The walled city of Nuremberg is a fabulous place to embark on a cruise, or to simply visit during a Europe river cruise, especially if you are fascinated by history, art, and culture. Two major highlights of Nuremberg are its famous Christmas markets (which take place during December), and its restored Old Town, which was originally destroyed during World War II. If you plan to spend time in this city during June or July, you might even be able to catch Nuremberg’s Old Town Festival or International Organ Week, two incredible festivals that will give you a true taste of German culture!
There is a great selection of river cruise lines with cruises departing from Nuremberg. Among them are AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Riviera River Cruises, Uniworld River Cruises, and Viking River Cruises. A great time to take a cruise from Nuremberg is either in the spring (from March to May) or in the fall (from October to November), although the city generally sees good weather year-round.
AmaWaterways has a wide selection of 7- night cruises from Nuremberg onboard several of its ships, including the newer ships AmaLea, AmaSiena, and AmaViola. Avalon Waterways features an even bigger variety of 5- to 17-night cruises onboard many of its vessels, including “Suite Ships” Avalon Artistry II, Avalon Envision, Avalon Illumination, Avalon Imagery , Avalon Passion, Avalon Tranquility II, and Avalon Visionary. If you are looking for a British-inspired river cruise, consider booking onboard Riviera’s MS George Eliot or MS Jane Austen, which offer 7-night cruises from Nuremberg to Mainz.
All-inclusive Uniworld River Cruises does a few 7- and 12-night Europe cruises from Nuremberg onboard River Queen, River Princess, and “super ship” S.S. Beatrice. Viking River Cruises, which is best known for its deep cultural enrichment experience, offers a number of 7-night cruises from Nuremberg to Budapest, with many opportunities to satisfy your cultural curiosity!
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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 cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Nuremberg, along with a brief description:
♦ Nuremberg Old Town (Altstadt)
Nuremberg’s most popular attraction is its Old Town, which is likely to intrigue history buffs the most. You will discover the opportunity to experience numerous landmarks in this section of town, including the Imperial Castle, Sinwell Tower, Palace of Justice, and even an art gallery house in a former World War II bunker. There are also many places to eat and drink in Old Town, where you can try local beer, bratwurst, and more.
♦ Church of Our Lady
Nuremberg’s Church of our Lady is likely to be one of the most detailed, elaborate European churches you’ve ever seen. It is most famous for its clock, which features a performance by built-in mechanical figures every day at 12 P.M. noon. The Gothic architecture of this majestic structure is like none you’ve seen before. After exploring the beautiful interior of this church, there are many shops and markets located nearby that you can browse afterward, if you’re interested in purchasing some local goods.
♦ The Toy Museum
Famous for its toy-making industry, it is no surprise that Nuremberg has an incredible toy museum! You can learn over 600 years’ worth of toymaking history, from the early days of medieval dollmakers all the way up to today! You can view collections of dolls, doll houses, tin soldiers, metal trucks and cars, optical toys, and so much more! This is a great option for families who are taking a cruise from Nuremberg, but will appeal to travelers of all ages.
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