Vilshofen is a quaint riverside town with picturesque scenery and incredible Bavarian culture. When spending time in this charming little city, you can enjoy local brews, authentic German cuisine, fascinating museums, and some incredible landmarks! Plus, it is located within driving distance of other exciting cities, such as Regensburg, Nuremberg, and Munich. If your cruise embarks in Vilshofen, you can easily spend some free time exploring the city and even arrive a few days early to experience all four cities in one trip! A great time to visit Vilshofen for incredible weather is between mid-June and late-August.
AmaWaterways and Crystal Cruises are the only cruise lines that currently offer cruises leaving from Vilshofen. AmaWaterways features an incredible variety of Europe river cruises on a number of their beautiful river ships, all of which feature complimentary bicycles for you to use in port. Most of AmaWaterway’s itineraries begin with an overnight port stay, so you can explore Vilshofen at your leisure, without having to rush back. Crystal Cruises also does an excellent selection of Europe cruises on their all-inclusive river ships, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel. Voyages range in length from 7- to 14-nights and feature exciting destinations such as Linz, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Passau, Durnstein, and Melk (depending on which cruise line and itinerary booked!).
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Vilshofen, along with a brief description:
♦ Museum Quintana
One of the most impressive museums in Vilshofen, Museum Quintana is a history and art-lover's dream! Many of the exhibits on display feature artifacts from the Neolithic and Metal Ages, the Roman Imperial Period, and Early Middle Ages. There are also exhibits on late antiquity and graphics. This museum is great for children, who are certain to be fascinated with such finds from over 7,000 years of history!
♦ Hilgartsberg Castle Ruins
No visit to Vilshofen is complete without a visit to the Hilgartsberg Castle Ruins! This medieval castle complex is located just north of the Danube River, on a hill in the Bavarian forest. Many noble families resided with these walls over the years, and was owned by the same family up to the 19th century. Today, these ruins feature their own museum, a café, and also host multiple events such as the Castle Festival and Castle Christmas. You can take in incredible views, as well as explore the interesting remains. No matter what season you’ll be in Germany, these ruins are well worth a visit during your time in town.
♦ Furstenzell Abbey
Furstenzell Abbey is a former abbey/church that is an absolute must-see! Designed with Baroque-style architecture, both the interior and exterior are certain to inspire every visitor who enters its walls. Even if you are not religious, this abbey is worth checking out just for its incredible cultural value, as the building dates back all the way to 1274!
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