Travelling along the majestic Rhine River can be an amazing experience, and even better when sailing on a river cruise ship.
Not as big as a cruise liner but just as luxurious, a river cruise ship has that added benefit of a more relaxed, intimate experience.
In fact, just the type of surroundings you would want when exploring the vast waters of the Rhine and the magic that hits you at every turn.
You can begin a journey wherever you want on the Rhine but starting in Amsterdam and ending in Basel is also a good choice.
The marvelous places to discover on the way will stay with you forever!
Amsterdam is always a good way to start any journey with its picturesque canals filled with world-class museums, theatres and cafés.
In fact Amsterdam has over 50 world-class museums – including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk museums – wow!
From Amsterdam you can travel on to Cologne, Germany’s largest, oldest but most modern cities.
Cologne is famous for its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage listed Kölner Dom Gothic Cathedral which stands almost 160 metres high.
You can also explore its twelve Romanesque churches and the historic centre of the old city, with its colourful houses and delightful town hall.
A visit to the modern art exhibition at Ludwig Museum is also a must before a mesmerizing journey to Koblenz.
Koblenze is a 2,000 year old town situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.
Once there, you will find the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century, it was later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII.
Next, you can sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as the famous Lorelei Rock – a truly mystical and magical place!
Following that, you could make your way to the wine making town of Rüdesheim, and then board the Winzerexpress mini-train to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Instrument Museum.
Further upstream is the town of Mannheim which is located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. This city was a pivotal place during the invasion of Germany by the Allies in WWII, and has also long been associated with inventions in industry including the world’s first compact diesel-powered car built by Karl Benz in 1923, and the first rocket plane built by Julius Hatry in 1929 – fascinating!
Even further along you will come to the beautiful and magical Black Forest region of Germany, steeped in wonderful fairy-tale tradition.
There, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit Germany’s largest Cuckoo Clock which is a remarkable 12 feet wide, 10 feet high and 3 feet deep.
You could also try to sample the perfect Black Forest Gateau that is abundant there!
End your amazing journey with Basel’s beautiful riverbanks as your backdrop, and the wonderful experiences still fresh in your thoughts, something to indulge in for another day!