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Victor's and Barbara's Travel Diaries

 Germany 2013
We crossed the Rhine from Colmar, France, into Breisach, Germany on Sunday 6th May.
This is Breisach. Here we walked around the pretty town, with coloured houses, a huge church high up on a rock, and huge cruise boats on the Rhine. So we have deviated from our original itinerary, we missed Nancy and Strasbourg. Why is Napoleon on a Rhine cruise boat?
Huge cruise liners on the Rhine at Breisach. We then drove up into the Black Forest, and had a picnic lunch by some mountain houses, with a view over some ski slopes where there is still a little snow. The Black Forest is a fabulously beautiful area, with tall mountains covered in all shades of tree colours from dark green pines to light green deciduous trees. Next we reached Donnauschingen, where the above circular monument marks the "source" of the Danube.
The Furstenburg Palace at Donnauschingen. We stayed and dined on Sunday 5th May in a modern hotel by the little airport just outside Donnauschingen. The Danube just after its source is just a rapidly flowing shallow stream.
Sigmaringen castle towers above the Danube. We bought a German phone SIM card here, which enabled us to arrange 3 nights in a self-contained "Ferien-Wonung" at Sigmaringen, Monday 6th to Wed 8th. Carl Anton Hohenzollern stands beneath his ancestor's castle.
An interesting shoe-shop in Sigmaringen. We strolled along a lovely and peaceful path beside the Danube in Sigmaringendorf.
A typical half-timbered house in Sigmaringendorf. Tulips and meadows beside the Danube.
On Wed 8th we took a side trip from Sigmaringen to Bodensee (Lake Constance). This is the view from Hochstern toward Bodensee. We could faintly see the snow-crested Swiss Alps across the lake, but I fear they don't show in this photo. Uberlingen on the shore of Bodensee (Lake Constance).
Uberlingen. Switzerland lies across the lake. Barbara at Uberlingen.
Riedlingen with its maypole.. The Rathaus at Ulm, with its astronomical clock..
The horse/farm at which we stayed 2 nights,near Donnauworth A wonky old timbered house at Nordlingen.
Victor on the parapets of the ancient 1450 town wall at Nordlingen. It goes right around the town. Nordlingen town wall and a tower.
One of the town gates to Dinkelsbuhl. This is another town with a medieval wall right around it. In the centre of Dinkelsbuhl. We returned to Donnauworth for our 2nd night. Then n Sat 11th we headed south down the "romantic road". It started to pour with rain. We found a nice Gasthof "Zur Post" at Wildsteig around noon, and gratefully took a large room in the inn to escape the weather. This is only about 29kms from Neuschwanstein, and we visited this magical "Walt-Disney Cinderella" castle in the rain on Sunday 12th May The next day we headed south, seeking sunshine and warmer weather. We used the autobahn toward Salzburg, then veered south into Austria and Zell-Am-See.