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Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

1. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

2. Frankfurt Sightseeing Cruise: 1 or 2 Hours

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

3. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows. In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

4. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings. Get to know the countryside with a cruise along the iconic river, wine tasting at a charming tavern, and a delightful dinner by the riverbank. After you set out from the heart of Frankfurt, board a boat and ride along the Rhine River. Admire the villages, charming little vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Your steamer takes you along the shores of Kaub. Then, step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine.  Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy restaurant by the riverbanks. Then, ride back to Frankfurt as your tour comes to an end. 

From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

5. From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

Take a trip down an authentic German holiday route. Sample locally-made wines, and explore local landmarks in the company of a guide in historical costume. Begin your trip outside Würzburg main station. Board your air-conditioned coach, cross the River Main, and head for the vineyards of the Tauber Valley. Cruise past Bad Mergentheim and the wine town of Markelsheim as you enjoy your journey. Alight at Weikersheim to meet your guide in historical costume. Be led through a renaissance castle and park, designed in the style of Versailles. Encounter Röttingen, regarded as Germany's first European city, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, claimed to be the most romantic city in Germany. Taste 3 different wines from the Markelsheim winegrowers' cooperative. Start with a welcome glass of Secco on the journey out, then enjoy a Müller Thurgau or Silvaner white as you drive along the vineyards in the Tauber Valley, and a glass of red on your way home.

From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

6. From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

Embark on a journey with famous names of history onboard a Rhine ship and enjoy a cruise along one of Europe’s oldest trade routes, passing by former toll castles and robber baron nests. Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard with you in spirit as your guides to the most beautiful places, through which the Middle Rhine Valley becomes the source of the Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Explore the village of Assmannhausen, which is known for its red wine, as well as the flourishing town of Bingen and the world-famous Rüdesheim. Along the way, taste four wines under the expert guidance of a Rüdesheim winemaker, enjoy fresh pretzels, and take a souvenir glass home with you.

Frankfurt Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

7. Frankfurt Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Discover the magic of Frankfurt on an immersive smartphone walking tour with a scavenger hunt twist. Interact with attractions in the city by solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Figure out the answers to puzzles outside of ten Frankfurt attractions.  Starting from Alte Oper navigate to the Goethe House, St. Paul’s Church, Römerberg, Stadthaus am Markt, Frankfurt Cathedral, the Historical Museum, the Iron Footbridge, Ev. Dreikönigskirche, and the Old Bridge. As you explore the Frankfurt streets on foot, follow clues at each attraction to find your next location. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle and working with your group to finish the game. Take advantage of the freedom to start or stop the tour whenever you want. Make your way through the city at your own pace while unlocking facts about the city and capturing as many pictures as you want. 

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

8. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

The romantic old city of Heidelberg and the famed spa town of Baden-Baden form the setting for this day trip across southeastern Germany. See the remains of a famous Renaissance castle, explore the enchanting woodland of the Black Forest, and get a firsthand look at the region's iconic sights. Your day starts with a ride south to Heidelberg, a picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Then, take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. In the afternoon, your tour continues to Baden-Baden, one of Europe's most beautiful health resorts and best-preserved spas. When you arrive, pay a visit to the elegant Kurhaus, where you can check out the immaculate gardens and parks around the stylish casino. Next, take a tour through the enchanting coniferous woods of the Black Forest and visit the Mummelsee, a glacial lake among the mountains that was left behind by the last Ice Age. Take some free time to relax amid this beautiful scenery and check out the locally crafted cuckoo clocks, which carry on a tradition that began here in the woods, before you set out for the return trip north to Frankfurt.

Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

9. Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the Romantic Road, Germany's oldest and most loved holiday route. Travel through Würzburg into the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the epitome of German romanticism. Depart Frankfurt in the morning, start the drive through the Spessart to Würzburg. Passing the university town, the Tauber Valley will be reached. Bad Mergentheim and Markelsheim are located where three major wine-growing regions come together. Drive to the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the official starting point of the Romantic Road. Crossing the River Main, enjoy views of the Marienberg Fortress and the Käppele, the Chapel of Grace. Visit the city of Weikersheim next, where the Renaissance castle and the Baroque garden can be visited. See the historic market square, then pass Röttingen, Germany’s first European town, and Creglingen. Rothenburg ob der Tauber will be reached at lunch time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must when traveling in Europe. Famous sights are the medieval town wall, the historical marketplace, the town hall, the Gothic Parish Church of St. Jakob, and the Plönlein, an area featuring a colorful timber-frame house. The tour ends round-trip back in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

10. Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

Enjoy a 1-hour walk through Frankfurt at night with a robed hangman as your guide. Follow your scary guide (if you dare) on a journey of discovery of Frankfurt's history and his bloody work. But while you listen to your guide, be aware, for he must finish his work and he has no time to waste because the devil is after him.  Start your journey into the past at the cathedral, where German kings and emperors were elected and crowned. Continue towards the bank of the Main where many culprits, mostly women, were drowned in the water. Finally, reach your final stop, the Römer, Frankfurt's famous Town Hall, where you will learn all about the Römerberg's gruesome past as the location of many medieval death penalty punishments and torture chambers.

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4.1 / 5

based on 472 reviews

It was a great experience calm and relaxing. Will definitely go again

Lovely cruise good commentary and a nice meal on board thank you.

Very reasonabley priced and a wonderful way to see Frankfurt:).

Everything was great. Very punctual. Service was great!

The river cruise was very relaxing and comfortable.