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Europe’s broad variety and a magnificent blend of culture, history and multitude of influences makes it a top destination on almost everybody’s tourist ‘s list. The easiest way to feel the part of its scenic beauty and breathtaking attractions is to go on a river cruise. Cruises have been gaining popularity for the last few decades as they give you an opportunity to truly experience the overall atmosphere and indulge in wonderful scenery and cultural diversity you encounter on your way. When it comes to Europe, there is nearly unimaginable wealth of dazzling sights and impressive historical places that will provide you with unforgettable experience on one of the river cruises. Take a look at some of the most inspiring European river cruises that will help you narrow down your choice.
Undoubtedly, one of the most intriguing and exciting European river cruises is the beautiful river Rhine. It flows from Switzerland to Amsterdam, passing through spectacular scenery rich in magnificent old castles, ancient sites and lush vineyards. Since most river cruises start or end in Amsterdam, it is almost impossible to resist spending a few days in this vibrant and bustling city. It has such an amazing variety of things to offer that creating a list of preferences might be a rather challenging task. From enjoying some of the world’s renowned masterpieces in Rijksmuseum and admiring the work of one of the most brilliant painters - Van Gogh in a Van Gogh Museum to visiting the famous Anna Frank’s House and sipping a nice hot cup of coffee in one of its sidewalk cafes with a view of its stunning canals are just a few things you can do in this amazing city.
Being the second largest river in Europe, Danube is marvelous and a top choice for all the people who are about to embark on their first river cruise. You will have an opportunity to experience the beauty of gorgeous landscapes and tiny fairy-tale villages as you will be sailing from Germany to Budapest in Hungary. Located on the opposite side of the river Danube, Budapest, commonly known as the “Queen of the Danube” will leave you breathless with its grand architecture and well preserved Gothic culture. Naturally, shops, museums and galleries are not to be missed and if you are a shopping lover, take a walk to a famous shopping street Vaci Utca.
As for all the romantic souls, there is not a better way to experience a truly romantic holiday but to go on an awe-inspiring Seine river cruise. The Seine rises in Paris and flows through some of the medieval smaller towns and villages and ends its journey in the English Channel. Unlike other European cruises, leisurely France river cruise has something vital and unique that everyone can sense, regardless of whether those are first-time or frequent visitors. Its stunning canals flowing through Burgundy and Champagne, serene magical scenery and glorious cuisine is what makes it stand out from other European countries. Finally, the “city of Love, grandeur Paris, has always been one of the most inspiring cities especially for many poets and writers. Do not miss it.
Elbe, Germany’s second most well-known river starts in Krkonose Mountains in Czech Republic and ends in the North Sea, Northern part of Hamburg. It flows through larger part of Germany, but also through some breathtaking European landscapes and amazing European cities such as Prague. Once you step into Prague you start feeling like you are a part of a fairy tale as you stumble across some ancient chapels and old-fashioned bars. It is also a home to some of the best, internationally famous brand names of beers. Besides marvelous Prague, you might want to stop at some other notable towns such as Dresden and Meissen and experience the exquisite beauty and culture they are famous for.Wherever you choose to go on a cruise in Europe you can be sure that you will be greeted with warm hospitality, amazing sights and delicious cuisine.