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River Cruising in Germany

Read about some of the top attractions of river cruises in Germany below. Vacations To Go offers a huge variety of itineraries in Germany, plus every discount, deal and special promotion available. 

Rhine River sailings are among our best-selling river cruises. Itineraries navigate the Rhine Gorge, a scenic stretch of the river dotted with castles and vineyards. Visit Cologne and see the soaring twin steeples of its Gothic cathedral, and in Rudesheim, walk along the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse, lined with restaurants, shops and wine gardens. Passengers may also travel to Heidelberg, home to a Gothic castle and centuries-old university. Many Rhine itineraries also include stops in Holland, Switzerland and France.

Flowing from Germany's Black Forest to the Black Sea, itineraries on the Danube River visit places like Regensburg, a well-preserved medieval city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Nuremberg, home to the Imperial Castle, 900-year-old city ramparts and WWII highlights. The Danube converges with the Ilz and the Inn rivers in Passau, where cobblestone streets are lined with Roman, Baroque and Gothic architecture. Old World capitals like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are also popular stops on Danube itineraries.

Main River cruises wind through the heart of Germany, passing forests and vineyards as well as medieval towns and cosmopolitan cities. Visit "The Pearl of the Romantic Road," Wurzburg, and its Residenz, an immaculate Baroque palace, or enjoy local Franconian wines. Amble among 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered houses in Miltenberg and visit the village known as "Little Venice" in Bamberg. The Main River is a tributary of the Rhine and is connected to the Danube via the Main-Danube Canal, so many itineraries spend time on all three rivers, some traveling all the way from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

The Mosel River runs through Germany, Luxembourg and France; most of our river cruises sail the German portion. Sailings of the Mosel are often combined with Rhine River cruises. Highlights include Trier -- Germany's oldest city, founded by Romans in 16 B.C. -- and Cochem, where Reichsburg Castle is perched on a steep hill above the river. Travel to Zell to learn about the famed Riesling wines that are produced there. In the old wine-growing town of Bernkastel, walking tours show off elaborately timber-framed homes.

Flowing through Germany and the Czech Republic, the Elbe River travels a route lined with soaring cliffs, majestic castles and charming towns. See the All Saints' Church (also called Castle Church) in Wittenberg where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses, and tour the Meissen factory that has produced delicate porcelain since the early 1700s.