I’ve been known to say”I am not a cruiser,” but this was before I had an outstanding adventure sailing the Danube River with all Viking Cruises. You would believe that growing up in Miami — all the world’s biggest railway terminal — could have motivated me to go on many ocean cruises.
However, the reality is that especially when you don’t get time to properly explore each destination, the entire mass-tourism thing, has never appealed to me.
There’s river cruising. You can say that it’s the cruise of the anti-cruiser. The atmosphere of add on shore trips, the guided excursions, and the boat were just what left my European river cruise in Nuremburg to Budapest one that I will not soon forget.
My trip was called Bavaria to Budapest. The stops
We sailed from all 3 decks about the Egil, a Viking Longship with stunning views and a streamline design. The boat has only 95 guestrooms with a full of 180 passengers, which makes things a lot less hectic and provides guests the chance to enjoy a more intimate setting. In addition to the crew — passenger ratio is much higher than on an ocean cruise liner, which makes the attention to detail that much better.
Below I’ll share some of the greatest sections of the trip.
I arrived in Nuremburg on a Saturday afternoon and immediately dropped my luggage off and proceeded to explore the city. My first impression of Nuremburg was idyllic the Medieval Old Town looked, especially against the backdrop of the river.
Cobblestone streets and the structure were a pleasure to photograph — it was impossible not to get a excellent picture of the Old Town. You would overlook its past as a rally site.
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1 thing I advise that you attempt in Nuremburg would be the famed bratwurst sausage. I had the delight of some filling plate of bratwurst with sauerkraut accompanied with a darkish Tucher beer in Bratwurst Roeslein.
We arrived in Regensburg and took a bus journey. From that point, we took a 45-minute ferry journey to get to Weltenburg Abbey. Our excursion in the Abbey led us through then and the chapel to the biergarten. That I had a beer in the Weltenburg Abbey brewery, that has been brewing beer because 1050!
When we got back to Regensburg I was very thirsty so I decided to grab lunch in Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), recognized among the oldest restaurants on earth. Wurstkuche works up traditional Bavarian fare, however I determined the house specialty — the sausages served with sauerkraut and mustard.
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What makes Regensburg so amazing is that it’s like stepping right back. Since the city has been spared major damage during WWII, there are lots of centuries old to view here — by the Roman walls, thanks to the 12th century Bridge, and the colorful Patrician houses.
This is hands-down one of the most gorgeous places I have visited in Europe. I started my day off with an organ concert St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home of the planet’s third-largest manhood (17,774 plumbing in total). I then stuck around to explore the Alstadt (Old Town).
Afterwards I Climbed up to get the Perspectives of Passau.
From the top of the 13th century partitions I managed to capture extraordinary photos. I had my Ugg boots that are waterproof on, that kept me dry and comfortable when climbing all those steps.
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I had been told that Simon Café had been a must-visit for also to purchase chocolate and gingerbread , so I made sure to stop by before heading to take a look at some of the outdated Roman-era walls and artifacts uncovered in excavations.
Last but not least I moved to the Pilgrimage Church where people are often seen praying in each of the 321 stairs. On the way back to the boat I made a quick stop in Wirthaus Bayerischen Löwen to get (you guessed it) a little more Bavarian sausage and the local Innstadt beer. After the day spent in Passau, it was time to say goodbye to Germany and hello to Austria…
Before arriving in Krems, we sailed through the Wachau Valley.
It is famous for its scenic landscapes, beautiful castles, and local vineyards. The weather wasn’t great but we managed to prevent a downpour and revel in the views.
I Researched Krems before my tour of Gottweig Abbey for about an hour.
It is a city that you may easily find in less than a day. Highlights were Obere Landstrasse flying street and the Steiner Tor gate. Make sure you’ve got a Topfenkolatsche (cheese Danish) in a local bakery.
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Due to how striking the ceiling frescos are in the Imperial wing of the abbey gottweig Abbey was a highlight for me. You can see depictions of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and the Greek god Apollo.
This Benedictine abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is currently home to around 50 Mothers at any given time. They’re famous for their”Göttweiger” roses –a tradition since 1083!
The next two days were devoted to Vienna, the capital of Austria and the”city of waltzes.” Our first day was spent enjoying a Mozart and Strauss concert we were treated to classical literary and literary waltz performances.
I went off on my own to explore the city center the next day. I walked along Kärntner Strasse, the main pedestrian shopping street in Viennastopped into Café Sacher to get a piece of the famous chocolate cake with a cup of coffee.
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Lunch that day was a delicious plate of weiner schnitzel in Figlmuller. Highlights of my first day in Vienna were the opinions from the top of St. Stephan’s Cathedral, watching what is left of the Roman wall in Michaelerplatz Square, and the Heurigen dinner in Winery Wolff courtesy of Viking Cruises.
My second day in Vienna was as amazing. We began my accepting a tour of the Gardens of Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ former summer home. I went to try out tafelspitz in Restaurant Plachuttas when we got back to the city center made famous I, former Emperor of Austria.
The Naschmarkt strolled. Lucky for me, the sellers allow me to sample even their wines, cured meats, and their lunch. Now off to Hungary!
After drifting we arrived in Dunaalmás, a village half an hour outside of Esztergom. Our shore excursion was all about learning to prepare sweet and savory regional specialties. We were all greeted with Pálinka (fruit brandy) before diving into the culinary presentation.
While the boat drifted to meet us there the passengers took a bus trip. We toured the building that was biggest the Esztergom Basilica, in Hungary. We saw the Bakocz Parliament, that was built by entrepreneurs in 1506. From the cathedral we have epic views of the Danube River and Esztergom.
We sailed out way to Budapest on through the scenic Danube Bend.
This distinct stretch of the Danube is very beautiful. We passed enchanting villages, lush forests, and many farms.
We shortly arrived in Budapest, our final stop on the excursion. Budapest crosses either side of the Danube River, with historical Buda on Pest and the east shore on the west coast. I had visited back but did not have enough time to find everything, therefore that I was happy to be back.
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The Afternoon after docking in Budapest, I Chose the bus tour to Visit the National Opera House and Watch some highlights in the Castle District in Buda for Example Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church.
The Egil took us on a scenic cruise to observe the Budapest skyline at night. The Parliament Building was fully lit up and really impressive. My morning with Viking was bittersweet. I decided to expand my trip an extra two nights in Budapest to understand the city this time around, although the railway had come to a conclusion. After checking into my hotel in the Castle District, I moved to Gellert Baths and Spa and faked langos (baked cheese bread) in the Central Market Hall.
My general experience with Viking Cruises has been exceptional. I believed that they made attempts to maintain guest off coast experiences as authentic as you can — to the wines we attempted, and the meals we attempted, by the knowledgeable regional guides. I especially loved all the free time we had been given to explore on our own — a lavish you don’t get on an ocean cruise.
Thanks to Viking Cruises for encouraging me, and Ugg for keeping my feet warm and dry in freezing Europe for Men.
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