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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

Koblenz

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

11 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

Includes HUGE savings of up to £500 per couple plus FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers! Book today and pay by 31st October to save an extra £250!

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Rudesheim

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

4 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

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Strasbourg

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

54 sailing dates July 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

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Mainz

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

88 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

Exclusive prices! Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 plus FREE private home pick-up service!

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Mainz

Picturesque Alsace and the Rhine

2 sailing dates May 2021 to June 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Koblenz

Basel To Amsterdam

1 sailing date November 2022
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Amsterdam To Basel

1 sailing date December 2022
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Basel

Vineyards and vistas of the Rhine & Moselle

1 sailing date July 2020
7 Nights From Cochem, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Strasbourg

Vineyards and vistas of the Rhine & Moselle

4 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Cochem
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Frankfurt

German Grandeur (Beer Theme)

1 sailing date July 2020
8 Nights From Nurnberg, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Boppard

Castles along the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

26 sailing dates March 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

Includes early booking savings of up to 10%! Ultra-luxury, boutique style river cruising!

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Lyon

Rhine & Rhone Nice > Amsterdam

3 sailing dates March 2021 to August 2021
14 Nights From Nice, France to , Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

9 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
10 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Rhine & Rhone Amsterdam > Nice

5 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Arles
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Breisach

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

12 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich

Includes HUGE savings of up to £500 per couple plus €200 FREE to spend on-board! Book today and pay by 31st October to save an extra £250!

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Heidelberg

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

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Basel

Basel to Berlin

3 sailing dates July 2021 to September 2021
9 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Berlin (Warnemuende)
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Strasbourg

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine

2 sailing dates July 2021 to August 2021
9 Nights From Berlin (Warnemuende), to Switzerland , Basel
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Cochem

Legends of the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Legends of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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