Budapest: Prestige Hotel

Our cruise is may be over, but we are extending our stay in Budapest by one day. Our hotel, the Prestige Hotel, is located just a few minutes walk from the ship, but with luggage…

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Farewell, Viking Var!

It’s our last breakfast on the Viking Var. In 24-hours every passenger from this ship will be somewhere else, and the crew will be providing services to new passengers.    My overall impression  I really…

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Budapest on the Danube, lit up at night

As a traveler, there are some iconic photos that I’ve wanted to see for myself in person. One such photo is the Parliament building, which has been posted in practically any travel magazine, book or…

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Last dinner on the Viking Var

It’s our last night on the Viking Var. We started in Nuremburg, Germany and a week later ended at Budapest, Hungary.    Our meals on Viking has been superb. For our last dinner, we were…

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The Shoes on the Danube: Remembering the murdered

Along the bank of the Danube, about a minute walk from the Chain Bridge is a bunch of shoes lined up by the river. It’s a memorial to remember the Jews murdered by militiamen, and…

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Buda or Pest? Visiting Budapest, Hungary

It’s day 6, and it’s almost the end of our Danube River Cruise. Our day started at 9:00 am in the old capital, Esztergom, Hungary. From there, we boarded a bus for a city tour…

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Night 5: dinner on Viking Var

Walking almost 10 miles can really work up an appetite. The dinner was not as hearty as I would have liked, but it served its purpose. Today would have been a great day for pizza.…

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Vienna, Austria: Why take the metro, when you can walk?

At the end of the bus/walking tour, the tour guide stop in front of Saint Stephen’s Cathedral and gave us half hour to look around and meet back for the bus ride to the ship. Or,…

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Which Sacher Torte is better: Demel or Hotel Sacher?

When we were in Salzburg, we tried the famous Sacher-torte chocolate cake at the Sacher hotel. According to history, it was invented by Franz Sacher, who made the cake in 1832 for royalty. He later…

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Knickknacks, calendar, and wafers from Vienna

We had a great lunch at Figlmüller, and decided to find a German “day at a glance” calendar for Stephen’s parents. Mom gave us a sample and we have been searching for this since Munich,…

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Vienna: Figlmüller’s schnitzel

In Germany, you can get a schnitzel anywhere, but few can say they had one at the famous Figlmüller in Vienna. There’s 2 locations and both are less than 2 minutes walk from St. Stephen’s…

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The city of Vienna, Austria  

Viking Var, Day 5 … Vienna was once the seat of the Hapsburg Monarchy, and the center of the Holy Roman empire.  Vienna was the leader in music, art, architecture and the Capitol of Austria.…

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Austria: Melk Abbey 

Melk Abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 by Jakob Prandtauer, and is possibly the most famous Abbey in Austria. It was originally a royal palace, and in the 11th century, Leopold II  presented the…

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Day 5: Dining on the Aquavit Terrace

On the Viking Var, you can have 2 choices for dining: in the formal restaurant or at the Aquavit Terrace, a casual area next to the bar and piano lounge. After 4 days of eating…

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Being flexible passengers on Viking Var

Good morning! When traveling, it’s good to have a hearty breakfast, and to be flexible. Based on what we experienced yesterday in Passau, we realized our cruise was dependent on some key elements: the water…

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Woohoo, great news for Viking Var passengers!

This morning, when we left the Viking Var on a bus for Passau, we left not knowing if the water level would improve. We were not sure if we had to come back to the…

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Passau: Marmaladen-Haus

Passau has a lot of neat little shops, and we stumbled on one while trying to find our way back to the Viking bus. Stephen immediately recognized the Marmalade shop and said its well known.…

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