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Neckar River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Heidelberg: 50-minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

1. Heidelberg: 50-minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Neckar River

See Heidelberg from a different point of view and cruise the Neckar River. Sit back and relax as you glide along the water, underneath the Old Bridge with a unique view of the Heidelberg Castle. Opt to purchase a drink or snack and capture the best highlights in a short period of time. Head toward the Old Bridge and capture first views of the Heidelberg Castle. Admire the partially rebuilt structure, nestled within a hill and looking over the old city. Afterward, the ship will steer alongside the Neuenheimer riverbank, with its majestic villas and the famous Philosophenweg. Experience the ship turnaround at the Wielblinger Wehrsteg, and drive upstream along the historic town hall back to the pier. If you get peckish, snacks and drinks are available for purchase as you see the major highlights in one sweet trip.

Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

2. Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

Discover the castles of the Neckar valley on this riverboat tour from Heidelberg to Neckarsteinach. Relax aboard a comfortable ship with a covered seating area where you can choose your seat. Have the option of choosing a one-way trip or a round-trip cruise. Check in at the activity provider's office and board the spacious ship. Set off through the countryside. Pass under one of the arches of the 18th-century Old Heidelberg Bridge. Admire the ruins of the Renaissance Heidelberg Palace. Set off through the winding waters through the verdant countryside. Capture pictures of the four castles of Neckarsteinach. Look for local wildlife like deer, boar, and birds as you sail through the verdant Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park. Relax and purchase delicious food and refreshing drinks onboard as you sail along. With your round trip ticket, you can stay in Neckarsteinach to visit the castles or travel back to Heidelberg at any time.

Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

3. Stuttgart: River Cruise to Max-Eyth-See

Admire the city of Stuttgart and its gorgeous surrounding valley from a unique perspective, with a voyage down the Neckar River. The 2-hour round trip will take you from Wilhelma Port to the Max-Eyth-See, which is known for its rich biodiversity and excellent birdwatching opportunities, and back again. On board the Electra, a fully electric-powered ship, you'll also find a tasty menu of locally-sourced food and drink to savor as you make your way.

Mannheim: Guided Bus Tour

4. Mannheim: Guided Bus Tour

This extensive driving tour of Mannheim provides a great overview of the city and helps you discover its many hidden gems. Starting at the coach park at Toulonplatz in the city centre, first stop is the former residence of the Elector, Europe’s second largest baroque palace. You will also see the historic water tower, located in the centre of the Art Nouveau square of Friedrichsplatz. The route then crosses to the other side of the River Neckar and takes an excursion to the East. After this, we will drive back towards the city center, taking in the splendid mansions from the time of the city’s founding in the Oststadt district and the boulevard-style Augustaanlage. The tour crosses into the attractive Neckarstadt district and circles one of the largest district squares in the city, the Alter Messplatz. You will pass the Yavuz-Sultan-Selim mosque, one of Germany’s largest mosques, travel through the trendy Jungbusch neighbourhood and get a glance of the busy port of neighboring Ludwigshafen. The tour ends where it started, opposite the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums.

Ludwigsburg: River Cruise to/from Besigheim

5. Ludwigsburg: River Cruise to/from Besigheim

Cruise through Ludwigsburg on the Neckar River on a boat trip. Jump aboard the Weinkönigin and glide past idyllic meadows, picturesque vineyards, and dreamy villages. Go from Ludwigsburg-Hoheneck all the way to Besigheim, trying local wines from the region along the way. Start from Ludwigsburg and head up to Besigheim, or begin in Besigheim and disembark at Ludwigsburg-Hoheneck – with 3 different options including a round-trip or one-way cruise, the choice is yours. Get a front-row seat to soak in the beauty of the Neckar riverbank. Be ready to be spoilt by the boat's onboard service with its culinary delights and Württemberg wine (available for purchase). Enjoy diverse cultural programs for entertainment.

Stuttgart: Winter Tour in a Covered Wagon

6. Stuttgart: Winter Tour in a Covered Wagon

Explore the landscape of Stuttgart in the winter. Enjoy a sleigh ride on a covered tractor wagon, through a winter wonderland. Stay warm inside as you travel through wintry Stuttgart, along the Neckar and through the vineyards. Feel the festive spirit in the air as you get cozy under warm blankets, and take in the lovely christmas decorations. Sip on a glass of mulled wine or punch, and some christmas cookies. Join in with some well-known Christmas songs to complete the Christmas spirit.

Stuttgart: Stand-up Paddleboard Beginner Course

7. Stuttgart: Stand-up Paddleboard Beginner Course

Try out a fun and relaxing water sport while experiencing the beauty of the Neckar river. Meet at the Riverhouse in Stuttgart Münster nearby the Rot and Freiberg districts where you’ll meet your stand-up paddleboard instructor. Receive your board, paddle, and life jacket. After a brief introduction and some training from your expert guide, you’ll be ready to get in the water. Paddle out onto the Neckar River. Perfect your newly learned skills as you explore the river. Take in the beautiful views surrounding the river. Bond with your family, friends, or that special someone. Afterward, you can lounge at the Riverhouse, where delicious food and drinks are available for purchase.

Neckargemünd: 2.5-Hour Segway Tour on the Mark Twain Trail

8. Neckargemünd: 2.5-Hour Segway Tour on the Mark Twain Trail

Follow the traces of Mark Twain on a 2.5-hour Segway tour in the Neckar valley. Travel around the town of Neckargemünd by Segway and hear the way Mark Twain depicted Heidelberg and its surroundings in his classic book, A Tramp Abroad. From Abona beach, travel along a cycle path from Neckar to Neckarsteinach and enjoy the views of the 4 fascinating castles in the city. Crossing the Neckar at the sluice, you will go straight uphill to Dilsberg; a medieval townlet with a romantic ruined fortress. End in Dilsberg for wonderful panoramic views of the fields and forests running all the way to the Kraichgauer Land. The return journey takes you past the tanbark mill, Rainbach, and Abano beach.

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What people are saying about Neckar River

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 224 reviews

The jetty is located on the Neckar beach (10 minutes' walk from the Old Bridge = on the side of the old town). In front of the ticket counter there are big stone steps to wait for. The ride is very relaxed and really highly recommended! The captain even walked through our trip personally and took the drink orders...

Information about the changed entry point on the ship was communicated to us in good time. Food on the ship was ok audio guide good. All in all successful.

All good. People may want to know they can get off at the Neckarsteinach and take a later boat to go back.

All in all a wonderful cruise. The staff was very friendly. The drinks are good and the prices reasonable.

Very enjoyable- pleasant easy stroll up River. Enjoyed views, and the bottle wine we shared