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How to Spend 3 Days at the Rhine River

How to Spend 3 Days at the Rhine River

With vineyards and castles, medieval towns and buzzing cities, the Rhine region is home to some of Germany’s most spectacular and in-demand scenery. Three days is enough time to wend your way down the river (moving south to north, as the river flows) and enjoy sightseeing excursions as you go. Here’s how to enjoy three days in the area.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the Upper Rhine

Famed for its medieval town squares and half-timbered buildings, the charming city of Mainz (which is just a quick trip from Frankfurt) is a wonderful introduction to the Rhine region’s unspoiled beauty. Begin the first day of your trip getting to know this Upper Rhine hub with a walking tour focused on the city’s history; in the space of just a few hours, you can explore the Mainz Cathedral, the historic marketplace, the Mainz Citadel, and other popular sights. 

Once you have your bearings, venture beyond the city limits for a wine tasting tour of one of the world’s most celebrated riesling-producing regions. At day’s end, set off on an evening cruise along the river, or sample local specialties at one of the city’s traditional restaurants.

Day 2: Adventures in the Middle Rhine

Flowing through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the Middle Rhine—particularly the UNESCO-listed 40-mile (65-kilometer) segment that wends its way from Bingen to Koblenz—is best known for its views of extraordinary castles. Spend a tranquil day aboard a sightseeing cruise to soak up the region’s regal ambiance. As you follow the river on its northward journey, you’ll spy remarkable landmarks like the Stolzenfels Castle, as well as sights like the Lorelei Rock. Upon arrival in Koblenz, tour the city’s historical center and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress before winding down with a glass of the region’s traditional ice wine.

Day 3: Exploring the Lower Rhine

Trade bucolic scenery for urban buzz, and dedicate your final day to exploring the Lower Rhine’s major cities. Start your adventures in lively Cologne: go for a walking tour to see the city’s cathedral and other highlights, or kick back and relax on a sightseeing river cruise. For lunch, enjoy an authentic pairing of kölsch—the city’s native beer—and schnitzel. 

In the afternoon, make a quick trip to Düsseldorf. With its old-meets-new architecture, cutting-edge museums, and pretty riverfront promenade, the city is emblematic of dynamic, modern Germany. Start with a sightseeing crawl in the scenic Old Town (Altstadt) before venturing to a biergarten in the evening to try the city’s traditional altbier along with hearty local fare.

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Personal wine tours in the heart of Germany from Frankfurt region - Mainz

Personal wine tours in the heart of Germany from Frankfurt region - Mainz

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Escape Frankfurt for a day—and immerse yourself in Germany’s top wine regions—on this luxurious, private tour. Depart in the morning from your local accommodation, and travel with your guide along the Rhine River. You'll enjoy an introduction to local varietals and winemaking traditions. You’ll also visit three highlight wineries, will take part in tastings and cellar tours, and will indulge in a cheese plate snack.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$296.60
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$296.60

Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

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Explore the best of Cologne on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Cologne’s top attractions—like Cologne Cathedral and Cologne City Hall, plus visit the Old Town district, bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square and much more. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 16 stops and get to know this landmark of High Gothic architecture in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary in English and German. Audio guides in nine languages also available. A Rhine River sightseeing cruise is also included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.28
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$30.28
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Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route

Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route

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Revel in the beauty and history of one of Europe's great waterways with this hop-on/hop-off cruise pass on the romantic Rhine River. Admire passing scenery like legendary Loreley Rock and imposing castles while sipping a coffee or beer on deck, and customize your itinerary with 19 different stops at tiny medieval towns and bigger cities along the way. The pass is valid all day on the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine from Cologne to Linz and Koblenz to Mainz.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.40
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$41.40
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KD Rhine Pass from Koblenz

KD Rhine Pass from Koblenz

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See a different side of Koblenz and the river valley with a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine! Choose your ideal start time and hop aboard any KD ship for the leisurely day-long float. From the comfort of your seat, catch great riverside views, ornamented by castles, lush vineyards and natural wonders. Hop on and off all day at the many stops from Koblenz to Mainz or Linz to Cologne with your flexible single-day ticket.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.40
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$41.40
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Boppard Icewine and 30 minutes Wine Tasting

Boppard Icewine and 30 minutes Wine Tasting

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Discover the diverse flavors of the Rhine Valley on this 30-minute Boppard ice-wine tour. Visit the Boppard Hamm vineyard — the largest single vineyard in the Middle Rhine valley and widely considered among the region’s top winegrowing estates. During your visit, gain insight into the estate’s winegrowing heritage and enjoy fine views over the rolling vineyards. Learn of the various grape varietals thriving in the fertile soils, and sample four different Rhine Valley wines alongside two local Rieslings to gain appreciation of their diverse flavors.
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  • 30 minutes
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$17.30
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$17.30

Private Tour: Düsseldorf Highlights Tour

Private Tour: Düsseldorf Highlights Tour

Discover history and creativity in bustling Düsseldorf on this private 2-hour Düsseldorf highlights tour. Travel with your private guide along the Rhine River promenade. Gain insight into the city’s heritage and discover landmarks such as Rheinturm and Media Harbour. Learn of World War II history in the Old Town, home to the iconic City Hall building. Stroll down the Königsallee, where people mingle in busy cafes, vibrant restaurants and bars. Listen as your guide highlights hotspots known only to locals and hear the stories linking Königsallee to King Wilhelm IV.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.92
Price varies by group size
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$251.92
Price varies by group size

Mainz Private Walking Tour

Mainz Private Walking Tour

Meetingpoint: in front of the Hilton Hotel in Rheinstrasse or Meeting Point at hotel possible if central, without extra charge Duration: 2h End location: Any central point in the city  You will learn about: • History of the city • The rich ecclesiastic tradition • Napoleon’s occupation • History of Mainz Carnival • Johannes Gutenberg • The roman „Moguntiacum“ • Archbishop of Mainz You will see: • Electoral Castle • Town Hall • Old Town • Iron Tower • Holy Spirit Hospital • Palace of the Holy Roman Emperor now Gutenberg Museum • Market Square • St. Martin’s Cathedral • Gutenberg Square • Mainz State Theatre • Carnival Fountain • Kirschgarten Square
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.08
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$189.08
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Koblenz - Old Town with the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Koblenz - Old Town with the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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This ancient city in Germany has a lot to tell about to its visitors. We first start our tour in discovering the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which is located on the eastern bank of the Rhine at Koblenz. It is the northernmost point of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Upper Middle Rhine Valley”. Situated 118 high above the Rhine it is accessible by cab cars from the town. Also, discover the old town and many narrow and romantic streets and numerous small squares. Cover the famous and renowned places of the old town and take home the experience of a unique adventure.
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  • 3 hours
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$355.64
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$355.64
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Mainz - Historical Tour

Mainz - Historical Tour

-A focus on the History of City. -Learn about the Roman Era. -Get to see the Highlights from Old town, City Centre along with visits to other prominent spots. -Private Guided tour with possibility to Customize tour -Tour timings are flexible and can be amended depending on availability
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  • 3 hours
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$372.46
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$372.46
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Top 10 attractions walking tour of Dusseldorf

Top 10 attractions walking tour of Dusseldorf

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Get acquainted with the historic city of Dusseldorf during this short, private, guided walking tour that takes you to the city’s top 10 attractions. Take it all in and make the most of your visit with stops at the world’s longest bar, the Dusseldorf state parliament, old town, and more. Learn about the city’s past and watch modern life unfold as you wander and learn.
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  • 2 hours
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$240.99
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$240.99
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