When I first researched about Christmas Markets in Europe, the image that always popped up was that of a magnificent looking church standing over red and white striped booths. It was picture of Nuremberg Cathedral during its Christmas Market season. This image, which I could not shake off my mind, was one of the reasons why my first river cruise was on the Danube River.
Now, if you are a history buff, this city might ring a bell. This is where Nazi gatherings were held pre-World War 2 and also the place where they held The Nuremberg Trials. We did not have a chance to tour that area.
Our last full day on this cruise was spent mostly cruising on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. This connects the Main and Danube River via the European Watershed and has 16 locks. It was a leisurely morning. We relaxed at the lounge while watching the scenery. We passed by the marker of the European Continental Divide or Watershed. Whenever there is something interesting to look at while the ship is moving along, the cruise director gets on the PA system and gives the passengers some information, which we really liked. We were learning along the way.
Lunch was at the Main Dining Room. They served a Bavarian Lunch that included my favorite schnitzel and sauerkraut! My husband was too sleepy and missed out on lunch. So, I put on a brave face and went by myself. Lunch was buffet style.
For our day in Nuremberg, they offered the Franconian tasting for a fee. But we were resolute on our goals and stuck with being at the Christmas Market. It was a busy Saturday afternoon. It felt like everybody and their mother was there. But that did not ruin my dream. We visited every nook and cranny of the market and tried different things. But most importantly, we tried the Nurnberg Bratwurst and the Elisenlebkuchen. We were also able to visit the Frauenkirche or Church of Our Lady and offered prayers. We visited the Starbucks and unfortunately they were sold out of their Nurnberg mugs. But that did not dampen our mood. There were musicians entertaining the crowd and St. Nicholas even made an appearance. We enjoyed our last stop in Germany! This is how Christmas should be like!
We were sad to leave the next day because we had so much fun. It was less stressful as somebody already did the planning for us and we did not have to think about most things. Amawaterways also arranged a taxi for us to leave for the bus station early morning the next day. The service was just top notch. My husband and I are hoping to be on a river cruise again someday!
There are so many things to love about a river cruise. Click this link to find out what they are! We visited Budapest, Vienna, Melk, Salzburg and Regensburg during our Christmas markets on the Danube River Cruise with Amawaterways!