Kristkindlmarkt River Cruise - November 2003

MS River Navigator - Vantage Tours

Christkindlmakt (Christ Child Markets) are a tradition in most German cities. Usually, the town square is populated by booths where people sell items for Christmas gifts. True to German tradition, there are eating kiosks with sweets, sausages, pig's knuckles, and beer sold for consumption by the market visitors. A traditional drink called Glühwein which is a hot spiced red wine is consumed in large amounts by the shoppers. The squares are usually decorated with Christmas trees, lights, crèches, and other signs of the Advent Season. This cruise started in Nürnberg traveling up the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers to Köln.

30 November to 3 December 2003 - München, Germany

Marilyn at Christkindlmarkt, Munich

New Town Hall, Marienplatz, Munich

Glockenspiel, New Town Hall, Marienplatz, Munich

Nymphenburg Castle, Munich


Phil and Marilyn enjoying German cuisine at Augustiner Keller, Munich

Andechs Monastery Church, Andechs

Ceiling in Andechs Monastery Church, Andechs

Marilyn and Mary Ann and Joe Rheinberger awaiting lunch at Andechs Bräustüberl , Andechs

4 December 2003 - Nürnberg, Germany

Zeppelinfeld Review Stand, Nazi Rally Grounds, Nuremberg. 

Picture from 1930s when Hitler was addressing a rally

Room 600, Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, where Nazi leadership was tried by the Allies in 1945-6

Kay Marshall and Marilyn having Braves hot dogs at the Christmas Market in Nuremberg

5 December 2003 - Bamberg, Germany

Old Town Hall (1386), built in the mid of the Regnitz River, accessible by two bridges, Bamberg

Marilyn at Christmas Market, Bamberg

MV Navigator transiting locks at Limbach

6 December 2003- Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Siebers Tower, Rothenburg

Rothenburg Marktplatz

Marilyn and Phil finishing lunch at Gasthof Z. Kloster Stussle, Rothenburg

8 December 2003 - Wertheim, Germany

Phil at Engelsbrunnen (Angel's Well - 1547), Wertheim

Wertheim Castle


Marilyn and Phil  and River Navigator at Wertheim

9 December 2003 - Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Christmas Market

Heidelberg Christmas Market

Russian musicians at Heidelberg Christmas Market

Dinner at Specht Restaurant with the Rheinbergers in Heidelberg

Marilyn and Phil at Heidelberg Castle

10 December 2003 - Rudesheim



10 December 2003 - Cruising the Rhine River

Castle ruins

Assmannhauser Hollenberg Vineyards

Castle ruins

Castle ruins and medieval church

11 December 2003 - Köln, Germany

Cologne Cathedral


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