Sailing Along The Danube River

First-time river cruisers often choose to sail the fabled Danube River which has inspired poets, artists, and musicians for centuries. Take a peek at some of the iconic sites to see along the way.

Nuremberg: Nuremberg Castle
Nuremberg Castle with 900-year old ramparts surrounding the city.

Regensburg: Regensburg Dom One of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Regensburg Old Chapel









Passau: Take a guided bike tour along the Danube. Passau's Old Town

Melk: Melk Abbey Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey, a fabulous UNESCO World Heritage.




Vienna: Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna. Vienna

Budapest: Budapest Hungary Fisherman's Bastion Known as Europe’s most beautiful city.










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  • Danube River Cruise Highlights

    Many of you have never taken a river cruise, are curious to try one, and ask me which itinerary is best for first-timers. Of course, I’ve loved them all but I often suggest the one I started with in Europe: the Danube River. Clients who love history, architecture, art, and diverse cultures are going to love a cruise down the Danube. Blending Eastern and Western Europe, you can look forward to seeing ancient cities and Roman ruins, enjoy outstanding cuisine, wine and beer, and encountering eclectic experiences.

    Take a virtual tour of iconic sites and unique opportunities with Viking River Cruises.
    Then contact us to plan the ideal river cruise for you.

    Embark on a Journey of Discovery - 3 - TastefulJourneys

    Romantic Danube Itinerary from Viking River Cruises
    During this 8-day journey, encounter the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital, traditional, hilly Buda and cosmopolitan Pest. Witness Vienna’s imperial architecture and tour medieval towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends and understand why Strauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his waltz.


    Cafe Demel, Vienna’s famed coffeehouse
    While visiting Vienna with Viking River Cruises, enjoy a leisurely stop at one of the city’s famed coffeehouses. The Demel has been creating delicious treats for over 200 years; choose from cream cakes, tea scones, apple strudels, Sacher tortes and cakes. Sip your coffee, enjoy a sweet treat, and indulge in the company of great friends and a beautiful café!


    Vienna’s Famed Lipizzaner Stallions
    Go backstage at Vienna’s famous Spanish riding school and discovers a world of elegance, discipline and remarkable skill. It’s the world of the Lipizzaner Stallions!


    Nuremberg Trials
    In 1945 at Nuremberg’s Hall of Justice, allied powers gathered seeking accountability. Today Courtroom 600 is one of the most visited sites in the city. Learn about the historic war crimes tribunals that took place here as the entire world looked on —and consider seeing Courtroom 600 for yourself.


    Explore More: Budapest, Hungary
    Budapest, once hidden behind the iron curtain, is a delight for the senses. Known as the “Pearl of the Danube”, the city of Budapest is renowned for its beauty. Highlighting five of Budapest’s most popular attractions, take a quick tour through this magnificent city.


    Cooking: Goulash with Agnes
    Gather fresh ingredients in the Budapest Great Market Hall and then prepare a traditional Hungarian dish, hearty goulash.


    Cooking: Wienerschnitzel with Toni Morwald
    Master chef Toni Mörwald is Austria’s most recognized chef. He learned from numerous grand chefs around the world, and at the age of 22 was awarded his first Gaultet Millau toque. Chef Mörwald is the proprietor of Michelin-starred restaurants, hotels and a catering business. He has dedicated himself to the training of more than 300 professional chefs, many of whom who hold the top jobs in some of the world’s finest restaurants. Watch as he shares his kitchen with Viking Cruises® Sr. Vice President Karine Hagen and shows how to prepare wiener schnitzel, the national dish of Austria. He begins by slicing the veal and lightly pounding veal cutlets flat. He then adds salt, pepper and sunflower oil. The cutlets are dusted with flour, dipped in egg, placed in breadcrumbs and browned to perfection. Chef Mörwald adds parsley-buttered potatoes and a lemon slice to complete the presentation. In the hands of a master chef, the signature specialty of Viennese cuisine is ready to be enjoyed in just five minutes. Viking Cruises itineraries are thoughtfully developed to immerse you in the cuisine of each destination so you can learn about different cultures through food. And Viking Cruises chefs feature regional cuisine and always available American classics in multi-course meals.


