Physical geography maps of the Rhine River are available for viewing at HowStuffWorks, World Atlas, The Water Page and Wikipedia. The Water Page map shows the basics of the river from its origin in the Swiss Alps to its release into the North Sea from the Netherlands.Continue Reading
The HowStuffWorks map shows how the Rhine River begins in Switzerland and then heads north, forming the border between Switzerland on the west and Austria on the east. The river jogs briefly west along Switzerland's northern border and Germany's southern border and north along France's eastern border and Germany western border. The river runs through the western portion of Germany along which many cities are situated including Mannheim, Mainz, Lorelei, Bonn and Cologne. Just north of Duisburg, the Rhine travels northwest through the Netherlands to the North Sea. Along the way, various rivers and tributaries feed the Rhine among which is Neckar, Moselle, Ruhr and Meuse.
The World Atlas map shows the basic topography through which the river runs. For instance, it starts in the mountains and descends into the Rhine River Valley, lowlands and some minor hills the continue through the majority of the river's travels.
The river is divided into six parts, the first of which is the Alpine Rhine, stretching from the source north to Lake Constance. The High Rhine runs from Lake Constance west to where the France, German and Swiss borders meet. The Upper Rhine flows north along the French/German border to Binger Loch where it turns into the Middle Rhine. At the point where the Sieg tributary feeds the river, the river becomes the Lower Rhine, ending as Waal where it runs through the Netherlands to the North Sea.Learn more about Maps & Cartography