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Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

1. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

2. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

3. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings. Get to know the countryside with a cruise along the iconic river, wine tasting at a charming tavern, and a delightful dinner by the riverbank. After you set out from the heart of Frankfurt, board a boat and ride along the Rhine River. Admire the villages, charming little vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Your steamer takes you along the shores of Kaub. Then, step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine.  Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy restaurant by the riverbanks. Then, ride back to Frankfurt as your tour comes to an end. 

From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

4. From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

Embark on a journey with famous names of history onboard a Rhine ship and enjoy a cruise along one of Europe’s oldest trade routes, passing by former toll castles and robber baron nests. Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard with you in spirit as your guides to the most beautiful places, through which the Middle Rhine Valley becomes the source of the Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Explore the village of Assmannhausen, which is known for its red wine, as well as the flourishing town of Bingen and the world-famous Rüdesheim. Along the way, taste four wines under the expert guidance of a Rüdesheim winemaker, enjoy fresh pretzels, and take a souvenir glass home with you.

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

5. Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

Explore romantic Heidelberg and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on a delightful combination of a city tour and river cruise. Admire some of Germany's most charming sights, from the medieval castles in one of the country's most beautiful cities to a ride on a classic steamer. Your day starts with a ride south from Frankfurt to the picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, the tour takes you into the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its remarkable scenery and medieval structures. Admire the mighty castles, villages, and charming little vineyards, and then board a Rhine steamer for a voyage downriver from Kaub to the town of Assmannshausen. Once you're back ashore, stop to sample the local wine in a local tavern and enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant by the riverbank before the time comes for your return to Frankfurt.

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What people are saying about Middle Rhine

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 729 reviews

The trip was very informative, the guide Michael, was excellent and really tried hard to make sure that everyone was enjoying themselves. The lunch was forgettable in a restaurant that is really not indicative of German Restaurants, and the service was poor. If there was one thing to improve, I'd say find another location to feed your guests!

Easy to book and pay online. Awesome trip up the Rhine to view lots of castles and the beautiful architecture of the houses. One and a half hours is perfect timing, can have a drink while enjoying the view. We caught the boat at Rudesheim, which is such a lovely town with so much to do for the day.

Bus on time, guide was amazing with jokes, helpful, very good and giving information all the way though the trip. Gave details of the day, made sure we all understood our time line, went one by one to ask if anyone needed anything or help with their travels.

This is a really nice day trip to add to your Frankfurt sightseeing experience. Lunch was decent. Drinks are not included which is customary in Germany. You need to purchase your own drinks including water. We really enjoyed the trip.

Was very nice, from the ship has more view of the vineyards than from the car.