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A River Cruise Through the Heart of Europe

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Riverside cities have their own special charm, from the canals of Amsterdam to the romantic Danube that divides Buda from Pest. With Avalon Waterways, you’ll experience Europe at the perfect pace for admiring the verdant Wachau Valley and small-town church spires. Most of its staterooms have beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows. And in port, its expert-led tours immerse you in the culture of cities including Cologne and Vienna. Here’s a preview of five “Magnificent Europe” ports of call.
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Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Exploring Amsterdam aboard a canal boat is an iconic way to see the sights, with myriad tours and cruises plying the 65 miles of waterways that lattice the city. From many spots you can join simple, hour-long cruises with narrators describing...
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Cologne, Germany
In the heart of Germany’s Rhineland, Cologne is full of history—even the Kölsch pale lager has been locally brewed here for over a hundred years. Evidence of the medieval world appears in the form of the 12th-century City Hall, the 13th-century...
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Nuremberg, Germany
Settle down in a beer garden with a stein and a plate of Nürnberger Bratwurst in this Bavarian city. That should fortify you for the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, the imposing medieval structure that is a formidable symbol of the Holy Roman Empire...
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Vienna, Austria
With its palaces, art nouveau architecture, café culture, and concert halls, Vienna represents the height of refinement. Not only did the “The City of Music” give birth to Franz Shubert and Johann Strauss (and inspire Mozart and Mahler, Beethoven...
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Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is one of the most beautiful magical places I have been. It reminds me of a less commercialized Paris or Barcelona.