Europe Connections

Unique in its radiance, an ancient oil lamp sparked a celebration that’s lasted for centuries: a true miracle.Read more
See Lake Como, Italy, as part of our full Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps cruise and land itinerary.Read more
From beer to music to film, here are some fall festivals you won’t want to miss!Read more
Here are some seasonal events along the Rhine that you won’t want to miss!Read more
Find out why one guest loves our signature twin-balcony staterooms.Read more
Whether on the Mekong River or in your own kitchen, this chilled pineapple soup is perfect for cooling down any occasion.Read more
As the clock rolls over, what are different countries doing to celebrate?Read more
Christmastime in Budapest is like no place else in the world.Read more
Between our luxurious onboard gala and local celebrations, there’s nothing quite like a New Year’s cruise with AmaWaterways.Read more
Ancient history comes to life in Turkey’s largest and most intriguing city.Read more
Wine Host Michal Keenan answers questions about his passion for wine and why you should join him on our Medieval Treasures Wine Cruise November 7, 2019.Read more
Discover what makes France’s Nice worthy of an extended visit.Read more
A passionate Wine Host shares pairing suggestions and moreRead more
Learn more about the history-making canal that made modern river cruising possible!Read more
Past guest Carl Stumpe traveled with his wife and adult children on a Christmas Markets cruise with AmaWaterways. We interviewed Carl and his daughter Anne about their family travel experience below.Read more
Austrians love their pumpkins – and have turned pumpkinseed oil into a delicacy.Read more
Authentic Basque chicken is made with a pepper as elite as French Champagne.Read more
Just two decades into a major renaissance, the charming city of Bilbao, Spain, is a fascinating destination in which to extend your Taste of Bordeaux cruise.Read more
Laura and Brian Wright renewed their vows on the Danube River in 2018.Read more
Collin Pritchard’s first trip to Europe was on an AmaWaterways Christmas Market cruise on the Danube River in December 2017. Read on to hear what he thought of the experience.Read more
Experience Europe outdoors by bike or on a guided hike, and explore the enchanting scenery along the majestic Danube River.Read more
Nature has preserved the fascinating history of Belogradchik—both above ground and below.Read more
“Basque” in the culture of Northern Spain on our new 4-night land extension in Bilbao and San Sebastian.Read more
Loyal guest Olis Cook has completed eight sailings with AmaWaterways throughout Europe.Read more
Perfect as an afternoon treat or a light dessert, chilled strawberry soup is the perfect seasonal recipe for summers in Provence—or anywhere in hot weather!Read more
A gastronomic tradition dating as far back as 1248, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs ("The Royal Guild of Goose Roasters") has come a long way from roasting geese.Read more
There’s no better place to discover rich culture than within Vienna’s enthralling museums.Read more
Forget the Easter Bunny—French Easter traditions delight people from the sky to the sea!Read more
A black cat, witches and other real-life characters from the storied Moselle River Valley.Read more
Wiener Schnitzel: Not Just an American Hot Dog Stand.Read more
Amsterdam offers more than its legendary canals and tulips: the city is also home to world-renowned art museums.Read more
Turn your holiday meal into an extraordinary experience with some sensational wine choices.Read more
Though many variations of Goulash exist, ours is a traditional, authentic recipe from the very heart of Hungary.Read more
Basic Words and Phrases to Know In GermanRead more
“Lying along the banks of Alte Donau Lake, tree-lined pathways offer visitors an idyllic location to experience the area’s natural beauty. “Read more
Originally known as the Brussels waffle, named for the capital city from which it comes, this waffle is so crisp and light, it nearly melts in your mouth.Read more
Onion soup has been savored throughout Europe since the ancient Romans first began creating this delectable dish.Read more
Every August, thousands of intrepid swimmers go with the flow on Rhine Swim Day.Read more
Basic Words and Phrases to Know in DutchRead more
The French, picturesque town of Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace, and one of France’s most beautiful cities.Read more
Culture and history abound in the beautiful town of Bernkastel on the Moselle River.Read more
The hills are alive with the sound of music in the stunningly historic town of Salzburg, Austria.Read more
Nestled in the French countryside between Libourne and Castillon-la-Bataille, the small village of Saint-Émilion is a jewel of the Bordeaux wine region.Read more
Sail through the Danube and discover why travelers flock to this mighty river every year to extol its wondrous treasures.Read more
Germany is at its most beguiling as you float through the Rhine ValleyRead more
