Cologne Cathedral is the town of Cologne's landmark as well as the heart of the city. Situated directly beneath the bank of the Rhine in neighbourhood of the Hohenzollernbridge and the Central station, it is easy to reach all major points of interest of the city from here.
Be it one of the many museums or the shopping district with Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse. The "High Cathedral of St. Peter" with its five naves has been completed in after years of construction.
It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and is able to bear about 4. Beneath its appearance as a country manor, the Arenenberg castle does not give any clues as to the treasures hidden within.
Visitors can discover a whole series of remarkable furniture and decoration in First Empire, Biedermeier and Second Empire styles, completed by an exceptional collection of artwork.
It is the only museum devoted to the history of Napoleon in a Germany-speaking country. The square meter museum — the first public museum in France devoted to an artist during his lifetime — has been established in the Greiner Villa and houses more than drawings donated by the artist to his home city.
Basel's museums and galleries house several important international works of art. Each year more than one million visitors visit 36 exhibition.
Compared to other similarly-sized cities, Basel has one of the highest densities of museums and galleries in the world.
It is held every year in mid-June. Attracting over one million visitors every year, Bonn's Museum Mile is a must for all lovers of art and culture.
The Museum of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany Haus der Geschichte presents the country's contemporary history by means of photographs, documents and original objects from recent German history.
The Fine Art Museum Kunstmuseum Bonn exhibits Rhenish expressionist works and German art from the post-war period while the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland plays host to travelling exhibitions designed to show national and international cultural trends with the inclusion of science and technology.
The Alexander Koenig Museum is one of the top zoological museums in Germany. Finally, the Bonn German Museum presents the milestones of scientific discovery over the past 50 years.
The Art Museum in Remagen Rolandseck district consists of the historic station building and the modern building of the American architect Richard Meier.
The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck has various exhibition levels, where changing presentations can be seen. International fine arts, classical concerts and a collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to modern times can be witnessed.
There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The reconstruction of the old workshop of the inventor of the printing press including a press that visitors can operate and a copy of the Gutenburg Bible - the first book to be printed in Europe using movable type - are just two of the main attractions in the Gutenburg Museum in Mainz.
On display are four millennia of written history and culture and the most important prints from the 14th century right up to the present day.
Located a few miles south of Neuss, the Museum Insel Hombroich opened in the heart of an old park on the island of Hombroich in The exhibition building and the artist's studio blend naturally into the vast landscape.
Winding paths are punctuated by works of sculptural architecture. The island hosts a wide diversity of events involving philosophers, poets, musicians and artists.
Designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, a new exhibition hall combining lightness and transparency was constructed on a former missile launch site a stone's throw from Hombroich in The Langen Foundation displays works from the Langen collection that includes almost Japanese artworks and modern pieces.
Housed in Villa Planta, which was built in by the architect Johannes Ludwig, the Museum of Fine Arts in Chur is home to works of art predominantly by Swiss or Graubünden artists and sculptors from the 18th century to the present day.
The Vitra Design Museum is one of the biggest design museums in the world. The American architect Frank Gehry, known, in particular, for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, has created an architectural masterpiece made up of towers, ramps and cubes.
Permanent exhibitions showing the historical and contemporary developments in the world of design provide visitors with the opportunity of discovering the diversity and importance of design.
A symbol of French-German reconciliation and European unity, Strasbourg is considered to be the capital of Europe due to the presence of several European Union and other institutions in the city.
With it being the home in particular of the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg is one of the rare cities, together with New York and Geneva, to house international institutions without it actually being the capital of a state itself.
On show in the permanent exhibition is life past and present in the Upper Rhine where Germany, Switzerland and France meet. Only a few hundred metres downstream from Schaffhausen is one of Europe's most powerful and impressive waterfalls.
The wild spectacle of the Rhine hurtling over the rocks attracts hundres of thousands of sightseers every year. Boat rides enable visitors to get even closer to the falls.
Weirs, locks and a fish ladder at Gambsheim. To meet shipping, agricultural and power generation requirements, weirs and hydraulic plants have been built on the River Rhine.
These often create obstacles difficult for migrating fish to overcome on their way to their spawning ground. To enable them to reach the Rhine basin, Germany and France signed an agreement in to construct fish ladders at the hydro-electric plants in Iffezheim and Gambsheim.
The Gambsheim fish ladder, opened in , is the largest in Europe. An observation room enables visitors to watch the salmon, eels, trout and river herrings on their way upstream.
