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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

Amsterdam

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

8 sailing dates October 2020 to September 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, 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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Cochem

Romantic Rhine & Moselle

1 sailing date July 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Zurich
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Heidelberg

Rhine & Rhône Revealed

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Bamberg

Enchanted Europe - Westbound

5 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Switzerland , Basel
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Würzburg

German Grandeur(Westbound)

5 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
8 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Bamberg

Christmastime from Vienna to Basel

4 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
15 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Switzerland , Basel
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Breisach

Christmastime from Basel to Nuremberg

3 sailing dates November 2020 to December 2021
9 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Nuremberg
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Basel

Christmastime from Nuremberg to Basel

5 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
9 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Koblenz

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany

1 sailing date December 2020
6 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Breisach

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

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Rudesheim

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

79 sailing dates August 2020 to December 2022
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

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

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Avignon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed-Amsterdam to Port St. Louis

2 sailing dates June 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Avignon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Northbound)

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Port St. Louis, France, France to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Breisach

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

64 sailing dates September 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel

Includes HUGE savings plus FREE private home pick-up service! Call our experienced concierge to add on flights!

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Strasbourg

Basel To Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam To Basel

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

Vineyards and vistas of the Rhine & Moselle

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Cochem
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Boppard

Castles along the Rhine Amsterdam to Basel

36 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, 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 Villefranche (for Monaco & Nice), France, France to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Breisach

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

8 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam, Holland
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