This delectable treat has been enjoyed by the French since 1691Read more
Black Forest Cake is always a delicious treat.Read more
Try this Traditional German SauerbratenRead more
A traditional treat is Lamb Navarin Stew.Read more
You can serve it as an appetizer or make it the star of the meal.Read more
Sprinkled over handmade pastas, elegant risottos, flavorful bruschetta and hearty omelettesRead more
There are probably few Bavarian cities as gorgeous as Passau.Read more
Joan of Arc, Claude Monet, Roy Lichtenstein, Victor Hugo, J.M.W. Turner, the Hundred Years’ War and structures and architecture from the Middle Ages and Renaissance times.Read more
Imagine toasting to the good life aboard an AmaWaterways river cruiseRead more
Go for the wines, but say it’s for the history.Read more
There are few things as quintessentially French as cycling through the French countryside.Read more
There are few days as idyllic as cycling through the charming streets of Antwerp, perhaps even stopping for a taste of delicious Belgian chocolates or waffles (really, who could blame you?)Read more
Vienne, while located in southeastern France, is very much a Roman city.Read more
Looking for a slice of Greece in Germany? Look no further than the stunning Walhalla.Read more
Party like an all star when visiting Austria.Read more
Imagine toasting with the perfect glass of sparkling Brut Reserve or a dry, late harvest Riesling or a peppery, fruity Grüner Veltliner right in the Kremstal valley?Read more
Is there any more perfect pairing for wine than a blend of classical romance and legendary chivalry?Read more
Thirsting for a papal history lesson as you enjoy a nuanced, flavorful wine with sumptuous texture, intensity and heavenly aromatics including black currants, blackberries and herbs de Provence?Read more
Actually, the “Verde” in “Vinho Verde” does not stand for the color green, but rather it refers to green in the context of being young or youthful.Read more
Think Port wine is the only sweet wine under the proverbial Portuguese sun? Well, think again.Read more
Hermitage, a French wine Appellation d’Origine Controlée (AOC), is one of the most sought-after wines in the world.Read more
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Johnny Cash and June Carter, red wine and chocolate. Some of the best things in life just go even better together.Read more
Austria’s iconic Wachau Valley, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, is not only home to some of the most charming towns and villages but also stunning scenic views and lush vineyards.Read more
Why just settle for a regular cup of joe? Or even a specially whipped up espresso or caffé macchiato when you can indulge in a classic Rüdesheimer kaffee (aka Rüdesheimer coffee).Read more
How many monks does it take to develop the world-class wine of the illustrious Fécamp Monastery, still being served hundreds of years after its introduction?Read more
Imagine yourself a part of a Monet masterpiece as you step into his lovely gardens at Giverny.Read more
On June 6, 1944 in the early morning hours, more than 156,000 Allied soldiers stormed the usually tranquil and serene beaches off the coast of Normandy.Read more
Montmartre’s legendary La Vie Bohème – still the bohemian heart and soul of Parisian chic – has long been a siren call to artists and revolutionary thinkersRead more
Stepping through the Loire Valley is a bit like stepping back in timeRead more
A secret staircase for Napoleon. A vibrant garden for Josephine.Read more
One of the greatest military engineers of all time, Sébastian Le Prestre de Vauban built the famed citadel of Blaye in the 17th century to protect Bordeaux.Read more
Imagine getting into the yuletide spirit in romantic Vienna, singing your favorite Christmas melodies in one of the musical capitals of the world.Read more
Deck the halls for a festive winter wonderland this year as you sip hot chocolate, double down on gingerbread of all yummy shapes and sizes, sing delightful new and classic yuletide holiday staplesRead more
Franz Kafka, known for his 20th century writings on anxiety, alienation and impersonal bureaucracy, is also celebrated as one of the most important writers of modern times.Read more
Prague -- the Czech Republic’s dazzling capital city, home to over a million people and with over 1,100 years of fascinating history to explore – is one of the most exciting European cities to visit.Read more
No need to adjust your beer goggles: when you visit Pilzen, you’re sure to be seeing (and drinking) beer just about everywhere.Read more
Travel back in time to explore the beautifully preserved medieval town of Český KrumlovRead more
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Antwerp is the friendliest city there is – seeing how it is the world’s most important diamond cutting center.Read more
Chocolate lovers everywhere, rejoice! And set your sights on Vienna, that glittering city of kaffehaus culture and scrumptious cakes.Read more
