Medieval castles, beer festivals and lush nature reserves: just three of the reasons to see Germany from the deck of a river boat. Why go River Cruising in Germany? The simple answer is that it’s one of the best ways for a visitor to experience the scenery and culture of the country. From major historical sites to excellent food and wine festivals, the cruises along the great rivers of Germany offer a cultural experience that shouldn’t be missed by anyone traveling through Europe. These rivers have been traveled since the Stone Age, and each subsequent culture has added to the idyllic settings along each bank, as both ancient and modern architecture, rolling landscapes and breathtaking natural wonders blend organically into the rivers’ bends.There are three major rivers in Germany: The Oder (which flows into the Baltic Sea), the Danube (flowing into the Black Sea) and the Rhine (which flows into the North Sea). Both the Danube and the Rhine also have several main tributaries which offer alternative diversions into more of Germany’s landscape. No matter where you want to go in Germany, there will be a river to bring you there. Travelers can partake in this amazing experience for anywhere from just a few hours to several days or even weeks. Boats will stop along the way to allow travelers an opportunity to view the castles, old towns, vineyards, and forests that make up Germany’s unique cultural landscape. More adventurous travelers can engage in outdoor activities such as hiking in the mountains along the river. For a more laid back experience, take a stroll through one of Germany’s long established riverside towns.
Though the best time of the year for travel in Northern Europe are the months of May, June, and July, travelers who are interested in the traditions of German culture can find festivals celebrated along the rivers at many times throughout the year. From food and wine connoisseurs, to avid trekkers and art and culture fans, each and every traveler will find something to please and excite them on one of Germany’s magnificent river cruises.