Which river will win??
It's another SHOWDOWN!! I'm diving into the world of river cruises and comparing two of the most popular rivers to cruise down in Europe--the Rhine and the Danube. Ready to see which wins?
Cruises on the Rhine River typically travel through Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
What you'll experience:
1. Castles- There are so many beautiful castles strewn out among the Rhine
Gorge, that it makes for a magnificent cruising experience.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral- Despite the large fire last month, Notre Dame will
always be revered as a great landmark to human history.
3. Kolsch Beer and Rudesheimer Coffee- One of my favorite parts of travel are
experiencing the different cuisines of "new" places. Kolsch beer is only
made in Cologne, Germany, so that will definitely be a treat. As well
Rudesheimer coffee which is traditionally created with brandy, coffee, and
Cruises on the Danube River typically travel through Hungary, Austria, and Germany.
What you'll experience:
1. WWII Historical Sites- Not only are there multiple museums and historical
sites throughout this region, there are also many facets of architecture that
unfortunately differentiate historical buildings as pre- and post- the war era.
2. Illuminations Cruise- Probably one of my most favorite experiences on my
first river cruise! This "scenic cruising" will happen at nighttime in Budapest,
where you'll be able to see all the magnificent buildings glow.
3. Tastes of Bavaria- Beer, sausages, pretzels, and gingerbread--oh my! So
many delectable treats and the best thing of all--they bring them to you
onboard a river cruise.
This is a really tough decision to make, as I've never been to the Rhine and I loved my Danube cruise so much. Both areas are so rich with culture, that I don't believe you'll be "losing" by picking either one. I have to go back to this very question I asked a seasoned river cruiser, who said that her favorite between both rivers is the Rhine because of the wondrous scenic cruising that you can experience compared to the Danube. For that reason, I will make the Rhine the winner of this showdown!
Have you ever sailed on the Rhine River? Please tell me your thoughts! I'm hoping I can go on a river cruise in the next 2 years to experience it in person. Until then-- "see" you next week!
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