From the towering spires of Cologne’s UNESCO-listed cathedral to the traditional wine taverns of Mainz, Germany’s Rhine (Rhein) Valley has plenty of world-class sights. Here are some of the best ways to see the scenic Rhine Valley from Frankfurt.
Spend the day seeing some of southern Germany’s loveliest sights on a day trip from Frankfurt to riverside Heidelberg. Soak up the many sights and flavors of Germany by visiting castle ruins, seeing medieval villages and vineyards, cruising along the UNESCO-listed Rhine River, and sampling local food and wine. Arranged transportation and stops on a prebooked tour takes the guesswork out of visiting the Rhine Valley.
Combine a scenic Rhine river cruise or drive through the Rhine River Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a trip to nearby Heidelberg, home to one of Germany’s most beautiful medieval castles and one of its oldest universities. Other combo tours pair wine tasting through the valley with a river cruise; a city tour and a boat trip; and a cable car ride plus dinner.
Things to Know
- The Rhine is one of Germany’s most popular cruise destinations, and nearby Frankfurt makes a convenient starting point for tours.
- Day trips can last upwards of 11 hours, so be prepared for a long day.
- A combo tour can be one of the most economical way to experience the area’s must-sees.
- A private tour gives you the flexibility to customize your own itinerary.