The Rhine

Cruising from Switzerland to Holland through Germany in all its beauty.

The Rhine: an inspiration to poets, a fascinating journey to travellers. Once separating people, now uniting cultures. Western Europe's most important waterway is navigated by cruise liners starting from Basel. From the historic Swiss city where three countries meet, the journey goes via the "Grand Canal d'Alsace" to Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace.

The cruise then continues on the river through German territory. Cathedral cities such as Speyer and Mainz are succeeded by famous wine-growing regions and finally by the romantic Middle Rhine with its castles and, of course, the Loreley.

After Königswinter, the Rhine leaves the Slate Mountains behind and becomes the Lower Rhine. Passing Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Duisburg, it then flows towards the Netherlands.

Shortly after the border, it divides and flows in several branches towards the North Sea.

Various interesting towns lie along this stretch, for example, Dordrecht or Rotterdam with its huge port. The Amsterdam-Rhine Canal is the link to the Dutch capital, which is usually the splendid final destination of a Rhine cruise.

Highlights: Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mainz, Loreley, Königswinter, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Amsterdam.