Rotterdam Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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2-3 cruises

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4 out of 5

An amazing experience

Sail Date: July 04, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

A pleasant, intimate cruising experience with plenty of options for on-board activities.

Pros: Too many great things to pick one.

Cons: Visa issues limiting travel options in Russia.

Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
We found getting around this area of Germany ourselves very easy. We took a train (very easily) to Rostock, walked around and enjoyed the old city there and particularly the astrological clock. Then another train took us to Schwerin where we enjoyed another walk around a quaint old town and visited the picturesque Schloss Schwerin there.
Don't Miss: Rostock's astrological clock in its most historic church.
Aarhus, Denmark
Highly recommend taking your own detours here and ignoring typical cruise tours. So much time wasted that could have been spent seeing things.
Don't Miss: Himmelbjerget, in the lake country.
Tallinn, Estonia
Perhaps getting a bit over-touristed, it seems to be a kind of "Disneyland" of real quaint medieval Europe. So many shops everywhere, all with pretty much the same items. But still an amazing walk through architecture and history. Stop by the old Antique shop and gander a bit at Soviet-era "junk", and stop into Hell Hund for some Estonian beer.
Don't Miss: Shopping for amber jewelry, I guess. Mostly just seeing the old town and walking around.
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Wow. Of course, the palaces, the churches, the monuments, the statues, the history... all were amazing. Alexander Nevsky Cemetary is another place to visit, where Dostoevsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, and other artistic and literary greats are buried.
Don't Miss: Monument to the Siege of Leningrad, commemmorating the 900 days the city was besieged in WW2.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
We found getting around this area of Germany ourselves very easy. We took a train (very easily) to Rostock, walked around and enjoyed the old city there and particularly the astrological clock. Then another train took us to Schwerin where we enjoyed another walk around a quaint old town and visited the picturesque Schloss Schwerin there.
Don't Miss: Rostock's astrological clock in its most historic church.
Tallinn, Estonia
Perhaps getting a bit over-touristed, it seems to be a kind of "Disneyland" of real quaint medieval Europe. So many shops everywhere, all with pretty much the same items. But still an amazing walk through architecture and history. Stop by the old Antique shop and gander a bit at Soviet-era "junk", and stop into Hell Hund for some Estonian beer.
Don't Miss: Shopping for amber jewelry, I guess. Mostly just seeing the old town and walking around.
Stockholm, Sweden
We crisscrossed Stockholm in seeing and visiting so much of the history's great architecture and history. The original tomb of Descartes; the changing of the guard; walking down side "streets" less than an armstrech wide; the Ice Bar; etc.
Don't Miss: Climbing to the top of City Hall for a breathtaking view of the city, and if possible a Vasa museum trip.
Oslo, Norway
We loved Oslo perhaps most of all. It surprised us as we were not expecting to discover such a wonderful city! We unfortunately missed the Resistence museum, but we will have to console ourselves with the thoughts of returning to Oslo again. The best part was simply getting "above" Oslo and enjoying a wonderful hike down the mountainside through Norweigian woods. Breathtaking views and clean air, a great rejuvenating way to start the trip.
Don't Miss: A hike down the hilltop 2 train stops above the ski jump, and a lunch stop at the restaurant halfway down from there on the way to the ski jump.
Oslo, Norway
We loved Oslo perhaps most of all. It surprised us as we were not expecting to discover such a wonderful city! We unfortunately missed the Resistence museum, but we will have to console ourselves with the thoughts of returning to Oslo again. The best part was simply getting "above" Oslo and enjoying a wonderful hike down the mountainside through Norweigian woods. Breathtaking views and clean air, a great rejuvenating way to start the trip.
Don't Miss: A hike down the hilltop 2 train stops above the ski jump, and a lunch stop at the restaurant halfway down from there on the way to the ski jump.
Aarhus, Denmark
Highly recommend taking your own detours here and ignoring typical cruise tours. So much time wasted that could have been spent seeing things.
Don't Miss: Himmelbjerget, in the lake country.
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki was another great, clean Nordic capital that surprised us.
Don't Miss: Sibelius Monument, the rock church, and the very nice cafe in the promenade.
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki was another great, clean Nordic capital that surprised us.
Don't Miss: Sibelius Monument, the rock church, and the very nice cafe in the promenade.
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Wow. Of course, the palaces, the churches, the monuments, the statues, the history... all were amazing. Alexander Nevsky Cemetary is another place to visit, where Dostoevsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, and other artistic and literary greats are buried.
Don't Miss: Monument to the Siege of Leningrad, commemmorating the 900 days the city was besieged in WW2.
Stockholm, Sweden
We crisscrossed Stockholm in seeing and visiting so much of the history's great architecture and history. The original tomb of Descartes; the changing of the guard; walking down side "streets" less than an armstrech wide; the Ice Bar; etc.
Don't Miss: Climbing to the top of City Hall for a breathtaking view of the city, and if possible a Vasa museum trip.


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