|Light lunch buffet at Aquavit Lounge. cold items|
|Light lunch buffet at Aquavit Lounge, hot items|
Entrée: Braised German Beef Roll with root vegetables, spätzle, and braising jus.
Sandwich: Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich: fried shrimp, bun, cocktail sauce, and pickled peppers.
Soup: Pumpkin Cream Soup with orange foam and pumpkin seed oil.
Pasta: Spaghetti a la Fromage with gorgonzola sauce and fresh herbs.
Desserts: Red Wine Pear with saffron sabayon, or Banana Split with vanilla ice cream, banana, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
The Viking Gullveig arrived in Koblenz (KM 591.5) with Pfaffendorf across the river.
|Kirche SS Peter & Paul/Church of Sts Peter & Paul|
(rebuilt in 1950s after the
1902 plan of Leopold Schweitzer)
|Koblenz Kurfürstliches Schloss/Elector Prince Palace|
|Provinzialregierung/Provincial Government Building|
|Seilbahn/cable car across the Rhine|
|Pegelhaus/Water level house|
|Cable car gondola and Kaiser Wilhelm I|
|A lame duck?|
We seemed to have a new crew of buses and drivers, and were driven most of the way up the mountain on a one-lane road with pull-off areas in case you met someone going the other way. There was no leisurely option for this trip, as we still had a zigzag path to follow with steps to reach Marksburg.
Kent and Paul went to the restrooms, while our group was herded through Fuchstor/Fox Gate and the door was locked behind us! They had to join another group.
|Schartentor/Notches Gate (KSS)|
Inside Schartentor/Notches Gate was a hall with the coats-of-arms of all the owners of the castle. We then climbed the Reitertreppe/Knights Staircase cut from the slate rock, now worn and slippery.
|Bridge from where they could|
shoot arrows at attackers (KSS)
|Some infrastructure work (KSS)|
|Kleine Batterie/Small Battery with rear-loading cannon|
|The Great Hall (1239) once had bigger windows and more windows|
|Große Batterie/Big Battery with front-loading cannon|
|Cannon with stone balls (KSS)|
|View from Rheinzwinger/Upper Bailey|
|Rheinzwinger/Upper Bailey contains the|
|Burggarten/castle garden (KSS)|
|View from the Burggarten/castle garden (KSS)|
|View from the inland rampart|
|Auto battery recycling plant|
|Wine press (1767) (KSS)|
|Weinkeller/Wine cellar (17C) with wine barrels and pitchers|
|Wine bellows (KSS)|
|The Gothic Hall (1435) was set up as a kitchen|
with a fireplace large enough to roast an ox
|More kitchen implements|
|Kitchen stool (KSS)|
|Medieval ice box|
|Cutaway to show wattle and daub|
wall construction (KSS)
|The iron door on the left allowed servants|
to stoke the heater without
disturbing the bedroom occupants
|The winter bed|
|The winter bedroom was paneled to keep it warmer|
|Wall paintings in the Rittersaal/Knights Hall|
|Rittersaal/Knights Hall with a plank table|
The door to the left leads to the privy.
|The privy where the hole empties outside the castle wall|
|Rittersaal/Knights Hall window seat|
|Burgkapelle/Castle chapel (1372)|
with ceiling frescoes of St Mark
|A narrow stairway like one we used|
|Linen room where disabled soldiers worked flax into linen|
|The armor collection included|
armor for a horse
|The Bergfried/fortified tower or keep|
was entered above ground level
|The stables displayed instruments of torture and punishment|
|Gift shop mailbox|
|VDL bus made in the Netherlands|
|The narrow road to Marksburg|