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Rhine Cruise

Welcome aboard! In this blog, we'll be taking a journey down the Rhine river, one of the most scenic and historic waterways in Europe. If you're looking for a relaxing and immersive way to experience the beauty of the Old World, a Rhine cruise may be just what you need. Along the way, we'll stop at charming towns, explore iconic landmarks, and taste the local cuisine. So sit back, relax, and join us on this unforgettable adventure through the heart of Europe.

Amsterdam to Basel
on board Amadeus Cara

Amsterdam

  • Visit the Van Gogh Museum to see the largest collection of the famous artist's work.

  • Take a stroll in Vondelpark, Amsterdam's largest public park, and enjoy the greenery and people-watching.

  • Explore the canals by taking a boat tour or riding a bike along the waterways.

  • Learn about Amsterdam's history at the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum.

  • Enjoy local food by trying traditional Dutch cuisine and visiting the Albert Cuyp Market.

  • Experience the beauty the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market.

  • Shop for unique souvenirs and gifts at the Nine Streets, a charming area filled with boutique shops.

 

Cochem

  • Visit Reichsburg Castle, a stunning medieval castle that offers breathtaking views of the town and the Moselle River. Can be reached by public bus on far side of bridge.

  • Take a stroll along the Moselle Promenade, a picturesque riverside walk with plenty of restaurants and cafes.

  • Explore the historic Old Town, with its narrow streets, colourful half-timbered houses, and quaint shops.

  • Taste the local wines at one of Cochem's many wine cellars - One just beside the boat.

  • Visit the Cochemer Sesselbahn, a chairlift that takes visitors to the top of Pinnerkreuz mountain for panoramic views.

  • Learn about the town's history and culture at the Cochem Imperial Castle Museum and the Cochemer Senfmühle (mustard mill).

Rudesheim

  • Ride the cable car to Niederwald Monument: Take a ride on the cable car to the top of the hill to see the impressive monument and panoramic views of the town and surrounding area. The walk back down in lovely.

  • Visit the Drosselgasse: This lively street is full of restaurants, wine bars, and live music. It's a great place to experience the local culture and cuisine.

  • Tour a winery: Rudesheim is known for its excellent wines, so be sure to visit a local winery to learn about the production process and enjoy a tasting.

  • Explore Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet: This museum houses a collection of self-playing musical instruments and is a unique and entertaining way to spend an afternoon.

  • Try a famous Rüdesheimer Kaffee invented in 1957 by the German television chef, Hans Karl Adam. It is a sweet coffee topped with whipped cream and chocolate and making it is quite a performance... a bit like an Irish Coffee but with more pizazz!

 

Koblenz

  • Koblenz is home to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, one of the largest preserved fortresses in Europe. It offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding area. You can get there by cable car.

  • The Deutsches Eck is a famous landmark in Koblenz, which translates to "German Corner." It is located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and features a large statue of Emperor William I.

  • Koblenz is known for its beautiful parks and gardens, including the Stadtpark, which features a rose garden and a Japanese garden.

  • The city is also home to the Basilica of St. Castor, a Romanesque church that dates back to the 9th century. It is known for its beautiful architecture and stunning interior.

  • The river walk has amazing art including 3 panels of the Berlin Wall and a huge thumb!

Speyer

  • Speyer Cathedral: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning example of Romanesque architecture and houses the tombs of several Holy Roman Emperors.

  • Technik Museum: This museum is home to a vast collection of aircraft, trains, and automobiles, including a real-life Boeing 747 and an Antonov An-22.

  • Sea Life Speyer: A popular family attraction that houses over 3,000 sea creatures, including sharks, rays, and turtles.

  • Altpörtel: A medieval tower that was once part of Speyer's city wall and offers magnificent views of the city from its top.

  • Historical Museum of the Palatinate: This museum displays the rich history and cultural heritage of the Palatinate region, featuring artifacts from the Stone Age to the present day.

 

Strasbourg

  • Strasbourg Cathedral: Stunning Gothic cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks - Be sure to climb to the top for a breath-taking view of Strasbourg.  High Mass on Sundays, you can’t enter unless you stay for the mass.

  • Petite France: This picturesque neighbourhood with its half-timbered houses and canals is a must-see. It is so pretty to walk around.

  • Tourist train runs around Petite France or European Parliament and Parc de l’Orangerie.  Starts from the Cathedral and costs about €8

  • European Parliament: Take a tour of the European Parliament to learn more about the European Union and its workings.

  • Kammerzell House: This historic building now serves as a restaurant, but it is worth a visit just to see the beautiful architecture.

  • Palais Rohan: This former palace now houses 3 museums, including one dedicated to fine arts.

  • Boat tour: See the city from a different angle by taking a boat tour of the canals.

  • Covered Bridges: Strasbourg has 4 covered bridges, including famous Ponts Couverts.

  • Rohan Palace: This beautiful 18th-century palace is now home to the Strasbourg Museum of Decorative Arts.

  • Place Kléber: This large square in the heart of the city is a great place to people-watch.

  • Parc de l'Orangerie: This beautiful park with a small zoo and a lake with rowboats.

Cologne

  • Visit the iconic Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany's most famous landmarks as it was the only building left standing after the bombing blitz..

  • Explore the historic Old Town, also known as Altstadt, which is full of charming cobblestone streets and traditional German architecture.

  • Discover the history of chocolate at the Chocolate Museum – a little outside city

  • Impressive collection of art at the Museum Ludwig – well recommended, beside the cathedral

  • Shop for souvenirs and local products at the bustling Cologne Central Market.

  • Learn about the city's Roman past at the Roman-Germanic Museum.

  • Enjoy a refreshing Kolsch in the lively Friesenplatz area, known for its trendy bars and cafes. Brauhaus FRUH am Dom is a good pub serving traditional dishes.

  • Relax in the beautiful green oasis of the Stadtgarten park.

  • Buy 4711!

 

Heidelberg

  • Visit Heidelberg Castle ruins by getting the funicular up. The castle is one of the most famous landmarks in Heidelberg and offers stunning views of the city and the Neckar River. You can take a guided tour or explore the castle grounds on your own.

  • Walk along the Philosophenweg: This scenic path offers panoramic views of Heidelberg and the surrounding countryside. It is a great place to take a leisurely stroll, go for a jog, or have a picnic.

  • Explore the Old Town: Heidelberg’s charming Old Town is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. Be sure to check out the Heidelberg University Library and the Church of the Holy Spirit.

  • Visit the Kurpfälzisches Museum: This museum showcases the history and culture of the Palatinate region. It features a wide range of exhibits, including ancient artifacts, paintings, and sculptures.

  • Take a cruise on the Neckar River: A cruise down the Neckar River is a great way to see Heidelberg from a different perspective. You will pass by the castle, the Old Bridge, and other notable landmarks while enjoying the scenery.

Speyer

  • Visit the Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Romanesque churches in the world. 15 min walk from the boat.

  • Explore the Technik Museum Speyer, featuring a wide range of exhibits on aviation, vintage cars, military history, and more. 10 min walk from the boat.

  • Take a stroll in the Old Town, with its charming architecture, cobblestone streets, and quaint shops and cafés.

  • Visit the Sea Life Speyer aquarium, home to over 3,000 marine creatures from around the world.

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