German Waterways & Bremen Beer Festival
A string of unforgettable highlights are yours to discover on this short, yet rewarding adventure, beginning with arguably the most memorable highlight of them all – the Bremen Beer Festival. Your ship will glide into Bremen via the Weser River, so there's no need to endure a long coach ride from Bremerhaven. Once docked, you can head ashore and sample the atmosphere of the Freimarkt extravaganza. This two week festival is one of Germany’s most historic and attracts over four million revellers every year. You have the opportunity to sample delicious local brews at the beer festival, enjoy the fun and festivity of the funfair and stop-by the traditional market stalls selling aromatic sweets and tasty pastries. An afternoon of scenic cruising along the Weser will then offer you the chance to recover and relax, taking in gorgeous countryside as you sail onwards to Hamburg. Here you can take time to discover landmarks such as the towering neo-Renaissance style Rathaus and St Michael’s Church at your leisure; or perhaps embark on a boat tour of the Alster Lake and learn of the city’s ancient seafaring traditions. [ReadMore]
An overnight transit of the Kiel Canal – the first of two journeys through this incredible, size-restricted waterway on this itinerary – is followed by a full day stay in Kiel. Like Hamburg, this fascinating city harbours an extensive seafaring heritage; explore it in depth at the interesting Maritime Museum and the Laboe Naval Museum. Kiel is also home to Holstenstraße, one of Germany’s longest shopping streets; and gateway to the beautiful Holstein Lakes. Finally it’s on to the pretty seaside town of Warnemünde, boasting an abundance of friendly pubs and restaurants and an historic lighthouse offering fantastic views across the Baltic Sea. You’ll also be perfectly placed to embark on a boat trip along the peaceful River Warnow to Rostock, where landmarks such as the striking City Hall and St Mary’s Church await, as well as a local microbrewery expertly crafting delicious German beers. Yet another journey back through the Kiel Canal ensures an unforgettable end to your time in Germany as you head for home.