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River Rhine is one of Europe’s most commercial waterways, it flows for some 1,230 km (766 miles) from its source at the Swiss Alps. The Rhine has long been Europe’s busiest river with some of the densest shipping traffic.

Although it is essentially seen as a German River, the River Rhine crosses several international boundaries, passing through no less than six countries – Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Cruising through picturesque countryside, castle dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and Old World Villages the River Rhine is considered to be one of the most romantic rivers in the world.

River Rhine COURSE

Most river cruiselines offers regular 7 night cruises on the River Rhine, giving you plenty of opportunity to see the highlights, which include Germany where you can see the many charming castles such as Marksburg Castle and the ruins of Heidelrberg Castle, which command the riverbanks as you sail by. Admire the beautiful Cologne, known as the jewel of the Rhine, with its awe-inspiring Dom, and experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region. Also, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks, encounter multicultural Strasbourg in France, and take part in the inviting nightlife in Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse.

 

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Destination Highlights

Andernach:

Andernach is a town in the district of Mayern-Koblenz, situated on the left hand side of the Rhine. Founded by Romans in 12BC making it one of Germany's oldest towns. Home to many hot springs, and tourist attractions, naturally Andernach is a very interesting place to discover. 

Basel:

Basel is Switzerland's third most populated city located in northwest of Switzerland where the Swiss, French and German borders meet.  Basel is among the most important cultural centres of Switzerland as it comprises a large number of theatres and musems including the world famous Museums of Fine Arts.

Bonn:

Bonn is a city on the banks of the River Rhine in Germany and was once the capital city. As the birthplace of Beethoven Bonn is historically full of music and tourist attractions to visit. One of the main attractions of Bonn is the University, Beethovens House and the Botanical Gardens. 

Boppard:

Boppard, which was once a Roman fort, is the heart and soul of this holiday area. Best wines from Bopparder Hamm flow into your glass and fascinating discoveries are to be made in the town, mirroring the two thousand year culture here on the Middle Rhine. From Boppard you can easily reach its other districts with a variety of scenery and culture. 

Breisach:

Breisach is located in the Upper Rhine near Freiburg. With French-German borders this give Breisach a slightly international flavor. Breisach is a quite medieval city, with many beautiful old buildings have been very well preserved. The view from Münsterberg from is fantastic. You can see across the plain to the Black Forest and the Vosges mountains, and sometimes you can even see the Alps. The cathedral itself was built around 1200 and is famous for its interior paintings and his altar.

Brussels:
Cologne:

Cologne preserved its historic street pattern when it was rebuilt and, although the buildings are modern, most of its traditional atmosphere still comes to light. It is a very lively place and is best experienced by those with stamina during the merry-making of carnival time which takes place each year.

Dusseldorf:

Düsseldorf is a modern and vibrant city that retains plenty of traditional character beneath it's glitz and glamour. Dusseldorf is bursting with culture, culinary regional delights, and many exciting nightspots. This is especially the case around the Old Town area of Dusseldorf, better known as the Altstadt district, where fine architecture lines much of the Rhine River.

Heidelberg:

Heidelberg is filled with unusual museums,has a livelt university atmosphere and an impressive half-ruined castle which dominates the views of the old downtown. Most of Heidelberg’s historical buildings and artifacts have been preserved, allowing visitors the ability to learn about German culture and architecture, and experience first-hand one of the many reasons that makes Heidelberg such an interesting place to visit.

Kinderdijk:

Kinderdijk is a small dutch village famous for its windmills. In the Netherlands there are still more than 1000 mills, however nowhere in the world will you find as many windmills as close together than in Kinderdijk.

Mainz:

Located on the west bank of the Rhine, is Mainz, a small river port. The old-town of Mainz, although small, is a very nice place to visit  it is located just behind the cathedral with a gorgoeus baroque church  and also some well presevered Fachwerkhauser, Medieval style houses that can be seen.

Mannheim:

Manheim became a city at the beggining of the 17th century, previously it was a small fishing town. There is a famous water tower you can visit which is surrounded by a small but beautiful park.

Munich:

Munich is an ideal city to go on a leisurely shop, with the Inner City there is a wide choice of shops, boutiques and department stalls. If you are looking for something more unique to Munich, take a stroll to one of Munich famous markets.

Rhine Gorge:

The Rhine Gorge is a place of stunning beauty, history and legend. Known as the Romantic Rhine, it's no wonder The Rhine Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, both sides of the river banks are lined with fairy tale castles and beautiful vineyards.

Rudesheim:

Rudesheim is a small, picturesque city located at the southern end of the Rhine Valley. Officially known as Rudesheim am Rhein, this is to distinguish it from Rudesheim an der Nahe which lies just across the Rhine. A great attraction of Rudeshiem is Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett musuem full of automated instruments and interesting history

Speyer:

Founded by the Roman, Speyer is one of Germany's oldest cities and was once an important centre of Jewish culture. Speyer is dominated by the beautiful Speyer Catherdral which is UNESCO-listed.

Strasbourg:

The city has an alluring mix of French and German cultures on account of the fact it has changed hands between France and Germany eight times over history. It's known for the European Parliament and European Court of Justice but they are worth skipping to spend time in the lovely old town, Petite France, with its half timbered houses and canals and a stunning Gothic cathedral with an astronomical clock made in 1574 that still keeps perfect time. 

