Rhine, Danube and Main: A Journey of Discovery Along Three Picturesque German Rivers

The rivers Main, Rhine and Danube flow through some of Germany’s most picturesque cities. These historic waterways have long been the backbone of this intriguing nation, and wind through many of Germany’s most significant towns and cities, as well as the most beautiful stretches of countryside. A tour along these three rivers provide a true insight into the history, culture and wonder of the country. 

So, join us as we take an unforgettable river cruise journey through the region along these mesmerising waterways.

Rhine River

The Rhine is a symbol of Germany, its power and its history. Winding through huge cities and amazing stretches of countryside, the Rhine provides wonderful passage to many of the nation’s most intriguing locations.

No river cruise along the Rhine would be complete without a stroll through Cologne and a visit to the twin towers of Cologne’s famous Cathedral. Construction of this Gothic masterpiece began in 1248, however it wasn’t completed until 1880. The magnificent towers dominate the skyline and can be seen from almost every point in the city.

The ancient castles that line the banks of the River Rhine are, without a doubt, some of the region’s most captivating attractions. Marksburg Castle is a 13th-century Medieval fortress and former prison that sits high on a hill overlooking the Rhine. The Romanesque castle complex was built by the Lords of Eppstein and has passed through some of the wealthiest lineages in the Rhineland. Today, the castle houses the headquarters of the German Castles Association and also boasts an impressive museum and library.

Don’t miss: Rhineland is famed for its hearty regional cuisine. Popular foods include potato pancakes, pork sausages and fresh fish. There are plenty of riverside cafés and restaurants dotted along the river’s tranquil banks serving up delicious buffets of traditional German fare. 

Main River

The Main River is an unforgettable waterway that winds 330 miles through Medieval villages, low bridges and quaint locks. The captivating scenery of the region has won the hearts and minds of travellers from all corners of the world, with the fairytale castles and forests lining its banks providing a magical backdrop to any sightseeing trip.

The university town of Würzburg is a popular travel destination for river cruise guests. Famed for its architecture, art, and wines, it is home to a number of buildings of significant historical importance, including the Residenz, a World Heritage Site widely regarded to be one of the world’s finest baroque structures.

Just 60 miles outside Würzburg is Bamberg, one of Germany’s most unspoilt settlements. You won’t find any modern skyscrapers here; the delightful ancient buildings take centre stage. The town’s three key historical areas; the island town, the market gardener’s town and the Episcopal town, are all part of Bamberg’s beautiful World Heritage centre.

The famous Romantic Road loosely follows the trail of a Medieval trading route and travels to the romantic walled town of Rothenberg, which overlooks the Tauber River, a tributary of the Main.

Don’t miss: There are thousands of historical monuments to see in this wondrous region, so a visit to one of the local breweries to sample the traditional Franconian smoked beer might be in order after a wonderful day of sightseeing. 

Danube River

The mighty Danube’s journey across Central Europe to the Black Sea begins in the Black Forest region of Germany. The river flows through several European capitals, including Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, but it is arguably in Germany where it passes through some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery.

The medieval city of Regensburg is a must-see for history lovers. Widely considered to be one of the most well-preserved towns in Germany, it is bursting at the seams with magnificent ancient relics. From the world-renowned 13th-century Cathedral of St. Peter to the inspiring 12th-century Stone Bridge, this unassuming Bavarian township is a picturesque portal on the doorstep of the Black Forest.

Don’t miss: The Glasmuseum Passau, the ‘world’s most beautiful glass house’. This exquisite museum is home to some of history’s most significant (and beautiful) examples of glass manufacturing. Its collections include important glass objects from the period between 1650-1950, including exemplary Baroque, Rococo and Art Deco pieces.

Would you like to explore the beautiful Medieval towns and beautiful waterways of Germany on a luxury river cruise? Visit our dedicated European river cruise itinerary page, here, or for booking information, call our friendly sales team on 0808 256 4450.  


Dominic Keely
Dominic Keely
Dominic is Scenic's Marketing Exec. His favourite river is the Seine, because of the rich history of the region. Dom's a huge football and Manchester United fan, and plays on a team himself.