The Neckar between Plochingen and Heilbronn

Charming Neckar Valley

The Neckar is a river in Germany, a major tributary of the River Rhine, which it joins at Mannheim. Rising in the Black Forest, it flows through a steep valley in the Odenwald hills and passes through Tübingen, Nürtingen, Esslingen, Stuttgart, and Heidelberg. The total length of the Neckar from its source near Villingen-Schwenningen to the Rhine is 367 km. The Neckar is navigable for cargo ships up to the river port of Plochingen (about 200 km upstream from Mannheim).


The Neckar-Käpt’n fleet cruises upstream from Stuttgart to Plochingen, and downstream from Stuttgart to Heilbronn. The ships are used for day-trips only, as there are no cabins on board. But theorectically they could go further downstream to Mannheim, and further on the River Rhine to Basel or Rotterdam.



The Neckar near Mundelsheim/Hessigheim
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