Emerald Star Cruise Photos
Day 5: Rhine & Koblenz (3)
We knew that we were close to our day's destination when Emerald Star passed a Koblenz boat landing on the city's outskirts.
A few minutes later, we rounded a bend and approached the downtown Koblenz waterfront.
Our captain spun Emerald Star around, using his remote console on the Sun Deck, while cable cars of the Seilbahn Koblenz crossed the Rhine overhead.
In a minute or two, we were snugged against a pontoon along the riverfront promenade.
Across from our mooring, atop cliffs overlooking the Rhine, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress guarded the city.
Sailors from Emerald Star secured the ship to the pontoon, which was attached to the shore by a permanent gangway.
On shore, the sailors tied Emerald Star's remaining lines to bollards amid the bustle of a flea market.
We had an hour before our scheduled walking tour, so we went ashore and investigated the flea market.
The city-sponsored Flohmarkt had something for nearly everyone, from clothing to typewriters to secondhand American license plates.
The flea market attracted a wide range of shoppers--everyone from young couples looking for baby clothes to elderly hoarders.
Nearby, just a few meters from our ship, the lower station of the Seilbahn Koblenz (a.k.a. Koblenz Cable Car) attracted a steady stream of customers.
The cable car, which opened in 2010, has 18 cabins and can carry 7,600 people per hour in both directions between downtown Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein fortress.
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