In conjunction with the first cross-border garden show in , Kehl and Strasbourg linked the French and German banks of the Rhine with a "passerelle" - a bridge for the sole use of pedestrians and cyclists.
The second largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam, Rotterdam, is the industrial heart of the country. Located at the mouth of the Rhine and the Meuse, its strategic position provides an economic outlet for western Germany and makes the region one of the most dynamic in Europe.
Its facilities stretch over 28 kilometres making it the fourth largest port in the world and the largest in Europe. Alongside Le Havre in France, Rotterdam's deep water "Europoort" is the only port in Europe capable of accommodating supertankers and their cargo of , tons of fuel.
Refineries and petrochemical plants abound in the region. Where grain was once stored and milled, visitors will today find museums, restaurants and a marina - Mediterranean flair right in the centre of the city.
The old harbour has been transformed into an ambitious urbanistically and architecturally attractive city quarter.
Located at the foot of Piz Baduz at an altitude of metres, Lake Toma is considered to be the source of the River Rhine.
A one-hour walk away from the Oberalp Pass in Graubünden, it is the only place where the river can be crossed in one stride. With a surface area of 2.
Covering an area of 24 square kilometres, Kühkopf-Knoblochsaue is the largest nature reserve in the State of Hesse.
It is home to exceptional flora and fauna, including bush willow, reed beds and Kühkopf island, surrounded by an ancient branch of the Rhine.
This nature reserve gives us a good idea of what the Rhine area looked like before its banks were developed by Man. Located on a former Rhine gravel bank, the nature reserve protects 60 hectares of alluvial forest.
The whole of the natural site, deprived since of the Rhine's floods and their contributions in nutritious sediment, is flooded, at the start of the summer, by the rising of the water table during the period of the Rhine's high waters.
Gigantic trees, mysterious reed beds and a large variety of water birds make up the attractions of this Alsace jungle.
Awaiting cyclists at the end of the EuroVelo 15 route is the little seaside resort of Hoek van Holland - today a part of Rotterdam.
The long beaches are perfect for a gentle walk and the dunes are awaiting discovery. Here again are unique plants deserving protection that visitors should take care not to trample on.
Now it really is time to rest one's legs and relax. The secondary branch of the Rhine is 17 miles long. Known as the Kromme Rijn, or Crooked Rhine, it was an important waterway until the construction of a dam in during the Middle Ages.
Still flowing gently, the Kromme Rijn has maintained a pleasant landscape, with castles and private estates built alongside the river. Located between the towns of Arnhem, Nijmegen and Emmerich am Rhein, Gelderse Poort is a nature reserve that is considered to be one of the 20 most beautiful countryside areas in the Netherlands.
It is the starting point for the vast Rhine Delta. Full of legend, the hill in the Siebengebirge range has become a major tourist attraction due to its spectacular position above the Rhine and the ruins of the old Drachenfels Castle.
To get to the top of the hill, one has to pass Schloss Drachenburg, a picturesque castle dating back to the 19th century.
Once at the top, visiotrs have a marvellous view of the Rhineland. Between the two main Rhine Delta rivers, the Waal to the south and Nederrijn to the north, is the horticultural region of Betuwe.
It is above all known for its pear and cherry tree orchards. The delta's rich alluvial deposits make the area ideal for horticulture.
Flowing from east to west, it runs through the Betuwe region from Doorenburg to Gorinchem. Motorized boats are not allowed on the Linge unless the "Watershap Rivierenland" the Dutch waterways authority issues a permit for the stretch between Geldermalsen and the Kanal van Steenenhoek.
The Lampertheimer Nature Reserve is one of the most important wildlife conservation areas in the northern part of the Upper Rhine.
A dominant feature of the hectare area, which includes the Biedensand peninsular and the shallow Lake Welsch Loch, is the natural flood dynamics of the Rhine.
Biesbosch Natural Park lies in a brackwater zone in which freshwater and saltwater mix. Lying in the estuary of the Rhine and Maas in the North Sea, Biesbosch provides the ideal habitat for numerous kinds of animals and plants.
Normal long ago for the western part of the Netherlands, large areas of reeds, meadows, islands full of willow trees and marshy woodland are still to be found in the national park.
All the various forms of vegetation have been protected in Biesbosch, one of the biggest national parks in the Netherlands, since The Ile de Nature Reserve is one of the most impressive riverside woodland areas in the whole of Alsace.
It is home to a wide diversity of species living on the materials deposited by the river's high waters. As a result of being directly linked to the Rhine, the woodland areas are regularly flooded throughout the year thus maintaining their alluvial character.
