Rhine River Must-See Sites

Viking River Cruises’ captivating Rhine Getaway itinerary is a popular choice for first-time river cruisers. Between Amsterdam’s colorful canals and Basel’s majestic Swiss Alps, this 7-night/8-day journey uncovers the heart of the celebrated Rhine River. It’s one of Europe’s legendary rivers, from imposing cathedrals and ancient hilltop castles to noteworthy cities and medieval villages to the Black Forest.

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Karine Hagen, Senior Vice President, Viking Cruises, comments, “Every time I visit Cologne, Germany, the striking profile of the city’s enormous Cologne Cathedral takes my breath away. This towering structure is one of the Rhine’s greatest treasures, and I was recently invited to its rooftop to go behind the scenes—or perhaps I should say “into the rafters”—to witness the constant attention given to its continual restoration. There, high above the city, Assistant Architect Jörg Sperner and I explored a world invisible from the ground: a forest of magnificently carved spires, hidden sculptures, fantastic gargoyles and imposing flying buttresses. Inside, doorways normally off-limits led to a narrow passage with breathtaking views of the cavernous nave below and stunning stained glass windows. I’m happy to let you know that Jörg and his team of architects have invited Viking guests to experience this very same vantage point of the Cologne Cathedral, an exclusive experience. Should your clients join one of our most enlightening itineraries, the 8-day Rhine Getaway, I hope they do as I did and enjoy a safe, bird’s eye view of one of Germany’s most beloved religious structures, the venerable Cologne Cathedral.”

Explore the history of this ornate architectural masterpiece. Towering over the Rhine, the majestic Cologne Cathedral has been a beacon for pilgrims from around the world for centuries.

Another stop along the Rhine Getaway itinerary is the iconic Marksburg Castle. Meticulously chiseled into the slate bedrock of a mountain peak, Marksburg has long stood as one of Germany’s most imposing castles. Step back into the Middle Ages with Karine as she explores the core of this prominent stronghold.

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    A Rhine River Cruise seems to be on all of our clients’ bucket lists. It’s one we love to recommend, too. Here are some images you’ll see along the way.

    Scenic Crystal at Bernkastel
    Scenic Crystal at Bernkastel

    Keep your camera handy as you float through a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site~the Rhine Gorge, known for castles, charming hamlets, and vine covered slopes.

    Castle Along The Rhine
    Castle Along The Rhine

    Founded as a Roman colony in 16 B.C. by Emperor Augustus, Trieris Germany’s oldest city. The focal point of Trier is the Porta Nigra (“black gate”), which is now the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. The Porta Nigra was erected in 180 A.D. and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Porta Nigra Trier Germany
    Porta Nigra Trier Germany

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    Unforgettable Views and Stunning Photographs on the Rhine River

    AMAWATERWAYS on the Rhine River. While cruising Germany’s Rhine River Mark Murphy of travel agent trade newsletter Travel Pulse® introduces River Cruising to the unacquainted. Different from an ocean cruise the river cruise grants a different pace of vacation, and a fresh look at country sides around the world to any willing traveler. History, culture, and nature are among the highlights. Take a look.

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