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About Vienna

Visitors come to Vienna with high expectations of lavish palaces, ornamental parks, cakes piled high with whipped cream and the strain of Strauss waltzes. They're rarely disappointed; this is a city that trades on its glorious past, reveling in its heyday, when Gustav Mahler was conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, Sigmund Freud was inventing psychoanalysis and the coffee houses were abuzz with the banter of middle-class intellectuals.

Yet, as much as it lives in the past, Vienna has hauled itself into the present with elegance and style. Visitors will discover a compact but diverse, multicultural city, with a thriving art and design scene, some truly fabulous shopping, superb contemporary art collections, and acres of gorgeous parks and gardens. Here, you'll find a happy devotion to the good life, whether it's sipping a cocktail at one of the hip bars on the Danube Canal or the gemutlichkeit (the Austrian term for "coziness") of tasting wines grown on the hills around the city in a traditional pub garden in the village of Grinzing.

Because most of the big attractions are around or inside the Ringstrasse, the circular boulevard that encloses the first district, or city center, Vienna is easy to explore. In fact, you could spend days in the first district alone, shopping on the elegant Karntnerstrasse, exploring St. Stephen's Cathedral and countless other Baroque churches, devoting time to galleries and museums and immersing yourself in the famous coffee culture.

The many river cruise lines that call on the city provide a mere snapshot of this thriving center of European culture with little deviation from the very well-trodden tourist trail. But Vienna caters to a diverse range of interests, and the good news is that if you come back for more, or want to explore it alone, the city is a snap to navigate independently.


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  • 3 Night
    Cruise to Vienna

    Leaving:
    Vienna
    Visiting:
    Emmersdorf, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    Cruise Itinerary

    3 Night Cruise to Vienna Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Vienna
    • Day 2
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    Avalon Envision - Avalon Waterways

    Pros

    Emphasis on more space; lower draft to handle low/high river levels

    Cons

    No USB ports by the bed (coming in 2020)

    Bottom Line

    Ship continues the line's focus on views and interesting excursions

    Reviews

    Avalon Envision Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Avalon Envision marks the first new-generation ship for Avalon Waterways, with a shallower draf...

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    Brenda J Long
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Awesome! This river cruise more than met my expectations.
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    Vallerie
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Beautiful and Relaxing
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vienna

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Vienna Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Passau
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    Viking Vilhjalm - Viking River Cruises

    Large number of balcony cabins

    Complimentary wine, beer and soda with lunch and dinner

    Culture-rich daily excursions included in the fare

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    Viking Vilhjalm Reviews

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    Overall
    0.0/5

    Reflecting the heritage of Viking's Norwegian-born founder, Torstein Hagen, Viking Vilhjalm is ...

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    InsureFun
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Very disappointing
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    Don Blue
    Sail Date Aug 2018
    Danube Waltz Cruise
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  • 3 Night
    Cruise to Vienna

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Bratislava, Emmersdorf ... see more
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    Avalon Waterways
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    3 Night Cruise to Vienna Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Bratislava
    • Day 3
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    Ship Details

    Avalon Envision - Avalon Waterways

    Pros

    Emphasis on more space; lower draft to handle low/high river levels

    Cons

    No USB ports by the bed (coming in 2020)

    Bottom Line

    Ship continues the line's focus on views and interesting excursions

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    Avalon Envision Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Avalon Envision marks the first new-generation ship for Avalon Waterways, with a shallower draf...

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    JeannieBarnett
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Marvelous, spectacular Danube Cruise With Avalon
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    Pnichols
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Relaxing, Energizing, Great Service and Food and fun excursions
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vienna

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Vienna Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Passau
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    Viking Ingvi - Viking River Cruises

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

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    Viking Ingvi Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    What first strikes you as you step onboard Viking Ingvi, one of Viking's numerous Longship-clas...

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    Billdref
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Nothing special
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Exceeds expectation
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vienna

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Vienna, Durnstein ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Vienna Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Vienna
    • Day 3
      Vienna
    • Day 4
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 5
      Passau
    • Day 6
      Regensburg
    • Day 7
      Nuremberg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
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    Avalon Envision - Avalon Waterways

    Pros

    Emphasis on more space; lower draft to handle low/high river levels

    Cons

    No USB ports by the bed (coming in 2020)

    Bottom Line

    Ship continues the line's focus on views and interesting excursions

    Reviews

    Avalon Envision Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

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    JV51
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Danube cruise Excelent ship and crew
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    hiplbl
    Sail Date May 2019
    Great time great cruise line
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vienna

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Vienna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Vienna Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Vienna
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 6
      Passau
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    Ship Details

    Crystal Ravel - Crystal River Cruises

    Launching in May 2018

    Offers Rhine, Main and Danube river sailings

    Spacious cabins with large bathrooms, walk-in closets and king-size beds

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    0.0/5

    Crystal River Cruises, luxury ocean cruise line Crystal Cruises' new river cruising arm, will w...

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    tfred
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Fantastic
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Danube on the Crystal Ravel
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vienna

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Vienna Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Deggendorf
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    Avalon Illumination - Avalon Waterways

    Custom-built to sail the Rhine River

    Most cabins transform into "open-air" balconies

    Alternative dining: top-deck BBQ and bistro fare

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    As new ships flood the river cruise market, each line has been one-upping the other with better...

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    rfmagui
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Avalon wins again, the Danube not so much
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    kcd1952
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Budapest to Amsterdam
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Vienna

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Kinderdijk, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Vienna Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Kinderdijk
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Miltenberg
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Bamberg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
    • Day 9
      Regensburg
    • Day 10
      Passau
    • Day 11
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 12
      Vienna
    • Day 13
      Vienna
    • Day 14
      Budapest
    • Day 15
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    Viking Vili - Viking River Cruises

    Pros

    Daily shore excursions and most drinks included in the fare

    Cons

    No single cabins

    Bottom Line

    An excellent river cruise experience on a stylish ship

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