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Amsterdam to the middle Rhine

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Amsterdam to the middle Rhine

Hi, we are flying in and out of Amsterdam from Australia, have 17 days and would like to do middle Rhine and then Switzerland and France and then back to Amsterdam, (not go into Germany too much.) Any suggestions on route with trains and boats, all help is appreciated. Oh and we are flash packers so no 5* for us.


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1. Re: Amsterdam to the middle Rhine

Middle Rhine is on the direct train route from Amsterdam to Switzerland. Albeit bypassed by the high speed trains. But the towns in the Middle Rhine Valley are served anyway mostly by regional trains only.


DB timetable


Start: Amsterdam Centraal

Destination: St Goar


For boat schedules see


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2. Re: Amsterdam to the middle Rhine

"Any suggestions on route with trains and boats, all help is appreciated. "

The Middle Rhine has rail service along both riverbanks between Bingen on one side, or Rüdesheim on the other, and Koblenz in the north. This is the most scenic and interesting part of the Rhine to explore. St. Goar is sweetly positioned near the middle with a ferry you can use to reach the St. Goarshausen train station on the opposite bank. Seeing the Rhine towns is remarkably easy by train, as service is frequent and dependable.

Cruise boats are fun too. Your best bet is to get on in the south (Bingen or Rüdesheim) and cruise north (with the current, faster.) On one morning, you could take the train south from St. Goar to Bingen (25-35 min.) You can walk to the K-D docks from either the Bingen Hbf (main) station or the Bingen-Stadt station, but the B-Stadt station is closest. The ride north to St. Goar takes 1:40; or stay on for more scenery at a slow pace, if you have the time, and you'll reach Braubach after about 3 hours. Braubach's Marksburg Castle is an indispensable part of the Middle Rhine experience and Braubach itself an attractive place. You can reach it easily by train too. But if you use the cruise boat, there's not much reason to continue beyond Braubach, as the scenery into Koblenz is less interesting; if going to Koblenz, better to just catch a train from Braubach (12 min.)



It is generally tricky to try to use the boats to hop off here and there, then hop back on - the schedule is fairly irregular - hopping off generally means you'll want to proceed by train afterward.

You'll probably want to take advantage of this one-day group railpass for the region; click on the map for area of validity and to see how the rail lines run:


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