If you are somewhere without internet, most of the individual stations have an automatic phone number which can be found on the individual station page.
The website has all the water levels for Germany with some for the Netherlands and Austria as well.
In the Netherlands all the info is on TV Teletext pages on terrestrial tv and internet at
The actual water depth in the main channel at each individual measuring station on the Rhine is related to the pegel level but it is quite involved to work it out.
Many thanks for that and as I said I have travelled this route twice before so do have a good idea of what to expect, but now I have good Internet on board I am hoping to get better acquainted with the published information. Any more links and further explanation would be welcome…
This is a bit of a black art, as a Rhine Skipper it is something you learn over several years!
Fairly obviously at low water levels the flow is less, but at very low levels all the barges will sail in quite a restricted 'deep' channel which produces quite significant side currents as they pass.
The worst currents occur when the river level is rising quickly and are significantly less even with the same water level when the level is falling.
The current does not vary greatly with water level in the middle range.
The best think is to look at the online pegel values where they show the previous 7 days, this enables you to see what is happening upstream and even on the important side rivers. This then allows you to estimate when any significant changes will reach you.
I can provide a fuller explanation if required and a link to go to if you like
Hi I am planning to go to Koblenz in June from Friesland so as to have a trip on the Moselle. Does anyone have any simple explanation of how to use the RhinePegel information to relate to the flow rate? I have done this twice before and this time I hope to have better information now that I have good Internet on board...
Any suggestions would be very welcome...