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Like the Moselle River in Germany's southwest, the Main River meanders for close to 250 miles as it makes its way across south central Germany, from Mainz, birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg (the inventor of the modern printing press) to medieval Bamberg, built on several hills just like Rome, and one of the very few places in Germany not destroyed by Allied bombings in World War II. It is so breathtakingly beautiful, that the entire town is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Main meets the northern end of the Main-Danube Canal at Bamberg where it begins its 106 mile-long journey south where it joins the Danube River. Now, why is this so important you ask? Well, this canal permits river cruise travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea, a 2200 mile journey that, until its completion in 1992, had been dreamed about since the time of Charlemagne!

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Though short in length the Main is long on diversity.
As you travel along the Main you'll slowly realize that this is the Germany of your imagination, replete with medieval villages, old-world villages, and ancient castles lining the banks of this peaceful, meandering river.

Frankfurt. This great city is the financial and transportation hub of Germany. Oh, and just to correct a common misperception, the Frankfurt name was in existence long before the common usage of either hot dog or frankfurter. In German the word furt means ford, so Frankfurt is literally “Ford of the Franks,” a West German tribe that settled in this part of Germany and not “home of the frankfurter!”

Miltenberg and Wertheim. Picturesque and historic Bavarian villages with their old towns that feature traditional half-timbered frame houses.

Wurzburg. This majestic, gem of a city has the impressive and imposing UNESCO World Heritage listed Residence Palace, a magnificent example of Baroque architecture and one of the largest and most beautiful palaces in Germany. Wine lovers, in addition to its baroque Residence Palace, the city of Wurzburg sits in the middle of Franconia, a major wine producing region, so there will be a number of opportunities to sample the local wines such as their famous reislings and pinot noir varieties.

Bamberg. Please don't think, though, that wine is all you'll drink in Germany. Most of us think “beer” when we think of Germany and almost 1300 distinct breweries in Germany would agree with you. About half of all the breweries in Germany are located near Bamberg — so not only is the entire town a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is one brewery for every 100 inhabitants! I know where I am retiring to! Hmmmm... I think I'll start with the Spezial Brewery's famous Rauchbier Märzen...


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