The Rhine river flows through the north-central part of Europe, which is a region rich in history, culture, and stunning scenery. Visitors can explore the river and the surrounding Rhine valley by means of river cruises, hiking or cycling, and winter Nordic walking tours.
The Rhine starts as a stream fed by the Rheinwaldhorn Glacier in the Swiss Alps and flows northeast, for 820 kilometers until it reaches the North Sea.
The Rhine passes through mountainous country in Switzerland and Germany that gradually becomes flatter until it divides into two rivers (the Lek and the Waal) as it enters the Netherlands.
Spectacular formations like the Rhine Gorge compete for visitors' attention with medieval castles and towns plus most of the vineyards of Germany and French Alsace, which borders the river.
The Lorelei Legend
A statue on Lorelei Rock at St. Goarshausen recalls the myth of the Lorelei, a nymph who fell to her death from the 120-meter rock after falling in love.
Stretching 320 kilometers from Wiesbaden to Bonn (the "Middle Rhine"), the Rheinsteig Trail accommodates hikers and cyclists in summer and Nordic walkers in winter.
The Rhein-Main-Danube Canal connects the Rhine with the Danube river to the south, creating a continuous waterway from the North Sea to the Black Sea.