RMS Goethe

Former paddle wheel steamer
The GOETHE is the best loved and most unusual member of the KD fleet. When it was put into service in 1913, no-one would ever have thought that the ship would today, over 100 years later, still be delighting people on the Rhine. 

[Translate to Englisch:] RMS Goethe

© KD Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt GmbH

[Translate to Englisch:] Salon RMS Goethe

© KD Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt GmbH

[Translate to Englisch:] Salon RMS Goethe

© KD Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt GmbH

Floating history

The sight of the turning paddles brings old times back to life. When you enter the saloons with their faithfully reproduced art déco fittings and furnishings, you feel yourself transported back to the swinging twenties. Still the largest side paddle steamer in the world today, this vessel, which was placed in service in 1913, has had an eventful history and, after being hit by a bomb in World War Two, actually spent several years lying submerged on the bed of the Rhine. Following extensive restoration in 1996, the GOETHE is a magnificent sight today and celebrated her 100th anniversary in 2013.

KD Nostalgia Route

The excursion with the GOETHE through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Middle Rhine guarantees an authentic experience of the picturesque landscape. From late April to early October the "old lady" travels each day (except monday) along what is known as the KD Nostalgia Route between Koblenz and Rüdesheim. At 9.00 am every morning, the ship’s horn sounds in Koblenz to announce that the GOETHE is setting sail. A real experience!


The access to the main deck is approx. 50 cm higher than the surrounding area and the upper deck can just reach using stairs. A wheelchair-accessible bathroom is available on the main deck.

KD Charter Service

We welcome you not only as a passenger, but also as a host. The KD Charter Team will assist you in every way from A to Z and turns our ships into the tailor-made setting for your private or business celebration. When will we be able to cater for your guests? We look forward to receiving your non-binding enquiry.

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