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Breisach River Cruises

About Breisach

Breisach lies on the Rhine River in the Upper Rhine Valley and is situated between the cities of Strasbourg in Germany and Basel in Switzerland and is a popular port of call on many voyages which explore the highlights to be found along Germany’s most famous river. The town was built on a hill which served as the seat of an ancient Celtic prince, and which was situated in the middle of the Rhine until it was straightened by 19th century engineer Johann Gottfried Tulla. It was formerly founded as a city in the 11th or 12th century, although archaeological evidence suggests that it was settled earlier than this. In the 16th century, Breisach was a strategic stronghold of the Holy Roman Empire and during the Second World War, the majority of it was destroyed by allied artillery, as it lay at the point where the allies crossed the Rhine.

Exploring Breisach

For river cruisers, Breisach marks the entrance to the celebrated Black Forest area of Germany and a voyage to the town offers the chance to experience some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, including dramatic mountains, lush forests and rolling meadows.

The main attraction in the town itself is the beautiful St Stephan’s Cathedral, or ‘Stephansmunster’, which dates back to the 13th century. It’s built in the Romanesque style and is well-known for its carved gothic altar and a series of works by the celebrated German painter and engraver Martin Schongauer.

The Museum of Municipal History is another popular attraction for those who want to learn more about the history of the region, with an impressive range of exhibits which date from the present day all the way back to the Stone Age.

Breisach is also home to the Geldermann Privatsektkellerei, one of Europe’s largest wine cellars, so if viticulture is your thing, be sure to take the time to pay a visit to this wonderful attraction, as there are guided tours are available and you’ll be able to taste a glass for yourself too. If you truly want to make wine the focus of your time in Breisach, the Geldermann winery is another popular choice, with guided tours and Champagne tastings all part of the experience.

Breisach tips

With the Black Forest region on your itinerary, you’ll certainly want to make sure that you have your camera at the ready to capture your own memories of the fabulous scenery. If stocking up on a bottle or two to take back home is a holiday habit, then Breisach is a great place to do it, with vintages available at both the wineries and a number of local shops.

Breisach Itineraries

Basel

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

12 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland

Includes HUGE savings plus enjoy FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers!

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Amsterdam

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

11 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

Includes HUGE savings plus enjoy FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers!

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3449pp
Amsterdam

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

83 sailing dates June 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

Book now for 2020 and receive FREE flights from selected UK airports - whilst availability lasts!

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Amsterdam

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

75 sailing dates June 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland

Limited time only! EXCLUSIVE to River Voyages - Enjoy extra savings of up to £1,000 per couple on selected sailings

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1499pp
Lucerne

Zurich to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Holland
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4919pp
Strasbourg

Basel to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Koln

Best of the Rhine

7 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
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Cochem

Rhine & Moselle Delights

2 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

Book now for 2020 and receive FREE flights from selected UK airports - whilst availability lasts!

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Basel

Picturesque Alsace and the Rhine

1 sailing date September 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Amsterdam to Cote d'Azur

8 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
16 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Toulon (for Cote D'Azur)
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3799pp
Amsterdam

Jewels of the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

8 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Best of the Rhine Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
Saga Group logo FROM £1199pp
Strasbourg

Roundrip Strasbourg

5 sailing dates December 2019
3 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg

Best of the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Saga Group logo FROM £1179pp
Rudesheim

Rhine Christmas Market

1 sailing date December 2021
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Breisach

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany from Frankfurt

2 sailing dates December 2019
4 Nights From Mainz, Germany to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
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Avignon

Amsterdam to Bordeaux

1 sailing date April 2019
42 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Bordeaux
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Andernach

Rhine, Rhone & Moselle Amsterdam to Barcelona

2 sailing dates July 2019
17 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Barcelona
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Strasbourg

The Rhine and Black Forest

3 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
9 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Freudenstadt
Saga Group logo FROM £1229pp
Basel

Rhine and Moselle

5 sailing dates June 2019 to July 2020
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Includes coach travel and overseas transfers

Saga Group logo FROM £1849pp

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