Welcome to Romantic Rhine Valley


Medieval castles perch high above the river. Most were built by a mafia of local robber barons – knights, princes and even bishops – who extorted tolls from merchant ships by blocking their passage with iron chains. Time and French troops under Louis XIV laid waste to many of the castles, but several were restored in the 19th century, when Prussian kings, German poets and British painters discovered the area’s beauty. In 2002, Unesco designated these 65 km of riverscape, known as the Oberes Mittelrheintal, as a World Heritage Site.


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$37.94 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Rhine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise from Koblenz

Use the pass as a one way ticket to get from one city to another, or maybe you prefer to use it as a return trip to spend a day elsewhere along the river, the choice is yours! The paddle steamer cruise on the Nostalgic Route allows you to enjoy the Rhine Valley with its numerous beautiful castles, endless vineyards, the Loreley and much, much more. This is a fantastic alternative to rail travel, while viewing the Rhine Valley from it's best vantage point - the Rhine itself!

$38.11 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

KD Rhine Pass from Koblenz

Use the pass as a one way ticket to get from one city to another, or maybe you prefer to use it as a return trip to spend a day elsewhere along the river, the choice is yours! Without committing yourself to a certain route in advance, the Rhine Pass allows you to enjoy the Rhine Valley with its numerous beautiful castles, endless vineyards, the Loreley and much, much more. This is a fantastic alternative to rail travel, while viewing the Rhine Valley from it's best vantage point - the Rhine itself! The Rhine Pass is valid on all scheduled KD day cruises from Cologne to Linz and Koblenz to Mainz except special theme cruises and cruises including gastronomic service. For a current timetable, please click on 'View Additional Info'.

$30 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Rhine River Cruise from Koblenz to Boppard, Ehrenbreitstein

Your River Rhine cruise includes a round-trip Koblenz cable car ticket with entrance fee to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. When you use your ticket is up to you; ride in the cable car and visit the attraction either before or after your cruise. Simply step inside the cable car -- the longest in Europe outside of the Alps -- and ascend to a height of 2,789 feet (850 meters), admiring views over the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge below. Head inside the magnificent fortress to explore at leisure, learning about its past as a strategic defense building during the Napoleonic wars and World War I. At a time that suits your schedule, hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Koblenz riverside, and then take a seat outside on deck or indoors in the spacious saloon. Then, cruise south along the Rhine River toward the town of Boppard, along a stretch of the water known as the Rhine Valley or Middle Rhine. Listen to audio commentary about the UNESCO-listed area, hearing fun facts about the famous river’s geology, history and sights. Your journey takes roughly two hours, and the route passes nearly 30 castles, fortresses and ruins as well as vineyards and pretty half-timbered villages.Pass Kurtrierische Burg, one of the region’s more imposing castles, and then dock at Boppard’s main pier. Perhaps visit Karmeliterkirche, a Gothic church on the riverside, or explore Bodobrica – an old Roman garrison with more than 20 defensive towers. The town lies in the heart of the Rhine Valley wine region, so the nearby wineries are well worth a visit, too. All entrance fees, activities and meals in town are at your own expense. Boats returning to Koblenz leave at different times throughout the day, so you can spend as long as you like in Boppard. The cruise back lasts roughly 1.5 hours.

$41.54 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Rhine River Cruise from Koblenz to St. Goare: Ehrenbreitstein

Your Rhine River cruise includes a round-trip Koblenz cable car ticket with entrance fee to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. When you use your ticket is up to you; ride in the cable car and visit the attraction either before or after your cruise. Step inside the cable car -- the longest in Europe outside of the Alps -- and ascend to a height of 2,789 feet (850 meters), admiring views over the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge below. Head inside the magnificent fortress to explore at leisure, learning about its past as a strategic defense building during the Napoleonic wars and World War I. At a time that suits your schedule, hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Koblenz riverside, and then take a seat outside on deck or indoors in the spacious saloon. Then, cruise southeast along the Rhine River toward the town of St Goare, along a stretch of the water known as the Rhine Valley or Middle Rhine. Listen to audio commentary about the UNESCO-listed area, hearing fun facts about the famous river’s geology, history and sights. Your return journey takes roughly 5.5 hours, and the route passes countless castles, fortresses and ruins as well as vineyards and pretty half-timbered villages.Have your camera ready to capture photos of Loreley Rock, a majestic slate rock that rises some 427 feet (130 meters) out of the water, and then dock in St Goare. The charming village is well known for its production of beer steins and cuckoo clocks, so perhaps use your free time to browse the shops for souvenirs to take home. Alternatively, visit Stiftskirche – a lovely medieval church with a Romanesque crypt – or wander over to see the ruins of Rheinfels Castle. All entrance fees, activities and meals in town are at your own expense. Boats returning to Koblenz leave at different times throughout the day, so you can spend as long as you like in St Goare. Your cruise back takes roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes.

$16.15 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Boppard Icewine and 30 minutes Wine Tasting

Wine and the Middle Rhine are inseparable. The vineyards of Boppard Hamm, which dominate the banks of the Rhine as it flows north-west, are visual proof of Boppard’s reputation as the home of a very special wine growing area. The incline facing south enjoys an ideal angle to the sun, is able to utilise the river’s surface as thermal storage and is well protected from the west and from the east, and so benefits from this “micro-climate” constellation of circumstance. In short, it constitutes the optimum environment for the cultivation of excellent wine. The Boppard Hamm vineyard covers an area of 75 hectares and thus is the largest single vineyard in the Middle Rhine valley. Sample four to five different Ice-wines from the Rhine valley. In addition you are free to choose some locally produced Rieslings of our large variety of Late Harvest and Auslese wines from the Middle Rhine valley to taste as well.

$17.54 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Rhine River Christmas Afternoon Cruise from Rüdesheim

Your 2-hour Rhine cruise begins in Rüdesheim, a popular wine country town that’s home to a huge Christmas Market in Old Town selling festive food and crafts from a dozen different countries. Board your heated, covered boat in mid-afternoon for your scenic cruise along the romantic Rhine River. Make your way through a winter wonderland as you cruise toward Koblenz. Delight in the snow-topped cliffs and many castles you pass, including Rheinfels, Katz, Marksburg and Stolzenfels. The mighty fortresses and storybook villages with their towering church steeples will capture your imagination. While you glide along the magnificent Rhine River, enjoy hearty waffles with sour cherries -- a local favorite -- and coffee (at own expense) that will help keep you warm. Festive Christmas carols make this winter’s afternoon jaunt even more merry.

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