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A winding river of wineries, ruined castles and mischievous mermaids — find yourself in the story of the Rhine Valley

The long and winding Rhine, delicate Riesling and seemingly countless castles — the Rhine Valley lets you explore the history and culture of trade and conflict in central Germany.

Flowing from the Swiss Alps all the way to the North Sea, the Rhine has been the backbone of the area for centuries, forming a major trade route. The cities along the stretch that runs through Germany often collected tolls from the ships passing through, and castles sprang up all along both banks, built by regional lords defending their pieces of the pie.

The portion between Heidelberg and Saint Goar is most photogenic and inviting for a cruise due its mild climate, quaint villages, wineries and ruined castles. Our specialists have thoroughly explored this river, its strongholds and the storied cities of the region. Whether you want to explore the legends of mermaids around Lorelai Rock, or visit Ludwigsburg Palace and the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, our experts can plan a trip tailored to your interests.

The late spring and early summer, near the beginning of May, is an excellent time to visit before the weather gets too warm. It’s also when the Rhine in Flames festival lights the river up with fireworks.

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Places to visit in the Rhine Valley

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Rhine Valley, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Map of the Rhine Valley

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    Places in and around the Rhine Valley

    Accommodation choices for the Rhine Valley

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Rhine Valley. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hotel Europäische Hof lobby

      Hotel Europäischer Hof

      Deluxe

      A storied, luxe hotel in the heart of Old Town Heidelberg, Hotel Europäischer Hof offers fine dining, a rooftop pool and terrace, extensive spa services and spacious rooms, all within walking distance of much of what the town has to offer.