Rhine River

The Rhine River is one of the most cruised rivers in Europe and is most often the choice for first-time river cruisers. Castle-spotted hills, vineyards, and charming towns along the way draw first-timers and novices to its shores. Gaining traction in the Swiss Alps and flowing through Germany’s Rhineland, it empties into the North Sea by way of the Netherlands. All of this distance makes for one incredible experience after another.

The Rhine River is one of the most cruised rivers in Europe and is most often the choice for first-time river cruisers. It is the most scenic waterway in Europe with miles of castle-spotted hills, vineyards, and charming towns along the way. All the major river cruise lines have ships sailing the Rhine, usually for 8 days from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland or vice versa.

River Facts

Length764 miles (1230 km)
Primary SourceSwiss Alps
MouthNorth Sea
CountriesSwitzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands
Notable CitiesBasel (Switzerland), Strasbourg (France), Cologne (Germany), Dusseldorf (Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Rotterdam (Netherlands)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • France: Strasbourg – Grande Ile
  • Germany: Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Germany: Cologne Cathedral
  • Germany: Speyer Cathedral
  • The Netherlands: Defense Line of Amsterdam
  • The Netherlands: 17th Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam
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