Cruising German Waterways
You can uncover a string of delights with ease on this classic, nine-night German jaunt, thanks to Balmoral’s ability to dock closer to the main highlights of three stunning cities on your itinerary. What’s more, the river routes into each destination showcase some of Germany’s finest scenery, so hours of daytime scenic cruising is just as memorable and rewarding as time spent ashore.
In total, five days of this enticing cruise will be spent in Germany, and each will be packed with sights and experiences that are sure to leave a lasting impression.[ReadMoreMob] A scenic sailing of the picturesque Kiel Canal starts your adventure, and gorgeous German countryside will be revealed as Balmoral glides along this size-restricted waterway 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.[ReadMoreDesk] Take advantage of your ship’s convenient docking location and an overnight stay here to discover these attractions at your leisure. 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.
You’ll then cruise back along the Kiel Canal, before diverting down the winding River Elbe all the way to 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 a pace that suits you; 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.