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Cologne's famous cathedral at sunset from the Rhine.
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Passau at sunset, Germany
Moselle River
  • 57 Cruises
Old city of Koblenz by night
Main River
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Berlin cityscape in the evening
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The best way to experience Germany is on a river cruise along the enchanting Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Main or Elbe Rivers. You'll float past majestic castles and modern cities, taste world-class wines, explore medieval villages, and ride bicycles through the quaint German countryside on virtually every river cruise in the country. The most popular river cruises in Germany are on the Rhine and Danube Rivers. The mighty Rhine flows from Switzerland northwest through the German heartland entering the Atlantic at Amsterdam. The Danube flows from the Black Forest to port cities of Regensberg and Passau through eastern Europe flowing into the Black Sea. Some cruises include the Rhine, Main, Main-Danube Canal and the Danube in one cruise that takes about 2 weeks. Cruises on the Moselle River are often combined with the Rhine.
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10 Best German River Cruises on the Rhine

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Danube River

10 Best German Cruises on the Danube River

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Festive Season in the Heart of Germany$21996Dec 3, 2021This festive Christmastime river cruise will take you to different cities where you can spend time browsing the stalls of Christmas markets, marvel …
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Christmastime on the Danube$26997Dec 1, 2021Experience this one-of-a-kind Christmas trip by sailing through Danube river and visit fascinating sights beginning Nuremberg's medieval …
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Christmastime on the Danube$26997Nov 29, 2021Experience this one-of-a-kind Christmas trip by sailing through the Danube river and visit fascinating sights beginning Nuremberg's medieval …
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Christmastime on the Danube$26997Nov 30, 2021Experience this one-of-a-kind Christmas trip by sailing through the Danube river and visit fascinating sights beginning Nuremberg's medieval …
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Christmastime on the Danube (Eastbound)$28707Dec 1, 2021Enjoy this magical time of year with a Christmastime river cruise vacation starting in the Nuremberg, on through the heart of Germany, and ending in …
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Enchanting Danube$29998Oct 24, 2021A veritable showcase of the best of Central Europe, this new journey is one any culturally curious world traveler will love, featuring old-world …
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Danube Holiday Markets$35998Dec 2, 2021Aboard S.S. Maria Theresa on this 8-day Danube river cruise, music lovers will find many special holiday treats, from onboard caroling to an …
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Magical Christmas Markets$489913Dec 8, 2021Visit multiple Christmas Markets on the scenic Danube river on the luxurious MS Amasonata from Nuremberg to Vienna. Discover some of the most …
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Danube Waltz$23998Oct 20, 2021View the beauty of five different European countries and explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau during this 8-day …
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Blue Danube Discovery - Cruise Only$31998Apr 29, 2022On this unforgettable 8-day cruise, embark in Budapest, Hungary, and make your way to the charming city of Nuremberg on the MS Amasonata. Visit some …
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Moselle River

10 Best Moselle River Cruises for 2021

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Classic Cruise – Germany & Luxembourg$86307Aug 28, 2022Explore Germany & Luxembourg on this 7-day cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile where you will travel to the picturesque destinations along two …
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An Exceptional Cruise through the Fairytale-Like, Landscapes on the Moselle and the Romantic Rhine$14705May 4, 2022Join MS Monet on a spectacular 5-day cruise of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. En route from Trier to Strasbourg, visit Cochem, Koblenz and Mainz, with …
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The Rhine in Flames: An incredible spectacle on the water$17765Jun 30, 2022Admire the "Rhine in Flames" on a glittering summer night that will light up the hillsides and surrounding castles into a magical light. Embark on an …
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Rhine & Moselle$339910Oct 19, 2021Uncover the best-kept secret in river cruising, the Moselle and the Rhine, as you sail past some of Europe’s most serene, village-dotted and …
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4 Rivers: The Moselle, Sarre, Romantic Rhine, and Neckar Valleys$23627Oct 24, 2021Take this 7-day cruise aboard MS Lafayette exploring stunning cities that lies on the rivers of Moselle, Sarre, Rhine and Neckar Valleys. See the …
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Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Cruise Only$409912Nov 16, 2021Board the MS Amaprima for an 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours and in many cases, choose between …
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Rhine, Moselle & Blissful Baden-Baden$429912Oct 19, 2021During this 12-day river cruise, uncover the best-kept secret in river cruising, the Moselle and the Rhine, as you sail past some of Europe’s most …
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The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$11985Oct 24, 2021Explore Northern Europe in a new and fascinating way, by cruising along the romantic Rhine Valley aboard the MS La Boheme. Making stops in Koblenz, …
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The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of Lorelei$11985Oct 22, 2021Discover the charm of the romantic Rhine Valley and the legendary rock of Lorelei on this exceptional 5-day cruise. Enjoy breathtaking views of …
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Rhine & Moselle Delights - Cruise Only$419911Nov 27, 2021Begin this exclusive 11-day cruise in Basel and conclude in charming Amsterdam. This voyage includes a large variety of activities so that you can …
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German Luxury Cruises

