Your Guide To Cruising Austria Starts Now
So, you read our recent post on River Cruises In Europe, and you want to learn more about a river cruise in Austria? No problem, we are AssistAnt – Global Concierge Services and your wish is our command. And we can take care of all you needs for your shore excursions with our VIP cruise port services.
Vienna – The Highlight Of the Danube River
In the past:
Local intellectuals debated over coffee, while at the same time Gustav Mahler conducted the Vienna Philharmonic and, Sigmund Freud invented psychoanalysis. This is Vienna, and you won’t be able to stop here on a typical ocean cruise. Many European river cruises either start or end in Vienna, so after you arrive at the Vienna International Airport, you may want to spend a few extra days in the area.
Things to do:
Spend the morning visiting the House Of Mozart, see the magnificent Belvedere Palace and enjoy fine dining all day long. The fact is, there are so many things to do in Vienna, describing everything requires a separate post (stay tuned).
No matter what you choose to do, book a private chauffeur in Vienna so you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Linz Cruise Port
Linz is typically used as a set-off point for shore excursions to other locations such as Salzburg. Many cruise lines provide buses to nearby points of interest. But, if you want to avoid the typical tourist crowds and travel in style, consider a private car service in Linz for a more personal experience.
As the third largest city in Austria, Linz is the perfect break you might need from visiting all those quiet European towns. If you are interested in digital design, this is the town for you. Be sure to stop at the Ars Electronica Center, a museum for new media arts.
The Port Of Durnstein
Things to do:
If you feel the need to stretch your legs, consider getting a private guide and hiking to the castle ruins where Leopold V, duke of Austria, kept King Richard the Lionheart of England captive during the Third Crusade.
Be warned, this hike is fairly difficult. So, if you are looking for something more relaxing you will love the many wine tasting options in the area.
More for wine lovers!
In addition to stunning Medieval architecture, like the gate erected in 1480, Steiner Tor, get ready to enjoy award-winning wines.
Not only that, Krems is considered one of the most beautiful areas in the Wachau Valley region.
Weissenkirchen (White Church in German)
Like Krems, Weissenkirchen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And according to the UN;
“The cultural landscape and architecture showcase many intact and visible traces of its continuous, organic evolution since prehistoric times.”
The village is named after the Gothic-style church from the 14th century that doubled as the center of worship, as well as to protect the village from attacks by the Ottoman Empire.
Straight out of a postcard, Grein is a wonderful place to enjoy some shopping during your shore excursion. Also, be sure to check out the Stadttheater (City Theater), build in 1791. As the oldest theater in Austria, they still perform regularly.
If you want to enjoy a unique and extravagant vacation and see beautiful sights throughout Europe, a river cruise in Austria is the way to go. Contact us to let us know how we can make your experience truly memorable!
One last thing…
There are many amazing places in Austria that are not mentioned here. We strongly recommend a few days in Salzburg where you can visit the famous sites from the Sound of Music. Or, depending on the time of year you go, after your cruise is over, consider spending the holidays in Salzburg!
Or, you can enjoy Valentine’s Day in Salzburg. The possibilities are endless!