Stretching from Swiss mountains through German valleys to Dutch lowlands, the Rhine river takes travelers through a cross-section of Europe that has something for everyone.
Urban centers of culture like Strasbourg and Cologne await to share their food, art, and architecture. Outside the cities, breathtaking landscapes like the Black Forest and the Rhine Gorge offer a more laid-back atmosphere, while history buffs can take in the sights from dozens of castles overlooking the river.
"Along the Rhine, you have everything from cathedrals to castles," says David Pehle, one of AAA's top travel advisors. “History is around every bend and in every little village, from quaint towns that have Renaissance fairs to busy cities that are bustling with life. Amsterdam to Basel is the perfect river cruise for first-time river cruisers, as it has everything a first-time visitor to Europe wants to see.”
With so many choices, advice from a travel advisor is invaluable. Read on for just a few highlights of Rhine cruising, plus insights from David's own experience on the Rhine.