The Golden Rhine
There is a traditional German folk song which, loosely translated is entitled, “If the water of the Rhine was wine, oh how I would like to be a fish’. The song goes on to explain the beauty and history of one of Europe’s most well-known attractions the River Rhine. The center of western European romance, culture and tradition all originates with this spectacular waterway.
Although I have never taken a river cruise down this majestic river, I have had the pleasure of driving along it numerous times. Having been born in the south of Holland, less than an hour away from the Rhine, I have fond memories of childhood excursions and in recent years wonderful visits to the many picturesque villages, fine wineries and medieval castles along its path.
One of the most popular river cruises starts in Rotterdam and ends in Basel, Switzerland, with many stops along the way. If you choose to drive the route, like I have, I would recommend flying into Munich, driving through Füssen and connect with the Rhine in Basil, Switzerland. Take the next week and drive leisurely to Rotterdam and then onto Amsterdam, staying at boutique hotels and guesthouses along the way.