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Top River Cruises in Europe

Traveling around Europe is a wonderful adventure for any travel enthusiast. But while many people get Interrail passes and see the continent from the railroads, some travellers are seeing Europe from its riverbanks, cruising along on the Rhine, the Danube and the Moselle. This article looks at a few of the hotspots on Europe’s top river cruises.

The Danube
The Danube is the second-longest river in Europe, next to the Volga in Russia. Through the course of its 1,780 miles, the Danube passes through Germany, Austria, Romania and seven other countries. River cruises along the Danube are now very popular, with companies like The River Cruise Line offering specialist Danube cruises. There are many hotspots that rest on the banks of the Danube, with Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava at the top of the list. The Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, make sure you check out the Schönbrunn Palace, which, at over 300 years old, is one of the most historically and architecturally significant buildings in Austria. You can find out more about it on the Unesco website. In Bratislava, make sure you visit Bratislava Castle. It overlooks the city, so you can’t miss it! Its pristine white walls and terracotta roof make it a bright, beautiful focal point.

The Rhine
Travelling through six countries, a Rhine river cruise is a great way to visit Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Austria and France. The Rhine runs through some impressive big cites on its 766-mile journey, such as Strasbourg, Koblenz and Rotterdam. If any of these cities strike your fancy, then a Rhine river tour might be the right choice for you. When in Strasbourg, make sure you visit the Palais Rohan, which is a beautiful example of local, baroque architecture, but also the source of three fabulous museums: the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Archaeological Museum. Find out more about them on the official Strasbourg Museum website. A real highpoint for any Rhine river cruise is visiting the vineyards of the Rhine Valley in Germany and sampling their local wines. Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim is also particularly popular, with its traditional German architecture and relaxed atmosphere.

The Moselle
If you’re interested in ancient history, make sure you visit Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Trier had previously been taken over by the Romans and was renamed Trevorum or Augusta. The city has lots of well-preserved Roman ruins and churches. Trier also contains the Rheinisches Landesmuseum — one of the most important Roman archaeological museums in Germany. Visit the website to find out more.

Wherever you go in Europe, consider taking the rivers instead of the roads or railways. It’s a completely different vantage point and a wonderful way to experience the diverse array of towns, cities and attractions Europe has to offer.

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