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Danube River Cruise and Tour 2013

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1: DAY 1 & 2: Fly to Munich - Mon Sept 16, 2013. Visit Marienplatz and market area. Hotel Feringapark, Munich DAY 3: Explore Schwangau’s Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig of Bavaria – (the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle ). Spend the night in Rothenburg. Day 4: Tour the fully-preserved medieval town of Rothenburg o.d. Tauber. Hotel - Altes Brauhaus Then off to Prague with a stop in Nuremburg for lunch in the town square market and then a stop at the Pilsner brewery in the Czech Republic . Arrive at the Panorama Hotel in Prague. Day 5: Spend the day touring Prague. Start at Prague Castle and walk to the old town square. DAY 6: Head back into Germany to Passau and embark on the TUI Melodia to begin an eight-day river cruise along the Danube. Day 7: Spend some time in Melk, Austria a city begun in 831 A.D. with the construction of its monastery. Then cruise into Vienna for an Evening Concert of Mozart and Strauss - Day 8: Enjoy a day in Vienna Day 9: Visit Esztergom, one of the oldest cities in Hungary. Day 10: Tour Budapest, nestled atop 80 geothermal springs that make the city famous for its spa treatments. See both Buda and Pest. Day 11: Shop at the Grand Market of Budapest, then in the afternoon, explore Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. Day 12: Visit Linz, Austria, home of the Linzertorte Pastry. Day 13, 14: Oktoberfest Lunch, BMW World and Nymphenberg Palace, Munich. Movenpick Hotel, Munich Airport | Danube Cruise and Tour September 2013

2: Marienplatz, Munich

6: Neuschwanstein Castle

8: Photos from "The Bridge"

9: Lunch in the Castle - Incredible Views

14: Our Hotel Altes Brauhaus | Norm

15: The walls of this medieval town are intact and still surround the entire town. We had a great view of the wall and a guard tower from our room in this old brewery. | The Views from our Corner Room

16: Rothenburg o.d. Tauber is Germany's Fairy-tale Dream Town. It's a beautiful and fully preserved walled medieval town. It is very popular with tourists,but is still incredibly charming. There's a thousand years of history packed into its walls and cobbles. It is now known for it's shopping and Christmas shops. At night, the day tourists leave and it becomes quiet and magical. We loved wandering the deserted streets after dinner.

21: Rothenburg | Exploring

22: Nuremberg | Hitler's Rally Stadium | The Coliseum built by Hitler

23: Lunch in the Market | The beautiful fountain in Nuremberg's main square

24: PRAGUE | The City of a Thousand Spires: Undamaged by WWII, Prague's medieval center remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of her majestic 9th century castle. It is regarded by many as one of Europe's most charming and beautiful cities. The old city is best seen on foot ... and that is what we did.

25: We started our tour of Prague at Prague Castle, then walked back down through lesser town, across the Charles Bridge, into the Jewish Quarter then and into the Old Town Square | Prague Castle

26: Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral

27: Walking down the winding, narrow streets from the castle through Lesser Town to Charles Bridge | Italian Embassy

28: Charles Bridge

30: Prague's Old Town Square is one of the main squares of the city and dates back to the 12th century. With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, this is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe. Over the centuries buildings of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles were erected here around the original market.

31: Old Town Square | Astronomical Clock built in 1410

33: The Beautiful Architecture of PRAGUE

34: After lunch in the old town, we spent the afternoon gawking at the incredible architecture, getting lost in the narrow winding streets and shopping for Amber | Prague | Coffee Shop

36: The Dancing Building

37: Hotel Panorama | Our Hotel in the Suburbs

38: Passau

39: June 2013 flood line | June Floods 2013 Passau, Germany is the junction of 3 rivers -The Danube, the Inn and the Ilz Rivers. In June, three months before we came to Passau, they had a flood that came up to the second story of buildings. It was the worst flood in 500 years. The restaurant (above) where we ate lunch had been completely flooded up to the ceiling. | Flood levels for the past 500 years | Photo of the June floods

40: St Stephen's Cathedral with the largest organ in Europe - we were just in time to hear the afternoon concert

41: A Walking Tour of Passau Germany

42: Boarding our Ship, the TUI Melodia

44: Melk Abbey, Austria

45: This Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1089 and is still a working monastery today

46: Inside the Abbey and Cathedral

48: The Abbey Gardens

49: The Town of Melk, Austria | The Abbey was added to over the years and today's impressive Baroque structure was completed in 1736

50: Cruising the Scenic Wachau Valley

53: Cruising the Wachau Valley

54: Going through the locks and under the Low Bridges

56: The Residence Orchestra at the Auersperg Palace

57: An Evening in Vienna | Sacher Hotel | Coffee and Sacher Torte

59: Vienna | Hundertwasser Village

60: Schoenbrunn Palace,Vienna

64: Esztergom, Hungary

66: Views from the Basilica's Museum

67: This woman hand-embroidered Mary's new top

68: Cruising the Danube

70: Sailing Into | Budapest

71: Matthias Church | Castle Hill and the Chain Bridge

72: Fisherman's Bastion

73: Matthias Church is on Castle Hill, the Buda side of the Danube.It was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the mid-late 14th century. Every surface of the church is elaborately painted. Beautiful and breathtaking!

74: Liberty Statue and Views from Gellert Hill | Docked on the Pest side of the Danube

75: An Evening in Budapest | Castle Hill | The Chain Bridge

76: The Budapest Grand Market | Paprika

77: Walking across the Liberty Bridge to the Gellert Baths | Another Beautiful Spa -The famous Szechenyi Thermal Bath

78: Bratislava, Slovakia

80: Bratislava

81: The Old City was right across the street from the ship

82: Along the Danube

83: CHEERS! With a "Blue Danube" | Norm playing Balderdash with the Cruise Directors | Our Captain

84: LINZ, Austria

85: Home of the Linzertorte & some free WiFi

86: Linz

88: Sailing back to Passau | Our last morning on the Danube

89: Our guides waiting for us in Passau

91: Munich Oktoberfest | Beer Corpses | Unbelievable Crowds! More than 6 million people from around the world come each year to the Wiesn (fairgrounds). Only 6 Breweries can produce Oktoberfest Beer and the numerous tents and gardens hold from 500 - 10,000 people

92: Hofbrauhaus Munich

94: M | Nymphenburg Palace, Munich

95: BMW World

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