The first official night of the cruise was spent onboard our ship, docked in downtown Budapest. The next morning was a leisurely cruise to Vienna, where we toured the city…such fun seeing the home of the famed Lipizzaner stallions! While in Vienna, you must visit the exquisite Schönbrunn Palace, a palatial complex which is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. A special Viking treat was an evening at the Opera – a private performance of “The Marriage of Figaro,” where we met the cast members.
On our walking tour of Regensburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, we saw impressive13th and 14th century church spires, towers and homes. One optional tour I urge you to take is a visit to the BMW factory. It is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a combination of robotics and “worker-friendly” assembly lines
The last stop on our cruise was Nuremberg. While our day there was more sobering, it was an eye-opening look at history we only thought we knew. We saw Zeppelin Field, the former Nazi parade grounds, and the Palace of Justice. We also opted for an unforgettable tour of the World War II Museum, a fascinating interactive experience using an audio guide that I highly recommend.
A big part of traveling is wonderful food, and we had some great culinary experiences. Recommendations: historical Wurkstkuchl of Regensburg, the oldest sausage tavern in the world (bring back a jar of homemade sweet mustard); Figlmüller in Vienna, serving up the most delicious Frisbee-sized schnitzel you’ve ever seen or eaten (take a friend to share with); Strudel House on the Pest side of Budapest, where you can watch them hand make mouth-watering savory and sweet strudels. Some of our finest meals were onboard our Viking ship. They featured regional cuisine that brought our destinations to life, a variety of menu selections at every meal and an extensive wine list. Desserts were artistic and delicious, and the service was always impeccable.
Our ship was elegant, and service and food were tops. Our roomy stateroom had a beautifully-appointed bath and a balcony. For us, this trip was really about the experience, and our shore-excursions were first-rate with English-speaking guides bringing us closer to the history and culture of the area