I’m excited to share Viking River Cruises Castles and River Views. These are photos I captured while cruising down the Rhine and Moselle Rivers in Germany on a Viking River Cruise.
This is the Viking River Cruises Swiss Alps to Paris itinerary. We boarded the boat in Basel, Switzerland. I’ve already written about our time in Zurich, I’ve shared a tour of our Viking River Cruise boat (the Viking Hild) and I’ve shared our day in Strasbourg too.
- Days 1 to 3: Zurich, Switzerland
- Day 3: Basel, Switzerland
- Day 4: Strasbourg, France
- Day 5: Speyer, Germany
- Day 6: Mainz, Germany
- Day 7: Koblenz, Germany and cruising along the Rhine
- Day 8: Cochem, Germany
- Day 9: Bernkastel, Germany
- Days 9/10: Trier, Germany and Luxembourg
- Days 10 to 12: Paris, France
This post covers mostly covers views from the river on day 7. There is a particular stretch on the Rhine where there are a ton of castles. But I included photos from the river on other parts of the cruise too.
We were given a map to follow along and spot the castles while cruising down the river. I knew we were going to see a few castles, but I had no idea how many!
The castles are all up on the hillsides. After all, you need to remember that they were fortresses back in the day, so being up high they had the advantage of a better lookout situation. Some of the castles are quite rustic looking.
And some of the castles have been renovated and turned into hotels.
Our castle-viewing day was a bit drizzly and dreary. The top of the boat is best for viewing the sights along the river, as long as you have someone to keep you warm!
There are so many castles along the river that I’m sure the Germans have to decide which castles they want to try and maintain. Some castles are more like old ruins with walls standing but not fully enclosed.
I love that this one was built into the rock on the hillside.
My friend Sandy was on the trip with me. She’s my great travel partner!
Here’s one where there is just a little bit of the castle remaining! Isn’t this place gorgeous?
If you look closely, you can spot a little HOTEl sign just below the castle.
I love this one- so pretty set up above these colorful homes!
This is not a castle but a beautiful spot edging the river. I’m assuming it must be a hotel.
This one could be a church, though I don’t see any crosses so I’m not certain of that.
Sailing down the river during the day is probably my favorite thing to do on a Viking River Cruise. It’s so relaxing, and I just love to watch the countryside as we’re sailing by. It’s absolutely breathtaking in many areas.
Another pretty town!
And there are lots of homes with vineyards surrounding them.
A good way to warm up on a drizzly river cruise day is to ask the bartender to make you Baileys and Coffee! Hope you enjoyed my views from the river on this cruise! More to come in the next few weeks– I still need to share about our stops in Germany and Paris.
For more about this Viking River Cruise itinerary, visit VikingRiverCruises.com.