Castles and rivers make scenic landscapes
Linda Hurl from Cheltenham U3A organised a holiday for 48 of her members to Germany and the Netherlands in June. She writes in to tell us about her successful trip.
‘We travelled via an overnight stop in Valkenburg to Germany for the start of our scenic trip and, as usual, I booked Cairngorm Travel from Goole in Yorkshire. It was our eighth trip being driven by Steve, who is like an old friend of the group now!
Arriving in Koblenz we took the Cable Car up to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress above the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, and we all enjoyed the fantastic views. We then had a scenic drive along the Rhine to Rudesheim, where we were based for four nights.
The next day, most members followed my itinerary of a chance to walk and ride in the chair lifts to see views over Rudesheim and to enjoy a short cruise on the river. On the following two days, we travelled by coach to Heidelberg and went up to the castle on the funicular railway and also had a day tour to Boppard – returning to Rudesheim by river.
For our last day we drove back to Valkenburg, and some members went up one of the few hills in the Netherlands to the now ruined Volkenburg Castle. With others I went underground to see the Velvet Caves, which had been used as shelters during the Second World War. It was cool down there, which was lovely as over the previous few days we’d experienced some very high temperatures!
Why did I chose this holiday? My husband and I camped in a small tent at Valkenburg and Rudesheim when we were first married in the early 70s, and lived in Germany. It was a trip down memory lane for us, but luckily my members really enjoyed it too.’