River cruising is a wonderful way to explore Europe. With one ticket, you can travel through some of Europe's greatest cities, all from the comfort of a luxurious Amawaterways cruise. However, sometimes it can be nice to shake off your sea legs and spend some time on land at the end or even at the beginning of your river cruise. If you are up for an extended adventure, here are some of my favorite European cities to add to your next cruise!
Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! Berlin is a city filled with history, culture, and tradition. For a city nine times the size of Paris, you'll never run out of things to discover. As Germany's capital - Berlin is home to many of its most impressive monuments and museums, as well as Dave! A much-loved fact about Berlin is that they have a vibrant theater scene, which caters to people of all ages and tastes. So go hear the music play.
Frankfurt is one of the most metropolitan cities in Germany. As the country's financial hub, you'll find an eclectic mix of old and new. Just a short distance from the towering skyscrapers is Altstadt, the old town, which is host to the city's annual Christmas markets and a newly renovated and very popular historical section. If you want to discover a local hidden gem, take a drive out of the city to the town of Braunfels. This charming Medieval town features a castle that was built in the classic 13th-Century gothic style architecture and was one of the inspirations for Cinderella's Castle along with Neu Schwanstein.
While Munich is well known for being the home of the legendary Oktoberfest celebrations and the vibrant beer hall culture, it is also a pillar of German industry with the likes of BMW and Siemens helping to make Munich one of the most liveable cities in the world. Located in the heart of Munich is Marienplatz, also known as St. Mary's Square, which features stunning examples of Neo-Gothic architecture and where tourists gather daily for the famous Glockenspiel. Munich is also a hop, skip, and a jump to the Alps for nature and castle lovers alike to seek their thrills.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most well-preserved and beautiful cities in Germany. Dating back to 950 AD, the city's history and position above the Tauber River made it the second-largest city in Germany during the Middle Ages. Despite suffering heavy bombing during WWII, the town was swiftly reconstructed to preserve its heritage. Christmas decoration fans can also shop to their heart’s delight year-round in the original Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas stores.
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
If you feel the need for a spa day after your river cruise, head for the quaint town of Karlovy Vary. The town is known for its numerous thermal springs, which have made it a popular resort destination for kings and queens. When you aren't relaxing at the spa, take a stroll around town and admire the colourful Renaissance-era architecture or delight in a good Czech meal. If you're there during Christmas time, it's an absolute must to stop by the Grand Hotel Pupp for a drink in their famous salon as featured in the movie Last Holiday.
When it comes to adding cities to the beginning or end of your Amawaterways river cruise, there are so many exciting options to choose from! If you need help deciding which city to visit or are ready to start planning your trip, contact me today and I can put my knowledge gained from over 22 years of living in Germany at your disposal.