Europe 2008

ship Tom and his wife traveled to Budapest, Hungary, in September of 2008 for a two week river boat tour with Viking River Cruises. They cruised along three rivers of Europe: the Danube, the Main, and the Rhine. During their river journey, the Viking Danube (photo on right) had to squeeze through a total of 68 locks, with drops of over 80 feet in three of the locks. The rivers took them across five countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and The Netherlands. They stopped every day for a walking tour of a village along the river or a bus tour of a capital city. In Budapest, they visited a hilltop castle, crossed The Chain Bridge, drove by the Parliament and St. Stephen's Basilica, and stopped at Heroes' Square. In Vienna, they visited Belvedere Palace, St. Stephan's Cathedral, and Hofburg Palace. They toured the 900-year-old Melk Abbey in Austria and the massive Gothic cathedral of Cologne, Germany. They cruised past many old castles along the Rhine. In Amsterdam, they took a city tour via canal boat and visited the Van Gogh Museum. They stayed an extra three days in Amsterdam to see more of the city and to experience other parts of The Netherlands. They visited the very moving Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. Their stroll through the Red Light District was very eye opening. They took a bus tour out to the village of Edam and a boat ride between the fishing villages of Volendam and Marken. They learned how to make cheese and wooden shoes, and climbed up into a working windmill used to make peanut oil.

Two tired travelers arriving in Budapest, Hungary

The Chain Bridge over the Danube, connecting Buda (on left) to Pest (on right)

Heroes' Square

Shoes on the Danube, memorial to Budapest Jews shot during WW II

View of Parliament from Castle Hill

St. Stephen's Basilica

Departing Budapest at night

Entering one of many locks on the Danube

Bratislava, Slovakia

Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria

St. Stephan's Cathedral, Vienna

Rainy day in Vienna

Michael Wing of Hofburg Palace, Vienna

The baroque Melk Abbey, Austria

Town of Melk, Austria

Passau, Germany

World's largest cathedral organ, St. Steven's Cathedral, Passau

Cruising under low bridges

The Old Stone Bridge (Germany's oldest bridge) in Regensburg

Regensburg, Germany

Gothic St. Peter's Cathedral in Regensburg

Hitler's Nazi party rallies held at Zeppelin Field, Nuremberg, Germany

Palace of Justice, site of 1946 Nuremberg Trials

Medieval Kaiserburg Castle, residence of the Roman emperor, Nuremberg

Bamberg, Germany

Ducking under really low bridges while wine tasting on upper deck

Wurzburg Residence, a Baroque palace built between 1720 and 1744

Rothenburg, Germany

Wertheim, Germany

Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany

11th century Romanesque cathedral in Mainz, Germany

Music Museum in Rudesheim, Germany

Castles along the Rhine

The massive cathedral of Cologne, Germany

Enjoying a beer in Cologne

The canals of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Visiting a cheese farm north of Amsterdam

A walk through the village of Edam

Fishing village of Volendam

Boat ride to fishing village of Marken

Wooden shoe factory

Windmills at Zaanse Schans

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