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From Frankfurt to Strasbourg, cruise the heart of romantic Germany
Rhine cruises are amongst CroisiEurope's major river cruise itineraries. Simultaneously reminiscent of historic upheavals and representative of modern Europe, the Rhine is a romantic destination and a gateway to discover Northern Europe's architectural heritage. Embark on board the MS Modigliani from Frankfurt am Mainz to cruise the Rhine all the way to Strasbourg, and explore Germany’s most beautiful towns and cities.
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Home town of the writer, poet and playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Frankfurt is famous worldwide for its vibrant cultural life, its business quarter, international fairs like the International Motor Show Germany and the Frankfurt Book fair – a major event that has been held for more than 500 years - and its excellent geographical location.
Situated on the Main River, a tributary of the Rhine, this amazing and fascinating city is rich in contrasts: breathtakingly beautiful old buildings which bear the scars of Second World War bombings stand next to modern skyscrapers. The most important monument in the city is Frankfurt Cathedral, cited as a prime example of Gothic architecture; the Commerzbank Tower is often referred to as one of the major modern architectural designs. This skyscraper built in 1997 is 300 meters high (including its antenna) with 63 floors!
Another must-see site is St. Paul's Church. This piece of priceless cultural heritage also bears witness to historic events, having been the venue for the 1848 Frankfurt parliament session, the very first freely elected political assembly in German history.
Coblenz is the first stopover on this romantic Rhine cruise. This typical Rhine valley town is famous for its numerous castles and medieval ruins dotting the gorgeous green slopes along the river banks. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second biggest construction of this type, remains an important site which you can discover on your CroisiEurope cruise. Sitting proudly high above the mouth of the Moselle river, the fortress dominates the Rhine Valley at a strategic point, offering a breathtaking view.
Next we’re off to Mainz, the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate which has always been referred to as the city of universities, media corporations, clergy and cathedrals. This city was established more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and its foundations were laid by renowned architects in the XVIIth and XVIIIth century. Its unique charm, openness to rest of the world and incomparable lifestyle will win you over. The Mainz excursion will take you to its beautiful cathedral and the Gutenberg Museum, whilst its picturesque narrow, winding cobbled streets will be a treat for architecture and history buffs.
Famous for its castle, Heidelberg is known for being a romantic, cosmopolitan and vibrant city. Widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, it has inspired many poets, musicians and painters such as Goethe, Brentano and Eichedorff. From classical music to jazz, cinema to theatre and literature, Heidelberg is Germany’s cultural and music festival hotspot.
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