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Bamberg, Germany
Medieval Bamberg was once the main residence of a powerful German dynasty, and it’s easy to understand why they chose to settle here. Beyond the lovely natural setting along the Regnitz River in Bavaria, the old town is packed enough charming...
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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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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...
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Keukenhofdreef, Lisse, Netherlands
Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands isn't one of the seven wonders of the modern world, but it very well could be. With over 7 million flowers, including a vibrant sea of tulips, orchids, hyacinths, lilies, and countless other varietals,...
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Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beyond tulips, windmills, and weed, Amsterdam's global image is entwined with water. The Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) is made up of 165 fluid channels developed during the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. In the ensuing years, the water network has...
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What's not to like about Museumplein? In summer, it's as chill as Vondelpark, with picnickers playing instruments and getting high on the lawn. Add more grass and the field becomes stoners' heaven as well as a magnet for art aficionados. The...
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Gabriël Metsustraat 8, 1071 EA Amsterdam, Netherlands
It has been a decade since the major museums on the Museumplein—a grassy square connecting Amsterdam’s main art centers—have all been open at the same time. Here’s what to check out at the Van Gogh Museum. Sunflowers, The...
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Dam, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
The central hub of downtown Amsterdam is Dam Square, and it’s been at the heart of the city’s history since the 13th century. Today, the open-air public space is ringed by shops and restaurants and packed with people, including street...
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2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
"God made the world but the Dutch created the Netherlands" goes an old saying, popular in Holland. For proof, visit Kinderdijk—19 spinning windmills in a stunning natural landscape that would be underwater were it not for Dutch ingenuity. Built in...
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Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
One powerful and emotional experience in Amsterdam that shouldn’t be missed is a visit to the Anne Frank House. This home, where Anne Frank wrote in her diary while she, her family, and four others hid from the Nazis during World War II, has...
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
Between April and October, long and narrow vessels ply the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers in Europe, offering visitors a different perspective on some of the cities and countryside most explore by land. Viking River Cruises is one outfitter to...
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Marktpl. 9, 4001 Basel, Switzerland
The Town Hall in Basel is over 500 years old, prominently located at the town center. Its red walls and murals covering almost its entire building made the building a 'must' stop when in Basel.
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Switzerland’s favorite cold weather libation is a piping hot glass of glühwein, a German-inspired mulled wine infused with the sweet and spicy flavors of cinnamon, clove, and star anise. The best place to enjoy a glass? The Basel Christmas Market,...
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Marktpl., Basel, Switzerland
The Swiss celebrate the founding of the Confederation on 1 August, with fireworks and outdoor concerts in town and country. In Basel, the party starts the evening before, with food stands and tables set up in the Marktplatz and along both sides of...
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Zürich, Switzerland
Even in the rain, Zurich's Old Town is romantic. The cobblestone walkways twist their way throughout the area, making for some particularly beautiful walking tours.
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Throughout Luzern, so many of the buildings have crazy, wild paintings all over them. Loving it! Wish more buildings in Brisbane were like this!
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Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Spanning across the River Reuss in Lucerne is the wooden covered footbridge, the Chapel bridge, named after St. Peter's Chapel. The inside of the bridge has historical paintings ating back to the 17th century, telling the...
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne's well-preserved Medieval city walls date from the 13th century. The historic fortifications are accessible to the public and provide a broad view of Lake Lucerne, the old town, and the Swiss Alps in the distance. There are nine towers,...
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St. Alban-Tal 37, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Within the walls of a fascinating medieval mill, in an authentic setting, the visitor will learn from hand-made paper to finished books. Set out on four floors, the museum presents living workshops where skills are shown "in action" alongside...