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Rhine River Cruises

Fairy-tale Germany comes to life on the beautiful banks of the Rhine

With age-old castles and medieval towns flanking its river bank, the Rhine showcases the beautiful fairy-tale landscape of western Germany. Experience the history and ancient culture of this country with an Emerald Waterways river cruise, past sweeping countryside and the classic timber houses of the region.

Travel along the beating heart of the Rhineland, and explore its beautiful settlements. As an important trade route, the banks of the Rhine are home to towns and cities which helped build Germany into the powerhouse of Europe it is today.

An undoubted highlight of a river cruise along the Rhine is journeying through the majestic Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Steep, striking cliff faces are interrupted by winding roads, wine-producing vineyards and charming castles.

 

6
Countries
40
Medieval Castles
2002
Recognised by UNESCO
766
Miles long

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From Amsterdam to the Black Forest

Every one of our Rhine river cruises departs from the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, before setting course into Germany’s charming medieval past. The liberal, quirky and enigmatic Amsterdam provides the perfect start to a cultural exploration of Europe’s past. Crafted largely by the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century and the artists who flocked to its canal-lined streets, Amsterdam is an enchanting blend of architectural anomalies and the finest museums the continent has to offer.

From the proudly non-traditional Dutch capital, a journey along the Rhine takes you through medieval towns and finally to the Black Forest. Enjoy a guided tour through the forest as part of our Jewels of the Rhine river cruise, which offers a fascinating insight into local culture and traditions. Recreated 16th-century farms and villages provide a taste of authentic Black Forest life.

 

Roman Influence on the Rhine

The Roman Empire stretched far and wide at its peak, and many of its proudest and most northerly settlements now sit in modern-day Germany. It’s thought that much of the Rhineland’s culinary heritage comes directly from Roman rule; Julius Caesar reportedly first introduced one of the region’s most famous and best-loved dishes, Sauerbraten.

This Roman influence is felt most keenly in Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest, largest and most recognisable cities. A river cruise on the Rhine is incomplete without stopping here, exploring the enchanting Old Town and how it was shaped by the Romans – not least visiting the esteemed Twelve Romanesque Churches of Cologne. 

One of the highlights of any river cruise on the Rhine is approaching Cologne for the first time, when you catch your first glimpse of Kölner Dom, the mighty gothic cathedral whose twin spires dominate the skyline – truly magical from the top deck or your personal balcony. 

 

Rhine River Cruises