Each of these charming rivers is different, but what they have in common is their unwavering popularity among travellers. As the longest North Sea tributary, the Rhine presents diverse landscapes and cultures along its 880 navigable kilometers. From the steep, vine-covered slopes of the legendary Loreley Rock, to the picturesque wine-growing towns and tributaries in Holland along the Lower Rhine, the scene is set by historic cities, vast plains, fields, meadows and tree-lined riverbanks.
The most famous tributary of the Rhine is without doubt the Moselle, known for its steep vineyards, ancient small towns and villages like Traben-Trarbach and Cochem, which are renowned for their delicious wines, produced in the vineyards lining the shores of this graceful river.
Frankfurt is the home town of the German literary giant Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is also where you'll find the imperial cathedral and Paul's church, the cradle of German democracy. An important town during the Holy Roman Empire, Koblenz is delightfully situated right along the Moselle estuary. Then across the border in France, Strasbourg was fought over by two German families in the Middle Ages, but today is a centre for Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Holland's Waterways and Belgium
The royal palace, the Rembrandthuis and the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam are just some of the places you may like to visit in this 'Venice of the North', as it is popularly known. In Rotterdam, see the largest seaport in Europe, home to numerous container terminals, cranes, warehouse and much more. The Keukenhof is the largest sculpture park in Holland, but is, of course even more famous as the largest flower garden in the world. It was here that the former Countess, Jacoba of Bavaria, grew her kitchen herbs (kitchen garden = Keukenhof) and where today daffodils, hyacinths, crown imperials and tulips display a frenzy of colours and scents.
Antwerp is the most important harbour city in Belgium and the second largest port in Europe after Rotterdam. Once a rich Hanseatic trading city, Bruges has become a magnet for visitors as has Brussels, where a stroll through the old town takes you to one of the most famous and beautiful squares in the world - the 'Grand Place'.