The Rhine River runs from the Alps in Switzerland through Germany, France, and ends the Netherlands where it empties into the North Sea.
The region has a complex history dating back thousands of years with many medieval fairytale towns and villages to uncover. Featuring stunning landscapes, a Rhine Valley hike is an unexpected experience in the region with many opportunities available for immersing in the history and beauty of the region.
The scenery along the Rhine river is blessed with 700 miles of beauty and features thousands of miles of hiking trails that encircle the Rhineland, and the Alps regions, and take you through the many vineyards that are found as you venture up or down the Rhine River.
What are the opportunities to find adventure on the Rhine river? Here are just a few hiking options awaiting your arrival:
The Rhine Castle Trail follows a winding stretch of land on the left bank of the river. Perfect for hiking among the UNESCO World Heritage, Upper Middle Rhine Valley regions that inspired classic storybook tales from its many historic castles. By cutting through small villages and into medieval castle grounds, you can encounter part of this 130-mile trail. Journey through forested grounds and be treated to some of the best viewpoints found within the Rhine Valley.
Germany’s Riesling route, named after the famed grape that grows within the Rheingau region, features hiking along a paved route marked with what else but a wine glass marker. Hiking along the river banks you pass small wine villages and through terraced vineyards that shadow the Rhine river. As you cross through the scenic vineyards, stop in one for a tour and tasting of the famed German Riesling wines.
Hike the Black Forest – The setting for the Grimm’s Brother Fairy Tales will not disappoint as you journey through pine forests and around scenic lakes. With some of the most picturesque countryside in Germany, your day of exploration will be met with cultural immersion as you chance upon the Black Forest huts serving homemade, locally sourced food and drink. Did you know that hiking is one of the included activities on a river cruise along the Rhine river?
We are enthralled to guide you aboard an unforgettable fairytale journey through the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland. BucketList Travel Advisors will be cruising in June 2023 on an 11-night journey along the Rhine and the lesser-known tributary of the Rhine, considered the most beautiful river in Europe, the Moselle river.
Join us on this active quest through breathtaking scenery and fairytale locations, ask us how you too can find adventure on the Rhine River.