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Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

1. Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

Discover the castles of the Neckar valley on this riverboat tour from Heidelberg to Neckarsteinach. Relax aboard a comfortable ship with a covered seating area where you can choose your seat. Have the option of choosing a one-way trip or a round-trip cruise. Check in at the activity provider's office and board the spacious ship. Set off through the countryside. Pass under one of the arches of the 18th-century Old Heidelberg Bridge. Admire the ruins of the Renaissance Heidelberg Palace. Set off through the winding waters through the verdant countryside. Capture pictures of the four castles of Neckarsteinach. Look for local wildlife like deer, boar, and birds as you sail through the verdant Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park. Relax and purchase delicious food and refreshing drinks onboard as you sail along. With your round trip ticket, you can stay in Neckarsteinach to visit the castles or travel back to Heidelberg at any time.

Heidelberg: 50-minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

2. Heidelberg: 50-minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

See Heidelberg from a different point of view and cruise the Neckar River. Sit back and relax as you glide along the water, underneath the Old Bridge with a unique view of the Heidelberg Castle. Opt to purchase a drink or snack and capture the best highlights in a short period of time. Head toward the Old Bridge and capture first views of the Heidelberg Castle. Admire the partially rebuilt structure, nestled within a hill and looking over the old city. Afterward, the ship will steer alongside the Neuenheimer riverbank, with its majestic villas and the famous Philosophenweg. Experience the ship turnaround at the Wielblinger Wehrsteg, and drive upstream along the historic town hall back to the pier. If you get peckish, snacks and drinks are available for purchase as you see the major highlights in one sweet trip.

Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

3. Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

Admire the city of Stuttgart and its gorgeous surrounding valley from a unique perspective, with a voyage down the Neckar River. The 2-hour round trip will take you from Wilhelma Port to the Max-Eyth-See, which is known for its rich biodiversity and excellent birdwatching opportunities, and back again. On board the Electra, a fully electric-powered ship, you'll also find a tasty menu of locally-sourced food and drink to savor as you make your way.

Ludwigsburg: River Cruise to Hoheneck and Besigheim

4. Ludwigsburg: River Cruise to Hoheneck and Besigheim

Cruise through Ludwigsburg on the Neckar River on a boat trip. Jump aboard the Weinkönigin and glide past idyllic meadows, picturesque vineyards, and dreamy villages. Go from Ludwigsburg-Hoheneck all the way to Besigheim, trying local wines from the region along the way. Start from Ludwigsburg and head up to Besigheim, or begin in Besigheim and disembark at Ludwigsburg-Hoheneck – with 3 different options including a round-trip or one-way cruise, the choice is yours. Get a front-row seat to soak in the beauty of the Neckar riverbank. Be ready to be spoilt by the boat's onboard service with its culinary delights and Württemberg wine (available for purchase). Enjoy diverse cultural programs for entertainment.

Mannheim: Guided Bus Tour

5. Mannheim: Guided Bus Tour

This extensive driving tour of Mannheim provides a great overview of the city and helps you discover its many hidden gems. Starting at the coach park at Toulonplatz in the city centre, first stop is the former residence of the Elector, Europe’s second largest baroque palace. You will also see the historic water tower, located in the centre of the Art Nouveau square of Friedrichsplatz. The route then crosses to the other side of the River Neckar and takes an excursion to the East. After this, we will drive back towards the city center, taking in the splendid mansions from the time of the city’s founding in the Oststadt district and the boulevard-style Augustaanlage. The tour crosses into the attractive Neckarstadt district and circles one of the largest district squares in the city, the Alter Messplatz. You will pass the Yavuz-Sultan-Selim mosque, one of Germany’s largest mosques, travel through the trendy Jungbusch neighbourhood and get a glance of the busy port of neighboring Ludwigshafen. The tour ends where it started, opposite the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums.

Stuttgart: Winter Tour in a Covered Wagon

6. Stuttgart: Winter Tour in a Covered Wagon

Explore the landscape of Stuttgart in the winter. Enjoy a sleigh ride on a covered tractor wagon, through a winter wonderland. Stay warm inside as you travel through wintry Stuttgart, along the Neckar and through the vineyards. Feel the festive spirit in the air as you get cozy under warm blankets, and take in the lovely christmas decorations. Sip on a glass of mulled wine or punch, and some christmas cookies. Join in with some well-known Christmas songs to complete the Christmas spirit.