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RIVER RHINE FACTS

Countries: Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, France, Netherlands
Source: The Swiss Alps
Mouth: North Sea
Length: 766 miles



DID YOU KNOW?

  • The name for the River Rhine comes from a Celtic word, which means "raging flow".
  • Many text book d and publications between 1932 and 2010 list the length of the Rhine as 1,320 kilometers, this is incorrect. In 2010 a researcher of University of Cologne discovered that their had been a typographical error in a 1932 Encyclopedia and the actual length of the river is 1,230 kilometers.
  • in 1988 Strasbourg;s historic city center, the Grande Ile (Grand Island) was classififed as a World Heritage site, it is the first time an entire city center has received such an honour.
  • Julius Ceaser built the first bridge to cross the Rhine River, during the Gallic War in 55 B.C
 
 
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23 Apr '14
14 night
Avalon River Cruises
Avalon Impression
Budapest (Overnight), Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Miltenburg, Rudesheim, Rhine Gorge, Cologne, Amsterdam (Overnight)

VIENNA Guided sightseeing, BRATISLAVA visit St Martin's Cathedral, BUDAPEST visit Fisherman's Bastion

Save up to £1200 on this luxury river cruise

£3019
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25 Apr '14
7 night
Viking River Cruises
Viking Gullveig
Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Heidelburg, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel

Walking Tour in Strasbourg featuring Cathedral
Black Forest Scenery tour 

Flights, Drinks with dinner and 6 guided tours included

£1595
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26 Apr '14
7 night
Viking River Cruises
Viking Tor
Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer, Heidelberg, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk, Amsterdam

Walking Tour in Strasbourg featuring Cathedral
Black Forest Scenery tour 

Flights, Drinks with dinner and 6 guided tours included

£2195
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27 Apr '14
7 night
Viking River Cruises
Viking Helvetia
Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Heidelberg, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel

Walking Tour in Strasbourg featuring Cathedral
Black Forest Scenery tour 

Flights, Drinks with dinner and 6 guided tours included

£1495
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27 Apr '14
7 night
Viking River Cruises
Viking Sun
Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer, Heidelberg, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk, Amsterdam

Walking Tour in Strasbourg featuring Cathedral
Black Forest Scenery tour 

Flights, Drinks with dinner and 6 guided tours included

£1295
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28 Apr '14
12 night
Avalon River Cruises
Avalon Vista
Uk, Budapest, Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Prague

5 Nights in hotels with breakfast!

Visit Budapest & Prague

£2369
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28 Apr '14
14 night
APT River Cruises
Travelmarvel Diamond
Amsterdam (Overnight), Cologne, Koblenz, Marksburg Castle, Rudesheim, Aschaffenburg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna (Ovevrnight), Budapest £2745
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29 Apr '14
14 night
Viking River Cruises
Viking Jarl
Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Cologne, Koblenz, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest (Overnight)

Guided City tour in Nuremberg. Cruising the Middle Rhine

All meals onboard, flights & guided tours included

£2995
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30 Apr '14
8 night
River Cruise Line
MPS Amsterdam
Uk, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Frankfurt, Mainz, Mannheim, Boppard, Cochem, Koblenz, Uk

Full board during the cruise

£899
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2 May '14
7 night
Viking River Cruises
Viking Gullveig
Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer, Heidelberg, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk, Amsterdam

Walking Tour in Strasbourg featuring Cathedral
Black Forest Scenery tour 

Flights, Drinks with dinner and 6 guided tours included

£2145
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3 May '14
6 night
River Cruise Line
MPS Lady Anne
Uk, Andernach, Cochem, Bernkastel, Trier, Traben Trarbach, Cochem, Koblenz, Andernach, Uk

Full board during your cruise 

Have a guided tour of a former residence of Roman Emperors

£659
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3 May '14
7 night
Riviera Travel
Swiss Tiara
Uk, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Titisee, Lucerne, Uk £1199
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3 May '14
7 night
Titan
Royal Crown
London To Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Basel, London

Titans VIP Home Departure Service 

£1695
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3 May '14
7 night
Avalon River Cruises
Avalon Visionary
Zurich, Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mainz, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam (Overnight)

Amsterdam canal cruise & guided tour of gothic cathedral in Strasbourg

Flights, transfers & gratuities included

£2299
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3 May '14
7 night
Viking River Cruises
Viking Tor
Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Heidelburg, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel

Walking Tour in Strasbourg featuring Cathedral
Black Forest Scenery tour 

Flights, Drinks with dinner and 6 guided tours included

£2495
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3 May '14
14 night
Viking River Cruises
Viking Skadi
Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Cologne, Koblenz, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest (Overnight)

Walking tour & organ concert in Passau. City tour in Vienna.

Flights, guided tours & all meals included

£3245
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3 May '14
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Budapest (Overnight), Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Rothenburg, Wurzburg, Miltenburg, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk, Amsterdam £2795
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4 May '14
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Viking Helvetia
Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer, Heidelberg, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk, Amsterdam

Walking Tour in Strasbourg featuring Cathedral
Black Forest Scenery tour 

Flights, Drinks with dinner and 6 guided tours included

£1695
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