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Setting out on a German river cruise offers an enchanting journey through the heart of Europe. As you sail along iconic rivers like the Rhine or the Danube, you'll witness a stunning blend of modern cities, medieval towns, and picturesque landscapes. Germany's riverbanks are a showcase of the country's rich history and vibrant culture. Each day, from the legendary Black Forest to the vineyard-covered hills of the Rhine Valley, brings new sights and experiences. Discover castles that seem straight out of fairy tales, explore World War II historical sites, and indulge in Germany's famous beer and cuisine. Whether it's the lively streets of Berlin or the traditional charm of Bavarian villages, a German river cruise offers a unique way to experience the diversity and beauty of this nation. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Germany river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Jun 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestAmsterdam28$12,347
Jun 23, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSienaZurichAmsterdam12$5,679
Jun 23, 2024ScenicScenic JadeParisBudapest18$18,590
Jun 23, 2024ScenicScenic JadeParisPrague21$19,490
Jun 23, 2024EmeraldEmerald SunBaselFrankfurt8$8,190
Jun 23, 2024UniworldSS Maria TheresaPassauBudapest8$4,499
Jun 23, 2024UniworldSS BeatriceAmsterdamBudapest16$5,999
Jun 23, 2024EmeraldEmerald SunBaselFrankfurt8$8,190
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking MagniBudapestAmsterdam15$13,999
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking EmblaBudapestPassau8$3,299
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking JarlBudapestRegensburg8$8,999
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking HlinAmsterdamBasel8$4,699
Jun 23, 2024VikingViking KaraBaselAmsterdam8$9,499
Jun 23, 2024EmeraldEmerald SunBaselBerlin10$8,825
Jun 23, 2024EmeraldEmerald SunZurichBerlin10$8,825
Jun 24, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaPrimaAmsterdamParis13$6,129
Jun 24, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSonataBudapestPrague13$5,459
Jun 24, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaVerdeBudapestVilshofen8$3,999
Jun 24, 2024ScenicScenic CrystalAmsterdamBudapest15$16,990
Jun 24, 2024ScenicScenic AmberPragueBudapest11$11,150
Jun 24, 2024ScenicScenic CrystalAmsterdamZagreb19$18,225
Jun 24, 2024VikingViking RolfBaselAmsterdam8$4,699
Jun 24, 2024RivieraMS Emily BronteCologneCologne8$3,349
Jun 24, 2024ScenicScenic JasperBudapestAmsterdam15$17,990
Jun 25, 2024Avalon WaterwaysImpressionBucharestAmsterdam26$11,597
Jun 25, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamZurich14$6,429
Jun 25, 2024EmeraldEmerald DestinyPragueBudapest11$10,510
Jun 25, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaLuciaAmsterdamZurich14$6,429
Jun 25, 2024VikingViking FreyaAmsterdamBasel8$7,499
Jun 25, 2024VikingViking IngviBudapestPassau8$3,799
Jun 25, 2024VikingViking VilhjalmPassauBudapest8$2,599
Jun 25, 2024RivieraMS George EliotCologneNuremberg11$5,549
Jun 25, 2024TauckMS JoyMunichBudapest8$5,590
Jun 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaPrimaAmsterdamLuxembourg8$3,999
Jun 26, 2024AmaWaterwaysAmaSonataBudapestVilshofen8$3,999
Jun 26, 2024ScenicScenic JadeAmsterdamBudapest15$16,990
Jun 26, 2024ScenicScenic JewelBudapestAmsterdam15$16,990
Jun 26, 2024ScenicScenic JadeAmsterdamPrague18$17,890
Jun 26, 2024EmeraldEmerald DawnPragueParis21$15,250
Jun 26, 2024EmeraldEmerald DawnPragueAmsterdam18$13,950

