Our “Best of” List from Our Travels on the Avalon Panorama.

Here’s our final blog on our September 2013 trip. We feel that we barely scratched the surface of the heart of Europe and we’re okay with that. We rarely need more than one day in a big city, regardless of the location. That was the best thing about the river cruise; we moved on each day. We loved the little villages and town with the crazy old buildings.

With any trip, the names and places begin to fade quickly, but for us, the following places invoke memories that we will always treasure.

Best of Budapest: Parliament Building at night. The best way to begin an adventure, sailing through the heart of Budapest at night.

Best of Budapest: Parliament Building at night. The best way to begin an adventure, sailing through the heart of Budapest at night.

Best River: Danube. The long-standing edge of the Roman Empire. Roman was on one side and the barbarians were on the other.

Best River: Danube. The long-standing edge of the Roman Empire. Roman was on one side and the barbarians were on the other.

Best Fortress Castle towering over a town: Cesky Krumlov, dating back to 1240. Without a doubt, the most interesting place we visited.

Best Fortress Castle towering over a town: Cesky Krumlov, dating back to 1240. Without a doubt, the most interesting place we visited.

Best Austrian Village: Durnstein. We climbed up through a lengthy stone tunnel to reach the pristine little village that glistened in the sunlight.

Best Austrian Village: Durnstein. We climbed up through a lengthy stone tunnel to reach the pristine little village that glistened in the sunlight.

Best Merchant Houses: Regensburg, Germany. Rich salt merchants built their homes consisting of tall towers, courtyards and intimate chapels.

Best Merchant Houses: Regensburg, Germany. Rich salt merchants built their homes consisting of tall towers, courtyards and intimate chapels.

Best Lunch: 12th Century Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen) in Regensburg, Germany. And Best Mustard.

Best Lunch: 12th Century Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen) in Regensburg, Germany. And Best Mustard.

Best Restored Historic City: Nuremberg, Germany. We stood back and marveled at the restoration the city had undergone since the WWII bombing.

Best Restored Historic City: Nuremberg, Germany. We stood back and marveled at the restoration the city had undergone since the WWII bombing.

Best Lock: Actually, we slept through most of them, but this one was high and impressive.

Best Lock: Actually, we slept through most of them, but this one was high and impressive.

Best Medieval Town: Bamberg, Germany. The Old Town Hall in the middle of a river.

Best Medieval Town: Bamberg, Germany. The Old Town Hall in the middle of a river.

Best Avalon Employee: Tomas from Bratislava. We enjoyed the company of everyone on the ship, but Tomas stood out.

Best Avalon Employee: Tomas from Bratislava. We enjoyed the company of everyone on the ship, but Tomas stood out.

Best Morning View from our stateroom: In Wurzburg, Germany, viewing the Marienberg Fortress (built on a Celtic stronghold) and the Kappele.

Best Morning View from our stateroom: In Wurzburg, Germany, viewing the Marienberg Fortress (built on a Celtic stronghold) and the Kappele.

Best Picturesque Village: Miltenberg, Germany. Loved the half-timbered houses lining the Marktplatz.

Best Picturesque Village: Miltenberg, Germany. Loved the half-timbered houses lining the Marktplatz.

Best Outdoor Activity: The Chair-Lift over the vineyards in Rudesheim, Germany.

Best Outdoor Activity: The Chair-Lift over the vineyards in Rudesheim, Germany.

Best of Rothenburg: Climbing and strolling on the 14th century wall with its covered walkway.

Best of Rothenburg: Climbing and strolling on the 14th century wall with its covered walkway.

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