Scenic Gems of the German Landscape
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The list of glorious German sights and highlights to discover – both ashore and aboard Brabant – on this incredible river cruise is seemingly endless. Magnificent architectural wonders; historical attractions; and some of Germany’s very best areas of scenic beauty await you during the first few days of your adventure. Then to cap it all off, there are chances to explore Strasbourg and Lucerne for an authentic taste of France and Switzerland.
First you’ll be left breathless by the twin-spired cathedral of Cologne, an iconic structure widely regarded as one of Germany’s most impressive attractions. There will be time to explore Cologne’s charming Old Town too, before continuing onward along the Rhine River past Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven and the former capital of West Germany, and by Hotel Dreesen – where Hitler met Chamberlain in 1938. The rest of the day will be spent in Königswinter, surrounded by the gorgeous Siebengebirge Mountains. Perhaps use your time here to discover the landmarks of Siebengebirge – one of Germany’s oldest nature reserves – such as Hotel Petersberg and the fairytale Schloss Drachenburg, perched atop the towering Drachenfels. Diverting down the Moselle, the delights of Cochem await you next. The pretty town squares and imposing Reichburg Castle are not-to-be-missed here. [ReadMore]
Further along the Moselle you’ll experience a sensational afternoon sail through the alluring Lower Moselle Valley, taking in lush-green terraced vineyards, ornate castles and postcard-perfect towns en route to Koblenz, a historic city situated at the famous ‘Deutsches Eck’. Perhaps visit the ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Prussian Electoral Palace, the 13th century Alte Berg and more before embarking on yet more unforgettable scenic cruising. This time you’ll pass by the Middle Rhine Valley’s picturebook of medieval towns, castles, spires and forested hills as Brabant heads for handsome Speyer, where a UNESCO-listed Romanesque Cathedral is complemented by a city centre full of museums. A foray into France and stunning Strasbourg follows as your incredible cruise nears its conclusion. The exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Kammerzell House and the peaceful Petite France quarter: you can discover them all before making your final stop at Breisach, gateway to the Swiss city of Lucerne. Sparkling Lake Lucerne, the city’s collection of churches and towers, and Chapel Bridge are all well worth crossing the German-Swiss border for and make for a rewarding end to journey.