Rhine Valley Line scenic train

For a laid back cruise through the German wine country, travel by train on the Rhine valley route. Not only do you get the chance to visit the charming towns of Koblenz and Mainz (home of Gutenberg who invented the printing press) but you also pass through charming riverside vineyards and later continue your journey to the cultural party city of Cologne.

Rhine Valley Line routes
Facilities and services
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View of Rhine Valley, Germany

View of Rhine Valley, Germany

View of Rhine Valley

View of Rhine Valley

Rhine Valley Line scenic train route


The West Rhine railway pulls out of charming Mainz and wastes no time in leaving industrial life behind before gliding into the charm and charisma of the wine producing region. It meanders along the west bank of the River Rhine, showcasing the calm water, gentle hills and vineyard-laden slopes of the valleys it passes through. Just a few tunnels interrupt the view until you reach Koblenz, where the Moselle River meets the Rhine.

Map with Rhine Valley route
The Rhine Valley Line operates on the following route:
  • Koblenz - Mainz

Facilities and services

  • Á la carte menu restaurant

  • Air conditioning

  • Audio system

  • children's entertainment

  • Disabled facilities

  • Luggage lockers

  • Newspapers / magazin

  • Power sockets

  • Restaurant / bistro

  • snack trolley

  • Video screens

  • Waiter service

  • Wifi internet

Facilities may differ per train and route.

Operated by:
Logo of German railway DB Deutsche Bahn (DB)

Travel tips


Highlights are the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz, the castles of Marksburg, Stahleck, Katz and Maus or the Pfalz castle on an island in the river bed. There are many other places worth a visit too. Cities like Bacharach, St. Goar or Rüdesheim are completing the unique picture of this beautiful landscape

Break up the rail trip and follow the track on the river instead! The German Rail Pass allows travel on the river routes operated by Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt AG on both the Rhine and the Moselle.

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