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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.

Koblenz: 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine

2. Koblenz: 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine

Welcome aboard the comfortable and exclusive ship 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 (castle Marksburg) the ship turns around and sails back to Koblenz.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

3. 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.

Cochem: Panoramic Cruise on the Moselle River

4. Cochem: Panoramic Cruise on the Moselle River

Take in the sights of picturesque Cochem and the Moselle Valley aboard a relaxing river cruise. 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 commentary 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.

Trier: Guided Old Town Highlights and History Walking Tour

5. Trier: Guided Old Town Highlights and History Walking Tour

Embark on a city walking tour of Trier and uncover the history behind each turn from your guide. Trace the ancient origins of this city and watch its story unfold around you, from the Roman Porta Nigra to the home of Karl Marx. Meet your guide near the Porta Nigra and start your tour. Built by the Romans as early as 170 AD, the Porta Nigra has become an important city landmark. Learn about Trier's Roman origins and what life was like under Roman rule. Admire architecture from the Middle Ages and see examples of its evolution to the present day. Hear stories and anecdotes of those who made their mark in this historic city, such as the philosopher and revolutionary Karl Marx and see the house where he used to live. Let the city tour of Trier take you into a world full of history that still fascinates visitors with its mixture of old and new, elements of antiquity, modernity, and everything in between.

Koblenz: Old Town Sightseeing Cruise along the Rhine

6. Koblenz: Old Town Sightseeing Cruise along the Rhine

Discover one of Germany's oldest cities on a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine in Koblenz. Marvel at the Electoral Palace, Lahneck Castle, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and more, and listen to interesting commentary as you travel. Board the cruise in the heart of Koblenz and set out to discover this historic city from the water. See one of the city's most iconic locations, Deutsches Eck, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet as you head towards the island of Niederwerth. Sail past the idyllic area of Vallendar, marvel at the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, enjoy views of the city's Old Town, and more, all while listening to interesting facts about these sights through the boat's speaker system. At the end of your cruise, you'll return to the starting point, the ideal spot from which to explore the city's sights on foot. 

Trier: Guided City Walk with Wine Tasting

7. Trier: Guided City Walk with Wine Tasting

Enjoy 5 different wines with historic connections to buildings or places in the city center of Trier on this guided walking tour. Uncover the city's fascinating history on your way from the Porta Nigra gate to the Viehmarkt Square. Meet your guide near the Porta Nigra, a gate that was built by Romans as part of the city's fortifications system. Make your way through the city's streets which are dotted with Roman ruins and breathtaking cathedrals. Savor 5 different wines along the way, or have some grape juice instead(Bookable over E-Mail). Snack on some bread with your drinks and hear about how each wine is connected to this lush wine-growing region. Finally reach Viehmarkt Square where the tour ends outside the Forum Baths, which are ruin of a Roman bath complex.

Speyer: Technik Museum Speyer Ticket with an IMAX Dome Film

8. Speyer: Technik Museum Speyer Ticket with an IMAX Dome Film

Enter a Submarine, visit the Space Shuttle Buran, and trace the history of technology with this ticket to the Technik Museum in Speyer. Experience a 22.000 Watt, 6-channel sound system, and a dome-projection area of 1000 square meters with the included IMAX Dome theater ticket.  Explore technology from the underwater world to space. Find out what the inside of a submarine looks like and what a sea cruiser needs to operate. Learn about how big a Jumbo Jet really is. Hear what the world's largest organ sounds. Uncover how a Chinese steam locomotive ended up in Speyer and discover the story of the Space Shuttle Buran. Alongside Europe's largest aerospace and naval exhibition, see a variety of aircrafts, classic vintage cars, racing and classic motorcycles, historic fire engines, and steam locomotives.  View exhibits with mechanical instruments, rare items and vingate fashions. Every year in May, the museum comes to life with a Brazzeltag event where you can see vehicles with tremendous cylinder capacity, horsepower giants, and curiosities that can be experienced live. After visiting the museum, check out your choice of documentary film with the included IMAX Dome tickets. The gigantic screen, the unique sound-system, and the brilliant picture quality of IMAX guarantee a movie experience beyond description. 

From Alken: Return Day Trip by Boat to Cochem

9. From Alken: Return Day Trip by Boat to Cochem

Embark on a day trip to Cochem aboard the MS Goldstück. After departure, cruise along the Moselle River towards Cochem. Pass through a lock that raises the boat 5-6 meters. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Moselle Valley area with quaint villages, vineyards, and castles. Admire the views of the Moselle Valley, before arriving in the charming town of Cochem. Around noon, disembark in the town of Cochem and use 2.5 hours of free time to explore the charming streets of the Old Town. Discover the market square and wander amongst the alleys and laneways, admiring the beautiful architecture of the half-timbered houses. Hike up to Cochem Reichsburg for fantastic panoramic vistas of the surrounding area, or choose to take the chairlift. Stop for a drink in one of the numerous wine bars or browse the shops for some local products, before heading back to Alken on the boat.

From Bonn: Rhine River to Linz Sightseeing Boat Tour

10. From Bonn: Rhine River to Linz Sightseeing Boat Tour

Boat tour from Bonn upstream to Linz and back.We start on the banks of the Rhine in Bonn city center at the "Alten Zoll" for our mini cruise on the Rhine.We pass the following sights on our journey: - The former government quarter in Bonn with plenary hall and Villa Hammerschmidt- Bonn arch- Bad Godesberg- Königswinter with the Siebengebirge with the world-famous Drachenfels and the Petersberg- Bad Honnef- uncle- Remagen with the Peace Museum in the "Bridge of Remagen"

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4.4 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Good length of tour along the Rhein river! Comfortable setting above and below, inside as well. Food and drink service as well. The speaker could be a bit louder when informing about the various points of interest, was sometimes hard to hear when on the top deck and other people talking.

And I really enjoyed the trip to the Moselle. We had a beautiful sunset and great weather so we were able to sit outside most of the time.

Everything was really great! Possibility of eating on the boat, the principle of the boat tour is really great!

The weather was so good and the service is good as well. we had a wonderful journey.

An exceptional tour of Rüdesheim and a wonderful walk along the Rhine.