Stopover in Frankfurt, Germany

The flight out of Budapest was at 6:30 am so I don’t recall much of the 2 hour flight, as I knocked off pretty much after take off.  I do recall the flight attendant offering…

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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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There’s Lebkuchen in Passau!?

It’s well known that Nurenburg is famous for Lebkuchen. Supposedly Passau is also known for the “gingerbread” cookies, which surprised us. What was more surprising was finding a lebkuchen shop that hailed from Nuremburg in…

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Assume the best case scenario when traveling 

When we travel, most of the time we pack for the worst case scenario. Well, I’m a huge fan of Rick Steves, who has a motto to expect the best case scenario. If millions of…

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Passau: lunch at Heilig-Geist-Stift-Schenke restaurant

The Viking Var was unable to dock at Passau, so we were bussed in from Regensburg. Since we couldn’t go back to the ship for lunch, Viking Var had lunch for us at Heilig-Geist-Stift-Schenke, which…

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Viking Var day 4: Passau

Passau is a city in Lower Bavaria, Germany. It is also called the Three River City because there are three rivers in the city, and was an important trading city.  The Viking Var had to…

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A BUS trip to Passau, Germany?

Who knew that Europe was suffering a drought like California? Ok, perhaps not that bad but the river water levels are low, which is affecting the river cruises.  Viking River Cruise has experienced low water…

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Night 3 dinner on Viking Var

The theme tonight was mushrooms, and lots of it! The amuse bouche was a fried mushroom with pineapple salsa. For my starter, I had the mushroom soup, which was a consommé.  For some reason I thought…

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Regensburg: afternoon discoveries 

After our city tour and the Bratwurst sandwich, we came back on the ship around 1:00 to relax. The ship was docked right by the city, and it was no more than 15-20 minutes walk…

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The better “3 im Weckla”: Nürnberg or Regensburg ?

Yesterday we were in Nurenburg trying their famous 3 in a roll bratwurst, known in German as 3 im Weckla, at their Bratwursthäusle near San Sanbald. Today, on our tour, we were told that Regensburg…

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Regensburg,Germany: The Stone Bridge

During our walking tour, our guide Sebastian didn’t detour our group here, but suggested we visit on our own. For one thing, parts of the bridge is covered in scaffolding and being renovated. He told…

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Viking Var Day 3: Regensburg

The second stop of this cruise is Regensburg, a medieval city with Roman walls dating back to 179 A.D. Our basic tour was a 2- hour walking tour from the old city walls to the…

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Day 2: Viking Var lunch and dinner

After the city tour of Nuremberg, the bus took us to Roth, where we departed from that location toward Regensburg. At 2:00 we went to the dining room for a late lunch, and the menu…

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Viking Var day 2: Nurenburg, Germany

The first port on this Viking Danube River cruise is Nurenburg, or Nürnberg for the German spellers. Included with our cruise is the City tour, which is mainly a bus tour highlighting the once occupied Nazi…

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Rise and shine! Breakfast on the Viking Var

Our day begins early, as the tour departs at 8:30 am. The dining room opened at 6:30, and we arrived shortly after to a near empty dining room. It’s buffet style and they offered pretty…

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1st night dinner on Viking Var

If you’ve ever been on an ocean cruise, you know that service is important. The downside on a cruise is there’s about 4000+ passengers to take care of.  On Viking, they’ve taken it up a…

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