Are you ready to let your love for travel flow along the romantic Rhine River? It's not only the river of princes, poets and painters, but adventure seekers as well. A place where over forty castles take center stage on clifftops that rise above medieval hamlets and vineyard-clad hillsides. That's why the Upper Middle Rhine River has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One river. Six countries - Switzerland, Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands before flowing into the North Sea at Rotterdam. The Rhine River not only entwines distinct countries, cultures and cuisines, it also connects to other renowned waterways to create a thoroughly comprehensive river cruise vacation.
With more than 2,000 years of history to uncover, majestic beauty of Cologne's inspired Gothic architecture awaits across the Hohenzollern Bridge. From the imposing steeples of the Kölner Dom to the Cologne Ring boulevards of Rudolfplatz, Cologne has an abundance of fascinating cultural sites to explore by walking, pedaling, or tasting (Might we suggest a sampling of authentic Kolsch beer?) You will immediately fall in love with Cologne as you explore its winding streets, , and rich history on display within the abundance of museums and galleries that define this cultural centre.
Cruising the majestic Rhine, you'll discover the charming and picturesque city of Strasbourg's highlights on an enchanting canal boat tour, before taking the afternoon to explore this medieval marvel at your leisure. Step into a Grimm fairytale in this captivating city. Whether you meander the twisting streets of half-timbered houses or spend your day in a winstub (Alsatian tavern), we know you'll fall in love with this special destination! Known for its storybook canals and striking examples of Gothic architecture, the magnificent Alsatian city of Strasbourg has captured the hearts of sightseers for centuries.
The German city of Bamberg is often dubbed as ‘Franconian Rome’ for being surrounded by seven hills. However, in Bavarian Bamberg, a church graces the top of each hill. Explore the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with its striking architecture, 2,000 historic buildings, interesting canals and rivers, and charming stores and restaurants, all framed by the rolling hills. This city center is also placed in the center of something else…. A river! Traverse the arching bridges of the river Regnitz to see the beautiful frescoes and architecture of Bamberg’s Old Town Hall. PS: it's known for its signature smoked beer. Prost!
Rüdesheim am Rhein is a delightful town in the Rhine Valley, Germany. It’s known for winemaking, especially of Riesling wines. In the center, Drosselgasse is a lane lined with shops, taverns and restaurants. Not far is Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, a museum of automated musical instruments. Medieval Brömserburg Castle houses the Rheingau Wine Museum, displaying wine accessories from ancient times to the present
Only in Rüdesheim, Germany can you taste the original Rüdesheimer coffee – made with flambéed Asbach Uralt brandy, sugar, whipped cream and chocolate, and served in a unique mug only found in Rüdesheim, which you can take home with you.
Basel, Switzerland on the Rhine River is located northwest, not far from the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral includes the tomb of the 16th-century Dutch scholar, Erasmus. Some of Erasmus’ works are held in the city’s university.
Christmastime is a Basel experience that’s not to be missed. No expense is spared as the city is bright with fairy lights. Spread over two squares in the historic old town, its streets are lined with over 100 Christmas trees. The famous Freie Strasse becomes one of Europe’s longest displays of decorations creating a genuinely festive shopping experience. This incredibly popular market is one of the most extensive and finest in Switzerland.
Bonus Reasons to take a Rhine River cruise
The Rhine River Offers More to Pour Over ...
While many people think of Germany for its vibrant beer scene, the vineyard-lined Rhine River Valley invites travelers to enjoy everything from Rieslings and delicate Silvaners to full-bodied Spätburgunders.
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Scooter Tessari, MCC, owns The Cruise Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operates the website Tasteful Journeys devoted to enrichment vacations with a culinary accent and featuring cruises, tours, and custom designed vacation packages.