20 Cities on the Rhine River to Visit

The Rhine is one of the major European rivers and passes or crosses 6 countries: Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and France.

The charming cities along the river are home to castles, palaces, museums, and other interesting attractions. Check out our list of 20 popular destinations to visit along the Rhine.

Suggested Cities on the Rhine River to Visit

1. Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

Rüdesheim am Rhein, GermanyPhoto Credit: Tjaard Krusch

Rüdesheim am Rhein is located along the Rhine 66 km (41 miles) from Frankfurt.

The city is home to attractions such as the Sankt Jakobus Kirche church, the Rüdesheimer Seilbahn cable car, the Rossel Castle observation deck, the Ehrenfels Castle, the Niederwaldtempel and the Weingut GEORG BREUER and Weingut August Kesseler wineries.

In the surrounding area is the Johannisberg Castle, a castle with vineyards, home to one of the best wineries in Europe.

2. Bingen am Rhein, Germany

Bingen am Rhein, Germany

Bingen am Rhein is located on the left bank of the Rhine opposite the city of Rüdesheim am Rhein.

Highlights attractions in Bingen include the Klopp Castle, the Chapel of St. Roch and the Museum am Strom.

And in Trechtingshausen, just a short distance from Bingen, it is possible to stay in a castle on the banks of the Rhine.

3. Bonn, Germany

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Bonn is known as the birthplace of Beethoven and has a charming historic center and interesting attractions.

Highlights of a visit include the Poppelsdorf Palace, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn Museum, the Bonner Münster, and the Rheinaue Park.

4. Königswinter, Germany

Königswinter, GermanyPhoto Credit: Hannes Wermuth

Königswinter is a city located near Bonn, known for its castle.The Schloss Drachenburg is a medieval castle offering beautiful views of the Rhine Valley.

5. Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany - Rhine River

Cologne is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Germany.

The city is home to attractions such as its famous cathedral, the Cologne Chocolate Museum, the Roman-Germanic Museum, and the Rhein-Seilbahn cable car.

The city is located between Bonn and Düsseldorf, making it a great destination option for an itinerary through the cities of the Rhine of Germany.

6. Düsseldorf, Germany

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Düsseldorf is known for its fashion industry in Germany, highlighting its Königsallee area.

The city has a beautiful historic center and is home to attractions and sights such as the Rheinuferpromenade Düsseldorf, the Rhine Tower, and the Schloss Benrath.

7. Koblenz, Germany

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Located at the junction of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, Koblenz is a charming city to visit in Germany.

Koblenz’s highlighted attractions include the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Deutsches Eck, the Schloss Koblenz and the Stolzenfels Castle.

8. Konstanz, Germany

Konstanz, Germany

Konstanz is a city located along Konstanz Lake (Bodensee).

The city has a preserved medieval historic center and is home to elegant hotels along the lake. It is an excellent destination to relax and to combine with a Swiss itinerary.

9. Karlsruhe, Germany

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Karlsruhe is located just a short train ride from Stuttgart and Baden-Baden.

Karlsruhe Palace, State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe, and Europabad are the main attractions of the city.

10. Mannheim, Germany

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Located between the Rhine and Neckar rivers, Mannheim is known for its square area and Baroque palace.

The city is also home to good museum options such as the Kunsthalle Mannheim with an impressive art collection.

11. Wiesbaden, Germany

Wiesbaden, Germany, Rhine RiverPhoto Credit: Lena Denk

Wiesbaden is a city located just a short train ride away from Frankfurt.

The city is home to attractions such as the Museum Wiesbaden, the Neroberg hill with seasonal cable car, and the Biebrich Palace near the banks of the Rhine.

12. Mainz, Germany

Mainz, Germany

Mainz is located on the opposite side of Wiesbaden separated by the Rhine.

Highlights of a visit to Mainz include the Mainz Citadel, the Mainz Cathedral, the Gutenberg Museum, and the Kurfürstliches Schloss.

13. Speyer, Germany

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Speyer is located on the left bank of the Rhine at 28 km (17.4 miles) from Mannheim.

The city is home to attractions such as the Technic Museum Speyer, the Historical Museum of the Palatinate, the Speyer Cathedral, and a Beer Garden by the river.

14. Vaduz, Liechtenstein

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Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein, located on the Rhine near the Swiss border.

The city’s postcard is its beautiful castle, the Vaduz Castle. The city also has a charming pedestrian area and is home to two important museums: the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and the Liechtenstein National Museum.

15. Basel, Switzerland

Basel, SwitzerlandPhoto Credit: Chris Boese

Basel is a Swiss city located near the borders of Germany and France.

The city has a medieval center with attractions such as the Basel Minster, the Basel Town Hall, the Middle Bridge, and museums such as the Museum of Natural History Basel and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

16. Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, SwitzerlandPhoto Credit: Sven Masuhr

Neuhausen am Rheinfall is located 50.5 km (31.4 miles) from Zurich.The Rhine Falls is Europe’s largest waterfalls and the main attraction in the region.

There are several tours available to the Rhine Falls from Zurich.

17. Chur, Switzerland

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Chur is a Swiss city located on the Rhine at 40.6 km (25.2 miles) from Vaduz.

Its historic center is home to attractions such as the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, the St. Martin’s Church -Chur, and the Bündner Kunstmuseum.

And the highest railway in the Alps (Bernina Express) crossing bridges and offering spectacular views is also a popular attraction departing from Chur.

18. Kreuzlingen, Switzerland

Kreuzlingen, SwitzerlandPhoto Credit: Pascal Debrunner

Located on Konstanz Lake (Bodensee) on the Swiss side near the German border, Kreuzlingen is home to attractions such as the Schwimmbad Hörnli swimming pool and the beautiful Seeburgpark.

19. Strasbourg, France

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Strasbourg is a city in France located in the Alsace region near the German border.

The city enchants with its Petite-France historic center, with half-timbered homes and canals.

In addition to world-class museums and a beautiful cathedral, the city also offers excellent options for boulangerie, cafes, and restaurants.

20. Arnhem, Netherlands

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Arnhem is a Dutch city located 96.6 km (60 miles) from Amsterdam.

The city is home to attractions such as the Museum Arnhem, the Park Sonsbeek, and the Eusebius Arnhem Foundation.

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