Slept late and had a big breakfast. I then walked around town a little while Alesa read while sitting in the window of our room. We walked to the train station and caught our train to Oslo Center at noon.
Slept late and got up to a wonderful breakfast buffet at the hotel with plenty of Norwegian specialties. We then went on a walking tour per Rick Steves (Alesa's bible). It was 32F, sunny and no breeze so it was quite comfortable.
The ship was in Amsterdam in the morning and after breakfast we said our goodbyes to Steve and Laura and headed to the train station. We stored our large 'checked' bag at a close bike rental shop which is part of Bagbandb.
Left Cologne last night and and sailed into the Rhine delta in The Netherlands. We arrived in Kinderdijk around 3 PM. It was one of the few, if not the only time, we sailed during the day. Kinderdijk is a World UNESCO site with 19 original windmills.
Still in Cologne and back on schedule. We have had to dock at the Cologne Winter Harbor because it was the only area available with depth enough to accommodate the cruise ships. There are many here. We bussed into the city for a walking tour in the morning.
After the boat ride we stopped at Marksburg Castle for another very good lunch before touring the castle and returning to the Viking Lofn.
They bussed us back down to Assmanhause from Cologne and we loaded on a very nice and large day boat for a morning sailing trip up the middle Rhine and all its castles and Loreli. The bus trips down and back were long but eased by the fact we were riding along the Rhine most of the trip.
Remagen Bridge. At around 10 PM we passed the remains, the west side tower, of the Remagen bridge. The captain slowed and shone a spotlight on it. A very touching moment given the importance of the bridge in ending the war earlier and the bravery shown by the troops in capturing it.
After the castle tour we were bussed back into town, just below the castle, and were given a walking tour of the city. After some free time we took a 2 and a half hour drive to Koblentz to embark on our new ship.
Day 4 The Rhine is at historical low levels (actually, the lowest ever recorded) so our boat is not able to navigate the middle section of the river so the boat moved to the Strasbourg harbor and we were all loaded onto busses for our trip to Heidelberg and eventual transfer to our new ship.