Cruising German Waterways
For a well-earned, highly rewarding week away, join Balmoral on this classic German jaunt for chances to uncover the delights of three enticing cities. That’s not all though; your time ashore is perfectly complemented by hours of daytime scenic cruising of size-restricted waterways to show you Germany at its finest.
Five days of this springtime escape will be filled with some of Germany’s very best sights and experiences. You’ll begin with a transit of the Kiel Canal, a picturesque waterway only navigable by smaller ships such as those in the Fred. Olsen fleet, admiring gorgeous German countryside en route to Warnemünde, your first port of call. A pretty seaside city, Warnemünde boasts wide, white sand beaches and an historic lighthouse offering unspoilt views of the Baltic Sea; take advantage of Balmoral’s convenient docking location to discover these attractions with ease. Warnemünde is also your gateway to Berlin; perhaps opt for a tour to the German capital to see iconic landmarks such as Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz and the remnants of the Berlin Wall. [ReadMore]
Another helping of the Kiel Canal’s captivating scenes follows, before your ship sails the winding River Elbe straight into Hamburg. Showcasing a mix of stunning Hanseatic-era architecture and stylish, contemporary districts, the diverse, cosmopolitan city of Hamburg never fails to impress. With a day to explore, you could seek-out architectural treasures such as the magnificent Rathaus and the towering St Nikolai Church; see the world’s largest train set in action at the Miniatur Wunderland; and indulge in a little retail therapy at the high-end stores. To learn of Hamburg’s seafaring traditions and see the city’s striking skyline from a unique perspective, take a memorable boat tour of the Alster Lake too. Finally, it’s on to Bremen, where Balmoral once again has permission to dock closer to the city centre after cruising the Weser River. The highlights of this fascinating destination will be within reach to discover at your leisure; the gothic-style structures of Markplatz, Bremen Cathedral and the 15th century Town Hall are among the medley of architectural gems to see on a walking tour. Be sure to explore the medieval Schnoor and modern Überseestadt districts too.