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Main River cruises in Germany visit ports like Bamberg and Wertheim where medieval life comes to life, Volkach and Würzburg that are known for their wines, and Frankfurt and Nuremberg where history and thriving modern culture stand side by side. 
Frankfurt’s Kleinmarkthalle market, the medieval quarter of Römerberg, the Museum Kilometer, and the Main Tower put visitors in the midst of the new and the historic parts of the city giving them a fresh perspective on an old-world city that has grown into the modern age.
The medieval old town of Nuremberg shines with a glow from the past with reconstructed half-timber houses, museums, and shops. The castle district on the outskirts is a maze of cobblestone streets overlooked by the town’s castle that casts a spell back to the Holy Roman Empire.
Lavishly decorated homes to Bamberg’s bishops, stunning medieval architecture along the banks of the Main River, and the 11th century Bamberg Cathedral makes exploring this city a historic exercise as well as an aesthetic one-Bamberg’s reputation as a charming and beautiful town leaves many transfixed before they leave.
Known for its romantic medieval castle overlooking the historic center’s shops and the Main River, Wertheim feels like a storybook that comes to life. The views from the castle’s restaurant are spectacular and the shops in the town’s center top the list of many a traveler looking for keepsakes to take home.
A classic combination of art, historic landmarks, and vibrant modern culture- Würzburg also has a reputation for its wines. The Marienberg Citadel is a highlight of the city-showcasing one of Germany’s royal seats and housing an impressive collection of works in its museum.
Home to the Crooked Tower where legends say the heart of Dracula is inside the globe that tops the building’s roof, Kitzingen is a small town where the region’s wine and the riverside cafes are a great mix for relaxing in-between visits to the landmarks that dot the city.
Historic landmarks and wineries make Volkach a town where leisurely discovering the church of St. Bartholomew and the Carthusian Museum Charterhouse are matched by eating in a converted ninth-century monastery while trying a few glasses of the local wine. 
Marking one end of the Main River where it meets the Rhine, the city of Mainz‘s culture is drawn from 2000 years of history that includes being occupied by Napoleon. A thriving town with plenty of beer halls on both rivers, some of the cultural offerings include the Gutenberg Museum where the first printed Bible is on display. 
A city on the Main River that’s known for its art, Schweinfurt is a bit off the beaten path but worth exploring the galleries and museums that give insight into the past and present of many showcasing the masters and the up-and-coming artists of Germany.
Miltenberg is nicknamed ‘The Pearl of the Main,’ for its medieval half-timber buildings on the main street and romantic old town that includes a historic market square and the castle that watches over the town. 
For more information about Main River cruises that explore the small towns and charming cities of Germany and the custom trips that Adventure Life can arrange, contact one of our travel experts.

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