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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

Koln

Jewels of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

9 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
9 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Zurich
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Heidelberg

Jewels of the Rhine - Zurich to Amsterdam

6 sailing dates June 2022 to October 2022
12 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam

Jewels of the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

9 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
9 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam & Christmas -Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date December 2022
9 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Zurich
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Lucerne

Amsterdam & Jewels of the Rhine - Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
12 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Zurich
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Cochem

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

4 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
14 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
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Basel

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

4 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
14 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Frankfurt
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Basel

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Basel

3 sailing dates April 2023 to August 2023
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to Germany , Mainz
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Koblenz

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Frankfurt

3 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
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Cochem

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets -Amster to Basel

2 sailing dates December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
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Rudesheim

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets -Basel to Amster

2 sailing dates December 2022 to December 2023
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Breisach

Tulips & the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam

Tulips & the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
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Cochem

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

13 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
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Vidin

Seven River Journeys

1 sailing date April 2023
60 Nights From Avignon, France to , Giurgiu
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Strasbourg

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

7 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Zurich
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Koblenz

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam - Zurich

2 sailing dates May 2022 to August 2022
16 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Zurich
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Breisach

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

3 sailing dates May 2022 to August 2022
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Mainz

The Rhine and Glacier Express from Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2022
11 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Geneva, Switzerland
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Koblenz

The Rhine and the Glacier Express from Geneva

4 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
11 Nights From Geneva, Switzerland, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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