For a laid back cruise through the German wine country, travel by train on the Rhine valley route. Not only do you get the chance to visit the charming towns of Koblenz and Mainz (home of Gutenberg who invented the printing press) but you also pass through charming riverside vineyards and later continue your journey to the cultural party city of Cologne.
Rhine Valley Line scenic train
Rhine Valley Line scenic train route
The West Rhine railway pulls out of charming Mainz and wastes no time in leaving industrial life behind before gliding into the charm and charisma of the wine producing region. It meanders along the west bank of the River Rhine, showcasing the calm water, gentle hills and vineyard-laden slopes of the valleys it passes through. Just a few tunnels interrupt the view until you reach Koblenz, where the Moselle River meets the Rhine.
- Koblenz - Mainz
Facilities and services
À la carte menu restaurant
Facilities may differ per train and route.
Highlights are the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz, the castles of Marksburg, Stahleck, Katz and Maus or the Pfalz castle on an island in the river bed. There are many other places worth a visit too. Cities like Bacharach, St. Goar or Rüdesheim are completing the unique picture of this beautiful landscape.
Conditions for Eurail pass holders
If your Eurail pass is valid for Germany then you can also use it on the Rhine Valley lines.
Your Eurail pass is not only valid on DB trains, but also gives a discount on boats operated by Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt AG (KD Rhine line). Passengers can change from train to boat or vice versa at numerous stops. See extra pass benefits in Germany for more info.