Cruising Europe: Vienna

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Vienna: Highlights of the Central European ports of call on AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto

A cruise is a wonderful thing: it allows you to unpack once, yet visit much more than just one place. Itineraries vary, but a river cruise is extra special, in that it allows you to get up close and personal to some of the most beautiful waterside views and countryside. I’ve compiled some snapshot highlights, to wet your wanderlust whistle.

This week, we’re sailing with AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto along the Danube and Vienna, Austria. Next week, travel with us again on Crystal’s Western Europe: St. Emilion, France. So pack your bag – you’ll only have to unpack it once. 1-800-626-0126;


A view of Hofburg Palace off Heldenplatz (Heroe’s Square)

A gate to Heroe’s Square

A view of immaculately preserved architecture on the renowned Ringstrasse, or ring road

Sculptural detail near the Heroe’s Square gate

Aida, a famous pastry shop, on the city’s Kartnerstrasse, a pedestrian shopping street in central Vienna

Another famous pastry, Sacher Torte, was created here, at the Hotel Sacher

A coffee break in Vienna really means a stop at the sausage stand for some wieners and beer

A fountain near the Albertina Museum

Local flavour, beer, dancing and traditional music at Austrian Heuriger (wine tavern)

A view of the Danube from the deck of the AMACerto