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Featured Excursion: Frankfurt Natural History Museum and Christmas Market
Frankfurt’s Senckenberg Museum of Natural History houses an extraordinary assortment of exhibits from every period of earth’s history. Its extensive collection of dinosaur bones—including complete Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops skeletons—is sure to delight both the young and the young at heart. Other highlights include a rare example of fossilized dinosaur skin and the world’s largest and most diverse collection of stuffed birds. You’ll enjoy a special, interactive tour with an English-speaking expert through the museum’s unique holdings.
Then you’ll be transported to Römerberg Square and Frankfurt’s famed Christmas Market, which has offered arts, crafts, and seasonal food and drink to visitors since the 14th century. Peruse over 200 stalls surrounded by enchanting Old World buildings.
When you return to the ship, you’ll have the chance to partake in a family-friendly gilding workshop. Adults and children alike will enjoy learning about this time-honored craft, in which thin layers of gold, silver, or metal leaf are applied to paper, wood, or glass surfaces. You’ll leave the workshop with precious handmade souvenirs and a host of wonderful memories. (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)
Featured Excursion: Wertheim walking tour
Enjoy a morning of peaceful sailing past colorful small towns and glorious river scenery. As you make your way down the Main, you can also take in an onboard glassblowing demonstration by a local artisan.
In the afternoon, you’ll meet up with a local guide for a walk through the picturesque town of Wertheim, where you can look across the Main River to Bavaria before continuing to the Spitzer Turm (Pointed Tower). Built in the 13th century and once a former prison for drunkards and feuding women, the Tower now leans to one side after withstanding over 800 years of flooding. Your tour will end in historic Wertheim Market Square, which is lined with half-timbered buildings and shops selling artisan glassworks and Franconian wines in round bottles. Back onboard the ship, you can join the chef for a holiday cookie-baking workshop as fun as it is delicious. (BB, L, D)
Featured Excursion: Würzburg Residenz, Würzburg Christmas Market, and Franconian village with home-hosted coffee and cookies
This morning you’ll visit the opulent Würzburg Residenz, one of the most extraordinary Baroque palaces in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 300-room palace took nearly 60 years to complete and contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco, created by Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, as well as what is often described as the most beautiful staircase in the world. Würzburg Residenz is a breathtaking monument to the artistic achievements of the European Renaissance. After your tour you’ll visit the town’s 200-year-old Christmas Market for one-of-a-kind presents and souvenirs. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy an intimate encounter with Franconian culture while partaking in coffee, cookies, and conversation in a local villager’s home. (BB, L, D)
Kitzingen (Rothenburg), Würzburg
Featured Excursion: Rothenburg carriage ride, choice of Medieval Crime Museum or ramparts walk, and Christmas Market with schneeball tasting
The ship will dock in Kitzingen, where you’ll board a motorcoach bound for Rothenburg, Germany’s best-preserved walled city. Your scenic journey will take you along parts of the “Romantic Road,” the famed Medieval trade route that winds its way through some of Germany’s loveliest countryside.
Once in Rothenburg, you’ll board a horse-drawn carriage for an enchanting ride through the city’s picturesque alleyways, which are lined with timber frame houses topped with quaint red tile roofs. Your exploration of this fairytale gem gives you a glimpse at the way life was lived during the Middle Ages, as it is home to some of the best-preserved Medieval buildings in Europe.
After your tour you’ll get to choose between visiting Rothenburg’s unique Medieval Crime Museum or walking the city’s ramparts to learn about its historic defense strategies. The Medieval Crime Museum showcases more than 1,000 years of legal history; among its memorable exhibits are a wide variety of instruments of torture that date back to the Middle Ages. Older children will no doubt be fascinated by these macabre artifacts and interested to learn how European laws and customs have changed over the centuries. Younger children will enjoy walking along Rothenburg’s Medieval ramparts and “defending” the town from imaginary invaders using the slitted archer’s windows. This walk also provides a fantastic view of the Tauber river valley and Rothenburg itself.
Both tours will wind up in the city center, where you can enjoy lunch and a tasting of a delightful local pastry known as a schneeball (snowball). Historically available only at weddings and other special occasions, sugar-dusted schneeballs are now available year-round in Franconia. In the early afternoon you’ll want to visit one of Germany’s oldest and most celebrated Christmas Markets, Reiterlesmarkt, and Kathe Wohlfahrt’s original Christmas shop, which is guarded by a giant nutcracker known as Christian I. (BB, D)
Featured Excursion: Bamberg Nativity walk and Christmas Market
Bamberg, like Rome, was built on seven hills—but here a church sits atop each hill. Bamberg is also remarkable as one of the few German cities that was not destroyed by bombing during WWII. During your walking tour of the city you’ll wander through the half-timbered fishing village of Klein Venedig, known as “Little Venice,” and past the curious narrow alleyways that line Old Town. Then continue to the scenic Bamberg Cathedral and Neue Residenz (New Palace), where the city’s 17th-century prince-bishops lived. The guided tour also includes visits to Nativity scenes throughout the city and time to explore the treasures waiting in the local Christmas Market. While enjoying the market, be sure to sample some of Bamberg’s world-famous rauchbier (smoked beer).
Back onboard the ship, you and your family can take part in an advent calendar craft workshop. For generations, these calendars have been helping children shorten the wait for that most magical of days—Christmas. You’ll learn about the history of the advent calendar in German-speaking countries and create your own 24-window calendar to use during your family’s countdown to Christmas (BB, L, D)
Featured Excursion: Nuremberg Toy Museum and Christmas Market
The perfect capper to your holiday river cruise is a guided tour of Nuremberg’s wondrous Toy Museum. The city itself has long been famous for its expert toy makers, who handcraft everything from intricate dollhouses to miniature train sets with loving care. Nuremberg’s Toy Museum lies in the heart of Old Town; its exhibits feature an astonishing array of playthings from antiquity to the 21st century. This is a wonderland for the young and young at heart alike, with both old-fashioned and high-tech toys on display and a large room designed for interactive play.
You’ll also have time to wander through Nuremberg’s city center and visit its festive Christkindlesmarkt, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Germany. In this fine Medieval setting, you can enjoy authentic Nuremberg gingerbread and bratwurst before returning to the ship. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)
Nuremberg (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship in Nuremberg and transfer to the Nuremberg airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in the beautiful city of Prague. (CB/BB)