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A walk to Germany and back in half a day

A view of the Rhine River from a pedestrian bridge connecting France and Germany, with a Viking cruise ship docked next to the German bank.

We head for a suspension bridge, our path to Germany.

If you are a traveler, there is a lot to like about the European Union. The euro makes managing currency so easy as you go from country to country. Then there is the seamless movement across borders.

So, today, we walked to Germany. No passport necessary. Easier than going from Oregon to California (no stopping at the border to confirm you don't have fruit).

We are staying in Strasbourg, part of the Alsace region of France tucked against the Rhine River, the border with Germany.

We took a city electric tram to the end of the line, then walked about a mile to Jardin des Deux Rives, the Garden of Two Banks, where we found a spectacular suspension bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists. It led to the other bank, in Germany.

After climbing a viewing tower for a distant look at the Black Forest, we had a relaxing riverside picnic before heading back to our home in France.

What's not to like about Europe!

 

Two hundred steps to views of two nations.

Look closely to the left for the Strasbourg Cathedral spire. The Rhine and the pedestrian suspension bridge are in the foreground.

 

Looking out for wildlife in Germany.

 

I have to admit, it was fun to have a picnic in Germany.

 

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Strasbourg Cathedral Survives the Ages

The setting sun lights up Strasbourg Cathedral.

 

For nearly 600 years Strasbourg Cathedral has soared 466 feet above the cobbled streets of the city – an unmistakable landmark for the surrounding countryside.

Work began on this Gothic wonder in the year 1176 and continued until the cathedral's completion in 1429. It's hard to imagine the manpower needed (and sacrificed) during construction years.

Visitors are welcome to wander through the cathedral daily, at no charge, during specified hours.

 

While we found the clock interesting, the presentation was a bit long-winded.

Don't miss the 15th century astronomical clock, a high-tech marvel for its time. The clock was restored in 1883 and for a small fee visitors can enjoy a special noontime presentation of the clock and its features.

 

 

Somewhere out there is our apartment.

The high point for us (literally) was the 332-step circular staircase climb to the top of the narthex, a viewing platform with 360 degree views, extending for miles. There is a small charge for what amounts to quite an endurance test, but the rewards are well worth the physical investment.

This view shows the viewing platform just below the spire.

One lucky group was climbing up the spire...we would have followed them, but the gate was locked. Obviously, we don't know the right people!

The walk back down provided yet another view of Strasbourg Cathedral.

 

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