Viking River Cruise-Apr./May 2013 (17)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013-Day 18
It was overcast as we got up this morning. However, we had the feeling it would be like most other days and clear by mid-morning. We were right, for by the time we’d breakfasted and boarded the buses at 9.15 am, it was much warmer and blue patches were appearing. We were headed from Freudenburg where we’d docked, to Wertheim,  a 15 minute drive away.

Approaching Wertheim, Castle Above.

Approaching Wertheim, Castle Above.

Our buses arrived and the guides met us. After introductions, we headed into this wonderful, charming old town via the tiny entry gate. Our guide told us the gate had been much taller, but the ground around it had been raised to help prevent flooding, making the gate seem much smaller.

Small Gate To Enter Old Town

Small Gate To Enter Old Town

If Disney had found this place, it would have been the back drop to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and such fairy-tale adventure movies. It is absolutely gorgeous. Wertheim is situated at the confluence of the Tauber and Main Rivers. It is a centre of glassblowing in the region and has four glass-blowers earning a living here. It has a castle (of course!) but the charm of the place is on the old city centre which is full of narrow, cobbled streets and wonderful old buildings.

Half-Timbered Houses

Half-Timbered Houses

I honestly don’t have much more to say about Wertheim except to urge you that if you are ever in this region, don’t miss this gorgeous little town. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Goodbye for now and God bless.

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