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This morning we passed through the final locks on the Main river, and joined the Rhine for the final stage of our journey. There are no more river locks for us to navigate; only a few on the final Rhine-Amsterdam canal. Soon after, we arrived at Rudesheim, another small wine – and tourist – town, famous for its Asbach brandy, and several other must-see spots, including Seigfried’s Music Museum and a cable-car to the Niederwald Landscape Park, perched on a hillside among the vineyards.

Main-Rhine River junction

Junction of the Main and Rhine rivers. No more locks – except on the final short canal into Amsterdam.

Rudesheim street

The main pedestrian street in Rudesheim.

Choo-choo train

Many of the town where we stopped had small “choo-choo” trains such as this to carry visitors too lazy to walk.

Seigfried's Music Museum

Seigfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett is home to an impressive collection of automated mechanical music instruments, ranging from tiny music boxes to huge multi-instrument “orchestras”.

Violin musicbox

By no means the largest of the mechanical music-cabinets, this one was nevertheless very impressive, playing an orchestra of (at least) six violins.

Rudesheim cable-car

A cable-car, with small “buckets” for passengers, took us over the hillside vineyards from Rudesheim to the Niederwald Landscape Park.

Niederwald Monument - Germania

The Niederwald Monument is a huge statue in a park above Rudesheim, erected in 1883 to celebrate Germany’s unification in 1871. The figure of Germania itself is 35 feet high, and contains 32 tons of bronze.