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Western and Central Europe River Cruises - Avalon Waterways
Important rivers criss-cross throughout Europe, and Avalon Waterways’ graceful river ships carry you along the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube Rivers. Waiting around every bend are the cherished cities and towns that dot the banks of countries like Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, the Netherlands and more.
Along the mighty Rhine River, for example, you’ll discover Roman ruins, medieval castles, quaint villages and haunting war memorials. You’ll see cities like Amsterdam, which is famous for its canals, tulips and red light district. Or in Cologne, make sure you visit the city's dominant Cologne Cathedral – an impressive sight from any vantage point.
Along the smaller Main River – which connects the Rhine and Danube – are the cities of Wurzburg and Frankfurt. You can explore the land where the Grimm Brothers grew up, or the grand Wurzburg Residence.
Flowing between Germany and France, the Moselle River supports rich soil that’s perfect for making beautiful, smooth wines like Riesling, Elbing and Auxerrois. You’ll pass by small wine villages on your way to cities like Bernkastle, Trier and Remich.
Traversing most of Central Europe, the Danube River has played an important part in development of countries like Germany, Hungary and Romania. On the shores of the Danube you will experience the big capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, along with medieval towns and villages with cobblestone streets.
Onboard you will have your own private respite from a busy itinerary of tours and sightseeing, but your ship is also a place where you can experience the food of the region, and Avalon Waterways often brings local artisans and musicians onboard to entertain guests. Continue below to view some of the possible excursions waiting on a Central and Western Europe river cruise with Avalon Waterways: