Speyer

Brabant in Speyer, Germany
Brabant in Speyer, Germany

Compact, picturesque and beautifully well-preserved, stunning Speyer always makes for a rewarding stop while cruising along the beautiful River Rhine. Easily explored on foot, the city is perfect for a few hours of relaxing sightseeing in the sunshine. Having survived the Second World War largely unscathed and unspoilt – something which can't be said about many settlements strategically situated on the banks of Germany's waterways – Speyer is a 'living museum' of magnificent monuments and landmarks exhibiting several centuries of incredible history.

The main attractions include the soaring neo-gothic Memorial Church – the tallest structure in the entire Rhineland-Palatinate – which was built between 1893 and 1904 to commemorate the city's imperial protests in the 16th century; the Old City Gate and the 'normal foot', remnants of Speyer's fortifications from the Middle Ages; and reminders of the city's remarkable Jewish heritage, such as the ruins of the medieval synagogue and the 12th century Jewish ritual bath. The late Baroque architecture of the stately City Hall is worth a look too.

Off all the city's impressive sights, the UNESCO-listed cathedral is without doubt the crowning glory. This mighty architectural wonder has loomed large over Speyer for nearly 1000 years, having been founded by Konrad II in the 1020s, extended by Henry IV in the 1080s and extensively rebuilt in the 18th century after the Palatine War. Today it stands proud as the largest preserved Romanesque church in Europe.

Cruises to Speyer

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 05 Jul 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R201112

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,799pp
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Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 12 Jul 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2012

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 26 Jul 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R201415

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,699pp
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Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 02 Aug 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2015

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 16 Aug 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R201718

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

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Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 06 Sep 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R202021

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,899pp
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Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 13 Sep 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2021

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?