10 Best Luxury Germany River Cruises

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Cruise Only$409912Nov 16, 2021Board the MS Amaprima for an 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours and in many cases, choose between …
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Rhine & Moselle Delights - Cruise Only$419911Nov 27, 2021Begin this exclusive 11-day cruise in Basel and conclude in charming Amsterdam. This voyage includes a large variety of activities so that you can …
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Rhine & Moselle Fairytales$644918Nov 14, 2021Join the MS Amaprima on this unique adventure starting with an 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich, followed by three magical nights in Zurich. …
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Rhine & Moselle Delights$579915Nov 23, 2021This 15-day Rhine & Moselle River cruise aboard MS Amaprima takes you from Zurich to Basel to Amsterdam, passing through Germany and France along the …
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European Jewels$749916Oct 21, 2021Embark on the River Duchess in Budapest for an exciting 16 days discovering the history of Austria, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands.
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Magical Christmas Markets$489913Dec 8, 2021Visit multiple Christmas Markets on the scenic Danube river on the luxurious MS Amasonata from Nuremberg to Vienna. Discover some of the most …
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Grand Christmas & New Year's$669913Dec 22, 2021Embark on the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for 13 amazing days over the Christmas and new years season sailing through Germany, Austria and Hungary …
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Amsterdam Roundtrip: Christmas and New Year$574910Dec 24, 2022Ring in the New Year in atmospheric Amsterdam as you join the Crystal Bach for an unforgettable 10-day Rhine river cruise. Immerse yourself in the …
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Delightful Danube & Prague$419910Oct 27, 2021This is an extraordinary journey for aficionados of European history, music and art. Experience dynamic Budapest, imperial Vienna and exquisitely …
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The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$499912Dec 24, 2021After spending two nights in both Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, board the MS Amaprima on an exclusive 7-day Rhine River cruise through the …
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Germany River Cruise Tips & Travel Guide

Highlights of Germany

The customs and traditions of Germany come alive on our tours of this ancient country. Each town is full of unique treasures of European culture. Whether you're cruising the Rhine or the Danube River, you're sure to be delighted by the charming communities of:
  • Regensburg -  the best preserved medieval city in Germany, located at the northernmost point of the Danube River.
  • Cologne – home of one of the most iconic twin-spired Gothic churches of Germany on the Rhine.
  • Berlin - a modern metropolis, is the main departure point for cruises on the Elbe river.
  • Mainz & Worms – home to old fashioned Romanesque cathedrals, museums, and a tranquil atmosphere for an evening stroll
  • Koblenz – great for hiking, biking, or visiting the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • Nuremburg – characteristic of the whole Bavaria region, especially the medieval Old Town, Kaiserburg Castle, and the Hauptmarkt central square.
  • Bamberg - a gem of Germany's medieval past on the Main River.
  • Rüdesheim - bike and gondolier your way through this traditional wine-making city
  • Cochem - on the Moselle River, is one of Germany's most quaint towns and the 1,000-year-old Cochem Castle is the city’s signature landmark.
  • Passau - a major port on the Danube River and the Austrian border.
  • Mannheim – home to castles, a Baroque palace and a modern city on the Rhine.
Best Times of Year to Take a River Cruise in Germany

The most pleasant temperatures for river cruising in Germany are in the spring months of April and May, as well as the fall months of September and October. River levels are another concern, and while a river cruise itinerary may change due to river levels and weather at any time of the year, the fall tends to have more stable river levels. Our vote for the best months to cruise Germany are September and October.

Being the prime months, cruises in September in October need to be reserved many months in advance, as the riverboats fill up fast.

Christmas is a special time to cruise Germany as speialized Christmas market cruises take travelers down the Rhine and Danube. Most cruise lines do not run river cruises during the months of January and February. 

