Koblenz is a cute little town with numerous small shops and restaurants. Something that we loved was exploring the Rhine River with the Rhine River Cruise. It was so peaceful and fun to go on the cruise and see all of the castles! There are numerous things to do in Germany, and to help you plan your trip I have a 7-Day Southern Germany Itinerary coming soon so stay tuned for that!!
the rhine river
The Rhine River is an absolutely gorgeous (and very large) river that begins all the way from the Swiss canton of Graubunden in the southeastern Swiss Alps. This 766 mile long river is an absolute must when you go to Germany.
The Rhine is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe. It flows through 6 different countries: Switzerland, Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and the Netherlands before flowing into the North Sea at Rotterdam.
It begins as a small stream in the Swiss Alp but soon gathers speed and volume near Lake Constance, a source of drinking water for large parts of Southern Germany.
As the Rhine enters Germany, it becomes the border between Germany and France. Through the Rhine Gourge, the landscape changes again as the river narrows to form a steep sided-valley filled with vineyards and castles overlooking the river.
The River Rhine is called different names depending on the country if flows through. It’s called Rhein in Germany, Rhine in France (and is the most common name), and Rijn in Netherlands.
the rhine river cruise
After reading all of that, you might be thinking…”we’re going to take a cruise on a river 766 miles long?!”…No!. The Rhine River cruise is a day-cruise that you can take for, technically, as long as you want. We took the cruise from Koblenz to St. Gorshasen, which was around 3 hours. From st. Gorshasen, we took a 30-minute train ride back to Koblenz. (For more information on how we structure our day, I have a 7-Day Southern Germany Itinerary coming VERY soon that will have all of that information!) The Cruise runs from Colonge all the way to Mainz, making several stops along the way. If yo want an up-to-date schedule on the Rhine River, follow the link to their official website HERE.
The Views: there are several GORGEOUS castles along the Rhine that you will get to view from the cruise!
A few extra tips: Koblenz is beautiful, and the townie feel isn’t something you get everywhere. I would recommend taking advantage of it and just walk around the town, walk by the river, and enjoy the scenery. You won’t regret it!
A question I get asked a lot is how we travel so much being vegan: the truth is, we don’t do anything different! Before we got on the cruise, we grabbed a quick lunch to take with us, as the cruise only has drinks and sometimes some hotdogs. There are a ton of small restaurants that you can do take-out with. Being vegan, I suggest going to Soul Foods Cafe which is a short walk from where the cruise leaves Koblenz. Their food is DELICIOUS!