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Starting in the Alps and threading its way through four countries on a 900-mile journey to the North Sea, the Rhine is one of Europe's arterial waterways. Pass through cosmopolitan cities like Amsterdam; discovering cultural treasures and enjoying the Rhine's spectacular scenery. Travel back in time as you discover fairy-tale castles, enchanting medieval towns and splendid Gothic cathedrals, dotted amongst the picturesque landscape of the Rhine Valley. Savour the delights of Germany's wine growing regions, explore quaint towns in the French Alsace and enjoy the vibrant colours of Holland's blooming tulip fields.
The banks of the Rhine are littered with vineyards, producing some of the world's finest wines. Together with its fascinating scenery, vibrant cities and quaint towns, the Rhine provides a romantic backdrop for some of the finest European river cruises available.
Rhine River Factfile
- The Rhine is one of the major European rivers, which has its sources in Switzerland and flows in a mostly northerly direction through Germany and the Netherlands
- The length of the Rhine was long given as 820 miles (1,320 km), but in 2010 a shorter distance of about 765 miles (1,230 km) was proposed
- The Rhine has been a classic example of the alternating roles of great rivers as arteries of political and cultural unification and as political and cultural boundary lines
- No other river in the world has so many old and famous cities on its banks—Basel, Switzerland; Strasbourg, France; and Worms, Mainz, and Cologne, Germany
- Since the time when the Rhine valley became incorporated into the Roman Empire, the river has been one of Europe’s leading transport routes
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