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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
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$338.28
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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
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$251.09
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Mainz Private Walking Tour

Mainz Private Walking Tour

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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
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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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$341.57
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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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Dusseldorf Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Dusseldorf Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Dusseldorf is one of Germany’s most dynamic cities and an important hub of art and fashion. On this walking tour, connect with a Dusseldorf local who will show you around their city like a friend and introduce you to the neighborhoods that they know and love. Gain an insight into German culture, traditions, and everyday life; visit only the sights that interest you; and receive personalized recommendations on where to eat, drink, and shop.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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$35.61
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$35.61
Price varies by group size