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3601 Dürnstein, Austria
In the heart of Lower Austria’s Wachau wine region, Dürnstein counts fewer than 1,000 residents, yet it’s one of the area’s best-loved stops for visitors. Among the chief draws is the stunning baroque Stiftskirche (church tower), with its...
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Bratislava, Slovakia
Spread across both banks of the Danube River and the left bank of the Morava River—with the Carpathian Mountains for a backdrop—the capital of Slovakia is an underappreciated gem. Avalon passengers will soak up the ambiance by joining a local...
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Bamberg, Germany
Famous for being Southern Germany’s hub of the Enlightenment during the late 18th century (Hegel and Hoffmann both lived here), Bamberg is also home to a superbly preserved medieval town center, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage...
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Passau, Germany
The Danube, Inn, and Ilz converge at Passau, earning it the nickname “City of Three Rivers.” Its location is also distinctive for being on the German-Austrian border—so close to its eastern neighbor that a bike path links it with Vienna. A...
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Arles, France
This port town in southern France has proven irresistible to everyone from conquering ancient Romans to artists like Vincent Van Gogh, who painted more than 200 works here, most famously, the Café Terrace at Night. Found at the northern tip of the...