and Waterside Destinations™
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beaches, ports, islands, wetlands and rivers in Europe.
Central France’s Upper Loire Valley
The Loire — called “the last wild river in
France” — wends its way among
the former country estates of French kings. In every direction there
plentiful opportunities to cruise Central France’s canals and
Normandy Coast and D-Day Beaches Today
The Normandy Coast has long been a favorite travel destination of the
British. In addition to the famous D-Day beaches of
World War II, there are towns and villages
with a wide selection of seafront hotels amid ancient stone
Dalmatian Coast and Islands
Once a colony of Italy and later incorporated
into the former Yugoslavia, the Dalmatian coast of now-independent
Croatia is a mix of intensely blue sky and water, ancient stone
architecture, and a delightfully laid-back atmosphere.
North Sea Island of
At various times in history, Helgoland was a
possession of Britain and Denmark respectively. Today this unusual
island is part of Germany. Not unlike the Baltic
island of Ruegen,
Heligoland has an especially sunny climate in comparison to the
Germany’s Middle Rhine
Known for its steeply terraced vineyards
and one castle after the other, the gorgeous Rhine Gorge offers many
opportunities for low-cost river
cruising, making it a perfect destination for people who love
to travel by water but don’t want to spend a fortune.
Baltic Island of Ruegen
Boasting more days of sunshine
than anywhere else in Germany — admittedly not the toughest competition
— it also has historical, geological,
which make it a popular destination for Germans and other Europeans.
the Banks of the Lower Rhine
This is where Europe’s longest river fans out into a broad
delta of sloughs and backwaters at or near
sea level. Some cities, such as Xanten
two millenia to the Roman colonial period. Others, such as Kleve
“only” in the 800-year-old range.
in the East Friesland Islands
Along the coast of the North Sea, the German
islands of East Friesland are separated from the mainland by an expanse
of — depending on the tide — shallow sea or
mudflats. Channels are dredged from the mainland and among the islands
to allow the passage of ferries and other ships. We took one such ferry to the East
Frisian island of Langeoog.