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Germany River Cruises

Cologne, Germany (Photo: S.Borisov/Shutterstock)

About Germany River Cruises

With fairytale castles and vibrant cities at the water's edge, Germany is the quintessential country to take your first river cruise. The Rhine River is considered the best river cruise for beginners, while the Mosel River attracts wine-lovers. An Elbe River cruise often includes a pre-trip to Berlin, Germany's capital.

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What is the best time to cruise to Germany River?

Germany is nearly a year-round destination and Germany river cruises (along the Rhine, Danube, Elbe and more) are available from March through December. The summer months are the busiest despite often sweltering weather and low water levels, but thanks to Germany's iconic Christmas markets, November and December are also popular times for river cruises. If you prefer to travel when it's less crowded, try spring and early fall. For more: Best Time for a Danube River Cruise.

Which cruise lines go to Germany River?

Germany is a quintessential cruise destination popular with first-time river cruisers, so nearly every European river cruise line visits the region. Avalon Waterways, Viking, AmaWaterways, Tauck, Uniworld, CroisiEurope and Grand Circle are among others are some of the major operators. For more, consider Danube River Cruise Lines and Danube River Cruise Itineraries.

What are some things to do in Germany River?

If you're taking a Germany river cruise in November or December, one of the major draws is certainly the country's legendary Christmas markets. But year-round, there are lots of wonderful excursions to try from wine and beer tasting to touring ruins of ancient castles. Cycling is also a particularly popular activity in the region and many river cruise lines offer passengers complimentary use of bikes while in port.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Germany River?

A passport is required to cruise to the Germany river region.

What should I pack for a cruise to Germany River?

If you're traveling during the colder months for the holiday markets, be sure to bring long pant, warm coats, hats and mittens -- along with comfortable shoes/weatherproof boots for touring. During the peak summer months, it can get quite hot in Germany, so it's best to pack lighter clothing to wear during the day and thin layers for the evenings when temps are a bit cooler.

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