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Frankfurt River Cruises

About Frankfurt

Situated on the Main River in the state of Hesse, Frankfurt is Germany’s fifth largest city and a river cruise along the Main will often involve a stop there, because there’s so much to see and do. Located on an ancient fjord, the city partly derives its name from the Germanic term for ford, ‘furt’, as it was situated at the point where the river was shallow enough to cross by wading. In its earliest times, it was populated by the Franks, the reason for the origins of the first part of its name. From 855AD onwards Germany’s kings and emperors were elected there and like a great many German towns and cities, it has suffered greatly at the hands of battle over the years being bombarded by French troops during the Napoleonic conflict and by allied air forces during the Second World War.

Exploring Frankfurt

In a city so massively rebuilt after the Second World War, there are few ancient buildings to see which have not undergone extensive reconstruction but one of the most impressively restored is the Cathedral of St Bartholomew. The original structure dates back to 680AD, though the post-war era building is a faithful tribute to it and is a must-see structure during your visit. Not quite so old but also a very popular landmark is the Frankfurter Romer, the city’s city hall since 1405 and a structure forever linked with its history.

In contrast, a building with a much shorter history is the Main Tower, one of the city’s tallest buildings at 656 feet. Travel to the top (don’t worry, a lift takes you most of the way) and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the city and the Main River. It’s important to note that the best views can be enjoyed if the weather’s fine during your visit.

If you have a little more time on your hands while in the city, Frankfurt is also home to some rewarding museums, including the Staedel, which houses a hugely impressive collection of fine art, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum and the German Film Museum. Conveniently, many of them are located on the appropriately-named Museumsufer, which is a scenic street to stroll in its own right and a popular attraction, whether you choose to explore any museums or not.

If you simply want to get away from it all, Palmengarten are the city’s beautiful botanical gardens and home to 50 acres of tropical plants, trees and flowers. Or, if you’re in the city long enough to take in a show, the English Theatre is one of the city’s leading attractions, while the Old Opera House is also very popular with theatre-goers and has been faithfully reconstructed following allied bombing during the Second World War.

Frankfurt tips

Frankfurt is a shopper's dream, with everything from huge malls selling all the leading brands, to a host of smaller bespoke outlets at the forefront of the latest trends. The Zeil is where much of the action is and it's known as one of Europe's busiest shopping streets.

Frankfurt Itineraries

Rudesheim

The Rhine’s Enchanting Christmas Markets

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Rudesheim , Germany to Cologne
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Bratislava

Budapest to Frankfurt

5 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Frankfurt
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Koln

New Year on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2021
6 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Strasbourg

German Grandeur (Beer Theme)

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

Legendary Rhine & Moselle to Berlin

2 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2021
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Berlin (Warnemuende)
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Berlin

Legendary Rhine & Moselle with Berlin

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
9 Nights From Berlin (Warnemuende), to Frankfurt
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Frankfurt

New Year on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2020
5 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Cochem

Legendary Rhine & Moselle

4 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Bernkastel

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Munich

Christmas time from Budapest to Basel

1 sailing date November 2020
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to Switzerland , Basel
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Boppard

Frankfurt to Strasbourg

8 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Strasbourg
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Budapest

From the Black Sea to the North Sea

4 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
28 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Cochem

Strasbourg To Frankfurt

8 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Strasbourg, to Frankfurt
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Bamberg

The Heart of Germany (West)-Nuremberg to Frankfurt

8 sailing dates June 2020 to December 2021
5 Nights From Nurnberg, Germany to , Frankfurt
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Bamberg

The Heart of Germany (East)-Frankfurt to Nuremberg

7 sailing dates May 2020 to May 2021
5 Nights From Frankfurt, to Germany , Nurnberg
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Basel

German Grandeur

1 sailing date October 2020
8 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Nurnberg
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Strasbourg

Strasbourg to Strasbourg

7 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2020
9 Nights From Strasbourg, to Frankfurt
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam to Vienna

1 sailing date May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Austria , Vienna, Austria
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Bernkastel

Baden-Baden to Frankfurt

17 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2021
11 Nights From Baden-Baden, to Frankfurt
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Rudesheim

Frankfurt to Baden-Baden

16 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
11 Nights From Frankfurt, to Baden-Baden
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Koblenz

Roundtrip Strasbourg

1 sailing date May 2020
6 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
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