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Don't forget that the Thames is a tidal river, so the rubbish returns twice a day.

 

Try Kronberg in the hills above Frankfurt.

 

Frankfurt / Höchst is not just the industrial pharmaceuticals industrial sites, but has many sights to see:

 

Frankfurt / Höchst Old Town

Höchst Castle

Bolongaro Palace

 

Ah, I've spent many a happy evening enjoying Ebbelwoi in Höchst Castle, only tastes after the third glass.

 

If you have time try the Ebbelwoi Express in Frankfurt (like a HoHo Bus but as tram):

 

https://www.ebbelwei-express.de/en/

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Yes, right, the tide. Probably not in the basin I photographed but they do have a problem with the rubbish coming back...haha. The Thames and the London air are both much cleaner now, thankfully. But they still have a rubbish tip problem, saw a TV programme the other week.

 

I must say, I was impressed with the photos I saw of Höchst. We always bypass it on the way to the southern edges of Frankfurt. A lovely oldtown and sadly overshadowed in most people's minds by conjured-up images of vast factory complexes. Must use that other motorway exist next time I take the autobahn.

 

Thanks for the tip of the Ebbelwoi-Express.

 

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5 hours ago, G.M.T. said:

Ah, I've spent many a happy evening enjoying Ebbelwoi in Höchst Castle, only tastes after the third glass.

 

Our favorite glass(es) were enjoyed at the park on the outskirts of town, Lohrberg. Lovely setting with outdoor tables and a view! And even better, we figured out how to take a bus there, so it was easy to get there and the fare was included with our city card. 

 

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We enjoyed the taste as much as the setting. And I really like the traditional glasses, with the diamond pattern. We found some similar glasses back home (at Ikea) and now we use them for seltzer or iced tea.

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In about 3 weeks, we leave for the Viking Cities of Light cruise tour.  The cruise portion extends from Bamberg to Trier, and really looking forward to experiencing the Main and Moselle rivers.  I'm following this thread for ideas along the Main and what to expect.  However, I'm confused about water levels on the Main.  For some time now - even earlier this year when water levels were close to flooding on parts of the Danube and Rhine, the BfG site showed levels below 100 cm at several stations along the Main, for example Wertheim, Faulbach and Obernau.  Yet, I have heard no reports of ship swaps or bus deviations along this stretch.  Is this because of all the locks in this region?  Thanks!

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The Main is a federal waterway of high importance for commercial shipping. The level is indeed controlled with the help of the locks, the authorities try to ensure a depth of the navigation channel. I am not familiar with details but overall official information gives between 2.50m and 2.90m. This means it is in many parts as deep or even deeper than the Rhine for example. For river cruise ships there is no single kilometre on the Main that is free-flowing. You could in drought encounter problems theoretically but it is the authorities' duty and endeavour that the navigation stays at the said level which is very favourable for the draft of river cruise ships.

 

The figures you read are the gauges and do not indicate the depth of the river. The fact that they are classified as low comes from them being put in context of statistics, i.e. how they compare to the mean over a certain amount of years.

 

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Today, after dwelling a bit on the biggest town on the river, let us move on to a small place, my promised hidden gem. We cannot fully leave Frankfurt yet, as to get to this little place we need to figure out on the map where we are. From Frankfurt we take a trip out into the Southern area by crossing the river by car which is only 23km, so we are still in the plains of the Rhine and Main rivers. By train it is only 24 minutes from Frankfurt main station to: Dreieichenhain.

 

Dreieichenhain (in English "three oaks grove")  is no unknown to regional travellers as it has got a lovely old town with half-timbered houses and a castle ruin. It is also renowned for its theatre festival in Summer. The town has no English website: https://www.dreieichenhain.de/

For some photos click on "Stadt-Impressionen". It still has its medieval town wall as well.

