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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:


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Budapest Parliament Building
  • Relish in a scenic tour of Budapest, a beautiful city of two halves separated by the Danube, but connected by the picturesque Chain Bridge. Highlights include the Buda Castle, Heroes' Square, Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church.
  • Prague is one of Europe's most scenic and well-preserved cities, as it was never bombed during the World Wars. Enjoy a guided tour around the famous Old Town Clock, St. Vitus Cathedral, Hradcany Castle and Charles Bridge.
Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna
  • Enjoy Amsterdam via its charming series of canals. You could explore one of several fascinating museums (Amsterdam has the world's highest museums density) or smell the tulips at an outdoor marketplace.
  • Visit the stunning Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria to see the show stallions and listen to the famous Vienna Boys' Choir. Other city highlights include St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Vienna Opera House.
Historic Nuremberg, Germany
  • Admire the towering Cologne Cathedral as you enjoy a guided tour of Germany's Rhineland capital. You'll find charming cafes, taverns and museums around every historic corner.
  • Tour Nuremberg's medieval buildings which date back thousands of years and have been beautifully restored after damage sustained during World War II. Before departing Nuremberg, visit the main square's fountain to make a wish.


All throughout Western and Central Europe you'll get insight into the cities and cultures that have sprung up along the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube Rivers. Contact The Cruise Web's Avalon Waterways river cruise specialists today to plan a Western and Central European river cruise.



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