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Lauffen is a Neckar River (Rhine River) cruise port and town in Germany's Baden-Wurttemberg state (Heilbronn district) with a population of around 12,000. The town is approx 9 km (6 mi) southwest of Heilbronn (state's 6th-largest city with a population of around 125,000) and approx 50 km (31 mi) north of Stuttgart (state's capital city).
Lauffen am Neckar is best-known for its premium wine "Lauffener Katzenbeisser Schwarzriesling". Among the most famous tourist attractions are Town Hall and Museum (11th-century castle), Regiswindiskirche (13th-century church), Regiswindiskapelle (late-19th-century chapel), Wurttemberg Landgraben (defensive moat), Grabengasse (moat lane) and downtown's historic buildings (18th-century), Stadtle's timber-framed houses (15th-century), Heilbronner Tor (13th-century city gate), Gefangnisturm (18th-century tower), Landturm (tower), Martinskirche (13th-century church).
Lauffen's current-day economy is largely based on winemaking as the town produces annually over 6 million liters of wine with an estimated ~EUR 22 million in sales. The wine cooperative includes around 600 members and covers an area of approx 570 hectares (5,7 km2)The Katzenbeisser-branded wines are top-quality. Wurttemberg region's winemaking industry is also represented at the annual wine festival Weinkonigin (Wine Queen).
As a cruise port, Lauffen is included in the schedule of Nicko Cruises riverboat Casanova (2001-built). The next table shows the ship's 7-day itinerary between homeports Stuttgart and Saarbrucken. Prices start from ~USD 1900 pp (double occupancy).
|Date / Time||Port|
|17 Aug 18:30||Departing from Stuttgart, Germany|
|17 Aug 22:00 / 18 Aug - 12:30 (overnight)||Ludwigsburg, Germany|
|18 Aug 16:30 / 19 Aug - 05:30 (overnight)||Lauffen, Germany|
|19 Aug 10:00 / 20 Aug - 05:00 (overnight)||Bad Wimpfen, Germany|
|20 Aug 15:00 - 21:00||Heidelberg, Germany|
|21 Aug 03:30 - 11:00||Mainz, Germany|
|21 Aug 16:00 - 19:00||Koblenz, Germany|
|21 Aug 23:45 / 22 Aug - 05:00 (overnight)||Treis-Karden, Germany|
|22 Aug 15:00 - 23:59||Bernkastel-Kues, Germany|
|23 Aug 07:00 - 13:00||Riol, Germany|
|23 Aug 23:00 / 24 Aug - 06:00 (overnight)||Saarlouis, Germany|
|24 Aug 09:30||Arriving in Saarbrucken, Germany|
Port Lauffen am Neckar cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Lauffen am Neckar, Germany. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.