Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cogwheel to Dragons Castle

Technical Stop

We stopped in Königswinter which is between Koblenz and Cologne around 4 PM.   The ship is unable to dock in Cologne overnight, so it must make a technical stop somewhere else.  This is a pre-arranged stop and one that we were glad was added to the itinerary.
Königswinter is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, at the foot of the Siebengebirge (Seven Hills).

  • Ride on the oldest cog railway of Germany
  • See the splendid Drachenburg at the middle station of the Drachenfelsbahn 
  • Visit the summit for a magnificent view
A short walk from our ship we would arrive at The Drachenfels ("Dragon's Rock"). Our Cruise Director (CD), Mark, had told us about Drachenfels and the Cog Railway.

Several passengers wanted to go there but didn't think we'd find it on our own.  Mark agreed to lead our group on the short walkand even arranged discount tickets to ride the cog railway.

After he got us situated he hoped on his bike and road off to explore the town on his own. This was the first time Artistry II had stopped here.  Be sure to ride the oldest cog railway in Germany to the summit for an amazing view.   We didn't have enough time to explore the Dragon Castle, because the grounds close at 7 PM and we had to return to the ship for dinner anyway.  You can purchase a combination ticket online to explore everything Königswinter has to offer.

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