A couple of weeks ago I was invited by my employer to attend an educational trip to Germany and Switzerland. I picked up the phone and asked K if he would manage with the kids if I were to accept. Thankfully he agreed that I would be silly to decline!
We departed to Frankfurt on the Thursday evening. The first night we stayed in Frankfurt. The second and third night we were in Berlin and the last evening was spent in Geneva. Four short sleeps. Lots to do. Loads of fun.
After arriving at the airport we were transferred to a little village 30 minutes outside Frankfurt along the Rhein. Rudesheim may well be the Stellenbosch of Germany because of the local vineyards in the area. We were met with colourful windowsills filled with flowers on the left and a view of the river on the right.
Our first stop was the boutique hotel and resturant called Breuers Rudesheimer Schloss, a must for any traveller going to the area. The atmosphere was authentic and traditional, warm and welcoming. We were given a tour of the hotel followed by traditional German food perfectly paired with wine from the Rhein vine.
With full tummies we made our way to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet. A museum in the village where you not only see antique musical instruments but you get to listen and experience the magic they represent. A local guide took us from room to room to demonstrated some of the self playing instruments and allowed us the opportunity to sing “Que Sera Sera” along with a 1910 gramophone.
Thereafter we rode a mini train through the village, along the vineyards to the top of the hill where we saw the most magnificent view of the Rhein River. We had some free time to walk along the cobble stones, wander through the little shops and enjoy the view and colours the village has to offer.
To end a magical day, we enjoyed a couple of relaxed hours floating down the Rhein River by boat to make our way back to Frankfurt were we stayed over night.
*** More of my educational travel to Germany and Switzerland will follow soon ***