A multitude of characteristic plant and animal species that are perfectly adapted to the environment all live close together here under widely differing conditions.
The region of Baden is one of the biggest wine regions in the south of Germany. The vineyards and small wine villages reach from the moutains of the Black Forest to the Rhine.
The region is divided in several parts. Amongst others, in the touristic destination of the Black Forest, the wine region of the Markgräferland, the Tuniberg, Kaiserstuhl, Breisgau and Ortenau, germany's southernmost Riesling producing region.
In Breisach am Rhein, you will find the Badische Winzerkeller, one of the biggest wine cellars in Europe. More information under www. The "Palatinate Jungle" is characterized by original riverside woodlands, clear lakes, vast forests and picturesque old-Rhine valleys, which follow a winding course before the straightening of the Rhine.
These forests are a natural habitat for extraordinary flora and fauna alternating between flood and drought. One of the most historically valuable plant species of the Rheinaue is the wild grapevine.
The alluvial areas between Rothenbrunnen and Reichenau constitute one of the Rhine's last natural river-side landscapes upstream from Lake Constance.
One characteristic of the alluvial landscape is its constant transformation. Subject to the whims of floods and droughts, it evolves every year.
Alluvial deposits are taken away or left, new islands and new meanders are formed, providing a wide variety of habitats for plants and animals.
It marks the entrance to the largest nature reserve in the Alsace basin, the Seltz Munchhausen reserve or better known as the Sauer Delta Nature Reserve.
Located where the River Sauer, a kilometre long river whose source is in the Palatinate, Germany, flows into the Rhine, the nature reserve is home to a biodiversity typical of alluvial plains.
To be seen here is a jungle-like forest a phenomenal number of birds. Located to the far south of Germany, at the border with Austria and Switzerland, Lake Constance, the third largest lake in Europe, is a must on the EuroVelo 15 route.
Holiday-makers particularly appreciate the large number of cruises available. There lie the peninsula of Höri, loved by the famous painters and writers Otto Dix and Hermann Hesse, the monasterial heritage of the Reichenau island, the gorgeous painted facades in Stein am Rhein, where you can find a very dense mix of what characterizes the Lake of Constance: We met with Damien and Clarisse, photographers, travelers and musicians, who spent 60 days cycling across Europe, and we asked them a few questions about their trip.
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The EuroVelo 15 — Rhine Cycle Route, which follows the Rhine from its source in the Swiss Alps to its outlet in the Dutch Sea, offers cyclists the opportunity to experience the diversity of the Rhine landscape.
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The longest stretch of the EuroVelo 15 is in Germany. The River Rhine joins France and Germany over a distance of kilometres.
Following the course of the EuroVelo 15 on the French side from Basel, one passes through some wonderfully varied Alsatian countryside in the Haut Rhin and Bas Rhin departments.
After entering the Netherlands, the Rhine splits into several branches before making its way towards the North Sea through the wide delta it shares with the Meuse and Scheldt rivers.
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From the source of the Rhine to its mouth in the North Sea "The Rhine combines every quality a river can exhibit. The rapidity of the Rhone, the breadth of the Loire, the rocks of the Meuse, the sinuosity of the Seine, the translucency of the Somme, the historical reminiscences of the Tiber, the regal dignity of the Danube, the mysterious influence of the Nile, the golden sands of the glittering streams of the New World, the phantoms of some Asiatic stream" - Victor Hugo.
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Büsingen Büsingen is a German village in Switzerland next to Schaffhausen. Rees, historic town centre The oldest town in the Lower Rhine still holds some of the attractions of its powerful past in its historic town centre.
Stein-am-Rhein Stein-am-Rhein, known for its old town dating from the Middle Ages with its wonderful half-timbered houses and painted facades, is located at the point where Lake Constance narrows to become the River Rhine again.
Rheinau on the Rhine Considered as one of the major sacred buildings in Switzerland, the monastery island of Rheinau, placed in a bend in the river downstream from Schaffhausen, houses a magnificent Benedictine abbey.
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Town of Rhenen Famous for its Gothic Cunera Church, constructed in the 15th century, the town of Rhenen has built up on the banks of the Lek - one of the many branches of the Rhine, downstream of Arnhem.
Biebrich Palace Built on the banks of the Rhine, this beautiful Baroque building, with its mullion windows and its circular rotunda holding court over the central wing, was constructed between and as a residency for the Princes of Nassau.
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