River Levels and Itinerary Changes

River levels are quite unpredictable at anytime of the year and excessively high river levels prevent our riverboatss from passing under bridges, while low water levels can make sections of rivers impassable in times relative drought. Here's an updated summary of European river levels. Heavy rains upstream can make river levels change quickly, sometimes forcing itinerary changes. The capitan of your riverboat will make the best descision given the current conditions to guarantee passenger safety and an optimal trip experience given the conditions. It is a good idea to be in touch with your Adventure Life agent in the days before your trip and keep an eye on the weather to minimize surprises.
 

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German River Cruising FAQs

  1. Why should I choose a river cruise?
    A river cruise is a great comprehensive way to visit various countries in Europe. Unlike land tours where you might have to travel by train or bus during the day, cruises take advantage of the evenings and nights to do the major traveling and allow you to use your days to visit the destinations and sites. Plus, once you're onboard, the cruises are mostly all-inclusive. If you want to add on a helicopter tour or some kind of extension, then that might cost you more money, but the meals, lodging, trasnportation, and most tours on the itinerary are included in the price, making it not only an excellent value but also much easier to plan. Plus, unlike land tours of Europe, you don't have to pack and unpack every day when you move to a new city - your room simply glides along the river with you.
     
  2. What should I look for on a riverboat?
    Unlike mega-yachts, bigger cruise ships, or expedition vessels, river boats are comparatively simple. They feature comfortable rooms, but they are not particularly spacious. You won't likely find gyms (maybe an exercise room), large pools (if any), or various dining options, but you will find that the vessels are well appointed and have friendly crews and guides that are enthusiastic to make your experience memorable. 
     
  3. Are there 5-star river vessels in Europe?
    Since river cruising is a relatively new trend in European travel, the best river vessels could best be described as 4-stars due to their size and lack of amenities. However, there are a number of vessels that we feature that could very aptly be called luxurious based on their accommodations, social areas, and gourmet cuisine. We expect that in the coming years, competition among the vessels will drive the quality up and more 5-star vessels will soon be on the European waterways. 
     
  4. Should I get a room with a balcony?
    Contrary to popular belief, balconies are not actually that important for European river cruises. All vessels feature a panoramic sun deck where you can take in the beautiful views, but as far as the rooms go, balconies might actually take away from the square footage of your cabin. Length requirements of river vessels mean that cabins tend to be smaller than on the sea-going ships, and balconies can often cut into the room itself. If you want a room that gives you exclusive access to the open air, then consider looking for rooms with sliding glass doors and wall-to-wall windows. These are a good alternative to balconies and save considerable space in your cabin.
     
  5. What is dining like?
    There will likely be one main dining room that serves meals on a certain schedule that coincides with your itinerary. Food is prepared by skilled local chefs and will nourish you as you explore and discover German culture and history.
     
  6. Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
    Absolutely! So many of Germany's destinations are not actually on the Rhine, Main, or Danube Rivers. In order to access these sites, you will dock at one of the port cities along the river and enjoy a luxurious coach ride towards the destination, during which time you can see even more of the lush countryside.
     
  7. Will my vessel have WiFi?
    Don't count on having WiFi throughout the entire cruise. While visiting cities, it's likely that you will find hotspots, and certain vessels are able to offer frequent access. However, there might be times when you are out of range of the signal and you might be without internet for up to several days at a time.
     
  8. What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
    European electric is 220 volts, compared to the 110 volts in North America. Most devices are equipped to deal with both voltages. However, you will need a plug adapter if you have the standard 2-prong American plugs - depending on where your boat is from in Europe, it will have either the British plugs (three flat prongs) or the continental European outlets (2 round prongs). A couple simple adapters are all you need, but we suggest wrapping duct tape around the adapter and the plug to make sure you don't forget them when you disconnect the device.
     
  9. How can I save money on a river cruise?
    We offer many great deals for river cruises through Germany. These are the best options for saving up to thousands of dollars on your river expedition. Avoid saving money by choosing less expensive cabins. The difference of a couple hundred dollars can actually negatively impact your experience if you decide on a cabin that is smaller or does not have large windows that open, for example. 
     
  10. Are river cruises in Germany a good family vacation?
    Definitely! Whether you are exploring the country's traditional Christmas Markets in December or learning about its contemporary and ancient history, the sights and flavors of Germany make for a fantastic family destination. Younger kids will delight in the fairytale castles, while teens and parents can appreciate the impressive architecture of the centuries-old buildings. It's a great way to immerse your family in the Old World culture, history, and folklore. 
     
  11. Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to Germany?
    All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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