Germany Travel Guide

Germany River Cruises Highlights

  • Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia: Cologne is famous for its stunning Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site that towers over the city. As you disembark, you're just a short walk from the vibrant Old Town, filled with traditional beer halls and charming shops. Don't miss the chance to try a Kölsch, the local beer, in one of the many bustling pubs.
  • Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom): This towering Gothic masterpiece in Cologne is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Its impressive twin spires dominate the city's skyline. Inside, you'll find stunning stained glass and a serene ambiance.
  • Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate: At the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, Koblenz is a city steeped in over 2,000 years of history. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, accessible via a scenic cable car ride over the Rhine, offers breathtaking views. The city's charming squares and historical monuments make it perfect for leisurely exploration.
  • Koblenz's Old Town: At the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, Koblenz's Old Town is charming with its narrow streets and historic buildings. Don't miss the Deutsches Eck, where the two rivers meet.
  • Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg: Famous for its romantic and picturesque landscapes, Heidelberg is a highlight on any German river cruise. The Heidelberg Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the old town, is a must-visit. Wander through the narrow, winding streets of the Altstadt (Old Town) to soak in the city's medieval charm.
  • Heidelberg Castle: Overlooking the Neckar River, Heidelberg Castle's ruins blend styles from Gothic to Renaissance. Visiting this iconic landmark offers a glimpse into Germany's rich history, plus panoramic views of Heidelberg.
  • The Black Forest: Near the banks of the Rhine, the Black Forest is famous for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages. It's a perfect spot for nature lovers and those interested in traditional German folklore.
  • The Romantic Rhine Valley: This section of the Rhine River boasts stunning landscapes marked by vine-covered slopes, medieval towns, and numerous castles. A cruise through this area, particularly between Koblenz and Bingen, is like sailing through a storybook.
  • Nuremberg's Imperial Castle: Dominating the city's skyline, this castle is a key piece of Nuremberg's history. The castle was a residence for emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, making it a site of significant historical importance.
  • Nuremberg, Bavaria: Nuremberg's rich history is evident in its well-preserved medieval architecture. The Imperial Castle, one of the most important in the Holy Roman Empire, dominates the city skyline. The city's museums and historical sites, such as the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, offer profound insights into Germany's past.
  • The Main-Danube Canal: This engineering marvel links the North Sea to the Black Sea. Cruising through this canal offers unique perspectives of the surrounding landscapes and an understanding of the canal's significance in European river navigation.

Germany River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Comfortable walking shoes are a must throughout the year, as there will be plenty of opportunities to explore on foot.
  • Make sure to recycle while you are there and do not litter. You want to be respectful of their land and this is one of the biggest things that they do.
  • The euro is the currency in Germany. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in most places, but having some cash on hand is beneficial for smaller purchases.
  • Bring a camera or smartphone for capturing memories, a power adapter for electronic devices, and perhaps a travel guide or a good book are great to have for those relaxing moments on the deck.
  • Smoking can be banned, but a lot of people disregard the ban and continue to smoke anyway. Don't be surprised if someone lights up right next to you in a restaurant. 
  • There are many cultural places to stop and eat, almost around every corner and you can be sure to find their famous German beer. You need to eat and drink like them while visiting the area – at least try it out. 
  • Summers in Germany are usually warm, so light clothing is suitable, but it's wise to carry a rain jacket or an umbrella.

Germany River Cruises Things To Do

  • Neuschwanstein Castle
    Neuschwanstein Castle

    This palace has a lot of history within the walls. Built as a gift for a place of retreat, the walls of the castle are comfortable and warm. However, the size of the castle is something that can be intimidating. You can walk through the castle on your own or get a guide to bring you around, but there is plenty to see, especially since the castle hasn't changed much throughout the years.   

    Best Time To Visit

    There is no right or wrong time to visit since you walk through the inside of the castle. The outside of the castle is nice, but it does not have as much to look at.   

