Ludwigshafen is a Rhine River cruise port and city in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state, with a population of around 170,000. The city is on the Rhine and opposite Mannheim. Mannheim, Heidelberg, and Ludwigshafen form Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar (metro population around 2,4 million).
The city's largest industries are chemical (including BASF - world's largest chemical company), shipping (a huge harbor port handling various cargoes, and raw materials for BASF), engineering (mechanical and electrical), IT, brewery (Mayerbruu Oggersheim). Ludwigshafen has no airport but has great connections to the airports of Speyer, Worms, Mannheim, and Frankfurt (~1-hour drive). The city is well-connected to Germany's Autobahn/highway system, including A-650 (west-east), A-61 (north-south), A-6, A-65, B-9.
The city is also known for its large-sized nature parks, including Ebertpark, Stadtpark, Riedsaumpark, Friesenpark, Pfingstweide, Mundenheim.
As cruise port, Ludwigshafen is often included in the schedule of one of the world's largest river cruise companies - AmaWaterways. Company's 2019 itinerary program with calls at Ludwigshafen included ships AmaSerena, AmaDante, AmaPrima, AmaKristina, AmaViola, AmaStella. The next tables show two of the itineraries as call port sequences.
7-day itinerary Basel to Amsterdam (prices from ~USD 2800 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|05 Oct||Departing from Basel, Switzerland|
|06 Oct||Breisach am Rhein, Germany|
|07 Oct||Kehl-Strasbourg, Germany-France|
|08 Oct||Ludwigshafen, Germany|
|08 -09 Oct (overnight)||Rudesheim, Germany|
|09 Oct||Rhine Gorge, Germany|
|09 Oct||Lahnstein, Germany|
|10 Oct||Cologne, Germany|
|11-12 Oct (overnight)||Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland|
7-day itinerary Luxembourg to Basel (prices from ~USD 3450 pp)
|Date / Time||Port|
|04 Jul||Departing from Luxembourg City|
|05 Jul||Trier, Germany|
|05 Jul||Bernkastel-Kues, Germany|
|06 Jul||Cochem, Germany|
|06 Jul||Lahnstein, Germany|
|07 Jul||Rhine Gorge, Germany|
|07 Jul||Rudesheim, Germany|
|08 Jul||Ludwigshafen, Germany|
|09 Jul||Kehl-Strasbourg, Germany-France|
|10 Jul||Breisach am Rhein, Germany|
|10-11 Jul (overnight)||Arriving in Basel, Switzerland|