Cruising the Rhine River is probably one of the best ways to relax as well as enjoy the bounty of nature, the thrill of architecture, the vibrancy of towns located on its banks, and the company of people from across the world. There are several day cruises available that will take you close to the vivid culture and deep-rooted history of the towns built around the mighty Rhine – the 12th longest river in the world. The most popular day cruise on the River Rhine is from Rudesheim and Bingen to Lorelei rock with St. Paul. Goarshausen and St. Goar on the way.
Rüdesheim: One of the starting points of Rhine River cruise, Rüdesheim is a perfect place for a quiet romantic holiday. This is the place where Rhine cruises to Cologne, Bingen, Fahrgastschiffahrt, Assmannshausen, Burgenrundfahrt, and Burg Rheinstein start out. The day cruises along the Rhine are classified under wine tasting tours, romantic tours, and nature excursions. Rüdesheim is home to historical castles and monuments, including Brömserburg Castle, Boosenburg Castle, Burgruine Ehrenfels castle, and Niederwald Landscape park with its famous monument.
Assmannshausen : A small village close to Rüdesheim, it is most popular among tourists for the chair lift that connects Assmannshausen to Niederwald. The chair lift offers a magnificent view of the Rhine valley as well as the town of Assmannshausen. The village is famous for its Pinot noir red wine, lithium spring, and Kurhaus.
Romantic Lorelei rock: The Lorelei rock comes with its bewitching local fable and is one of the most popular day cruise destinations on the River Rhine. It is situated deep in the Rhine valley, 25 km (16 miles) from Rudesheim and 80km (50 miles) from Frankfurt. Rising vertically up to almost 132m above the water level, it used to be one of the most difficult passes to navigate.
St. Goar: A UNESCO World Heritage site, St. Goar is a small town built on the ruins of Burg Rheinfels, one of the famous castles on the Middle Rhine. Situated close to the Lorelei rock, this is a hauntingly beautiful destination that seems to lie trapped in a narrow gap on the Rhine Gorge. The Burg Rheinfels monumental zone is the main attraction, and some of the fortifications can still be seen. The town architecture will take you back in time with buildings retaining of hipped roof, mansard roof, timber frames, and bright flowery gardens. The vineyards along the steep slopes of Gründelbach valley and the Wahrschauer-und Lotsenmuseum, a museum about boat signaling and pilotage are definitely high points of the cruise.
St.Goarshausen: Situated on the eastern shore of the Rhine and across St. Petersburg. Goar 30 km south of Koblenz, St. Goarshausen is famous for Lorelei rock and a view of the two enchanting castles of Burg Katz and Burg Maus. Situated on a hill top. Burg Maus offers spectacular view of the town, the Rhine, and the ruins of Burg Rheinfels.
Bacharach : A picture perfect medieval town in Germany, this 600-year old town is complete with nostalgia at every turn. Timber framed homes are a welcome sight for sore eyes while the cobblestone streets are reminiscent of 18th century Europe. The town of Bacharach is the perfect starting point for hiking trails that lead through mountains and vineyards towards the Stahleck Castle and the Gothic Church of Warren Chapel. A stop at the local weinstube is a must for those who love the taste of the famous sparkling wine – Riesling.
Bingen: This is also one of the starting points of day cruises on the Rhine River and is renamed for the Mouse Tower. A small city nestled in the lap of the mountains and the Rhine Valley, it boasts several historical monuments including the Binger Mäuseturm, Burg Klopp castle, Rochuskapelle pilgrimage chapel, Drususbrücke bridge, a 1780 empire style building called Puricellipalais, Roman villa rustica and the Bingen Forest.
A cruise on the River Rhine will not only take you through these scintillating and virgin landscapes along a waterway surrounded by hills dotted with castles, but also offers up active adventures for the entire family at every turn of this meandering river.