Taking a cruise on the beautiful Rhine is going to be an amazing experience you’ll likely want to repeat in the near future and that’s because it’s simply amazing. On such a special cruise, you could wake up to dinner in Dusseldorf, lung in Cologne or breakfast in Rudesheim. However, if you want, you can even go further and that’s because the 820 mile river borders 6 countries, including Switzerland, The Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Germany, France and Austria. One such cruise is also going to include great tributaries, such as the Neckar, Moselle and Main rivers.
Between Mainz and Cologne is the most popular section of the Rhine. What’s great is that Moselle cruises operate between Trier and Koblenz and if you take the main route, then it’s going to take you between Stuttgart and Mannheim. Depending on the cruise you take, some of them are going to cover vast distances by berthing overnight or sailing through the night.
If you want to experience something different though, then it’s best that you consider taking a cruise during the Christmas period, since there are going to be many markets filing the squares in the villages, towns and cities along the Rhine and Danube with beautiful stalls that sell handicrafts and seasonal food. At night, all of these markets will create a stunning backdrop that’s going to make you feel like you’re part of a Christmas fairytale.
Depending on the river cruise vessel you take, Regensburg can be either a finishing point or a starting point and what’s great about this place is that it has its own Christmas market in its beautiful square. There are also quite a few amazing markets in Vienna and the window dressing of the stores you’re going to see along the Kartnerstrasse is one of the most incredible in the world during this magical time of the year.
If you want to visit the most amazing Christmas market in the country, then you certainly need to visit Nuremberg. It’s the oldest in the country and dates back to the seventeenth century. Beautiful designed and built stall fronts provide an old-world festive ambiance and setting and here you can also drink some delicious mulled wine and buy various types of spices.
Choosing The Right Rhine River Cruise There are many itineraries that you could consider when wanting to experience the Rhine and below we’re going to talk about a few of them.
Sweet and short, these cruises are going to last from 3 to 5 nights and are a wonderful alternative to a city break since you get the chance to see a wide range of places and not just one. For a 3 night cruise, you’ll go roundtrip from Strasbourg and all the way to Koblenz and then you’re going to spend a night at Rudesheim.
Christmas Market Cruises
It’s usually in November and December that people take short cruises, so make sure you go for a cruise that spends time in Cologne. There are many beautiful markets here that are themed differently and look simply amazing and it’s a must that you visit them.