from the Loreley Rock with the statue of the Lorely at St Goar.
View from the Rhine River cruise.
Had a short walk around Boppard, but being Sunday, nothing was open so only managed to find a kebab shop for lunch (having said that, our simple lunch of meat in a roll with salad was delicious and much cheaper than the cafes/restaurants). Next stop was Koblenz for a visit to the Christmas Markets, once again various markets in different squares around the town, although not really themed here. The squares were spread out over quite a bit of the town, so managed to see quite a bit. Much of the old town of Koblenz was destroyed during WWII, not a lot of historic buidlings about, but a point of interest is the area known as Deutsche Ecke where the Rivers Rhine and Moselle join. Late afternoon we started our drive back to the hotel near Brussels - unfortunately we got stuck in a massive traffic jam due to motorway works and diversions, so got in quite late again.