With fairytale castles and vibrant cities at the water's edge, Germany is the quintessential country to take your first river cruise. The Rhine River is considered the best river cruise for beginners, while the Mosel River attracts wine-lovers. An Elbe River cruise often includes a pre-trip to Berlin, Germany's capital.
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In 2020, river cruisers headed to Europe have the chance to experience a unique event that only comes along once in a decade: the Oberammergau Passion Play. If you haven't heard about it yet, get ready to be inundated with Oberammergau fever in the run-up to 2020, as river cruise lines tailor sailings and itineraries to allow passengers to take in the spectacle. Avalon Waterways, CroisiEurope, Emerald Waterways, Scenic, Tauck and Viking River Cruises are among the lines offering itineraries -- and taking bookings -- for travelers looking to attend.