     

    You Should Know

    Give yourself a decent amount of time to visit this castle because it can take a bit to get to the castle, but also to walk through all of the rooms of the castle.  
  • Brandenburg Gate
    Brandenburg Gate

    This is one of the best landmarks and most known in Germany to visit. Located in the Western part of the country, you can find the perfect place to spend some downtime. It was built to mark the entry of the city gate, which is important to think about. You can see that they are creating a bit of a welcome center for the city of Brandenburg.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit when the weather is comfortable and not raining. You also want to make sure to go during the darker hours because they light up the gate which is beautiful to see.   

     

    You Should Know

    Spend a bit of time walking around the city area, but also the gate. It might not have a lot to offer but it is beautiful to be around.  
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
    Berlin Wall Memorial

    The Berlin Wall is something that was a big part of history and it hurt a lot of people. Since it has been taken down, a memorial was put up to ensure that everyone is reminded of what happened in the area. In order to take in the vast emotions that happen when it comes to this area, you have to visit it for yourself.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Tour when the weather is nice, and it is not raining since the memorial is all outside. You would have to walk through this long area in the chilly rain if not.  

     

    You Should Know

    You may have to Google some information before you visit the wall because the directions are not clear for tourists. The memorial does close at night, so keep this in mind and plan ahead.  
  • Museum Island
    Museum Island

    Located in Germany's capital right at the heart, this is one of the most visited places to spend some downtime. It is also one of the most important museums to visit because they hold a lot of the history of the area. Museum Island used to be smaller and they rebuilt and expanded it so that more could fit on the specific area.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit when it is nice outside because you can visit the bridge and walk freely without having to worry about being uncomfortable.  

     

    You Should Know

    There is a visitor center and an art gallery inside the museum, so make sure to put aside a decent amount of time to spend inside this museum.  
  • Cologne Cathedral
    Cologne Cathedral

    The largest façade in all of the world, this is one of the cathedrals you want to spend a bit of time visiting. You can find that they have a beautiful look to it, but also the Gothic appearance is something that really stands out. You can walk on the outside, as well as the inside of this historic cathedral, and really take in the powers of the building.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit during a nice day when you can fully take in the cathedral and all that it has to offer. You can find that this is a perfect place to spend some downtime.   

     

    You Should Know

    The architecture is one of the most beautiful in the city, and it is just a short walk from the train station so you can walk around the area. Leave a decent amount of time aside to get through the outside and inside of this cathedral, and make sure to go to the top of the tower.  
  • Romantic Road
    Romantic Road

    This road that you can go downlinks together a bunch of beautiful smaller buildings, homes, and more. When you walk down, you can not only take in the outside of them and the beautiful views they offer but also stop into some of the places. With smaller shops, you can speak with the residents of the area and really learn more about this beautiful place they call Romantic Road.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Since you are going to be walking down the road, you will want to make sure it is comfortable temperature-wise, and that it is not raining.   

     

    You Should Know

    This was once a trade route that was used in Germany in the past and one that connected so many places and people together.   
  • East Side Gallery
    East Side Gallery

    This gallery brings together a lot of the local artists of the area, but also those from far away. As a protected landmark, you can expect that this is one of the most beautiful. They also provide a series of Berlin Wall pictures and pieces of artwork that really showcase a piece of history.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Since this is an open-air gallery, you will want to go during the warmer months when it is not raining. This is something to consider because you want to enjoy the artwork and not be poured on or cold.  

     

    You Should Know

    This is a very busy place, so you will want to check the hours and make sure to plan ahead. Seeing over three million visitors per year, you can be one of those who walk down the beautiful pieces of artwork.  
  • Marienplatz
    Marienplatz

    This is a central square that is located right in the heart of Munich. You can find that it has so many shops, restaurants, little food stalls, and more. If you want to view the culture and really dig deep into feeling like a part of this area, then Marienplatz is a place you want to find yourself visiting and spending more time.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit during the warmer months when it is not raining. You can enjoy the open markets, stalls with food, and more if the weather is nice. Make sure to visit during the daytime hours, but there are also celebrations that happen during the night.   

