Photo diary of my Rhine River Cruise

The Rhine valley seems to hold a romantic fascination, with picturesque castles perched on high rocky points, built in the Middle Ages by princes who gathered enormous wealth by taxing the traffic passing along the Rhine River. On my recent Rhine river cruise with Lüftner Cruises, I kept a photo diary by posting pictures from my iPhone to my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

View of the Mosel from the Castle at Cochem Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

View of the Mosel from the Castle at Cochem

Our journey took from Basel in Switzerland, the city of public sculptures and fountains where we embarked the Amadeus Princess, which took us to the city of Strasbourg where we learned how the local people have lived for centuries with the uncertainty of whether they would be citizens of France one week or citizens of Germany the next. We enjoyed our visit to a family run vineyard where we tasted a few different Alsace wines with a view over the vineyards behind the property. Next stop was Speyer where we found the crypt in the cathedral where many of the kings and emperors of Germany are buried and had a look around the famous university town of Heidelberg with the ruined castle on the hill.

At Rüdesheim we were charmed by the organs and music boxes in the Music Museum before the boat sailed down the stretch of the Middle Rhine that is known for the castles and the Loreley rock, where the beautiful siren’s song may distract the unwary sailor. At Koblenz we found that while Brussels has its Manneken Pis, this town has a fountain of a spitting boy that has become its symbol. A detour along the Mosel river took us to Cochem where we visited another of those picturesque castles on the hill and borrowed bikes from the Amadeus Princess for a cycle along the river. Finally our journey ended in Cologne, where we visited the famous cathedral, with a sweet ending at the chocolate museum. While we had to get back to work, the ship continued to Amsterdam with views of the windmills and a cruise on the city canals.

To enjoy my instagram photo diary below, hover over each photo for my commentary. If can’t see the photos, click here to view them on my blog and come on over and follow me on Instagram.

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For more stories from our Rhine River Cruise

While I was on our Rhine River Cruise I also posted a daily account of our journey at the Online Travel Journal – Read my 6 part series on Cruising the Rhine.

Lueftner2My thanks to Lüftner Cruises who hosted my Rhine River Cruise – Lüftner Cruises specialise in European river cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Rhône and other destinations in Europe, with personal service and Austrian hospitality. You can also follow them on their Facebook Page. I travelled on the Amadeus Princess on a 7 day Classical Rhine Cruise which travelled from Basel to Amsterdam, although we disembarked at Cologne.

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    May 24, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Those half timbered houses that open directly onto the front street still look fantastic. I am assuming that the town councils take the responsibility for ensuring that the original medieval architecture is preserved and well cared for.
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      Heather Cowper
      May 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      @Hels Yes, we weren’t short of half timbered hosues in all the little towns that we visit. Everything in Germany is pretty regulated so I would assume that they have to be preserved by the owners.

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    Tom Miller
    May 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    The river looks amazing especially with the lovely old houses and buildings on the side. I would love to be on that cruise too, tasting wines, visiting beautiful cultural places, trying new food and of course, learning new things while enjoying a fun cruise.

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      Heather Cowper
      May 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      @Tom Yes we found the river cruise was a great way to visit plenty of interesting places in comfort – no shortage of pretty towns along the Rhine

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    Mark H
    June 8, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Rhine cruising is so popular at present in the Australian press. Lots of adverts and stories. Sounds a superb experience.

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      Heather Cowper
      June 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      @Mark I think it’s certainly a great way of seeing a lot of history and culture in a short period of time – seems especially popular with Americans and Australians, if you only have a limited time in Europe.

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    December 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Enjoyed your blog. We’re on the Luftner Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Basel mid June, 2015. Just wondering how you got to Cochem from ship since I believe boat doesn’t cruise on the Mosel. It looks like a beautiful city. Also, I’ve heard a few comments that the Rhine is pretty industrial and not as picturesque as brochures. I hope we’re not disappointed.

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      Heather Cowper
      December 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      @Robin I’m not sure if your itinerary would be the same, since we were sailing in the opposite direction to you, but we did stop at Cochem for a night since the boat passed from the Rhine to the Mosel at that point. The upper Rhine is quite flat and uninteresting in terms of the scenery you pass through and the middle Rhine was the beautiful section with castles and vineyards. However the itinerary meant that we passed through most of the less interesting scenery at night and spent our time in the riverside towns or on sightseeing excursions which was fascinating.

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