If you’ve been hanging out on your river cruise for some serious wine tasting then Rudesheim is your place. This picturesque little village on the banks of the Rhine, at the head of the famous Rhine Gorge, is surrounded by vineyards. Reisling is the grape of choice here.
One of the joys of exploring Europe’s waterways is that you encounter so many beautifully preserved medieval settlements. Of course in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the rivers were important trade routes, hence the number of castle keeps along the Rhine, there, largely to extract river tolls from those transporting goods on the waterways. It made sense to settle close to the rivers.