Wake Up: 6:30am
Weather: Cloudy and muggy
Woke up feeling seedy as all hell. Left the hotel for the Rhine Valley. Thirty minutes on our way we stop off at Cheese and Clogs, which is a traditional Dutch workroom which makes-you guessed it-cheese and clogs! I tried all the cheeses and they were all fantastic, but since I do not eat a lot of cheese I bought my favourite two figuring there was someone I could share with when I got home. I also bought a pair of clogs in my size with red detailing.
Three hours to the start Rhine Valley to a village called St. Goar (pronounced gOH-AR). This village is small and quaint. The road in to town was very windy and steep and lined with vineyards, all of which was typical for this area of Europe.There is a castle on a hilltop overlooking St. Goar and if you follow the road around the corner you will soon find Lorelei Rock, known for folklore regarding a maiden leading ships to their doom on the rocks below the rivers surface.
First stop in town was a traditional Stein Maker. There were some amazing and very expensive steins here, a limited range even had small pieces of the Berlin Wall on the lid. I bought a limited edition Contiki stein made and designed in a tradtional way. I look forward to using it much over the years.It was much warmer so we had ice creams and wandered about until dinner.
Following dinner was a traditional wine tasting in a very old underground cellar. The Rhine is known for Reisling and whites due to the angle of incline of the ground. The four we tasted were all very nice variances of Reisling. There was also an offering of Ice Wine which is incredibly rare as it must be harvested after about 5 days of suffering ripe at -8 degrees Celsius. Only 3 places in the world can produce Ice Wine, so I bought a bottle, as well as two of the others.
After a few more drinks at the hotel bar it was off to bed.
Known for: Steins, Ice Wine, Birkenstocks, Lorelei Rock
Sights to note: Lorelei Rock, Burg Reinfels Castle, Evangelical Collegiate church, Stein Makers