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Grand EUROPEAN TOUR From the stunning landscapes of Hungary to the windmill-dotted waterways of Holland, join us as we travel through the heart of Europe 68 VIKING.COM EXPLORE MORE 2020

ITINERARY Budapest, Hungary Riverside beauty, a vibrant cultural scene and marvelous architecture make Budapest one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Explore Castle Hill and Matthias Church in the cobbled medieval quarter before relaxing in one of the city’s thermal baths or admiring the elegant riverside Parliament Building. Vienna, Austria Become immersed in Vienna on a guided city tour. Top sights include the Ringstrasse, which replaced the city walls in the mid-19th century, and baroque architecture including the Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. There is also the chance to enjoy a classical music concert. Melk, Austria Set amid the picturesque Wachau Valley, Melk wows with its 900-year-old hilltop abbey—Austria’s finest example of Italian baroque architecture. See its ornate frescoes and admire the comprehensive collection of medieval manuscripts in its important library. Passau, Germany A guided walk along the narrow streets of Passau leads visitors through the Old Town and past traditional patrician houses and graceful arcades. A special concert on the 17,000-pipe organ in the ornate St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the day’s highlights. guided tour, you may enjoy an atmospheric lunch at Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). Nuremberg, Germany Surrounded by 13th-century walls, Nuremberg is one of Germany’s most intriguing cities. There are many sights to see, including the ruins of Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s and the Palace of Justice. An optional World War II tour can provide even deeper insight into this fascinating city. Bamberg, Germany A UNESCO-listed medieval city center awaits in Bamberg, where a walking tour includes visits to the charming Old Town Hall and the 11thcentury cathedral, reworked in a late Romanesque style 200 years later. There will be free time to explore the city and try some of its distinctive smoke-flavored beer. Würzburg, Germany Once home to Würzburg’s powerful prince-bishops, the Würzburg Bishops’ Residenz is one of Germany’s most ornate baroque palaces and the city’s most beloved attraction. Uncover the palace’s many treasures on a guided tour. Wertheim, Germany In Wertheim, experience what life is like in a typical small German town, with visits to a bakery and a butcher. There is also time to learn about the city’s glassblowing tradition. Cologne, Germany Uncover Cologne’s Old Town, taking in St. Martin’s Church and the Dom—Germany’s largest cathedral—before enjoying locally brewed beer (Kölsch) along the waterfront. Kinderdijk, The Netherlands Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. Tour the living quarters of a working windmill. Back on board, feast on Dutch cheeses and jenever, a juniper liqueur. Amsterdam, The Netherlands The capital of The Netherlands is renowned for its world-class museums and art galleries, colorful gardens, abundance of bicycles and pretty canalwoven city center. Go online: Watch a video of the Grand European Tour itinerary at vrc.com/videos Clockwise, from below: Tall houses line the canals of Amsterdam; Karine waltzes with a Benedictine monk at Göttweig Abbey; a view of Passau from the Danube; Viennaʼs Schönbrunn Palace at twilight; the impressive facade of Matthias Church, Budapest; Bambergʼs unique city hall; a fresco on the ceiling at Melk Abbey Regensburg, Germany Regensburg is a wonderfully preserved medieval city with structures dating back to Roman times. After a EXPLORE MORE 2020 VIKING.COM 69