Paddle Steamer MS Goethe | © Luca Lamonte-Austin

Boat Trips on the Rhine

Ship ahoy!

A unique experience for everyone!

The feel of the fresh breeze on your skin and the chance to enjoy the very best views of the scenery as it glides past – a trip on one of the Rhine riverboats is all this and more. Each vessel has its own very special charm, from nostalgic paddle steamers to futuristic watercraft. Some cruise companies cover the entire Rhine route, others operate on individual sections only. Fixed timetables make it easy for you to plan your perfect itinerary. Excellent public transport connections mean you can make the return journey by bus or train.
Have you ever enjoyed a romantic evening cruise on the Rhine? Or a vibrant music event on board ship? There’s always something new to discover on one of the special themed cruises. Each year, the five “Rhein in Flammen” firework extravaganzas are a real highlight. Between May and September, these events conjure up a dazzling festival of colour with Bengal lights, illuminated castles, palaces and Rhine promenades and spectacular fireworks. The best way to view this awe-inspiring display is from on board one of the vessels which take part in the beautifully illuminated riverboat flotilla.
The Rhine ferries are quite an institution in their own right. As bridges are few and far between here on the Middle Rhine, they are an integral part of everyday life. There have been ferrymen in this part of the world since the Middle Ages and the shallows and underwater rocks here have always required them to have a profound knowledge of the river.

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