Join filmmakers Clint and Sue Denn on a picturesque Christmas time cruise. Celebrate the magic of the winter holiday season as we take an enchanting cruise on the Danube River. Our journey will begin in Prague in the Czech Republic before setting off to Nuremberg. From there we will cruise along the Main-Danube canal, crossing the continental divide to continue our exciting trip through the heart of Europe to Budapest, Hungary.
The European winters are a vibrant time of year. Cities and villages sparkle with holiday decorations. The people take time for Christmas shopping and special traditions. Busy, colorful holiday craft markets spring up in historic city center areas and offer an assortment of traditional food and beverage and a chance to watch craftsmen make their goods.
In Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle overlooks charming cities and horse-drawn carriages. In the old market square locals take time from their Christmas shopping to watch holiday dance groups perform.
Nuremberg, known for its 900-year-old ramparts and fabulous gothic churches, is also home to the world’s largest Christmas market.
Regensburg’s medieval old town area overlooks the river and 2nd century roman bridge. Here, Thurn and Taxis Palace hosts a “Royal” Christmas market with traditional handicrafts.
Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, is well known for its Baroque architectural gems. Her beautiful scenery was the backdrop for “ The Sound of Music” and the lovely historic Church of Mondsee became the perfect setting for Maria’s memorable wedding scene. A stop at the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Melk offers a chance to view the historic library, spectacular church and many beautiful religious art treasures.
Vienna, one of the most lovely capital cities in the world, puts on a festive atmosphere during the holidays. Sample gingerbread and gluhwein or hot pastries as you stroll amid the town hall Christmas stalls or those at famous Schonbrunn Palace. With the Christmas spirit lifting spirits, and the echoes of many carols, we end our delightful cruise in historic Budapest, capital of Hungary. Holiday lights sparkle along the busy Vaci and add extra beauty to the historic chain Link Bridge.
• Prague - Hradcany Castle
• Charles Bridge - City, Stores
• Astronomical Clock, Christmas Market
• Bus ride, Ship, rooms and breakfast
• Nuremberg - Christmas Market
• Bavarian singers, Ship in canal
• Regensburg Bridge, Sausage Kitchen
• Castle Christmas Market, Carolers on ship
• Salzburg - Streets, Christmas Market, Mozart
• Mondsee Church, Ship through lock, dinner
• Melk Abbey
• Vienna - Lipizzan Horses, Church, Orchestra
• Vienna - Christmas Market
• Budapest - Ship arrival
• Buda Lift, Chain Bridge, Parliament, City
• Christmas Market
• Night Cruising