The Great Art of Germanic Europe

Your European River cruise will take you to some of the most important cultural capitals on the continent. Be prepared to march through mythology, the bible, and European history through some of the world’s most impressive art collections. Here are the most famous museums, palaces and churches and some of their most notable artists for your reference. If you have a favorite artist or genre, you may wish to do a little more homework about the various collections.

To the right, we have listed a book selection for the most prominent artists, in alphabetical order.

Amsterdam

Rhine River Cruise Rembrandt

Rembrandt’s iconic Night Watch. Via Wikimedia Commons

Rijksmuseum: Must-see, Rembrandt, including the famous “Night Watch”, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Goya, Hals

Van Gogh Museum: The largest collection of van Gogh, plus Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Rodin, Lautrec

Stedelijk Museum: European Modern, with Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Calder, Cezanne, Kandinsky, Matisse,

Dusseldorf

Kunstsammlung Museum: Modern, with Picasso, Kandinsky, Pollock, Klee

Kunstmuseum: Ruben’s stunning “Assumption”, among other German artists

Cologne

Cologne Cathedral. By Thomas Wolf, via Wikimedia Commons

Schnutgen Museum of Religious Art: Stunning medieval art presented in the 1,000 year old Church of St Cecilia

Cathedral: Must-see, an architectural wonder and the most visited site in Germany, including the shrine of the Three Kings

Bruhl

Augustusburg Palace: UNESCO World Heritage Site, masterpiece of Rococo architecture and gardens

Max Ernst Museum: A collection dedicated to Max Ernst

Bonn

Beethoven Haus: Birthplace of the composer

Andernach

Maria Laach Abbey: German Romanesque architecture, from the 11th Century.

Koblenz

Archbishop’s Residence: UNESCO World Heritage site, neo-classical architecture, late 18th century.

Mainz

St Stephens: 14th Century Gothic church, Chagall Old Testament stained glass windows

Frankfurt

Rhine River Cruise Stadel

Botticelli at the Stadel in Frankurt. Sandro Botticelli, via Wikimedia Commons

Stadel Art Gallery: Rubens, Rembrandt, Durer, Botticelli, Bosch, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Renoir

Aschaffenburg

Stiftsmuseum: Housed in a medieval convent, works by Cranach and Riemenschneider

Schlossmuseum: The massive Archbishop’s residence, Cranach and other local artists

Wurzburg

Residenz: Must-see, Bishop’s palace, architecture by Neumann, frescoes by Tiepolo

Marienburg Castle: Fortress and Bishop’s residence

Church of St Mary: Neumann and Riemenschneider

Nuremberg

Nuremburg Municipal museums: A collection of cultural museums clustered in midtown

Passau

Cathedral of St Stephen: Baroque interiors and an incredible organ

Linz

Cathedral: Known for its stained glass

Vienna

Danube River Cruise Vermeer

Vermeer in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Johannes Vermeer, via Wikimedia Commons

Cathedral of St Stephen: Must-see, Romanesque/Gothic architecture, art and iconography reflecting Western and Byzantine religious themes and the Muslim sieges of Vienna.

Hofburg Palace: The sumptuous winter palace of the Hapsburgs

Schonbrunn Palace: Must-see, The sprawling summer palace of the Hapsburgs

Kunsthistoriches Museum: Must-see, Titian, Tintoretto, Durer, Rubens, Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velazquez

Bratislava

Cathedral of St Martin: Romanesque/Gothic architecture, coronation site for Hungarian kings

Budapest

Buda Castle and Castle Hill: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Baroque architecture and ornamentation

Museum of Fine Arts: Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Durer, Rubens, El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, da Vinci

Dohany Street Synagogue: Largest in Europe, distinctive architecture

Belgrade

Cathedral Church of St Michael the Archangel: Ornate interior decoration and iconography

Cathedral of St Sava: Largest Orthodox church in the world, interior still under construction

Bucharest

National Museum of Art: Tintoretto, El Greco, Rembrandt, the Brueghel’s, Rubens, Monet, Rodin

Zambaccian Museum: Renoir, Matisse, Delacroix, Cezanne, Pissarro, and Romanian artists