Rhine Valley
Rhine Valley
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suntan47
Chelmsford, UK947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Sailed along the Rhine & Moselle on a Scenic River Cruise . This is an absolutely beautiful area , full of breathtaking scenery and castles, wonderful towns with amazing half timber houses .

Everything is so colourful with lots of flowers .

Visit if you can .
Written July 26, 2023
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ColinBMelbourne
Melbourne, UK37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
This was our first ever River Cruise and apart from the weather being a bit 'iffy', we were not disappointed.
The MV Prinses Christina is not a big ship and because of some conflicting reviews, we were unsure as to the quality of our accommodation, we were pleasantly surprised though.
The decor was very good, the boat was kept very clean by the hard working staff who seemed mainly to come from Eastern Europe. They were very polite and pleasant. We selected a larger cabin (319) on the Promenade Deck (recommended) and were pleased with our decision as it had 2 large windows with excellent views. We noticed that the standatd cabins were half the size of ours and were quite small.
The boat was kept very clean and the meals in the restaurant were very good. the 'cream' soups were particularly tasty with a vegetarian option for main courses, if required. If you want something different to the menu towards the later stage of the cruise, I would suggest you get your request in early because on our holiday, they ran out of eggs. For guests with some limited mobility, there is a 'chair lift' from the Promenade Deck to the Lower Deck and then again to the restaurant. There isn't one though from the Promenade Deck to the Upper Deck, but there is a large lounge and bar with lovely views on the Promenade Deck.
Written June 14, 2013
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onero
Brisbane, Australia857 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
The best collection of castles in Germany are packed into the 65 kilometer stretch of the Rhine Valley known as the Rhine River Gorge, also known as the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, between the pretty riverside towns of Rüdesheim and Koblenz. Seeing all the castles crowning the hilltops along this stretch of the Rhine River at their best absolutely depends on the mode of travel you choose (either Rail, Road or River), and the weather. There’s a railway line on both sides of the river, but unless you want to get off at every station, the castle views are restricted and therefore a rail trip is best reserved for getting yourself quickly to a specific destination like Koblenz or Rüdesheim. The road has more flexibility than rail, but views are again limited by which side of the river you are on, and there are few ‘vista’ stops along the way and no bridges over the Rhine in the Gorge. However, a road trip gives you an opportunity to stop and explore each of the castles along the way. Some have even been turned into hotels. The river route offers the best views, but makes visiting each castle difficult if not impossible. Kathie Shenstone and I travelled through the Rhine River Gorge on the cruise ship River Empress, during our 2-week Uniworld ‘Jewels of Europe’ river voyage from Budapest to Amsterdam. After calling into Rüdesheim early one morning and exploring that town for half a day, we set off downstream through the Rhine River Gorge, and almost immediately began passing castle after castle after castle! There were nearly 30 castles and monuments crowning hills on both sides or sitting in the river itself along this 65km stretch of water! Unfortunately a very strong wind was blowing up the river, and it drove all but the most intrepid travelers from our ship's top deck. Nor did the River Empress stop at any of the little towns that nestled on the river at the foot of most of these castles. It just cruised on down the Gorge and into the Rhine River beyond. But the views were impressive nonetheless. If I were to do it again, for the castles alone, I would catch a train to the riverside town of Koblenz, and book passage on one of the numerous boats that cruise from here to Rüdesheim every day. They leave every couple of hours, and offer good views. I'd enjoy castle-spotting on the way up-river. I'd stay overnight in Rüdesheim and spend a day exploring that town and the impressive 'Germania' monument on the hill above it (reached by a cable-car). Then I'd go back down the Rhine River Gorge next day to Koblenz again. There are numerous boats doing this route daily, and it’s easy to book passage on them at the many wharves riverside. If there was a chance of booking passage on a boat that stopped at towns along the way, I'd consider doing that too; but most castles are high above the town, and it takes time to reach them. So, making frequent stops to visit lots of castles presents a time-and-motion problem if you travel by boat and you don’t have lots of time to spend on this stretch of the Rhine. It’s better to go by boat if you just want to see all the castles, and better to hire a car if you actually want to visit each one. I downloaded a map to give me a quick glance at the whole route and castles along the way. This was the map I used: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Karte_Mittelrhein.png But I also downloaded Rick Steve’s chapter on the Rhine Gorge at: http://podcasts.ricksteves.com/pdfs/easy-access-europe/18_RSEZA06_Rhine.pdf
Bottom line here: Prepare for your trip in advance by downloading a map of the castles in the Rhine Gorge ... so you'll know which way to look for the next castle, and what it's called. Then take into account the weather if you can. Then make the journey. And make sure you buy one of the highly-illustrated tourist books on "Castles of the Rhine Gorge", which are only available (in many languages) in the tourist shops in both Koblenz and Rüdesheim. These hand-books will give you a brief but useful account of each of the castles you’ll pass along the way .... The Katz Castle, The Maus Castle, The two castles Liebenstein and Sterrenberg built side by side, by feuding brothers, the infamous (blink and you’ll miss it) Loreley Rock etc etc.
Written July 14, 2014
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Ms. Vagablonde
Minnetonka, MN416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Take to the water for a truly breathtaking experience along the Rhine. See vineyards, castles, barges, trains, and more. Learn about the area with detailed, historical narration provided in English and German through speakers throughout the ferry. Make a day out of the trip, visiting villages at the start and end of your ferry journey. Don't spend money on private tour groups, do it yourself on a public ferry with these helpful hints.

Don't fight the current! The Rhine is a very powerful river, and upstream travel times are significantly longer than downstream. I recommend starting your journey in Rudesheim and sailing at least as far as St. Goar.

Don't be afraid to do this on your own without a tour! It is much less expensive and more flexible to catch a ferry. Map our your journey beforehand and you'll have no issues.