     

    You Should Know

    Many say that it is a great place to visit during the Christmas months because of the many things you can purchase as gifts and the beautiful décor.   

Germany River Cruise Packages

  • Getting There

    Starting your German river cruise adventure is pretty straightforward. In the heart of Europe, Germany is well-connected by air with major international airports in cities like Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt. Once you land, getting to the river cruise ports is a breeze. Most cruises begin from prominent cities along major rivers like the Rhine, Danube, or Elbe. For instance, if your cruise is along the Rhine, you might start from Cologne or Düsseldorf. These cities are easily reachable by train or taxi from the airport. The cruise ports are typically located near the city center, making them accessible and convenient. Just check your cruise details for the exact starting point, and you're all set to embark on your scenic journey through Germany's waterways.

  • The Perfect Time for a Germany River Cruise

    Deciding on the best time for a river cruise in Germany depends largely on your preferences and what you wish to experience. Germany, with its typical European climate, experiences four distinct seasons, each offering a unique river cruising experience.

    During the summer months, from June to August, Germany enjoys warm and sunny weather, making it a fantastic time for river cruising. The pleasant climate allows for maximum enjoyment of the outdoor decks on cruise ships and is perfect for sightseeing along the riverbanks. However, summer is also the peak tourist season in Germany, so you should be prepared for larger crowds and potentially higher prices for river cruising during this time.

    For those who prefer cooler weather and fewer tourists, spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) are ideal for river cruising in Germany. These seasons offer milder temperatures and less crowded tourist sites. The natural scenery is particularly beautiful, with vibrant spring flowers and the rich, warm colors of autumn leaves, adding to the charm of your river cruising experience. Additionally, these shoulder seasons may offer more attractive deals for river cruising.

    Winter in Germany brings colder temperatures and shorter days, but it also offers a unique charm for river cruising, especially along the Rhine and Danube rivers. The Christmas markets, known for their festive atmosphere and beautiful decorations, provide a magical backdrop for a winter river cruise. If you don't mind the chill, a winter cruise in Germany can be a truly enchanting experience, offering a different perspective of the country's scenic beauty. Just remember to pack warm clothes for a comfortable journey!

  • Immerse Yourself in German Culture

    Exploring Germany by river cruise isn't just about the scenery; it's a deep dive into a vibrant culture filled with rich traditions and lively festivals. German culture prides itself on its hearty hospitality and a deep-rooted appreciation for history and the arts.

    You'll notice this in their love for music, with many towns hosting classical and modern music festivals throughout the year. The Christmas markets, especially in Nuremberg and Cologne, are a true highlight, offering a festive atmosphere with twinkling lights, handcrafted gifts, and warm Glühwein.

    Another can't-miss experience is Oktoberfest, particularly in Munich. It's more than just a beer festival; it's a celebration of Bavarian culture with traditional foods, folk music, and vibrant parades.

    Each region has its customs and dialects, making every stop on your cruise a unique cultural experience. From the laid-back vibe of riverside villages to the bustling energy of larger cities, German culture offers a diverse tapestry that's sure to enrich your travel experience.

  • Experience the Flavors of Germany on a River Cruise

    If you're cruising through Germany, get ready for a delicious journey. German cuisine is much more than just beer and bratwurst; these are must-tries! Each region you'll cruise through offers its unique flavors and specialties.

    You can't miss the traditional Weisswurst in Bavaria, a mild white sausage usually enjoyed with sweet mustard and a pretzel. Don't forget to wash it down with a local wheat beer. For dessert, try Kaiserschmarrn, a fluffy shredded pancake served with fruit compote.

    As you glide along the Rhine, the culinary scene shifts. Here, Riesling wines are a big deal. They come from the vineyards along the river and are wonderfully crisp and refreshing. Pair it with Spätzle, a type of soft egg noodle, or a hearty Rinderroulade, beef rolls stuffed with onions, bacon, and pickles.

