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Main River Cruises

Explore the heart of central Germany, drifting past forested hills, lush meadows and historic towns. A Main cruise between Bamberg and Mainz passes through 34 impressive locks, built to make these waters navigable. But perhaps the river’s most impressive feature is its link to the Danube via the Main-Danube Canal, enabling river travel across the entire length of Europe. Choose from one of our Main river cruises below..

Highlights of the Main River

The scenic Main River seems to take its time on its circuitous route to the Rhine, twisting and arcing its way at a leisurely pace through Germany’s scenic landscapes. Throughout its past, it has served as a geographic and cultural divide, separating languages, cuisines and religions. Today, this lazy waterway is a source of pride for all Germans, lined with picturesque preserved forestland, sprawling vineyards and some of the nation’s most beloved cultural and historic landmarks. Here is a sample of what you may experience during a Viking Main river cruise:

  • The wide, undulating loops of the scenic Main River
  • Charming half-timbered houses in Miltenberg
  • The glassblowing tradition of Spessart
  • The enormous and ornate Bishops’ Residenz of Würzbrug
  • Picturesque Bamberg and its Town Hall built on a river’s bridge
  • Distinctive rauchbier, the local smoke-flavored beer
  • Toy-making heritage of Nuremberg
  • Nuremberg’s scenic Old Town and Market Square