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Cruise journeys in Germany

Cruises in Germany

The mysterious forests, cinematic castles and half-timbered houses of Germany make this country an absorbing and almost magical affair. Cities like Berlin and Munich offer cosmopolitan class while places like the Harz Mountains and the Black Forest offer a mysterious retreat from the bustle of everyday German life.

With so much history, gastronomic indulgence and architectural prowess across the German regions, there are few places which can claim to offer as good a river cruise experience as the various mighty rivers which run up and down Germany. The most prominent river is the emerald green of the Rhine River with its exceptional scenery of noble mountains and verdant meadows. Germany is also the starting point of the Danube, on its impressive journey across ten countries to the Black Sea in Ukraine.

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Danube Cruise - Nuremberg to Budapest

At every bend, your spectacular Danube cruise reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. Explore three distinctive countries aboard your cruise ship and experience the Danube's harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty with tours of elegant European cities on the way.

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9 days from £1,945 pp

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Luxury Danube Cruise

What a civilised way to visit the magnificent cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Join your luxurious ship for a gentle cruise along the River Danube for a journey that passes the dynamic capitals of Vienna and Budapest, and transports you through the scenic Wachau Valley.

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8 days from £1,895 pp

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Luxury Rhine Cruise

Follow the winding Rhine on this fantastic tour through central Europe. Explore the Swiss city of Basel before charting a course through the charming vineyards of northern Germany, pass briefly through France and end your exploration along the waterways of Amsterdam.

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8 days from £2,195 pp

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Rhine & Main Cruise

Journey one-way along two of Europe's most important rivers on this awe-inspiring cruise. Follow the Rhine from Amsterdam to Cologne, meandering through the iconic Rhine Gorge before joining the Main and passing through the heartland of medieval Germany, all aboard a fabulous Travelmarvel vessel.

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8 days from £1,645 pp

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Rhine, Main & Danube Cruise

Cruise the mighty Rhine and Danube on this epic journey through Europe's heartland. From the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, travel down to explore the winding valleys and traditional riverside towns of historic Bavaria, and explore the heritage of regal Austria before ending your tour in the beautiful Imperial city of Budapest.

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15 days from £2,975 pp

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You would be hard-pressed to find a country in Europe which has had some a momentous influence on European history, culture and even gastronomy than Germany. The beautiful romantic cities, the glorious classical music, the beer and the bratwurst and the wonderful German people all contribute to make this one of the finest of the European nations.  Meanwhile the spectacular natural landscapes found here are sublime, from the seductive mystery of the Black Forest to the shimmering Rhine Valley, and from the ancient Harz Mountains to the fairy tale castles of Bavaria. 

Rivers of Germany
Winding through the diverse scenery of Germany are two principal rivers, the majestic Rhine River and the imperial Danube.

Starting in Switzerland, crashing through the Swiss Alps and carving its gentle way through Germany's Rhineland, the Rhine River is a national symbol for Germany and rightfully so - the Rhineland and the Rhine Valley are some of Germany's most beautiful destinations. With its stunning natural beauty, its charming towns and its flourishing viticulture, the Rhine River is one of Germany's top destinations as it runs past fairytales forests, forgotten castles and imperious mountains.

Meanwhile, Europe's most famous river, the Danube, actually originates in Germany. In the town of Donaueschingen at the heart of the Black Forest, this excellent waterway makes its way through Germany and Eastern Europe. Famously the inspiration and subject of for Johann Strauss' The Blue Danube Waltz, the Danube has been used as a trade route, a strategic position and as a lifeline for many of the cities, towns and small villages which line its banks. As such, the Danube has shaped German history and culture for centuries, making it an important part of the German Identity.


German Culture
At the heart of German society is a people who are open, friendly and sensible, while Germany culture has much to offer in terms of music, theatre and film. This nation has long had a strong connection with music in particular, producing some of the finest composers ever to have existed. Arguably the best of these was Ludwig van Beethoven, a magnificent composer who was instrumental in pioneering the Romantic school of classical music. Also not to be forgotten is Johann Sebastian Bach, a baroque composer who was likely the best baroque composer ever, made famous by his Brandenburg Concertos. This is not to mention such figures as Romantic composers Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelsohn and Carl Orff, amongst many others.

German philosophers are notable for their enormous impact on not only the discipline but also on general human understanding of morality, the mind and metaphysics. Perhaps the most well-known of these was Frederick Nietzche, whose work on nihilism inspired both good and evil, and who famously wrote 'That which does not kill us makes us stronger'. Another important figure was Emmanuel Kant, whose theories on ethics had an important impact on the concept of moral duty.

Germany has long had links with cinema, with world-class actors, directors and film composers having all come from this remarkable country. Iconic figures include directors Werner Herzog and Roland Emmerich, actors Marlene Dietrich and Christoph Waltz and one of the best film composer ever, Hans Zimmer.

Helpful hints
The official language of Germany is German. Many Germans have an excellent grasp of English, yet will appreciate those who try to speak German. The currency here is the Euro € and the capital city is Berlin


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