Sailing on the rivers of Europe in the Summer brings cruise travelers up close to iconic destinations, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Often stopping in the city center of major Euro destinations and small towns along the way, Summer is a great time of the year to just walk off the ship. Ashore we find festivals and events both ongoing and seasonal that can make for great travel memories. Sailing on the Rhine River and River Danube, river cruise travelers commonly stop at these uncommon destinations along the way.
A popular stop on sailings between Budapest and Amsterdam, Bamberg is typical of small German towns by the river. Follow the aroma of grilled sausages to the city center where beer gardens are plentiful.
Often a first stop on Euro river cruise itineraries, those flying in from North America tend to spend the day sleeping. Instead, go a day early, rest then tour the city on a hop on, hop off bus or just a walking tour of the well-mapped area. In the Summer, flowers in bloom alone are worth a trip.
A fairytale city standing at the confluence of the Rivers Main and Tauber, Wertheim is known for wine, castles and a medieval city center that brings a year-round Renaissance festival-like vibe, all year.
By bus, canal boat or simply walking from where cruise ships dock to the city center is a cultural experience like no other in Amsterdam. From the historic 17[SUP]th[/SUP] century canal district to the famous red light district, Amsterdam has coffee shops, nightclubs, shopping and culinary options that are simply enchanting in the summer.
Koblenz is a 2,000 year-old city that serves as a backdrop for a variety of summertime activities. A summer festival in July is a fun for all place to visit but just lingering in the area as so many locals do can make for a great summer travel memory.