German river towns are great places to visit. River Cruises in Germany pass through towns such as Bamberg, Passau, and Regensburg, all of which have a special allure for travelers. Not only are they filled with charm but since they were centers of commerce in previous centuries, they’re historical as well.
Many of these German river towns had lost their luster in the mid-20th century with the rise in popularity of railroads and airlines. Larger cities had a larger commercial base and were able to survive, but smaller towns saw hard times. Many became just another sleepy little village along the water’s edge.
With the rise in popularity of river cruises in Germany during the past two decades, however, many of these river towns re-emerged as important ports along the river. Today they cater to boatloads of travelers rather than barges laden with goods, all in all, a wonderful transition. And a lucrative one. You can reach these towns on many Rhine River cruises and Danube River cruises
This is especially true in Germany where countless river towns – some now large commercial centers, others still in a near-fairy-tale state – populate the banks of the Rhine, the Mosel, the Danube and other waterways.
Here are three unique German river towns – Bamberg (on the Main River), Passau (on the Danube) and Regensburg (also on the Danube) – that have once again become popular ports as they cater to travelers from around the world. Each is worth visiting whether you’re on a cruise or just touring about the country.