    Cooking: Bratwurst with Tom Schmechtig
    Learn about the variety of German cuisine including sausages, pretzels and more.


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  • Chocolate Connoisseurs Cruise

    Someone once said, “Chocolate doesn’t make the world go around … but it certainly makes the ride worthwhile!” Well stated, don’t you agree? For all chocoholics,
    AmaWaterways® presents the first-ever 2014 Chocolate Cruise with guest host Norman Love!

    AmaWaterways Chocolate Cruise
    Norman Love, the Chef, President and Founder of Norman Love Confections & Artisan Gelato

    Some of the most extraordinary chocolate confections made today are created with bygone European methods. So what better place to celebrate the fine art of chocolate-making than on an indulgent Danube River cruises through the heart of Europe? AmaWaterways® first-ever Chocolate Cruise will set sail on April 25, 2014, aboard the AmaCerto with award-winning guest host Norman Love, the Chef, President and Founder of Norman Love Confections & Artisan Gelato. Chocolate lovers booked on this truly extravagant seven-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest will enjoy private chocolate-making demonstrations and tastings, chocolate-themed shore excursions, educational seminars on chocolate, and a chocolate mini-buffet extravaganza.

    EXCLUSIVE CHOCOLATE CRUISE FEATURES:

  • Norman Love will share his knowledge & love of chocolate
  • Special Norman Love Confections Desserts
  • Chocolate Mini-buffet Extravaganza
  • Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights
  • “Sachertorte & Schlumberger Cellar Tour”
  • Educational Seminars on Chocolate
  • 3 Private Chocolate-making Demonstrations
  • Decadent Chocolate Tastings
  • The Romantic Danube itinerary, priced from $3,099 per person, double occupancy, cruise only, is a 7-night cruise beginning in Vilshofen, Germany and sailing to Budapest, Hungary. The U.S. departure date is Apr. 25, 2014. Ports-of-call include Passau, Linz, Melk, Krems, Vienna, and Bratislava. Optional 3-night land program in Prague for $750 per person. Shore excursion options are included in every port.

    If you are considering the Chocolate Connoisseurs Cruise river cruise, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.

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  • Vienna For A Bon Vivant

    It’s easy to see why Vienna, a city of music, cafes, waltzes, parks, pastries, and wine is a popular port-of-call on a Danube River cruise. But only a true foodie will know that Viennese Cuisine is the only fare in the world to be named after a city. Viennese chefs draw on influences from various countries to create awesome dishes that never fail to grab hold of the imagination.

    During your free time in Vienna, explore the legendary markets. Since the Middle Ages, Viennese merchants have prospered by hauling produce, dairy products, and meats from the rich farms of Lower Austria and Burgenland into the city center. The tradition of buying the day’s provisions directly from street stalls is so strong, even today, that it discourages the creation of modern supermarkets in the city center.

    The largest of the city’s outdoor food markets is the Naschmarkt, Wienzeile, in the 6th District (U-Bahn: Karlsplatz), just south of the Ring. It’s located on what was originally the riverbed of a branch of the Danube, which was diverted and paved over during the enormous public works projects of the 19th century. It’s the most time-honored and vibrant of the markets, as well as the most all-encompassing.

    Volumes have been written about the subcultures and linguistic dialects that thrive among the Naschmarkt’s denizens. Observe the following implicit rules if you want to avoid the fury of the infamously irascible women selling their wares: Never touch merchandise unless you intend to buy something. Don’t try to buy less than a half-kilo (about a pound) of potatoes. And — even if you speak German well — don’t even try to understand the bawdy Viennese patois.

    Arrive early in the morning and mosey through the warren of outdoor food stalls, and at the end of your excursion, head for the nearby Coffeehouse Drechsler for breakfast or a cup of coffee.