Gilded, glittering glamor whose opulent beauty only rivals Versailles – and Schönbrunn Palace was originally just supposed to be a summer residence.Read more
Mouthwatering bites (or full-on meals)...Read more
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss II – with native sons like these, it’s no wonder that classical music continues to reverberate through the streets of Austria – particularly Vienna.Read more
Castles are always in style – but in 1870s Germany, they were positively en vogue.Read more
“Drinking a Kölsch beer is more than just drinking a beer: it’s like drinking an entire culture.”Read more
Red sandstone ruins, majestic views over the Neckar Valley and green forests, the world’s largest wine barrel – the castle of Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most charming and romantic sights.Read more
Seemingly straight from the pages of an old German fairytale….Read more
Painter, printmaker, theorist: Nuremberg’s most famous artist-in-residence was Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).Read more
Why just travel when you can travel back in time?Read more
When Walt Disney’s impressed by the fairytale charms of a town, you know something truly magical awaits.Read more
Ever been jealous of the presidents carved into Mount Rushmore? After all, fame may be fleeting – but mountain sculptures tend to be rather permanent.Read more
Modern day Serbia is thriving with a revitalized nightlife and café culture, reemerging as one of the most vibrant cultural epicenters of Eastern Europe.Read more
“If I had never come here, I would have regretted it.” So said Empress Maria Theresa, in describing Melk Abbey.Read more
Return to a land of kings and queens, knights and ladies, and fables and legends in the ancient medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo and its Tsarevets Castle.Read more
Welcome to the grand cosmopolitan city of Budapest – long a center of great beauty, elegance and sophistication.Read more
Nestled along the majestic banks of the mighty Danube, Dürnstein is one of the most visited regions in the iconic Wachau Valley.Read more
Discover hidden gems in lovely Luxembourg...Read more
Yes. You read this right. Centuries before scores of teenage girls went wild over the Fab Four in the 1960s, the Netherlands kicked off their own mania trend with… tulips.Read more
Get swept up in our excitement for the brand-new AmaKristina, which will debut in 2017 on the Rhine.Read more
Imagine what could’ve been, what was, and what must never happen again when you visit Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam.Read more
What better city to visit on a river cruise than stunning Amsterdam?Read more
Lisbon is currently one of the hotspots of European travel so take a page from the daring explorers that set sail from this magnificent city during the Age of Discovery...Read more
You’ll want to drink up more than the stunning scenery and incredible history of Portugal during your visit...Read more
If you’ve ever had a taste of Mateus wine – that sweet, frizzante rosé wine that was popular in the swinging 1970s – then the Mateus Palace should feel like an old familiar friend.Read more
In lovely Sintra, it’s not just romance that’s in the air… but fairytale castles that seemingly rise above the clouds.Read more
“Everything you can imagine is real.” So said artist and legend Pablo Picasso. It was true for him – and it is true for Barcelona, the vibrant city the Spanish painter once called home.Read more
Not all German legends have been turned into hit animated movies… at least not yet.Read more
During the festive Christmas Market season in Cologne, it won’t just be the Hohenzollern Bridge that will keep your eyes all aglow on your visit.Read more
What could be more romantic for the holidays than kissing under the mistletoe in Strasbourg?Read more
Visit the Christmas Markets in Zurich and see how the city shines like its Swarovski decorations.Read more
Have a wickedly good time as you take a bite off your bucket list, visiting the castle that inspired the story of Dracula in legendary Transylvania.Read more
Novi Sad’s legendary Petrovaradin Fortress is the military command you only wish you dreamt up as a kid.Read more
Let the beauty of Bratislava come alive as you visit one of the most exciting cities in Europe, rich in history and architecture.Read more
The rhythmic stamping of feet and soulful clapping of hands, the expressive arc of the arm and flick of the wrist, the emotional intensity and the fiery passion…Read more
Known for being one of the most stunning Renaissance cities throughout Europe, Salamanca was first founded in the pre-Ancient Rome era in roughly the 2nd or 3rd century BC.Read more
Stunning Zurich is an indulgent feast for the eyes – as much as the taste buds and other senses.Read more
Celebrate life’s sweetest moments with an intoxicating pairing of ultra-rich, honeyed Sauternes wine from Bordeaux.Read more
Cowboys. A staple of the American Old West, Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and… Hungary???Read more