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European River Cruise - Christmas Markets in Germany!

A family adventure in Germany including stunning castles, Christmas markets, and a phenomenal Danube cruise!

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Bavarian style building
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Mary Curry
We drove north to Dortmund this morning to see one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany and arguably the largest Christmas tree (actually a creation of dozens of trees stacked artfully …
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Mary Curry
In the morning we sailed through the Main-Danube Canal. The kids enjoyed touching the walls of the locks as we went through. We stopped in Nuremburg for a rainy city tour up to the castle. The city …
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Mary Curry
Took a wheelhouse tour this morning. The ship is actually controlled by a joystick rather the a wheel. Guests were allowed to ask the captain questions. They mainly asked about safety. Regulations …
Regensberg
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Mary Curry
Today we had a long drive from Fussen to Pasau via Munich. Munich is not a good city for cars. Streets are erratic, parking is limited and streets are narrow. After ~ 45 minutes, we finally found a …
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Mary Curry
Today we visited King Ludwig II's two famous castles near the German-Austrian border, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Following the advice of our guidebook, we woke early to be sure to have plenty …
Hohenschwangau Castle in Gemany
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Mary Curry
Today Ryan woke up feeling poor. He decided to rest at the cottage while Helen and I drove up to Bayreuth to search for my camera that I had lost there two days before. Fortunately, some nice person …
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Mary Curry
After our illness from the previous night, we got a slow start today. We headed to Conrad and Helen's for the kids to play in the morning. That afternoon, we drove to the small village of Pottenstein …
Hohenschwangau Castle in Germany
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Mary Curry
Today we all headed to Bayreuth, the nearest small city to their home. We saw Wagner's impressive home and wandered through the nearby gardens that are now a city park. From here, we headed into town …
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Mary Curry
We spent a final morning with our friends Edith, Harald, Julian, and Enrico. I went shopping for Strumphosen (something in between long underwear and tights that are worn by children of both genders) …
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Mary Curry
Rothenburg is a well-preserved medieval town with an intact town wall and many buildings dating from the 1200-1300s. Although it is touristy, it's also incredibly charming and you can't help but feel …
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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Mary Curry
Today we took a small car ferry across the Main River. We visited a Weinhaus that was designed by Hundertwasser. This 20th century architect created whimsical designs with bright colors and spiraling …
Hillside in Germany
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Mary Curry
Today we dropped my dad at the train station so that he could travel to north to Berlin. Then we headed to the Wildpark outside of Schweinfurt. This park is entirely funded by local community …
Family at Weinparadies
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Mary Curry
The kids were both jet lagged and woke up ready to go at 2am. They stayed awake until 7am and then crashed again until noon. It was a great lesson for us that kids sleep when they are tired and this …
Ostrich Farm
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Mary Curry
The kids slept fitfully on the red eye flight, but we all arrived safe this evening and drove to our friend Edith's house where we received a warm welcome. After some introductions and …
Wildpark Schweinfurt
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Mary Curry
We received a call at 4am saying that our flight had been delayed. After a couple of hours re-working options with our helpful but clueless NW airlines rep from some office in India, we were …

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