VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, Part 29 Fall, 2016

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Today, we are visiting the Reichsburg Imperial Castle in Cochem, Germany.  Situated more than 100 meters above the Moselle River, this castle was constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries and served to guard the city and the river against attacks. After the French occupation and its destruction in 1689, it was rebuilt in the then popular Neo-Gothic architectural style.  Napoleon lived here when he was at war with the German countries in 1801.  In 1868, the Berlin Councillor of Commerce began restorations to it and used it as a summer residence.  It is now the property of Cochem.

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A gathering at the well.

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Many paintings and sculptures were on display, but there were a few that should not be displayed on a family blog site, if you know what I mean.

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Today the castle is well decorated with Renaissance and Baroque furniture.

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When we came into the castle, we were told by our guide in no uncertain terms not to touch anything.

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When we came to this elf hanging from the ceiling, the guide told us that the only thing in the castle we could touch was the red jewel below it, because it was believed to bring good luck.  I’m not superstitious, so I did not bother with it. But you’d be surprised at how many grown people stood in line for the privilege of touching that thing.

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A charming sitting area.

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There were many stuffed animals on display throughout the castle.

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As well as pretty decorative pieces.

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Oops, I dropped my shield.

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Next, we will continue our tour of the castle and see  a couple of guys dressed in period costumes.  See you then.

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