Buried in the forests along the Elz River is the Castle of Burg Eltz. Located just north of the Mosel River, upstream from Koblenz Germany, this castle has been handed down within the family since the 12th century. Today, tours our conducted through parts of the castle while other sections remain private for the family. It also contains a wonderful collection of artifacts that have been acquired over the years. Strong alliances have helped Burg Eltz to avoid destruction by conquering armies, such as Napolean as he destroyed most of the castles along the Rhine.
After visiting Burg Eltz we drove to Koblenz, the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine river. The Rhine has been one of the world’s busiest shipping rivers since Roman times. Some of the castles are nestled up in the hills, like the Lorch Castle located across the river from Bacharach. The Pfalz Castle is unique in that it is positioned in the middle of the river to allow it to charge a toll to every barge passing by. We drove up the most scenic section of the river that extends from Koblenz to Mainz.
As we drove across Germany to Berlin we couldn’t help but notice the large number of wind powered generating stations that are in use. It was truely impressive.
We also noted that when Jeff travelled to Berlin in 1982, much of this was East German and he was not allowed to take pictures from the train while the East German border guards were on the train.
Looking forward to seeing how much Berlin has changed in 26 years and the break-up of the Soviet Union.