The idea of waking up at 6 in the morning is never a welcome thought, ever so strongly more so when one’s on holiday. Luckily Teko and I both went to bed early enough such that getting up this morning wasn’t too reminiscent of a regular workday, had an equally early (and hearty) breakfast, and were on the road by 8, sufficient time for a pitstop in Koblenz following some urging by Teko’s dad. The one hour drive from Rüdesheim to Koblenz was largely uneventful but quite a pleasure as we took a second opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of the Rhine river and the towns along it, including a distant look at the Eifel region’s version of the Little Mermaid. Well at least her backside.
The drive into Koblenz was easy, as was getting parking and making our way to the famous Deutches Eck where the Mosel river meets the Rhine and which serves as the focal point for any web search of Koblenz. While I was focused on reaching Deutches Eck, Teko had the inspired idea of first taking the aerial lift cable car from there to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress high up the hill across the Rhine. Thankfully we did as there was no need to queue at all, we had a nice cable car all to ourselves, and the fortress up top was practically deserted. As well the sun was as bright as it could get on a comfortable 13 degree day, I was able to enjoy another cable car ride, and really it was a terrific morning to while away the time.
After admiring sky high views of the city, we wandered aimlessly and unencumbered throughout the fortress as if we were the only ones there, and after exhausting all the rooms and open spaces took the cable car back down for one last close look at the giant monument of Wilhelm I before finally going home. Our extended weekend in Germany was as good as I could have hoped for though I fear future trips to Germany will be significantly fewer and far between. After visiting countless times this past decade I’m hard pressed to think of anywhere else we can visit on a whim, unless we visit places we’d already been to. Where do we go from here?