Immerse yourself in the joyful spirit of Germany’s Christmas markets during this 8-day cruise. Delight your senses with the season’s delicate ornaments, handmade toys, sweet cookies and spicy glühwein. This is Christmas at its most traditional, the perfect complement to exploring historic and architectural treasures from the soaring Cologne cathedral to Würzburg’s baroque Bishops’ Residenz. And with festive onboard events, you’ll rejoice in the perfect holiday.
Delight your senses with the season’s delicate ornaments, handmade toys, sweet cookies and spicy glühwein. This is Christmas at its most traditional, the perfect complement to exploring historic and architectural treasures from the soaring Cologne cathedral to Würzburg’s baroque Bishops’ Residenz. And with festive onboard events, you’ll rejoice in the perfect holiday.
There are two lovely, massive green lungs in the city containing a number of distinct parks and recreational areas and several beer gardens; in warm weather there is a fun outdoor culture in Cologne and thousands of people gather in these areas for picnics, sports and socialising. In addition, the two pedestrian strips of Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse offer great shops, cafes and street music.
Cologne is well known for its Veedelor traditional neighbourhoods; one of the most interesting districts for tourists is the bohemian Agnesviertel neighbourhood where visitors can find local fashion designers, bookshops, bars, and art galleries.
Cologne has a vibrant and colourful cultural life, with its locally-brewed Kölsch beer and other gastronomic specialties, and is known as the gay capital of Germany with a large Gay Pride event held every year. The local inhabitants are known to be very friendly, sociable and liberal, making Cologne one of the best German cities in which to meet people and make friends.
Today, Würzburg, the northern terminus of the Romantic Road, is a surprisingly cosmopolitan Bavarian city filled with architectural and artistic treasures-and exquisite Franconian wine.
Those who make the trip to Würzburg are generally surprised by its warmth, charm and extensive variety of art, architecture and culture. Würzburg’s prime location on the Main makes for delightful strolls along the promenade, and riverfront cafes overflow in good weather. Sightseeing boats offer sightseeing excursions and trips to neighboring villages, and passenger ships plying the Rhine, Main and Danube make the city a prime stop.
Würzburg lies in the heart of Franconian Wine Region, and wine and wine-making are central to life in Würzburg. In autumn, the hills surrounding Würzburg and throughout Franconia are dotted with grape pickers, who fill baskets and dump them into waiting trailers.
River Cruises Through the World’s Must-See Destinations
Since its first sailings along Russia’s waterways nearly 20 years ago, Viking® has reinvented river cruising. Today, Viking invites guests to sample the rich cultures and fine wines and cuisine along Europe’s great rivers—all aboard the continent’s most comfortable, state-of-the-art ships—and the storied rivers of China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. The innovative Viking Longships® are the most award-winning vessels on Europe’s rivers, placing high on such competitive rankings as Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Readers’ Choice Awards and Best River Cruise Ships, and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Its fleet of 64 ships operates on more than 30 carefully designed itineraries around the world.
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