Main River Cruises From Frankfurt to Nuremberg



If you take a cruise on the Main River, you will travel from Frankfurt to Nuremberg or from Nuremberg to Frankfurt. These cruises are often combined with the Main-Danube-Canal and some combination of the Rhine, Danube and Moselle Rivers.

The Main-Danube Canal is a man-made waterway that connects the Main and Danube rivers and makes travel between the North Sea and the Black Sea possible.

Nuremberg is located on the Main-Danube Canal. Cruises between Frankfurt and Nuremberg are commonly featured in Christmas Market itineraries.


Frankfurt Germany

Frankfurt, Germany

If your Main River cruise begins on the Rhine, you will probably embark in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Or you could begin your cruise in Basel, Switzerland on the Rhine. And if your cruise starts on the Moselle River, you might board your ship in Trier, Germany or Remich, Luxembourg.

A departure from Eastern Europe, would reverse the course. To the east of the Main River - near the end of the Danube River – you would embark in Bucharest, Romania. Other originating ports on the Danube, include Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria.

If your Main River cruise begins on the Rhine, you will probably embark in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Or you could begin your cruise in Basel, Switzerland on the Rhine. And if your cruise starts on the Moselle River, you might board your ship in Trier, Germany or Remich, Luxembourg.


Main River Facts

Old Town Hall on the Main River in Bamberg, Germany


Mainz, Germany is considered the starting point of the Main River – where the Rhine and Main Rivers meet. The river is 357 miles long and is also connected to the Danube River to its east through the Main-Danube Canal.

The Main River flows through central Germany from Mainz to Bamberg, which is where the Main-Danube Canal begins. The canal extends 106 miles from Bamberg to Regensburg, Germany where it joins the Danube River.


Main River Cruise Destinations

Main River in Würzburg, Germany


The entire Main River is contained in Germany. It flows through Frankfurt, Miltenberg, Wertheim, Wurzburg and Bamberg.


Some UNESCO World Heritage Sites that could be in your itinerary:

Wurzburg, Germany – Wurzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square
Bamberg, Germany – Town of Bamberg


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