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Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

1. 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.

Cochem: Panoramic City Cruise Options on Moselle River

2. Cochem: Panoramic City Cruise Options on Moselle River

Take in the sights of picturesque Cochem and the Moselle Valley aboard a relaxing river cruise. Opt for a 1-hour panoramic tour or 2-hour evening tour.  As you cruise down the Moselle River, enjoy amazing views of preserved timbered houses and lush vineyards. Marvel at the majestic sight of Reichsburg Cochem, a 1,000-year-old castle with a storied past perched high above the river on a mighty rock.     Learn about the history of this small town on the banks of the Moselle in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of southwestern Germany. During your trip, the audio guide will explain all the sights and important town historical events in both German and English.    You are welcome to enjoy snacks and drinks offered a la carte.

Koblenz: Upper Middle Rhine Valley Castle Boat Tour

3. 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. Onboard 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.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

4. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

5. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings. Get to know the countryside with a cruise along the iconic river, wine tasting at a charming tavern, and a delightful dinner by the riverbank. After you set out from the heart of Frankfurt, board a boat and ride along the Rhine River. Admire the villages, charming little vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Your steamer takes you along the shores of Kaub. Then, step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine.  Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy restaurant by the riverbanks. Then, ride back to Frankfurt as your tour comes to an end. 

From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

6. From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

Embark on a journey with famous names of history onboard a Rhine ship and enjoy a cruise along one of Europe’s oldest trade routes, passing by former toll castles and robber baron nests. Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard with you in spirit as your guides to the most beautiful places, through which the Middle Rhine Valley becomes the source of the Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine 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. Explore the village of Assmannhausen, which is known for its red wine, as well as the flourishing town of Bingen and the world-famous Rüdesheim. Along the way, taste four wines under the expert guidance of a Rüdesheim winemaker, enjoy fresh pretzels, and take a souvenir glass home with you.

Mannheim: Guided Bus Tour

7. Mannheim: Guided Bus Tour

This extensive driving tour of Mannheim provides a great overview of the city and helps you discover its many hidden gems. Starting at the coach park at Toulonplatz in the city centre, first stop is the former residence of the Elector, Europe’s second largest baroque palace. You will also see the historic water tower, located in the centre of the Art Nouveau square of Friedrichsplatz. The route then crosses to the other side of the River Neckar and takes an excursion to the East. After this, we will drive back towards the city center, taking in the splendid mansions from the time of the city’s founding in the Oststadt district and the boulevard-style Augustaanlage. The tour crosses into the attractive Neckarstadt district and circles one of the largest district squares in the city, the Alter Messplatz. You will pass the Yavuz-Sultan-Selim mosque, one of Germany’s largest mosques, travel through the trendy Jungbusch neighbourhood and get a glance of the busy port of neighboring Ludwigshafen. The tour ends where it started, opposite the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums.

Frankfurt: Day Trip to Eltz Castle

8. Frankfurt: Day Trip to Eltz Castle

Visit the perfectly-preserved and beautifully-located castle, which has been inhabited by the same family since its construction. Admire the unparalleled architecture and the original furnishing dating back over 8 centuries. Tour rooms and halls that contain hundreds of years' worth of cultural history. Admire the festive knight's hall, the medieval kitchen, exquisite furniture, wall hangings and paintings as well as fascinating weaponry and armor. The treasury in the cellar vaults houses a precious art collection with over 500 exceptional pieces. Stop in a restaurant right on the banks of the river in the enchanting Rhine Valley on the way back and enjoy a delicious dinner before returning to Frankfurt.

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

9. Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

Explore romantic Heidelberg and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on a delightful combination of a city tour and river cruise. Admire some of Germany's most charming sights, from the medieval castles in one of the country's most beautiful cities to a ride on a classic steamer. Your day starts with a ride south from Frankfurt to the picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, the tour takes you into the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its remarkable scenery and medieval structures. Admire the mighty castles, villages, and charming little vineyards, and then board a Rhine steamer for a voyage downriver from Kaub to the town of Assmannshausen. Once you're back ashore, stop to sample the local wine in a local tavern and enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant by the riverbank before the time comes for your return to Frankfurt.

Speyer: Group Tour with the Night Watchman

10. Speyer: Group Tour with the Night Watchman

The night watchman of Speyerer Stadtwache takes you to places and events that you would never have heard of otherwise. Shameful murderers, dissolute monks, and terrible hustlers once unleashed their mischief in this medieval city, and many a picturesque alley has kept a terrible secret for centuries. During your ramble through Speyer, you will have to strengthen your nerves for this nocturnal experience. Nevertheless, you should not be fooled by the guard, and always keep in mind that the night watchman has a loose shame and one or two of the stories are definitely lies. Enjoy a night out in the medieval old town. Visit the Cathedrals park, see the remains of the medieval city wall and monasteries, and the Jewish synagogue. Pass by the famous historic city gate, Altpörtel, and the historic quarter of Speyer. Learn about history, legends and myths Speyer was founded by the Romans and is one of Germany's oldest cities. The first known names were Noviomagus and Civitas Nemetum. Around the year 500 the name Spira first appeared in written documents. Speyer is dominated by the Speyer Cathedral, a number of churches and the Altpörtel, old gate. In the cathedral, beneath the high altar, are the tombs of eight Holy Roman emperors and German kings. The imperial Cathedral of Speyer, is one of the largest and most significant Romanesque edifices in Germany.

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What people are saying about Rhineland-Palatinate

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 768 reviews

Michel was an excellent guide/driver. He went the extra mile to entertain us with anecdotes and interesting facts about what we were seeing on the hour plus drive to the Rhine. The lunch place was cheesy and probably not the best. Would’ve preferred the wine tasting at a different location - perhaps a winery? I think both the lunch and wine tasting parts of the experience could be improved to take the tour from good to excellent. We were just dropped at the boat and on our own until our designated getting off point. Fortunately the bus ride back allowed michel to tell us about some of the castles as we passed them in view on land. I think the tour company should provide a handout/map with a bit of info on what we are seeing from the boat and the getting off point -since we have no guide- would be less stressful to have that in writing.

It was very well organized, did not take time to get on board and lots of options for seating inside or out. As we got comfortable a server came around to ask if we wanted something to drink which really made it so more relaxing.

The boat ride started promptly and it was a pleasant ride past some beautiful scenery and castles. There was a threat of rain but there was plenty of room to stay dry and still enjoy the ride.

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The ski lift was amazing, great views, the restuant is a must to see.