Cruise down the Rhine along the fascinating last stretch of this river. From Cologne through the Netherlands and up to the Rhine Delta on the coast of the North Sea. 550 kilometres of river.
The itineraries of the Southern Rhine: this is about so much more than the Middle Rhine Valley and the Upper Rhine. This is where the Rhine shows itself in its best light, whilst the delicious wines of ambitious young vintners tantalise your taste buds.
The Rhine really starts to make a scene in the Middle Rhine Valley – and it’s little wonder, seeing as in Koblenz, the Moselle pumps in an extra 315 m3 of water per second. And then the rocks close ranks, and the riverbed narrows by almost two-thirds. Up above, the legendary Lorelei has been impassively watching this natural drama since time immemorial. Winemaking villages respectfully huddle by the bank of the river, and castles look on from a safe height. UNESCO had good reason to designate the 526th–593rd kilometre section of the Rhine a World Heritage Site. Which of the old castles is most imposing? The Marksburg, perhaps? This 13th-century fortress, including its frescoes and knights’ hall as well as the steps carved into the rocks, is still largely intact. There are more than 40 ruins along this stretch of the Rhine. Unusual uses have been identified for these buildings in order to preserve them. For example, Stahleck Castle is Germany’s most famous youth hostel, and you can stay the night in Rheinstein Castle’s Commandant Tower. You’re never too old to play medieval games!