    Don't miss out on trying a traditional Schnitzel, a breaded and fried meat cutlet, which you can find all over Germany. For a sweet treat, seek out a warm Apfelstrudel; an apple-filled pastry, especially good in the colder months.

    For a unique dining experience, seek out riverside restaurants in smaller towns or join local food tours for an authentic taste of regional specialties. And, of course, onboard your cruise, you'll have ample opportunity to savor various German dishes, often prepared with a gourmet twist. Dining on a German river cruise is as much a journey through the country's rich culinary landscape as it is a delightful exploration of its scenic waterways.

  • Why Book a River Cruise to Germany?

    Why choose a river cruise to explore Germany? First off, it's a fantastic value for your money. You get comfortable accommodation, delicious meals, and seamless transportation from one fascinating destination to another, all included in one price. Imagine waking up each morning to new scenery outside your window and new adventures waiting for you.

    A German river cruise offers unique views and perspectives that you can't get any other way. Gliding along the Rhine or Danube, you'll see castles perched on hilltops, charming villages dotting the riverbanks, and stunning natural landscapes. It's a moving panorama that constantly delights and surprises.

    Moreover, river cruises in Germany are incredibly convenient. You unpack once, and your floating hotel takes you from one exciting destination to another. There's no need to navigate trains or buses or find hotels in each city. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy your holiday without the stress of logistics.

    Finally, some cruises offer exclusive access to certain experiences, like private tours of historical sites, special onboard events, and visits to attractions that are off the beaten path. These unique opportunities can make your trip even more memorable.

  • Ready to Book Your Germany River Cruise?

    Ready to book your Germany river cruise? Here's why it's a great idea. Picture yourself gliding along scenic rivers, with castles and vineyards as your backdrop. Each stop brings a new city with its own charm, from lively Berlin to picturesque Heidelberg. You'll taste mouthwatering local dishes, experience vibrant festivals, and uncover centuries of history.

    Germany's rivers offer a unique way to see the country, mixing comfort and adventure. You'll enjoy the ease of unpacking once and waking up in a new place every day. Whether you're into exploring historic sites, hiking through stunning landscapes, or simply relaxing on deck with a good book, there's something for everyone.

    River cruises in Germany provide an intimate, up-close view of the country. You'll get to places that larger ships can't reach and enjoy experiences tailored to each location. Ready to see Germany from a different angle? Book your river cruise and dive into an unforgettable journey.

Germany River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Germany River Cruise?

    A Germany River Cruise is a cruise that will take you along the river of Rhine or Danube Rivers. These both provide the best experience when you want to see more of Germany and see what each of them has to offer. You can find that the cruise is perfect for having a place to stay, while also visiting many of the sights of interest in Germany. Many love taking a cruise to visit these areas because it is one of the most affordable ways to visit the area.

  • What Comes with a Germany River Cruise?

    Those who take a Germany River Cruise will be able to have not only the lodging that is needed, but also the food and drinks, activities, and the ride from the many places you want to visit along with Germany. Any extras such as alcohol or gifts that you want to purchase, or things off of the ship will be extra but for the most part, going on a cruise is a great way to get up and out. 

  • How Much Does a Germany River Cruise Cost?

    The costs can range depending on any extras you are adding, the length of the cruise, the cruise line, room of choice, and so much more. You can find the perfect cruise that matches your budget and wants. The prices generally range from $275 per person per night but can also go up as high as $675 per person per night depending on many factors. It is important to look into this prior to going or booking.

  • What are the Best Cruise Lines for a Germany River Cruise?

    There are many cruise lines that are offering Germany River Cruises and if you are looking for which one you might want to take, then make sure to consider some of the top-rated cruise lines. Emerald Waterways, Viking, and Avalon. Which you choose to go with depends on what you want out of a cruise and what each of them provides. Make sure to look into each or ask us for further help.

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