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Germany

Many of the most renowned rivers in Europe run through Germany.  To visit Germany on a river cruise, you could sail along the Rhine, Main, Moselle or Danube.  The places you could see may include:

Bamberg (Main River)
A UNESCO world heritage city. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of this city from its Baroque rose garden. Bamberg has one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, and is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage.

Cologne (Rhine River)
The fourth largest city in Germany is home to The Dom cathedral. The impressive gothic building becomes even more remarkable when the viewer remembers that Cologne was flattened during the latter stages of the Second World War bombing campaign by the allies. The cathedral however, remained standing and is a lasting symbol of the city that stood before, amidst the bustling modern structures of today’s Cologne. Those that prefer the grain to the grape will not be disappointed in the choices on offer in Cologne’s plentiful beer gardens with local pilsners at the top of the bar list. To be soaked up by a salty, soft local pretzel.

Heidelberg (Rhine River)
In contrast to Cologne, the city of Heidelberg is a show piece of the more ancient times in the Rhine’s history. The red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg castle are perched high on the hill above the red roofs of the pretty medieval market town. Its narrow cobbled streets twist invitingly and offer ample opportunities for sitting and people watching in the quaint cafes.

Koblenz (Rhine River)
Marksburg castle in Koblenz, which has been inhabited for over 700 years and has changed little in that time. Koblenz itself is a fascinating town which is over 2,000 years old having grown at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. To mark the spot, the German Corner hosts a famous monument to Emperor William II. The “must-do” excursion is now to ride the new aerial tram across from Koblenz city centre, across the water to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress, Europe’s oldest on the opposite side of the river, dating back to 1,000BC.

Nuremberg (Danube River)
Nuremberg can be described as the archetypal Medieval German city – encircled by defensive walls and red roofed buildings.
Home of the pocket watch in peaceful times and also the famous Nuremberg trials of the Nazi hierarchy in 1945. There is an enormous documentation centre of the Nazi party and a permanent exhibition, including courtroom 600, which was the venue of the trials. Kaiserburg castle is also a splendid example of gothic architecture.

Mittenberg (Main River)
Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings.

Passau (Danube River)
A city built on merchants trade, its medieval merchants houses stand beautiful and proud. A great fire in 1662 brought after it a rebuilt city with Italian Baroque influence. Narrow streets lead through to St Stephens Cathedral which houses Europe’s largest pipe organ

Regensburg (Danube River)
A walking tour of Regensburg is a must. Situated on the Danube, Regensburg was founded over 2,000 years ago by Emperor Marcus Aurelius and has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site as one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. The old town includes St Peters Gothic cathedral which dates back to the 14th century.

The Black Forest (Rhine River)
The majestic Rhine cuts through magnificent mountains, meandering past charming medieval towns, fairy-tale castles, the steep terraced vineyards of Alsace, and the wooded slopes of the Black Forest. Witness Germany’s landscape at its most dramatic, a fitting backdrop for a magical journey

Würzburg (Main River)
“Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Christmas & New Year on the Rhine & Moselle

12 Days   |  Basel, Breisach, Strasbourg, Ludwigshafen, Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge, Trier, Moselle Valley, Bernkastel, Cochem, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam

From £3,112 pp

Pages from fairytales come to life as you find inspiration along the castle-laden Rhine and its breathtaking tributary, the Moselle. Spend Christmas Eve in Strasbourg and New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam with an optional extra night in Amsterdam to leave on 2nd Jan 2019.

Romance of the Rhine & Main

8 Days   |  Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg

From £999 pp

Sail the middle Rhine and uncover the history and heritage of Cologne, Wurzburg, Bamberg and more..

Five Star Danube Cruise

8 Days   |  Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Wachau Valley, Melk, Salzburg, Regensberg, Passau

From £1,395 pp

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship.

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