The rivers of Europe have you experiencing a lot of old world charm in cities big and small. Amazing, photogenic old world charm, all with their own unique personalities.
For anyone wanting to explore ancient cities and historic castles, walk through charming wine villages, take in the lively city of Amsterdam or visit one of 40 museums in Basel, a Rhine and Moselle river itinerary is a great fit.
Plenty of picture perfect moments await you on itineraries that include one or both rivers. Following are my top nine most photogenic places to see.
BASEL OLD TOWN
Many Rhine cruises start or end in this lovely city, home to Switzerland's oldest university. In the Old Town area you'll find charming colorful streets, historic landmarks and scenic views of the river. The Roman ruins of Augusta Raurica are only a few miles outside of the city.
Colmar truly is like stepping into the pages of a fairy tale. Half-timbered homes, whimsical store fronts, interesting history waiting to be found in the narrow streets.
Strasbourg too has its share of picturesque half-timbered homes in the Le Petite France section of town. In the summer months, bright flowers hang on window sills, balconies and bridges. The city is rich in architecture, with styles from the Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic and Art Nouveau periods. Photographic opportunities everywhere you turn.
Home to Germany's oldest university, the symbolic heart of the city is the Heidelberg Castle, with panoramic views of the city and home to the world's largest wine barrel - large enough to hold over 58,000 gallons of wine! Even if you don't drink wine it's a site to see.
BELSTEIN, BERNKASTEL AND COCHEM
Quaint wine villages, cobblestone streets and romantic ancient castles will fill your days with magic and wonder while exploring this area of the Moselle River.
Photos courtesy of Germany Tourism
Trier, Germany's oldest town, is a treasure chest full of well preserved Roman ruins.
Home to Germany's most visited site, the Gothic Cathedral (better known as the Dom) is not to be missed. Be sure to check out the beautiful stained glass windows. A number of Roman ruins can be discovered on walking tours around the area of the cathedral.
These gardens offer countless picture opportunities. Everywhere you look - hundreds of tulips, other colorful flowers, perfectly placed statues. Pictures and words don't do the gardens justice. A must visit on Spring itineraries.
Amsterdam is a fun city to explore. Wander, take in the sites, watch people, take a canal tour. Plenty for the lenses (and senses) to take in.