If you’re thinking about experiencing the Rhine this year, there’s no doubt that it’s one of the most beautiful stretches of water in Europe. From the picturesque vineyards and castles to the sleepy towns that bask on the shoreline, the Rhine Gorge is known for its tranquillity, so check out our top highlights below to ensure you have a holiday of a lifetime on your Europe river cruise!
Churches, Baroque palaces, towers and steeples; the Rhine River really does have it all. As massive cathedrals overlook the river’s locks, this seamless historical journey offers just a handful of Europe’s most enthralling sights, but they’ll cement a lasting impression nonetheless. Easter is probably the best time to take a river cruise along the Rhine; the weather might be a bit nippy but the towns and cities are bedecked with glorious decorations, rekindling old and new traditions.
If you want to get away this Christmas, Rhine river cruises can offer a lot more than your traditional city break. Not only will you get the chance to experience the wonderful festive markets in Cologne, but you can also watch the fireworks from the comfort of your boat’s deck, or even your private veranda. If you want to revel in the Christmas markets for longer, why not book a hotel and do some sightseeing while your river boat is docked?
The windmill excursion at the Village of Kinderdijk is an excellent way to begin your Rhine cruise from Amsterdam. Home to a spectacular collection of historical windmills in the Netherlands, many date all the way back to the 1800s and are even listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It’s not just Budapest that’s famous for its coffee; the pretty winemaking town of Rudesheim in the Rhine Gorge offers some of the most delicious brews in all of Europe. Making the coffee is just as good as sampling it, and you’ll get the chance to do both across a wealth of traditional cafes in the area. Apparently, it’s the shape of the cup that makes a good cuppa?
Stopping In Strasbourg
Strasbourg isn’t directly on the Rhine, but it’s not too far from Kehl by coach making it the perfect day excursion. Steeped in Gothic art and ancient architecture, Strasbourg is one of the most historical cities in all of Europe, home to a beer and wine-making traditional like to other place along the Rhine. Why not take a stroll along the banks of the River III, or grab a pastry at one of the many local delicatessens?