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About Bamberg

When an entire town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you know it must be something special. Bamberg, in the Franconia section of Bavarian Germany, has held its UNESCO designation since 1993 due to the beautifully preserved structures dating from the 11th to 19th centuries. It serves as a port stop on any river cruise that sails the Main River.

Laid out over seven hills and located at the confluence of the Regnitz and Main rivers, Bamberg is divided in half with old and new sections. To reach old Bamberg, visitors must walk through the Altes Rathaus (old City Hall), built on a small man-made island in the middle of the river because the prince bishop who ruled the city in the mid-14th century would not give the residents permission to build a city hall on any of the land he owned (which, at that time, included the entire city).

In Bamberg, visitors will find shops, taverns (all offering the city's trademark smoked beer), a handful of museums and lots of great photo opportunities.


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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Bamberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Bamberg Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Rudesheim
    • Day 6
      Miltenberg
    • Day 7
      Wurzburg
    • Day 8
      Bamberg
    • Day 9
      Nuremberg
    • Day 10
      Regensburg
    • Day 11
      Passau
    • Day 12
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 12
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 13
      Vienna
    • Day 14
      Vienna
    • Day 15
      Bratislava
    • Day 16
      Budapest
    • Day 17
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    Crystal Mahler - Crystal River Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent dining, cabins and service makes ship feel like luxury hotel

    Cons

    Shore excursions can be iffy, with specifics hard to find; little enrichment

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for couples or groups that want a luxury river cruise that's more like a private tour

    Reviews

    Crystal Mahler Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Launched in 2017 as one of the first of Crystal River's "Rhine Class" vessels, Crystal Mahler d...

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    richminn
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    First but not last time Crystal
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    River cruise
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bamberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Kinderdijk, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Bamberg 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
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    Viking Modi - Viking River Cruises

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

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    Viking Modi Reviews

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    0.0/5

    As a "Longship," Viking Modi has a contemporary, Scandinavian-design feel, with lots of natural...

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    sweetwaterhoward
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Grand European Adventure
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Staff wonderful, but beware what Viking promises
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bamberg

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

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

    Introduced in 2013 to the ever-expanding fleet of Viking River Longships, Baldur maintains the ...

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    darnellm
    Sail Date May 2019
    Grand explorer cruise the best
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    Cfmjr
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Amsterdam to Budapest + Prague
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Bamberg

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Bamberg Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Regensburg
    • Day 9
      Regensburg
    • Day 10
      Nuremberg
    • Day 11
      Bamberg
    • Day 12
      Wurzburg
    • Day 13
      Miltenberg
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Koblenz
    • Day 15
      Cologne
    • Day 16
      Amsterdam
    • Day 17
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Crystal Mahler - Crystal River Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent dining, cabins and service makes ship feel like luxury hotel

    Cons

    Shore excursions can be iffy, with specifics hard to find; little enrichment

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for couples or groups that want a luxury river cruise that's more like a private tour

    Reviews

    Crystal Mahler Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Launched in 2017 as one of the first of Crystal River's "Rhine Class" vessels, Crystal Mahler d...

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    pickypicky
    Sail Date May 2019
    WE WERE NOT "CRYSTALLIZED"
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Crystal handles itinerary changes well
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bamberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Kinderdijk, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Bamberg 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

    Reviews

    Viking Vili Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Viking Vili is one of Viking Cruises' ever-expanding fleet of Longships that ply the rivers of ...

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    Jeananaa
    Sail Date Apr 2018
    Anniversary Adventure
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    Ann EC
    Sail Date Apr 2018
    Trip of a Lifetime!
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bamberg

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

    Viking Magni - Viking River Cruises

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

    Reviews

    Viking Magni Reviews

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

    German-built Viking Magni and its sister "Longships" represent a new take on river hospitality,...

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    Grendelbear
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Great way to see Europe how it developed - along its rivers
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    EZ Wash
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Wonderful Time, but We're not River Cruisers
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Bamberg

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    14 Night Cruise to Bamberg Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Miltenberg
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Bamberg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
    • Day 9
      Regensburg
    • Day 10
      Passau
    • Day 11
      Melk
    • Day 11
      Wachau
    • Day 12
      Vienna
    • Day 13
      Bratislava
    • Day 14
      Budapest
    • Day 15
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    Emerald Dawn - Emerald Waterways

    Contemporary ship with a friendly vibe

    Swimming pool that converts into a movie theater

    Value for money fares

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    Emerald Dawn Reviews

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    0.0/5

    The 182-passenger Emerald Dawn is one of Emerald Waterways signature "Star Ships." Emerald...

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    SoCal Retiree
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Great First Cruise Experience
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    Ianmpartridge
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Superb cruise
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