Join Brabant in Düsseldorf, and discover picturesque riverside towns and memorable scenic cruising along the rivers of Germany, with stops in enchanting Strasbourg, for a taste of historic France, and the Swiss city of Basel, a must for art lovers, thrown in too.
Calling first at Cologne, there is time to explore the Old Town where, in addition to the impressive twin-spired Kölner Dom, there are museums dedicated to the arts. For those who are fans of chocolate, take a journey through the culture and history of this great foodstuff at the Schokoladen Museum. After cruising the Passage of Bonn, past the birthplace of Beethoven, Brabant arrives in Remagen. This important town, where Allied Forces captured the Ludendorff Bridge, is believed to have played a major role in bringing about the end of World War Two and the eventual downfall of Hitler. From here, enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Middle Moselle to Bernkastel-Kues, an enchanting town set amongst lush-green scenery and world-famous vineyards, best known for producing some of Europe’s finest wines. Pretty Cochem follows before Brabant sails the Lower Moselle Valley to Koblenz. Here, it is possible to explore a myriad of historic buildings, including the 19th century Stolzenfels Castle, the former electoral castle – Alte Berg, and the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
The Middle Rhine Valley offers more scenic cruising with forests and fairytale fortresses to marvel at from the comfort of your riverboat, while Speyer can be easily explored on foot, due to its compactness. The main attractions here include the Old City Gate and the neo-gothic Memorial Church, the tallest structure in the entire Rhineland-Palatinate. Strasbourg offers many architectural treasures, such as the 15th century gothic cathedral, and Palais Rohan – former residence of the prince-bishops. Next, Brabant negotiates the locks of the Grand Canal d’Alsace en route to Basel in Switzerland, situated on the River Rhine between the borders of France and Germany, and offering a diverse mix of historical and contemporary attractions. Strasbourg and Speyer offer the chance to explore further, before arrival in Mannheim – inspiring poets and artists for centuries, and the starting point for a tour to Heidelberg. A pause in Oberwesel is followed by a gentle cruise through the Middle Rhine Valley to Koblenz, considered to be one of the most picturesque cities in Germany. Visits to Bernkastel-Kues and Cochem are interspersed with spectacular sailings through the Moselle Valley, offering unforgettable scenic views. A final call into Cologne, where the impressive Hohenzollern Bridge and Forstbotanischer botanical garden are well worth investigating, before Brabant sails back to Düsseldorf and your river cruise comes to an end.