Amsterdam to Budapest By River

In September, 2013, my wife and I flew to Amsterdam where we spent almost a week exploring that fascinating city before boarding the Viking River Cruises motor vessel Skadi.   This marked the beginning of a 15 day river and canal cruise through the heart of Europe, ending at Budapest in Hungary.

First we went overnight from Amsterdam via canal to join the Rhine River near Rotterdam where we paused to see the windmills at Kinderdijk.  From there our journey took us up the Rhine, stopping in many places along the way (e.g. Cologne, Coblenz, Braubach and the Marksburg Castle, Miltenberg, Wurzburg) to explore or take side trips.

We left the Rhine at the confluence of the Main River, motoring up it to Bamberg and Nuremberg.  There we entered the canal which connects, through many locks, the Main to the Danube.

Down the Danube we went, stopping along the way at Regensberg, Passau, Melk, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava and, finally, Budapest.

A memorable trip on which I took over 1500 photos!  Thankfully, by ruthless pruning, I have been able to render that number down to more manageable size, a few of which are shown here.

Amsterdam Moon - ©Derek Chambers
Amsterdam Moon – ©Derek Chambers
Amsterdam Before Sunrise - ©Derek Chambers
Amsterdam Before Sunrise – ©Derek Chambers
Dawn in Amsterdam - ©Derek Chambers
Dawn in Amsterdam – ©Derek Chambers
Canalside Houses in Amsterdam - ©Derek Chambers
Canalside Houses in Amsterdam – ©Derek Chambers
Amsterdam - Canal Boats - ©Derek Chambers
Amsterdam – Canal Boats – ©Derek Chambers
Kinderdijk Dawn - ©Derek Chambers
Kinderdijk Dawn – ©Derek Chambers
Dawn on the Rhine near Dusseldorf-North Rhine-Westphalia. - ©Derek Chambers
Dawn on the Rhine near Dusseldorf-North Rhine-Westphalia. – ©Derek Chambers
Rhine River and Spay from Marksburg Castle - ©Derek Chambers
Rhine River and Spay from Marksburg Castle – ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine - Vineyards - ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine – Vineyards – ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine - Hill Forts
Middle Rhine – Hill Forts – ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine -Maus Castle - ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine -Maus Castle – ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine - Rheinfels Castle - ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine – Rheinfels Castle – ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine - Katz Castle - Cat's Elbow Castle at Lorelei
Middle Rhine – Katz Castle – Cat’s Elbow Castle at Lorelei – ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine - Gutenfels Castle now a hotel - Kaub - ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine – Gutenfels Castle now a hotel – Kaub – ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine - Pfalz Castle and Gutenfels Castle - Kaub - ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine – Pfalz Castle and Gutenfels Castle – Kaub – ©Derek Chambers

 

Middle Rhine - Gothic parish church - Hill church - Vineyard - Lorch - ©Derek Chambers
Middle Rhine – Gothic parish church – Hill church – Vineyard – Lorch – ©Derek Chambers

 

Ehrenfels Castle - Rudesheim am Rhein - ©Derek Chambers
Ehrenfels Castle – Rudesheim am Rhein – ©Derek Chambers

 

Wörth am Main - Window Detail - ©Derek Chambers
Wörth am Main – Window Detail – ©Derek Chambers
Miltenberg - Street.- ©Derek Chambers
Miltenberg – Street.- ©Derek Chambers
Miltenberg - Window Detail - ©Derek Chambers
Miltenberg – Window Detail – ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg - Hotel Front - ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg – Hotel Front – ©Derek Chambers

 

Rothenberg - Hotel Sign - ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg – Hotel Sign – ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg - Lane - ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg – Lane – ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg - Sign - ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg – Sign – ©Derek Chambers

 

Rothenberg - Window Detail - ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg – Window Detail – ©Derek Chambers

 

Rothenberg - Window Detail - ©Derek Chambers
Rothenberg – Window Detail – ©Derek Chambers
Würzburg - Overview - ©Derek Chambers
Würzburg – Overview – ©Derek Chambers
Bamberg - Die Alte Rathaus. - ©Derek Chambers
Bamberg – Die Alte Rathaus. – ©Derek Chambers
Bamberg - Riverside Houses - ©Derek Chambers
Bamberg – Riverside Houses – ©Derek Chambers
Bamberg - Wedgewood House - ©Derek Chambers
Bamberg – Wedgewood House – ©Derek Chambers
Nuremberg - Window Detail. - ©Derek Chambers
Nuremberg – Window Detail. – ©Derek Chambers
Regensberg - Advertising - ©Derek Chambers
Regensberg – Advertising – ©Derek Chambers
Regensberg - Window - ©Derek Chambers
Regensberg – Window – ©Derek Chambers
Passau - Object - Glass Museum. - ©Derek Chambers
Passau – Object – Glass Museum. – ©Derek Chambers
Krems - Grapes - ©Derek Chambers
Krems – Grapes – ©Derek Chambers
Krems - ©Derek Chambers
Krems – ©Derek Chambers
Statue Detail Grotto Schoenbrunn Palace Vienna Austria - ©Derek Chambers
Statue Detail Grotto Schoenbrunn Palace Vienna Austria – ©Derek Chambers
Bratislava - Appealing Courtyard off Main Shopping Street - ©Derek Chambers
Bratislava – Appealing Courtyard off Main Shopping Street – ©Derek Chambers
Budapest - Chain Bridge at Night - ©Derek Chambers
Budapest – Chain Bridge at Night – ©Derek Chambers
Budapest - National Art  Museum Buda side Budapest Hungary - ©Derek Chambers
Budapest – National Art Museum Buda side Budapest Hungary – ©Derek Chambers
Budapest - House of Budapest - House of Parliament - ©Derek Chambers
Budapest – House of Budapest – House of Parliament – ©Derek Chambers

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