Planning a Rhine River cruise and want to see the most castles along the Rhine in one or two days?
Half-day boat trip along 6 castles in the Rhine River valley
from Boppard to St. Goar with Castle Rheinfels
Numerous cruise lines boat landing stages in Boppard on Rhine. In the background: Fortress tower of "Kurtrierische Burg" and the Loreley-Linie Weinand cruise boat landing stages.
The fortress "Kurtrierische Burg" is also directly on the banks of the river and worth a visit its museum houses admirable ancient coin and ancient weapon collections.
Fortress and tower "Kurtrierische Burg" (right), a few meters further on south: the Loreley-Linie Weinand cruise boat landing stages.
The boat journey between Boppard and St. Goar takes about one and a half hours and you will witness the splendour of medieval times and some fine tributes to german history. The views are magnificent and the boats move at a comfortable pace, allowing enough time for the amateur photographer to catch the breathtaking landscape and the fine architecture of the Middle Ages. On the cruise boats you can buy brochures and commentary in various languages provide interesting information for European, American, Japanese and other overseas visitors alike.
In all, there are six castles on this short route alone: the Kurtrierische Burg in Boppard, Liebenstein with Sterrenberg directly beneath in Kamp-Bornhofen, Maus (Mouse) in Wellmich near St. Goarshausen, Fortress Rheinfels near St. Goar and Katz (Cat) Castle on the Rhine hills above St. Goarshausen, already visible as you approach St. Goar.
Most of these old fortresses and castles are now in private ownership,
but some of them can be viewed and a few have museums.
... or take a trip with the miniature railway to Castle Rheinfels, explore the grounds of the old fortress with its interesting museum, enjoy lunch or afternoon coffee on the terrace of the Castle Hotel Restaurant Rheinfels, see the the world's largest free-hanging cuckoo clock and the world's largest beerstein, to name but a few of the attractions ...
... or continue south to Bacharach with a Bingen-Ruedesheimer boat. Or to Oberwesel, Kaub, Assmannshausen, Bingen or Rudesheim. If it's already a little late in the evening, take a train every hour and /or a Rhine ferry every 15 minutes ...
cruise in 16 parts from Boppard (north) to Rudesheim (south):
Part 3 south: Rhine River cruise from Boppard in southern direction
Part 5 south: Rhine River cruise from Kamp- Bornhofen in southern direction
Oberwesel has an old tradition in wine-making, wine-tasting is also available to single travellers, many wine cellars can be viewed and there are guided tours to the various surrounding vineyardsPart 13 south: Half day Rhine cruise from Bacharach in southern direction
Part 15 south: Arrange for some wine-tasting at a winery, take the cable car to the Rhine hills opposite from Fortress Rheinstein
Part 16 south: Just off to the northeast of the Niederwald monument, the next cable car takes you comfortably down to Rudesheim on the Rhine River.