Amsterdam – The City of Canals

Amsterdam canal

AMSTERDAM IS A POPULAR START FOR MANY EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISES: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 2 Day two of our Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise was a day of sightseeing in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is the City of Canals, so naturally a canal cruise in Amsterdam is one of the popular […]

Cruising the Romantic Middle Rhine

Cruising the Middle Rhine

THE MIDDLE RHINE, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, IS FAMOUS FOR ITS RHINE CASTLES: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 4 Today was a special cruising day for us as we sailed through the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine. Apart from the narrow gorges and stunning scenery, another feature of […]

Rüdesheim and Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum

Rüdesheim am Rhine

SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSIC MUSEUM IS QUITE UNIQUE: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 4 Lunch was early today as we were scheduled for a shore visit in Rüdesheim. At 12:45 p.m. the "Winzerexpress" mini tourist trains arrived to take us to Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum for a guided tour. Siegfried’s Museum […]

Visiting Miltenberg on the Main River

Miltenberg Marktplatz

MILTENBERG – A MAIN RIVER TOWN KNOWN FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL TIMBER-FRAMED HOUSES: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 5 This morning we arrived at the historic town of Miltenberg which is known for its gabled, timber-framed houses. From our Main River mooring it was a short walk to Hauptstrasse, the main […]

Visiting Wertheim on the Main River

Wertheim historic centre

WERTHEIM ON THE MAIN RIVER IS KNOWN FOR IS TIMBER-FRAMED HOUSES AND CASTLE: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 5 Although Wertheim sits at the junction of two rivers – the Main and Tauber rivers – we did not come to this town on our river boat. After our visit of […]

Würzburg – “Pearl of the Romantic Road”

Würzburg Bishop's Residenz

THE RESIDENZ PALACE IS THE HIGHLIGHT ATTRACTION OF WURZBURG: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise – Avalon Waterways – Day 6 With its Main River location and picturesque setting, Würzburg is a popular stop on any Rhine-Main river cruise. Würzburg is located on the banks of the Main River and the gently sloping hills that surround […]

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 destination) at one end, through Nuremberg to […]

Nuremberg’s Golden Age and Darker History

Nuremberg Frauenkirche

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 in the many monuments and landmarks […]