    Picnickers will find that Vienna is among the best-stocked cities in Europe for food supplies. The best — and least expensive — place is the Naschmarkt, an open-air market that’s only a 5-minute stroll from Karlsplatz (the nearest U-Bahn stop). Here you’ll find hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce, breads, meats, cheeses, flowers, tea, and more. Fast-food counters and other stands peddle ready-made foods such as grilled chicken, Austrian and German sausages, sandwiches, and even beer. The market is open Monday to Friday from 6am to 6:30pm, Saturday from 6am to 1pm. You can also buy your picnic at one of Vienna’s many delis, such as Konditorei Oberlaa, Neuer Markt 16 (tel. 01/513-2936), or Gerstner, Kärntnerstrasse 15 (tel. 01/5124-9630).

    With your picnic basket in hand, head for Stadtpark or the Volksgarten, both on the famous Ring. Even better, if the weather is right, plan an excursion into the Vienna Woods.

    Need more Viennese cuisine? The windows of the venerated Café Demel, Kohlmarkt 14 (tel. 01/5351717; U-Bahn: Herrengasse; Bus: 1A or 2A), are filled with fanciful spun-sugar creations of characters from folk legends. Inside you’ll find a splendidly baroque landmark where dozens of pastries are available daily, including the Pralinen, Senegal, truffle, Sand, and Maximilian tortes, as well as Gugelhupfs (cream-filled horns). Demel also serves a mammoth variety of tea sandwiches made with smoked salmon, egg salad, caviar, or shrimp. If you want to be traditional, ask for a Demel-Coffee, which is filtered coffee served with milk, cream, or whipped cream. It’s open daily from 10am to 7pm.

    For more information about Vienna’s delicacies visit
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    Bavaria Germany’s Oldest Fast-Food Eatery

    If our ms AmaDagio cruise manager, Elke Vannieuwerburgh, hadn’t mentioned it, we would have missed it! The port stop on our Legendary Danube cruise was Regensburg, billed as one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. An invigorating walking tour featuring the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall, the Porta Praetoria–gates to a Roman fort built in 179 AD, the stunning Regensburg Cathedral, the famous towers of the wealthy medieval families, and the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), spanning the Danube, a construction feat as impressive today as when it was built in the early 12th century. At the base of the bridge–on the Donau (Danube) is tiny “restaurant”—the Historische Wurstküche—which sells the famous Regensburg’s fingerling sausages that have been prepared right before your eyes on an open beechwood charcoal grill and served with sauerkraut and sweet grainy mustard in this spot since 1135, as rumor has it making it the world’s oldest sausage kitchen. Nine centuries ago, Roman bridge workers received their meals at this riverside kitchen. The latest owners of the restaurant purchased it in 1806 from the Regensburg State authority. They allege that there is documentary evidence linking the establishment back to the time when the bridge was built and that Mozart and, later, Goethe munched on the famous Regensburger sausages.

    The Danube overflows its banks almost annually—to clean out the kitchen, Regenburgers joke—and signs nearly to the ceiling mark the dates and levels of especially cleansing floods that have doused the restaurant’s kitchen in the past 100 years.

    On a sunny day, you can wait an hour or more to sit shoulder-to-shoulder on slat benches at outdoor trestle tables. It’s communal seating but with a magnificent view of the river, bridge and old city. When the weather doesn’t cooperate, the kitchen building itself offers several tables of indoor seating—but smoke permeates every fiber of clothing–and you’ll have to squeeze past the cooks to get there.

    Diners should be prepared to like sausages – as that’s all there is on the menu! They’re accompanied by sauerkraut, home-made mustard and local beer, and come in portions of six, eight or ten. You order them in “sets” and the bread they put on the table is on the honor system. My best tip: if you like the mustard, go into the kitchen where they sell jars and tubs of it! I bought several to give for Christmas gifts and some family members declared it their favorite present. Now I wish I had bought a suitcase full!

    The Historische WurstkücheHistorische Wurstküche in Regensburg is a must-visit on the Danube; it’s a lunch stage show at its best!

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