Stuttgart: Stand Up Paddle Board Class on the Neckar SUP

7. Stuttgart: Stand Up Paddle Board Class on the Neckar SUP

Immerse yourself in nature and learn a new skill on a stand up paddle board beginner course in Stuttgart. Follow your guide's instructions and smoothly glide over the Neckar River, taking in the surrounding, peaceful nature. Stay active while on holiday and enjoy time with friends and family outdoors. Meet your instructor at the Stuttgart Riverhouse, opposite Max-Eyth See. This is a great location to relax on the boat deck, to tuck into delicious local cuisine. and to feel like you're in a beach setting all while being near a big city. Be briefed on how to best to handle your stand up paddle board and head out onto the river. Learn to paddle, steer, and have fun while on a stand up paddle board. Make the most of your first hour to learn the ropes of the sport then relax into the second hour of your course to paddle further up the river, play some games, or relax on your board.

Stuttgart: Stand-up Paddleboard Beginner Course

8. Stuttgart: Stand-up Paddleboard Beginner Course

Try out a fun and relaxing water sport while experiencing the beauty of the Neckar river. Meet at the Riverhouse in Stuttgart Münster nearby the Rot and Freiberg districts where you’ll meet your stand-up paddleboard instructor. Receive your board, paddle, and life jacket. After a brief introduction and some training from your expert guide, you’ll be ready to get in the water. Paddle out onto the Neckar River. Perfect your newly learned skills as you explore the river. Take in the beautiful views surrounding the river. Bond with your family, friends, or that special someone. Afterward, you can lounge at the Riverhouse, where delicious food and drinks are available for purchase.

Stuttgart Area/Marbach: Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Class SUP

9. Stuttgart Area/Marbach: Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Class SUP

Immerse yourself in nature in a stand up paddle board yoga class on the Neckar River in Marbach. Stay supple and strong as you paddle, stretch, and work out atop your board. Follow your teacher's instructions as you take in the surrounding lush greenery and peaceful river waters. After your briefing, paddle out onto the river to warm up and get to your optimal yoga location. If you prefer to take it easy initially, feel free to sit or kneel as you paddle to the yoga spot. Then, enjoy a yoga class with the added benefit of being on a stand up paddle board. Feel at one with nature and your body as you move in seamless order, staying active and fit while having a bit of fun.

Neckargemünd: 2.5-Hour Segway Tour on the Mark Twain Trail

10. Neckargemünd: 2.5-Hour Segway Tour on the Mark Twain Trail

Follow the traces of Mark Twain on a 2.5-hour Segway tour in the Neckar valley. Travel around the town of Neckargemünd by Segway and hear the way Mark Twain depicted Heidelberg and its surroundings in his classic book, A Tramp Abroad. From Abona beach, travel along a cycle path from Neckar to Neckarsteinach and enjoy the views of the 4 fascinating castles in the city. Crossing the Neckar at the sluice, you will go straight uphill to Dilsberg; a medieval townlet with a romantic ruined fortress. End in Dilsberg for wonderful panoramic views of the fields and forests running all the way to the Kraichgauer Land. The return journey takes you past the tanbark mill, Rainbach, and Abano beach.

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What people are saying about Neckar River

Overall rating

3.0 / 5

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We had a great time and didn't regret booking the cruise. The greeting at ticket control was very warm. Luckily there was no live music, as described in another review. You could sit inside and outside and the gastronomic service was very nice and above all fast. On the way something was said about the sights and the places. It wasn't too long either, and only occasionally. In Neckarsteinach we then visited the castles and went out to eat and then later relaxed by boat back to HD. It was like vacation! Again any time :-)

Was a very nice experience. The boat is very quiet which makes the trip really relaxing. Prices for drinks and food are perfectly fine. The "highlight" was that you have to go through the lock on the outward and return journey.

Was very comfortable, could have given a little more info, but that's a matter of taste

Crew was on time and we experienced very good scenery...

Very friendly and attentive staff!! Thanks very much!