Castles of the River Rhine

Europe's rivers have frequently been hailed as some of the most jaw-dropping waterways in the world, and none more so than the river Rhine. Snaking its way around the southeastern Swiss Alps before flowing through Germany on its way to the North Sea in the Netherlands, the 12th longest river in Europe has a lot to offer for river cruisers.

Perhaps one of the most commonly cited reasons for travelling the Rhine is its exquisite collection of castles. The dozens of old fortresses that pepper the Rhine Gorge – primarily from Koblenz all the way down to Bingen – show off the turbulent history of the area and demonstrate how architectural preferences have changed dramatically down the years.

Towering structures to keep an eye out for include Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, which has withheld so many attacks that it has acquired the name Guard at the Rhine. Travelling on the Classic Rhine cruise with Seafarer, you'll even get to explore the iconic Reichsburg castle, towering as it does over the town of Cochem. Further along, crane your necks for a good view of Schonburg Castle, considered by Ferdinand Freiligrath to be "the most beautiful refuge of the Rhine romanticism".

If the history, architecture and sheer imposingness of these incredible structures isn't enough to grab the attention of the casual cruise goer, the incredible sight of these stunning constructs at sundown should get the cameras clicking.

As if that wasn't enough, cruise goers will be lucky enough to experience the Rhine from the decks of Serenade I, which deservedly has quite a following in the UK thanks to her four-star status and reasonable pricing.

The only way to witness the Rhine in all its glory is on a cruise, as you'll find yourself in the very heart of the Rhine Gorge at the best possible moment to take photographs of its beautiful castles. Be sure to book the most personal experience you can and opt for Seafearer's Classic Rhine itinerary for luxury, class and a trip to remember.