The three main waterways in Germany—the Rhine, Moselle and Elbe—are lined with an abundance of culture, history and entertainment. Flowing into the North Sea, the Rhine and its tributaries have become an ever popular German river cruise destination, and it’s not hard to see why. Travelling through rolling countryside and cities such as Strasbourg, Mainz and Koblenz, there is a wealth of diversity guaranteed on any river cruise in Germany.
The Rhine is the longest river in Germany, and along it one of the must see stops is the beautiful, culturally-focused city of Mainz. Here you can explore winding streets and historical buildings to your heart’s content. A must see is Dom St. Martin, one of Germany’s oldest Romanesque Cathedrals, which is located in the historical centre and is close to the pedestrianized market area. So why not take a walk around the Cathedral, then stroll through the markets and grab a spot of lunch. Mainz really does have it all.
The Rhine near Heidelberg
Following the tributary of Moselle you will find yourself transported to another realm, which centres around the picturesque Bernkastel-Kues, a state recognised health resort. Whether you fancy taking advantage of sampling the well-known wine of Bernkastel-Kues, lovingly produced from the surrounding steep-sloped vineyards, or simply just admiring the many enchanting medieval half-timbered houses, Bernkastel-Kues is sure to leave you charmed. Continue your trip down Moselle river to have your breath taken away by the inescapable striking countryside.
The Elbe river rolls through Dresden, which is of course steeped with history, dating back as far as 1206, when it was originally defined as a city. One of the highlights is Grober Garten, which translated simply means ‘big garden’. Join the locals here for a chance to unwind surrounded by beautiful, relaxing scenery, or catch the mini-train, which circles the park. The Elbe river is an unmissable part of any German river cruise with the perfect combination of stunning scenery and cultural cities.
Dresden at Dusk
River cruises in Germany are therefore undoubtedly full of a wealth of different experiences and new-found delights, and there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s tastes and needs. What better way to explore the heart of Germany than on a cruise, where the journey is as much a part of the experience at the stops. Definitely not to be missed!