Cruising Germany’s Main River with Avalon Waterways
PHOTO: The Main River offers up views of magnificent castles. (Courtesy Avalon Waterways)
The Main River could be considered a hidden jewel of the local German waterways. While other rivers may get more of the limelight and glory, those who are in-the-know are well aware of the beauty that a journey along the Main River has to offer.
Avalon Waterways certainly does.
You can enjoy views of amazing natural landscapes, centuries-old castles and villages that seem to have been frozen in time.
Here are just a few of the highlights you can enjoy when you travel down the Main River as a guest on an Avalon Waterways cruise.
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Main-Danube Canal – serving as a gateway to the Blue Danube and Black Sea, this canal has plenty to offer on its own. Like something straight out of a storybook, it takes you on a journey through many charming villages dotted with quaint cottages. You will likely recognize the name Nuremberg, which is probably one of the most famous cities in this region. (Interesting trivia tidbit: in the 16th century, a watchmaker named Peter Henlein created distinctive watches that became known as “Nuremberg eggs.”)
Bamberg – the overall medieval atmosphere of this town makes an impact, but its grand cathedral and 18th Century mansions are among the most notable landmarks.
Würzburg – one look at the vineyards and rolling hills of this charming village, and it’s easy to see how it earned the nickname, “Pearl of the Romantic Road.”
Wertheim – this town is known for being home to some of the world’s most skilled glassblowers, who continue to practice this traditional art as it has been performed dating back to its origins. You’ll love the view of the town’s winding streets dotted with half-timbered homes.
Miltenberg – tradition and luxury combine in a unique way here, as you can spot distinctive signs of wealth in this postcard-charming Bavarian village. The impressive renaissance homes showcase craftsmanship that indicates the upscale standing of the owners who resided in them. Merchant Hall, meanwhile, is a perfect example of Gothic architecture.
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Frankfurt – old meets new in one of the most well-known German cities. It’s a rare and interesting combination, as a modern skyline lives in harmony with the old historic sights and medieval treasures nestled throughout the town. Visitors shouldn’t miss a chance to see Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church). Beer is also a staple of local life, so many also enjoy a chance to sample some of the creations from local breweries.
Mainz – a Main River cruise ends on a high note at this town, known for its wealth of cultural and historical offerings, including tea rooms, fountains and charming shops. The village is also notable at the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the modern printing press.
Whether you are a history buff, a fan of traditional architecture or simply enjoy travelling to enchanting and romantic locales, a cruise along the Main River is an unforgettable experience every visitor is sure to enjoy.
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