Castle Lőwenstein

Castle Lőwenstein

Our morning began with a glass blowing demonstration on board the ship! The glass blower brought along a wide range of his work from paperweights and Christmas ornaments to rings and pendants. We then traveled by bus to Castle Lőwenstein for an exclusive guided tour and reception. Our host was Alois-Konstantin, Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, the ninth Prince of Löwenstein. He walked us to the Castle Chapel where he described some of the Chapel’s statues and art work while sharing stories from his world travels and entertaining us with his sense of humor. After a look at the wine making equipment in the former stable, we moved to a wine tasting room where we sampled three of their wines.

Castle Miltenberg View

Castle Miltenberg View

We then traveled to Miltenberg, nestled below wooded hills on the Main River, for a guided tour. We learned that the town prospered mainly because all passing merchants were required to offer their wares to the town for three days. Thus townspeople enjoyed job security by unloading and later loading ships. Their May pole displayed insignia from the local guilds and trades. Miltenberg features many timber framed houses from the 15th to 17th century. The Miltenberg Castle is a comparatively small fortress that offers picturesque views from inside the castle walls. The castle has been under to town’s ownership since 1979. Renovation and restoration continue. Brauhaus Faust is the popular beer brewed in Miltenberg. “Three For You” entertained us after dinner with dance music from the 1960s. We didn’t want them to stop, but they needed to remove their equipment before the ship cast off for the night.

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