You’ll uncover fascinating history at every turn on this absorbing journey through Germany via the picturesque Rhine and Main rivers. From magnificent, majestic fortresses to preserved medieval centres and many landmarks from World War II, historical highlights aplenty await you during time ashore, while hours of scenic cruising will provide sights to savour too.
Meeting Brabant in Amsterdam, you’ll have a morning in the Dutch capital to delight in its iconic attractions and canals before setting sail. [ReadMoreMob]Upon departure, your smaller-sized river cruise ship will journey along the narrow Amsterdam-Rhine Canal and winding Rhine River, passing through gorgeous countryside scenes en route to Cologne. Your first stop affords an opportunity to tour to Remagen and visit the site of the infamous Battle of Remagen and the symbolic remains of Ludendorff Bridge; or marvel at Cologne’s charming Old Town and spectacular UNESCO-listed cathedral. Further along the beautiful Rhine, the following morning is spent in Koblenz, where you can take a cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for stunning views of the ‘Deutsches Eck’ and tales of this ancient site’s role as a place of safe-keeping in World War II. After Koblenz, a magical afternoon of scenic cruising through the Middle Rhine Valley presents views of medieval towns, castles and spires, as well as the legendary ‘murmuring’ Lorelei rock. [ReadMoreDesk]
Up next is Rüdesheim, a town renowned for its fascinating history and fine wines. A walk through this pretty town is worthwhile for visiting historic monuments such as the sobering Hindenburg Bridge, and for stopping by the welcoming wine taverns to sample the local tipples. Brabant will then divert down the Main to Wertheim, where historical highlights include the ruins of the town’s medieval castle and the Spitzer Turn pointed tower, and to Würzburg. With a few hours to explore, you can delight in the beauty and history of the Palace of Würzburg, the Würzburg Residenz and the Marienberg Fortress. There’s a visit to Bamberg, famed for it’s beautifully-preserved, UNESCO-listed Old Town, impressive cathedral and striking Town Hall, too before it’s finally on to Regensburg via the locks and stunning countryside of the historic Main-Danube Canal. Before heading for home you’ll be afforded ample time in Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – to see the incredible collection of listed buildings in its remarkably well-preserved historic centre, which fortunately survived allied bombing raids in World War II.