Today was an exploration of the Rhine River region of Germany, especially the area known for its castles. We left the city of Trier in the morning and arrived at the city of Koblenz. Koblenz is know for many things, but what we were most interested in was the Deutsches Eck, also known as the German Corner. Koblenz is located where the Mosel River joins with the Rhine River. At that intersection, a humongous statue has been erected to William I, the one who unified Germany in the 1800s. We were also hoping to use public restrooms nearby, but they were closed, so we continued along the Rhine River until we arrived at the town of St. Boar which had public restrooms open.
We then headed to Heidelberg, the location of the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle and the location of the Holy Ghost Church. The writers of the Heidelberg Catechism served the ruler in the castle and worshiped in the Holy Ghost Church. Since 2013, a set of commemorative plaques have been on display inside the church about the catechism. After figuring out our way around town, the students headed off for a brief lunch. Then, we spent a few minutes inside the church before going up to the castle on a guided tour. After our time in Heidelberg, we headed to the town of Hockenheim where we checked into our hotel and went to a restaurant for supper.