Rhine, Germany Cruises & boat tours

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Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

1. Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

Enjoy a festive and romantic winter cruise along the Rhine River with live music and a hot beverage of your choice. Get great views from the panorama boat of Cologne’s skyline, which is beautifully decorated during the holiday season. See some of Cologne's most iconic sites like the famous church "Groß St. Martin", the former Rheinau Harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral. Listen to musicians play festive music and sip on a cup of "Glühwein" (hot wine punch), coffee, or hot chocolate.

Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

2. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

Düsseldorf: Winter Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Rhine

3. Düsseldorf: Winter Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Ring in the holiday season on board a Christmas river cruise sailing along the Rhine in Düsseldorf. Soak in the festive atmosphere on board and admire sights of the Old Town like the Rathaus (Town Hall) and the Rhine Promenade, lit up with Christmas decorations. Board the ship on the Promenade and take in the festive ambiance on board. The 2-hour cruise will take you along the Rhine past Düsseldorf's Old Town, with riverside views of landmarks like the Rathaus and the Rhine Promenade. As you admire the Old Town skyline, enjoy the sound of festive music in the background, and take the opportunity to try out some local sweet delicacies available on board, like waffles and hot chocolate.

Cologne: Advent River Cruise on the Rhine

4. Cologne: Advent River Cruise on the Rhine

Get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a holiday cruise on Cologne’s Rhine River. Hop on a festively decorated ship and explore the water with Santa on board. Celebrate the Advent season with live music and sweet treats. For the little ones, Santa will bring gifts. While the city center of Cologne sinks into the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, you can enjoy the quieter side of the Advent season on the ship: colorful lights on the banks, festive live music, and sweets. Embrace the Christmas spirit as you take in the beautiful view of the city panorama. Look forward to a real Christmas wonderland on board during this elaborately decorated event. Thousands of lights, huge Christmas balls, and snow-white garlands create a unique, festive atmosphere. Bring little ones to join in on the holiday fun and receive a surprise from Santa. 

Mainz: 2-Hour Advent Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Rhine

5. Mainz: 2-Hour Advent Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Get out of the hustle and onto the atmospherically decorated ship! This afternoon trip in Advent entices you with a relaxed Christmas atmosphere. Christmas spirit on the water. Whether before or after a stroll through the Christmas market - treat yourself to two comfortable hours on board. On board, it already smells of mulled wine and pastries. In a Christmas atmosphere, prepare yourself for a relaxing stay on the ship. The wintry scenery of the city with its many lights shines in bright colors from the water. Enjoy the view and perhaps one or the other delicacy from the Advent gastronomic offer.

Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

6. Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

See Cologne's top sights from the water on a city cruise. Spot the world-famous Cologne Cathedral, cruise under 5 bridges, and take in the running commentary from the ship's speakers. Start your Rhine cruise with the ship MS Rheinperle, MS Rheinland, or MS Rheintreue. After taking in a view of the iconic Cologne Cathedral and Old Town, cruise to the Rheinauhafen, where you can spot its distinctive crane houses. Pass under 5 bridges to reach Rodenkirchen in the south. The cruise will then take you to the main sights of the city north of the Dome, such as the Zoobrücke bridge. During the cruise, discover more about the sights of Cologne with on-board commentary and English and German. If you want, relax with a local Kölsch beer or a strong coffee and a piece of cake.

Cologne: Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise with Beverage

7. Cologne: Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise with Beverage

Enjoy the charming sights of Cologne from a heated boat on the Rhine River. Sip on a glass of Kölsch or a hot beverage as you take in the atmosphere.  View some of Cologne's most spectacular architecture, like the Groß St. Martin Church, the former Rheinau harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral.  Listen to a musician play both traditional and modern tunes live. Drink some cold local beer, tea, or coffee.

Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

8. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

From Rüdesheim: 2-hour Christmas Boat Tour on the Rhine

9. From Rüdesheim: 2-hour Christmas Boat Tour on the Rhine

Take part in a romantic tour by boat down the Rhine. The old castles on the hills, covered in snow, make for a magical view, which you can enjoy from your comfortable seat in the warm cabin of your boat. Listen to the stories and customs of ancient times as you cruise down the Rhine. Hear the fairytales, myths, and legends of the Rhine. Learn about the many architectural monuments and cities along its banks, and hear about German Christmas traditions past and present for a lovely day on the river. Enjoy drinks and snacks on board as you watch the fairytale landscape drift past. End your wonderful trip with a visit the world-famous Rüdesheim Christmas Market, where you can try glühwein and cookies while enjoying Christmas spectacles from all around the world.

Koblenz: Upper Middle Rhine Valley Castle Boat Tour

10. Koblenz: Upper Middle Rhine Valley Castle Boat Tour

Welcome aboard the La Paloma for a cruise in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage Site. On no other stretch of the Rhine are the castles and palaces so beautifully strung together. On board the La Paloma, you can relax and enjoy the view. Start in Koblenz and first sail a short distance down the Rhine with a view of the Rhine in front of Koblenz, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and the famous "Deutsche Eck" (German Corner). At the mouth of the Moselle, the ship turns around and makes its way up the Rhine to Braubach to Marksburg Castle. The cruise takes you past the Electoral Palace of Koblenz (Kufürstliches Schloss Koblenz), the Koblenz Brewery, Lahneck Castle, Stolzenfels Castle and the Königsstuhl in Rhens. In Braubach the ship turns around and sails back to Koblenz.

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based on 296 reviews

A very enjoyable trip up and down the river, with the lovely sunny weather it made for a very relaxing 2 hours. Plenty of room on the boat, good food and friendly crew. Great views of the Frankfurt skyline with good commentary in English and German. We'll worth taking this trip.

Is a great low impact activity. Great if you have kids. Bathroom and restaurant abord. Especially nice if you're jetlagged and just want to sit and relax while seeing the sights

Fantastic Cologne Rhine River tour! Pleasurable relaxing hour and a half tour with an excellent PA sound system. I would definitely do it again for the price.

It was amazing...the explanation was in english so we have the opportunity to know all about Frankfurt

A brilliant cruise from the German corner to Marksburg Castle with prompt and courteous service.