Being raised along the Mississippi River, I was fortunate to see many very large tug boats pushing long rows of barges. The tugs of Europe along the Rhine, Main, & Danube Rivers were not nearly as large as the ones on the central Mississippi River but they were unusual in that they carried their cars along with them. Maybe they were on one-way trips and drove their cars back home. I just never found out why they did this.
We found Bamberg so great to visit. We only wish we could have spent more time there. The people welcomed us and the scenery was nice. All of southern Germany is beautiful.
I almost forgot a real culinary highlight at the café at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. This Strudel was soaked in sauce and was just to good to believe. Trish and I split it as you can see. Great experience!
This was our “ride” for almost 15 days. This over 500 foot long ship is so very comfortable and the crew so accommodating and we appreciate Viking River Cruises so very much. They almost anticipate your needs before hand! Thanks Viking.
We could see some lights around a bend in the Danube River but we did not have a clue what was in store for us as we rounded that river bend and Budapest was just laid out in front of the ship. We both agreed, we have never seen a light display like that.
The city of Budapest is the capital of Hungary and We have never seen such a lighted city. From the Danube River is so bright it almost hurts your eyes. They do turn off most of the lights in the late evening sometime. We went to bed so we never knew when that occurred. Had it not been a little cool, we could have sat out on deck longer enjoying the many lights of Budapest.
This city is competing with some “heavy hitters” for the tourism dollars. Its hard compete with rich cities like Cologne, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Those cities radiate beauty, style, and much wealth. Bratislava has none of those except for one little fact. Its been there several thousand years and has much history to back that up. It was a great place to visit.
This Abbey was one of the highlights of the trip. It sat high on a hill over looking the Danube River on the Strudengau portion of the Danube River.
Folks, this is what a Bama invasion looks like! It brings fear to the hearts of very few!
This plaque is at the entrance to where the Nazi war crimes trials were held. The Germans do not try and hide the trials or even WWII. The Nuremberg complex is massive and dedicated to WWII, Hitler and the rise and fall of Nazism. It was a sobering history lesson that the Germans face head on.