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River Boats

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River Boats

I am planning on renting a car in Cologne, and then driving south as close to the river as possible to Koblenz and beyond. But now I am thinking of going to Koblenz another way and rent the car there. Obviously I can go by train. Can you see the river from the train? But, I was wondering, are there (as on the Thames in London and in Bermuda) 'water taxis' or river ferries, or other boats (not the River Cruise Boats) that one can board in Cologne and go to Koblenz on?

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The most scenic part of the Rhine is south of Koblenz till Bingen. There are also railroads on both sides of the river. And as the towns (apart from Koblenz) are small it's not far to the boat piers. Thus you can do any boat/train combination you like.

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> that one can board in Cologne and go to Koblenz on

No. Not in this direction. Only in the opposite direction there is one daily connection.

There are ferries (there are no brigdes between Koblenz and Mainz) which connect one side of the river with the other. A means to cross the river, but not a means for sightseeing.

My recommendation: train to Bingen and from there downstream by boat to Braubach, visiting Marksburg castle and back by train to Cologne.


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Sorry..by 'ferries' I meant ones going up stream and downstream, not crossing from bank to bank. I have a road map and can see that one needs to be careful to cross at certain bridges, or you will miss certain sites and have to back track.

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For one Rhein boat company on the river, try

k-d.com, click the British flag on the top right corner for English, then River Cruises, then Timetable, to see their schedule between Bingen and Koblenz, the part as stated prior, is the most scenic (vineyards, castles, traditional villages) along the Rhein. One can thus travel on the K-D independently without a tour.

It's important to have the time table, as the boats go up and down the river between Mainz and Kblenz, with many stops, only a few times a day, especially off season.

Along the same stretch, trains do run right along the Rhein on either side, the locals stopping at almost every village. I have taken the K-D along part of the route (it is a day-long trip if you did the whole thing round trip on the boat) and completed it by train. I usually have a Germanrail pass, which means that I can ride the K-D boat for free with the pass,as well as the train. It's worth it to stop in a village for stroll and a meal and glass of wine or two)--Bacharach, St. Goar, St. Goarhausen are just some that come to mind.

In addition, there are other smaller boat companies that provide short tours. It's easy to find one of these at Koblenz for a shorter trip on the


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