Here is a sample itinerary: Our hotel was in Oberwesel, on the left bank of the Rhine. We took the train from the Oberwesel station to Bingen (4,50 euro each). Rudesheim is on the right bank, so we had to cross the river to catch the KD Ferry. After leaving the Bingen station, head to the river and turn right. Walk about 125 yards to the crossing ferry. 2 euro for each foot passenger. KD ferry is across from the Park Hotel in Rudesheim. Tickets from Rudesheim to St. Goar are 18,70 euro each (13,10 for seniors over 60 years old). We chose to end in St. Goar because it was a long enough journey to see many of the castles and attractions on the river, and was on the same side of the river as our hotel so we could catch the train back without crossing the river again on a separate ferry.

Ferry Schedule: http://www.kdrhine.com/rhineschedule.htm

Allow yourself time to explore Rudesheim, which is a bit touristy but beautiful nonetheless.
Written August 28, 2014
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Rottidog
Lampeter, UK124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
We drove up the Rhine valley from Mainz to Koblenz but made the mistake of driving up the right hand side. Very frustrating with very few places to stop and take photos and no verge to get up onto as for much of its length the road runs right next to the railway line and a wall. On the other side there were waterfront camping sites and restaurants, plus more towns, so I think that would have been a better option - hindsight is a wonderful thing!
Written August 15, 2012
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Hazel B
Solihull, UK1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
Crusing the Rhine & Moselle, with Leger Holidays
on Prinses Christina Riverboat. Cabin 230.
We were picked-up by coach at a point near home on time at 6.15.am.
Several other pick-ups were made on the way to Dover, where efficient interchange
took place before boarding Ferry to Calais, then onto overnight hotel Best Western Post Hotel Liege, arrived at 9.pm, which was 4*comfort. After breakfast on to Cologne. Where we spent 2 hours before boarding Prinses Christina at 5.pm. Our lugage was transferred from coach to our cabins within 30mins. after a welcome talk by purser, and our cabin number allocated. Four course Dinner at 7.30.pm. Menu onboard was of a good standard, well presented, with several options.
The boat had recently been refurbished throughtout. Our cabin maindeck 230 was a twin with two large windows, seating area, good shower/wet room. Although not wide was larger than expected and well appointed. The only downside was ...as he cabin was by the anchor and thrusters at the front of the boat was very loud when setting sail at 6.am. although once cruising was very quiet, and we could watch the sceanary float by while drinking our early morning coffee. All 18 staff on board were very helpful, and friendly, the purser especially informative, and the captain approachable. Unfortunately the weather was not good, it was too cold for sitting on deck for any length of time watching the land float by no sunning yourself while drinking cocktails on this holiday. The towns we visited were interesting, Rudesheim in particular was worth another visit. The entertainment in the large lounge bar area on in the evening was an organist/singer who was more amusing than entertaining, but the fellow cruisers who were lets say mostly in their later years, knew how to enjoy themselves and were good company. As we were berthed in towns we could enjoy any nightlife which could be found ashore.
On our return journey it was an early start 6.am. Interchange at Calais then with Eurotunnel and several drop off points. Home at 6.pm. Would I do it again.. in warm sunny weather when you could view the countryside outside, not looking in comfort through large windows. YES. as holiday was enjoyable.
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Written June 8, 2013
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David M
York, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Wonderful experience cruising on the Rhine and Moselle. Although not as large as some of the riverboats this is a most friendly ship with a crew that give excellent service. Meals were of good quality and the views are fantastic. The overnight stopping places giving ample opportunity to explore the local towns and villages
Written October 4, 2014
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MayaFW12
Katy, TX21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
We had a rental car and were able to drive along the Rhine: Mainz to Koblenz on Route 9 (?)and then back on the opposite bank. We were blessed with gorgeous sunny weather, and the river and its surroundings were absolutely gorgeous. We stopped at many pretty towns and ate at little coffee places. Photos of the area do not serve justice.
You will see a lot of castles – guaranteed!
Written June 11, 2012
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Lynda B
Gillingham, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Just returned from one week on MV Prinses Christina sailing Rhine and Moselle. This was booked through GN Holidays who I cannot fault, they were excellent. Probably one of the best holidays we have had. Boat was smaller than the huge ones you see and perhaps the cabin could have been slightly bigger but bed very comfortable and we managed. Being a small ship meant we got to know most people. We got to know about a dozen or so very well and had a really good laugh. Always someone to talk to without getting clicky. Would certainly recommend for people travelling on their own. Crew very friendly and helpful, food very good, buffet breakfast, 3 course lunch and 4 course dinner plus coffee. Drinks very reasonable. Days were spent travelling during the morning admiring the amazing scenery, arriving just after lunch to spend as much or as little time as we wanted ashore until we sailed the next morning, or going on the organised towers. We booked ahead two of the tours but would recommend not booking any tours as these can all be very easily done on your own at a very much lower cost. Cannot recommend this holiday highly enough. Would recommend upgrade cabin and if you can afford it, also upgrade to the delux.
Written June 9, 2015
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snochasr
Minneapolis, MN928 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
We have all heard of "Castles on the Rhine" and the best way to see them is on a cruise down the Rhine River (or up) between Koblenz and Mainz. This is called the "Middle Rhine" and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason – some 40 castles once stood along this valley, and at least the ruins of most of them are still here. A couple have been converted to hotels, a few have been preserved as tourist attractions or as private homes, but you can see and photograph all of them on an afternoon cruise. The valley itself, with rocky bluffs sticking out between the green vineyards and little half-timbered towns, would be worth the trip by themselves.

Don't miss the statue of the Lorelei or the great "stone ship" that is Pfalzgrafenstein Castle.
Written August 26, 2012
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