They do. From the Danube, we sailed into the very expensively built Main-Danube Canal, then into the Main River, pronounced mine, and then into the Rhine River and at the mouth of the Rhine at Rotterdam in Netherlands, another canal was used to get to Amsterdam. The history of the construction of Main-Danube Canal is long and tortured, going back centuries. At times it passes over roads and farmland as an aqueduct.
Remembering we are travelling against the current in the Danube, once it reaches the canal it no longer flows and this is the watershed of the Danube, where it is fed by tributaries.
The canal water does not really flow until the Main River joins the canal and we then travel downstream and use locks to lower the boat in the river, rather than raise us as in the Danube. The Main joins the Rhine and it is all downhill to Rotterdam from there.
We went down in three locks each of 25 metres height in succession. See the water draining down from the lock gate? Many did not seem to and receive a decent shower as the boat passed under the gate.
The canal banks are very neat in this part, constructed early in the construction period. After protests by environmentalists, later construction was much more natural and friendly to the environment.
Passing over a road on the aqueduct.
Guten Morgen .
Lots of solar panels in Germany. Not sure why. We didn't see much sun.
We arrived in Nuremberg after passing the watershed, or the European Continental Divide if you like, and with a choice of medieval Nuremberg or visiting the Nuremberg parade grounds of the Nazi Party rallies and the courtroom of the Nuremberg trials. R and I chose the medieval tour, while our friends went with the latter.
Nuremberg Castle dates back to the 11th century and the walls around Nuremberg were finished in 15th century.
The local guide made a the tour a bit different by pretending we were trying to invade the castle and various methods to prevent us were explained. A arrow may well shoot out of the slot low in the wall.
A big heavy door protected the entrance, with the approach not being straight to prevent battering rams, and also with a very steep rise.
No need to waste hot oil by pouring it on the invaders down this opening. Boiling urine will do.
Something like 70 percent of Nuremberg was destroyed during WWII. Consequently the buildings are quite ordinary in comparison to some other historic towns that did no receive heavy bombing. The yellowish house, almost obscured by a tree was the only one in the area left standing.
You can see it in this old photo, taken from the castle. It's a side view, up a little from the bottom and left.
It is quite a steep town in parts.
See the grates above the roof guttering? To explain to Australians, these are stop huge piles of snow sliding off the roof. Yes, it is a bit crooked looking.
The Ugly Rabbit.
The Church of our Lady.
The western facade.
Eat German sausage and drink steins of beer.
Intriguing waterless fountain. An odd thing was seeing very black African youth sitting around the base of the waterless fountain.
Within this ironwork is a ring. Turn it three times and you will return to Nuremberg. I did.
You don't see knives like this for sale in Australia.
Ah, trams in Nuremberg too.
How could we visit Nuremberg and not mention the elephant in the room? Quite easily really, although the maid left us a reminder with an elephant in our room.
Our evening's entertainment was "The Red Lion Pub". I can't remember what that was about, maybe some kind of musical chairs.