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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

Breisach

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

8 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £1579pp
Cochem

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3319pp
Amsterdam

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

105 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2099pp
Koblenz

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

22 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

Includes flights and transfers. No single supplement special, prices from £1,889.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1549pp
Koblenz

Jewels of the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

8 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1759pp
Breisach

Best of the Rhine Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Saga Group logo FROM £1149pp
Amsterdam

Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Zurich

Vienna to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates May 2020 to July 2020
21 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Roundrip Strasbourg

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

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

1 sailing date May 2019
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Breisach

Roundrip Strasbourg

1 sailing date November 2019
3 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg

Roundrip Strasbourg

4 sailing dates October 2019
4 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
CroisiEurope logo FROM £599pp
Strasbourg

Roundtrip Strasbourg

15 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
4 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
CroisiEurope logo FROM £959pp
Breisach

Best of the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

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

Rhine Christmas Market

1 sailing date December 2021
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4399pp
Heidelberg

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany from Frankfurt

2 sailing dates December 2019
4 Nights From Mainz, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £919pp
Lucerne

Enchanting Rhine

1 sailing date April 2019
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Avignon

Amsterdam to Bordeaux

1 sailing date April 2019
42 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Bordeaux
APT Cruising logo FROM £23619pp
Viviers

Rhine, Rhone & Moselle Paris to Arles

1 sailing date May 2019
17 Nights From Paris, France to Arles
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Breisach

Rhine, Rhone & Moselle Amsterdam to Barcelona

4 sailing dates May 2019 to July 2019
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Barcelona
APT Cruising logo FROM £7299pp

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