German River Cruises – Breathtaking Scenery

German River cruises are unlike the cruises of the Mediterranean or other European sea cruises, the riverside landscapes of the towns and villages pass by with stops along the way to see beautiful valleys and vineyards.  Then in contrast cruises pass through some very modern cities with their grand architecture and castles, these sights are brought directly to you.

Ships sail overnight, so each morning brings you to a new destination with plenty of time to take one of the ships organised excursions or perhaps an independent tour into the mountains.  In the late afternoon when the ship departs for its next destination it’s time to take a seat up on deck and watch the beautiful scenery pass by as the sun goes down before getting ready for an evening of fine food, wine and entertainment.

Most Popular German Rivers for Cruising

The rivers of the Rhine, Moselle, Danube and Elbe are the most popular options for visitors who want to take to the waters for more that a brief afternoon cruise.  These cruises last from a couple of days to two weeks and are on small to medium size cruise boats.  The most popular river to cruise is the Rhine, one of Europe’s most important waterways flowing all the way from the Alps to the North Sea, passing important cities such as Cologne on the way.  The mighty river meets the Moselle at Koblenz and continues through to Germany’s ‘Wine Country’.

At Mainz the river splits, with the upper Rhine continuing through Strasbourg to the German/French border before finally reaching Basle in Switzerland and the other tributary the River Main continuing south for Heidelberg.  Following this route will take you straight to the Danube, also a very popular area, as it takes in the beautiful city of Vienna and onwards to Budapest and the Black Sea.

The two lesser know and quieter areas for cruising are the Moselle and the Elbe.  The Moselle travels over 160 miles through woods and vineyards and passes many towns and villages famous for wine making including Piesport, Bernkastel and the beautiful walled town of Cochem.  The other good reason to travel here are the views of the wooded hillsides dotted with gothic castles and the Roman village of Trier.

The popularity of the Elbe is growing; it was once Germany’s best kept secret but this cruise through the former East Germany passes many ancient towns to the craggy mountains of the Czech border giving visitors the options of visiting the beautiful cities of Dresden, Berlin and Prague.  The typical ports of call on this cruise are Decin (for Prague), Königstein, Magdeburg, Dresden, Meissen, Wittenberg and Potsdam (for Berlin).

German river cruises here are a wonderful way to see the area, taking you to both historical towns, villages and cities through some breathtaking scenery and enjoying good food and company along the way.

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