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Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

1. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

2. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

3. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

4. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings. Get to know the countryside with a cruise along the iconic river, wine tasting at a charming tavern, and a delightful dinner by the riverbank. After you set out from the heart of Frankfurt, board a boat and ride along the Rhine River. Admire the villages, charming little vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Your steamer takes you along the shores of Kaub. Then, step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine.  Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy restaurant by the riverbanks. Then, ride back to Frankfurt as your tour comes to an end. 

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

5. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Enjoy a morning tour to the romantic city of Heidelberg situated on the River Neckar, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It's simply magical. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle, a stunning combination of architectural styles stretching from the Gothic period to the Renaissance. Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the imposing terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. You then wander through the medieval town center. Here you will see the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade and discover the old narrow lanes with their half-timbered houses. Heidelberg is also home to Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories. And if you still have some time to spare, you can philosophize on Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or discover the excellent regional wines – the two go together quite nicely.

Frankfurt: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

6. Frankfurt: Old Town Historical Walking Tour

Discover Frankfurt's unique economic and political history on a guided walking tour, led by a local historian. Perfect for both history buffs and amateurs alike, step into the past and learn how the city's first market rose to become the financial leader of Europe, now serving as the headquarters of today's European Central Bank. Wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town as your guide details fascinating accounts of bygone times, including the world of local shopkeepers and some of Frankfurt's most famous (and infamous) residents. Learn how the city's middle-class not only accumulated economic power, but how this consequently transformed Frankfurt into becoming a leader of German democracy.

From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

7. From Rüdesheim: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise with Wine Tasting

Embark on a journey with famous names of history onboard a Rhine ship and enjoy a cruise along one of Europe’s oldest trade routes, passing by former toll castles and robber baron nests. Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard with you in spirit as your guides to the most beautiful places, through which the Middle Rhine Valley becomes the source of the Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Explore the village of Assmannhausen, which is known for its red wine, as well as the flourishing town of Bingen and the world-famous Rüdesheim. Along the way, taste four wines under the expert guidance of a Rüdesheim winemaker, enjoy fresh pretzels, and take a souvenir glass home with you.

Frankfurt: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game

8. Frankfurt: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game

Discover Frankfurt’s fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around the Old Town. Explore this beautiful German city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Embark on an adventure where each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Book the quest and receive your access code by email that can be used in the app. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

9. Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

Enjoy a 1-hour walk through Frankfurt at night with a robed hangman as your guide. Follow your scary guide (if you dare) on a journey of discovery of Frankfurt's history and his bloody work. But while you listen to your guide, be aware, for he must finish his work and he has no time to waste because the devil is after him.  Start your journey into the past at the cathedral, where German kings and emperors were elected and crowned. Continue towards the bank of the Main where many culprits, mostly women, were drowned in the water. Finally, reach your final stop, the Römer, Frankfurt's famous Town Hall, where you will learn all about the Römerberg's gruesome past as the location of many medieval death penalty punishments and torture chambers.

Frankfurt: Urban Adventure Game

10. Frankfurt: Urban Adventure Game

Discover the city of Frankfurt with a fun and interactive game. The tour starts from a central square in the city center and will lead you past important monuments and interesting sights. All throughout the route, clues are waiting for you — puzzles, hints, and riddles.  All you need is a clever team of 2 to 6 people, a charged smartphone or tablet with approximately 100 MB of mobile internet, a pen, and the game map. This is a self-guided experience so you can start to play whenever you like. Complete the game in 2-3 hours, or take breaks for coffee, lunch, or shopping.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 472 reviews

Michel was an excellent guide/driver. He went the extra mile to entertain us with anecdotes and interesting facts about what we were seeing on the hour plus drive to the Rhine. The lunch place was cheesy and probably not the best. Would’ve preferred the wine tasting at a different location - perhaps a winery? I think both the lunch and wine tasting parts of the experience could be improved to take the tour from good to excellent. We were just dropped at the boat and on our own until our designated getting off point. Fortunately the bus ride back allowed michel to tell us about some of the castles as we passed them in view on land. I think the tour company should provide a handout/map with a bit of info on what we are seeing from the boat and the getting off point -since we have no guide- would be less stressful to have that in writing.

It was very well organized, did not take time to get on board and lots of options for seating inside or out. As we got comfortable a server came around to ask if we wanted something to drink which really made it so more relaxing.

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Nice trip with a big ship - 03 level - and audio in German and English

The ski lift was amazing, great views, the restuant is a must to see.