Dreieichenhain is lovely for a nice stroll with quick lunch and then back to the river and your cruise ship, such an outing is very doable in a morning if you would like to be back in Frankfurt for lunch.

 

I have not been for some years but if the town is still as pleasant as I remember it you will possibly almost be alone with the locals (unless it is the festival season) and can be sure to get some good "old Germany" photos without having to lift your camera over the heads of a tour group...

 

And if you just cannot get enough of half-timbered houses, explore more of them along the route that Dreieichenhain is also part of: https://www.deutsche-fachwerkstrasse.de/en/Homepage.html

 

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Let us move to Miltenberg, one of many delightfully old places along the river and a popular stop on river cruises. I have never been there so cannot say what it is like. Here is the website: https://www.miltenberg.info/en/sights/view-of-our-towns/miltenberg/

 

Looking at the photos I can certainly understand its appeal. If you have been to Miltenberg, please tell us about your experience.

 

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We just returned from Central European Experience with Avalon, which goes along the Main and Mossell.  It is my 4th river cruise, and the scenery was probably the prettiest in Europe.  Another poster was correct that the bridges are low, and most of the time the sky deck was closed.

The ports are all beautiful, and on this itinerary you even get to see the castles on the Rhine.

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1 hour ago, notamermaid said:

Let us move to Miltenberg, one of many delightfully old places along the river and a popular stop on river cruises. I have never been there so cannot say what it is like. Here is the website: https://www.miltenberg.info/en/sights/view-of-our-towns/miltenberg/

 

Looking at the photos I can certainly understand its appeal. If you have been to Miltenberg, please tell us about your experience.

 

 

Miltenberg was one of my favorite ports on the Main.  While many of the other towns have old building that have been rebuilt, in Miltenberg, they had no bombing and the buildings from the 1400-1600s are real.  It is a delightful town rich in history.  On Avalon, it was the "Main Village" day.  The hotel is the oldest in Germany.

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Any updates on the Main? My Christmas market cruise is less than a month away!

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7 hours ago, HoneyJan said:

Any updates on the Main? My Christmas market cruise is less than a month away!

What updates are you looking for?

 

Christmas in Germany is still on schedule, so are the Christmas Markets.🍻

 

The Main levels are tightly controlled by locks, with hardly any low levels as suffered by the Rhine and Danube. It's looking very good.

 

Have a great cruise.

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12 hours ago, HoneyJan said:

Any updates on the Main? My Christmas market cruise is less than a month away!

G.M.T. has already explained the general situation on the Main river but if you would like to read more may I refer you to my post #30?

 

Nevertheless I have checked the gauges along the Main to see if flooding could happen. None of the stations indicate a risk of flooding in the near future and the weather is favourable for this to stay that way.

 

Which company and route are you on? I know the Main, but for itineraries longer than five days you are most likely to incorporate another river or at least the Canal.

 

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On 11/11/2019 at 4:25 PM, HoneyJan said:

Taking Uniworld, starting in Frankfurt and ending in Nuremberg.

I like this itinerary. Frankfurt Christmas market is really good and I like the fact that they offer an excursion to Wiesbaden, a town hardly on anybody's radar, apart from Avalon making a stop there on the Active Discovery itinerary. Actually, they stop at the Rhine district of Wiesbaden called Biebrich which has a lovely palace. Wiesbaden itself is a spa town neither on the Rhine nor Main but on the Salzbach. This is Frankfurt Christmas market: https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Apple-Wine-meets-Riesling/Christmas-Market

If you like marzipan try the Bethmännchen.

 

If you want to see the Van Gogh exhibition you might need to plan ahead, I have heard it is proving very popular.

 

The Uniworld itinerary ends in Nuremberg, on the Main Danube Canal of course. To be a bit more precise the Canal runs through the outer town district and uses the riverbed and water of the Regnitz, the river Pegnitz runs through Nuremberg town centre and is not navigable for river cruise ships there.

 

Have a great cruise.

 

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