The Rhine River
its towns and scenery make the Rhine Valley Germany one of the most
popular and fascinating attractions in Europe. River cruising on the Rhine is growing in popularity as the travel industry is beginning to see
vacationers choose to move from big boats to smaller boats and new
venues. As you can see from our photographs the
Rhine River and its valley can be incredibly beautiful - and the
region's wines are very good, as well.
The Rhine rises in the Swiss Alps, flows north, creating a border between
France and Germany and then flows across Germany being fed by its
tributaries including the Nekar, the Main and the Moselle, before it enters
the Netherlands, mixes with some other rivers and eventually crosses
a large delta during its exit to the North Sea.
The Rhine has
always been an important transportation corridor, which led many
minor nobles to construct castles on its hillsides to extract
tariffs from passing barges. Often, the positioning of the
castles reflected one-upmanship, as nobles would leapfrog others in
an attempt to be first in line for toll collection. Many of
the castles have fallen into ruin, others can be toured and some are
hotels. Regardless, the castles add an aura of mystery and
history to this wonderful valley.