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About Vilshofen an der Donau

A popular embarkation port for Danube River cruises, the German town of Vilshofen provides a friendly introduction to the charming small towns that you'll encounter throughout your trip. The river is so important to the town that it's part of the official name: Vilshofen an der Donau, which translates to "on the Danube." (The river Vils, which meets the Danube here along with the Wolfach, is responsible for the first part of the name.)

A Bavarian burg that dates back to 776, Vilshofen has a famous local son in Josef Groll, a brewer who is known as the "Father of the Pils." His beer, Pilsner Urquell, might have become famous in Bohemia, but it was Groll and his father who invented bottom fermentation. The resultant brew is considered the inspiration for two-thirds of the beer produced today. Often, river cruise lines feature the beer with pretzels and Bavarian music in a mini "Oktoberfest" celebration.

The closest airport to Vilshofen is Munich, about 90 minutes to two hours away. Many river cruises offer transfers, either included in the fare or for purchase (if you go on your own, expect to pay at least 75 euros per person). Popular pre-trips for river cruises that begin in Vilshofen include Munich and surrounding Bavaria, or Prague, which is about three-and-a-half hours away. While Vilshofen is pleasant and worth a stroll, it's not a place where you need to stay overnight; you can arrive the same day your ship leaves and still see the highlights.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
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    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

    Reviews

    AmaMagna Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

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    Mmsq
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Wonderful 50th anniversary cruise!
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    Sail Date May 2019
    Amazing week on the AmaMagna !!
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau

    Leaving:
    Vilshofen an der Donau
    Visiting:
    Passau, Linz ... see more
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    AmaWaterways
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    14 Night Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 2
      Passau
    • Day 3
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 4
      Weissenkirchen
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Bratislava
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
    • Day 9
      Mohacs
    • Day 10
      Vukovar
    • Day 11
      Belgrade
    • Day 12
      Cruising (Iron Gates)
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      Vidin
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      Ruse
    • Day 15
      Giurgiu
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    AmaPrima - AmaWaterways

    Terrific variety of fee-free shore excursions

    Many cabins offer French and traditional verandahs

    Warm and personable service

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    AmaPrima Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

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    801Jeff
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Relaxing, informative and beautiful.
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    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Tulip time - a perfect cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau

    Leaving:
    Vilshofen an der Donau
    Visiting:
    Vilshofen an der Donau, Linz ... see more
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    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 2
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 3
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 4
      Weissenkirchen
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Bratislava
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
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    AmaLea - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Active excursions, twin balconies and outdoor pool bar stand out from the crowd

    Cons

    Dining service could be more intuitive; ambitious menus sometimes lack execution

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable furnishings and excursion choice allows cruise customization more than most

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    In an increasingly crowded field, AmaWaterways continues to tweak its river cruises to keep up ...

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    Lcd2107
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent for a solo Traveller!
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    AndyB
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Christmas Markets on the Danube
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Vienna ... see more
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    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Vienna
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
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    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

    Reviews

    AmaMagna Reviews

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    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

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    chimay53
    Sail Date May 2019
    Attention to Detail
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    The ultimate luxury river cruise experience
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau

    Leaving:
    Vilshofen an der Donau
    Visiting:
    Passau, Linz ... see more
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    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 2
      Passau
    • Day 3
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 4
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Bratislava
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

    Reviews

    AmaMagna Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

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    GeorgiaIrishGirl
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Magna Christmas markets
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Above & Beyond
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau

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

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Vienna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau 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
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    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

    Reviews

    Crystal Ravel Reviews

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    Overall
    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 Vilshofen an der Donau

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Weissenkirchen
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    Ship Details

    AmaCerto - AmaWaterways

    Includes heated swimming pool with swim-up bar

    Fare includes wine with dinner, Internet, tours

    Some cabins feature AMA's cool "twin balcony" setup

    Reviews

    AmaCerto Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    AmaWaterways has carved out a niche for itself in the river cruise arena with its emphasis on w...

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    kck2685
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Incredible Honeymoon
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Top Notch!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau

    Leaving:
    Vilshofen an der Donau
    Visiting:
    Vilshofen an der Donau, Linz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Vilshofen an der Donau Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 2
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 3
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 4
      Weissenkirchen
    • Day 5
      Weissenkirchen
    • Day 6
      Vienna
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    AmaLea - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Active excursions, twin balconies and outdoor pool bar stand out from the crowd

    Cons

    Dining service could be more intuitive; ambitious menus sometimes lack execution

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable furnishings and excursion choice allows cruise customization more than most

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    In an increasingly crowded field, AmaWaterways continues to tweak its river cruises to keep up ...

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    atkinsonguy
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Another excellent AmaWaterways cruise -
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    ladytripper
    Sail Date Aug 2019 <