If this is Saturday AMADolce is in Linz, Austria.
This third largest Austrian city obviously sits on the Danube. The route into town is lined with international corporations, huge plants and office buildings. In town, a concert hall named for composer Anton Bruckner and a Contemporary Art Museum are just minutes from the dock.
This is our last Austrian port and the options included a half-day tour to Salzburg which was optional or a half-day tour to Cesky Krumlov, a Czech village just over the Austiran-Czech border.
We are quite near the borders of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria and acutely aware of how close everything seems in this part of Europe. Tomorrow we will be in Passau, Germany.
I have been to Salzburg several times and will spend three days in Prague. I opted for a group walk into Linz this afternoon.
I saw a colorful Christmas market – one of many throughout Germany – and stopped into the Tourist Office for some information in English about the city. I tried to visit the contemporary art museum but realized all of the information was in German, so I headed back to the ship. The brisk walk, in brisk weather was great.
Tonight is the Captain’s farewell; cocktails, dinner and a musical feature of selected opera and operetta performed by local artists.
Wine and culture, in comfortable doses, on a comfortable ship with spectacular service have all been integral parts of this river cruise. Lovely scenery hasn’t hurt either.