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Cruising Germany - Five Historic Destinations

6th December 2012

Germany is a great European country that’s perfect for cruising. With such majestic rivers as the Rhine, the Elbe and the Moselle – it is an absolute delight to explore the waterways of Germany. And along the way, there are fascinating historic towns that ooze charm and appeal.

Here are our top five German cruising destinations.

Germany_Passau_Bavaria Passau, Germany

Passau is known as the ‘Three River City,’ because it’s located at the point where the Inn River, Ilz River and the Danube meet. The quaint town is an absolute delight – make sure you admire the Veste Oberhaus, a fortress founded in 1219 that stands on a mountain crest overlooking the stunning rivers below.

Situated on the banks of the Main River, Würzburg was originally founded in the 10th century. Once your cruise boat docks, be sure to head directly to the Würzburger Residence, which is one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe – the principle staircase is stunning. The other must-see attraction is the Festung Marienberg, a fortress that offers stunning views over the river. Würzburg is also in the heart of Germany’s famed Romantic Road, so cruisers may enjoy a day trip on land to explore this scenic part of the country.

Nuremberg is located on the Pegnitz River and the Main-Daubue Canal. The cobblestone streets of one of Bavaria’s oldest towns are a pleasure to explore. Be sure to have a wander through the Castle, admire the historic walls and generally appreciate the medieval architecture. The Christmas markets in Nuremberg held throughout December are also delightful.

While today it is the medieval history that dominates Regensburg, the town was originally founded by the Romans in 179CE. The historical significance of the old town was formally recognised in 2006 when it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. After strolling through the quaint streets, be sure to investigate the cathedral and the stone bridge that crosses the Danube.

Located on the Rhine River, Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities and offers a great blend of historic and modern. The big ticket attractions are the Cathedral, known as the Dom, the Kölner Synagogue and the Römisch-Germanisches Museum. Kids of all ages will love the Chocolate Museum.