Visiting Bamberg – A City on Seven Hills

Bamberg Altes Rathaus

BAMBERG SITS AT THE STARTING POINT OF THE MAIN-DANUBE CANAL: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 7 Today's crusing was interesting as we entered the Main-Danube Canal which connects the Main and Danube rivers. The 171 km long canal runs from Bamberg (our next … [Read more...]

Nuremberg’s Golden Age and Darker History

Frauenkirche in Nuremberg Marktplatz

NUREMBERG WAS ONCE THE "CITY OF THE NAZI PARTY RALLIES": Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 8 Our Nuremberg city tour was another early morning start...grumble, grumble! Nuremberg enjoyed its Golden Age in the late Middle Ages and its rich historical heritage can be seen … [Read more...]

Dürnstein and The Legend of Blondel

The Wedgewood blue tower of Durnstein-Stiftskirche

DURNSTEIN CASTLE WAS WHERE BLONDEL FOUND THE IMPRISONED RICHARD THE LIONHEART: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 11 By late morning, we were back on the ship in Melk and sailing for Dürnstein, frequently referred to as the "Pearl of the Wachau". Dürnstein is only a … [Read more...]

A Day of Sightseeing in Vienna

Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna

THERE IS A LOT TO SEE IN VIENNA, ALSO KNOWN AS 'THE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD': Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 12 Today was our Vienna visit day and our morning sightseeing tour by coach provided an overview of the city and included the lavish Hofburg Palace, the … [Read more...]

Sightseeing in Bratislava, Capital of Slovakia

Bratislavský Hrad - Bratislava Castle

A DAY SIGHTSEEING IN BRATISLAVA, CAPITAL OF SLOVAKIA: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 13 This morning we woke up to find our ship already moored in Bratislava. This is a new destination for us and we were very much looking forward to the guided morning … [Read more...]