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When it comes to Europe river cruises, Germany is a country rich in both waterways and heritage, and a river cruise is the perfect way to experience both, which makes for a truly memorable holiday. Indeed, the country is one of the most popular with river cruisers, and with good reason. It’s home to one of the world’s most famous and scenic rivers, the Rhine, which acts as the perfect showcase for some of Germany’s most noted areas of natural beauty along the Rhine Valley. Make it a Germany river cruise to remember and book your 2024 river cruise now at River


The Main is possibly the Rhine’s most well-known tributary and lies entirely in Germany, meaning it’s a great way to explore the country’s history. It delivers an authentic taste of the Europe of old, a voyage through the Bavarian heartland, and the chance to explore some truly memorable towns and cities. With many amazing cruises through Germany, why not look for a mini river cruise to pack a full cruise experience into a neat little holiday package?


Another Rhine tributary is the Moselle, which offers the perfect laid-back German river cruise experience and is a must for wine-lovers, as it goes through one of the country’s celebrated wine-growing regions. The Elbe is one of Europe’s major rivers and the perfect way to see what Eastern Germany has to offer, including the beautiful region of Saxony and the chance to explore the country’s historic capital, Berlin.



Germany River Cruise Destinations

There are many amazing destinations to explore on our range of river cruises in Germany. A Cologne river cruise gives you the chance to explore one of Germany's oldest cities. With there being many rivers flowing through Germany, let's take a look at each of them and what you can expect to see on your river cruise in Germany. 


The Rhine

At over 760 miles long, the Rhine is one of Europe’s key rivers, winding its way through numerous countries and their histories. It begins its journey high in the Swiss Alps on a Switzerland river cruise and continues across Germany before ending up in the Netherlands, which you can explore on a Holland river cruise


German river cruises are a great way to explore the river’s most picturesque area, the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. German Rhine River cruise highlights include one of the country’s most famous cities, Cologne. A city tour excursion will reveal numerous architectural treasures, most notably one of the world’s largest and most beautiful cathedrals, the Dom. 


The Rhine offers a great way to see some of Germany’s most splendid castles, and a stop at Koblenz, where this majestic river meets the Moselle, gives you the chance to explore one of the finest, the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle.


Rudesheim delivers plenty of picturesque village charm and lies at the heart of the country’s Rheingau wine region, while Heidelberg is another popular port and home to the oldest university in Germany. The country’s Black Forest is one of its national treasures, and Breisach marks many Rhine river cruises’ entrance into this truly majestic region. Some itineraries also offer a taste of France with a stop at the Germanic French town on a Strasbourg river cruise, the official seat of the European Parliament.

The Main

A tributary of the Rhine, the Main is the perfect place for a Germany river cruise; the river has formed part of Europe’s largest continuous waterway since 1992, when the completion of the Main-Danube Canal connected it with the Danube. A number of longer European river cruise itineraries explore the entire length of this 2,200-mile waterway, but the Main itself boasts a number of memorable sights and offers a fascinating journey through Germany’s history. 


Frankfurt marks the start of many Main river cruises and it’s a place where old and new sit side by side, a fact which is best evidenced by scaling Main Tower to take it all in. Don’t miss the historic city hall and the beautiful botanical gardens. Wurzburg and Rothenburg both offer a taste of northern Bavaria, the former being home to the Baroque Bishop’s Residence and the latter offering a rich mediaeval heritage and some splendid architecture. Take a luxury river cruise and see some of Germany's most historic settlements.

The Moselle

The Moselle is one of the Rhine’s tributaries, and after beginning its journey in France on a France river cruise, it flows through Luxembourg and into Germany. A Moselle cruise offers an idyllic river cruise experience and the chance to drink in one of Germany’s numerous wine-growing regions. Many Moselle cruises begin in Trier, the oldest city in Germany. One key relic from its past is the Black Gate, the only remaining part of this city’s ancient Roman walls. The Moselle is the perfect place for an all inclusive river cruise.


Bernkastel is situated in the beautiful Moselle Valley, and as well as taking in the gorgeous scenery as you approach, you’ll be able to disembark and explore this quaint town at your leisure. Being that the town is situated in one of Germany’s key wine-growing regions, a number of river cruise deals also offer wine-tasting excursions from here. Cochem’s celebrated castle offers some fabulous views of this beautiful region as well as a fascinating tour, while Koblenz marks the point where the Moselle joins the Rhine. Indeed, you can visit Deutsches Eck, the symbolic meeting point of these two rivers, during your time in Koblenz.

The Elbe

The perfect way to experience eastern Germany, an Elbe river voyage offers you the chance to see the country’s capital too, because although it doesn’t sit on the Elbe, Berlin acts as the point of transfer either at the start or at the end of your voyage. As well as the famous Reichstag, you can visit the Berlin Wall memorial and a wealth of museums. 


Magdeburg is the port where many river cruises in Germany begin, while Dessau offers the chance to explore Worlitz Park, the first landscaped garden in Germany, complete with an English-style country home. Wittenburg is where you’ll be able to explore the past of one of the region’s most famous historical figures, Martin Luther. 


Dresden is another jewel in Germany’s historic crown, and indeed, it’s home to the celebrated Green Vault, where many of the treasures and relics of Saxon monarchs-past are housed. Before the Elbe crosses into Eastern Europe, it passes through the beautiful Saxon Switzerland region, where breath-taking rock formations and enchanting spa towns ensure a truly memorable cruise. Take advantage of our cheap river cruises and enjoy a Germany river cruise for a great price.

Get In Touch

Make sure to book your river cruise in Germany for 2024, or plan ahead and be ready with a river cruise in 2025. If you are looking for a Germany river cruise and need some help with your booking or just need some travel advice, then be sure to get in touch with us and call our freephone service at 0800 1970854 or email us at [email protected], and one of our friendly and helpful staff will be on hand to assist you with any queries. 


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