Romantic Rothenburg – and A Change of Plans

Today, I took part in one of Viking River Cruises’ optional excursions, travelling to Rothenburg, Germany. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Saturday, July 18, 2015
This morning, Viking River Cruises’ Viking Vidar continued her 15-day Grand European Tour, coming alongside Wurzburg, Germany during breakfast.
Here, guests once again had two options. The first: partake in the included walking tour of Wurzburg – including the magnificent Residenz Palace, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s most famous attractions. This would arrive back at the Viking Vidar in time for lunch, after which guests would have free time for the balance of the afternoon until Viking Vidar sails for Bamburg, Germany promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Viking Vidar alongside in Wurzburg, Germany on another beautiful - and hot - day. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking Vidar alongside in Wurzburg, Germany on another beautiful – and hot – day. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The other option – and the one I chose to take – was the optional excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, or Rothenburg for short. A full-day journey including lunch, this would take us along the so-called “Romantic Road” through the heart of Franconia to the medieval city of Rothenburg for a morning walking tour, an included lunch featuring bratwurst, sauerkraut and Franconian wines, and would also return to Wurzburg to tour the Residenz Palace. For €64 per person, that was a no-brainer for me.
With the mercury expected to hit 33°C, I grabbed two bottles of water at the gangway (complimentary) and placed them in my backpack. That’s one item that should be a must for every river cruiser: a good backpack. In fact, I kind of wish every guest was provided with a backpack (or maybe a tote bag). I know that would be a heck of a cost for Viking to incur, but on the other hand…free advertising!

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