River Trip

For the last post on the European trip, I’ll wrap up with a bit about the ship. We spent 7 nights on the MS Sound of Musica river cruise boat that has a maximum passenger capacity of 128.

MS Sound of Music

MS Sound of Music

As might be expected from the name, it was decorated with a “Sound of Music” movie theme, with prints from the movie located all around.

The hills are alive!

The hills are alive!

It was not as nice a ship as the last one we were on (Amadeus Symphony), but it did the job. Besides, most of your time on the ship is spent enjoying the views:

Upper deck

Upper deck

Cruising the Danube

Cruising the Danube

And playing captain:

Looking nautical

Looking nautical

The first part of the Danube was a bit uninteresting, with mostly just tree-lined banks. Things got really interesting when we got to the Wachau valley in Austria, with all of the beautiful mountains. From then on, the sights were lovely, especially with the random castles spotted along the way.

Castle on the hill

Castle on the hill

Castle on the Danube

Castle on the Danube

There was even a section where the river (canal) went OVER a road. It’s hard to tell from the next photo since you can’t actually see the road, but you can at least see that the water level is much higher than the valley to the left of it.

River going over road

River going over road

There were lots of bridges and locks, of course. The most impressive was the Leerstetten lock, which was just outside of our last stop in Nuremberg.

The ships just barely fit through from side to side:

Leerstetten Lock

Leerstetten Lock

It’s one of the three tallest locks in Europe, with a drop of about 81 feet. If you enlarge the next photo, you may be able to see how much lower the river is on the far end of the lock:

Leerstetten Lock

Leerstetten Lock

Here’s a view from the bottom of the lock, as the gate is raising for us to pass through:

Lock gate going up

Lock gate going up

I also took a few short videos – going under a low bridge (low enough to touch it while sitting down), plus a few of the lock: starting the descent (good view of how high we were from the other part of the river), and exiting the lock.

And so ends the journey.

All posts for this vacation can be found with this tag: Europe2013

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3 Responses to River Trip

  1. Carole says:

    A Sound of Music themed ship sounds so fun!

  2. Marilyn says:

    It sounds like a very relaxing way to travel.

  3. zeneedle says:

    Do you feel the boat rising and falling with the water? It looks so interesting and the views are storybook!

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