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.
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,
Kunstsammlung Museum: Modern, with Picasso, Kandinsky, Pollock, Klee
Kunstmuseum: Ruben’s stunning “Assumption”, among other German artists
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
Augustusburg Palace: UNESCO World Heritage Site, masterpiece of Rococo architecture and gardens
Max Ernst Museum: A collection dedicated to Max Ernst
Beethoven Haus: Birthplace of the composer
Maria Laach Abbey: German Romanesque architecture, from the 11th Century.
Archbishop’s Residence: UNESCO World Heritage site, neo-classical architecture, late 18th century.
St Stephens: 14th Century Gothic church, Chagall Old Testament stained glass windows
Stadel Art Gallery: Rubens, Rembrandt, Durer, Botticelli, Bosch, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Renoir
Stiftsmuseum: Housed in a medieval convent, works by Cranach and Riemenschneider
Schlossmuseum: The massive Archbishop’s residence, Cranach and other local artists
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
Nuremburg Municipal museums: A collection of cultural museums clustered in midtown
Cathedral of St Stephen: Baroque interiors and an incredible organ
Cathedral: Known for its stained glass
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
Cathedral of St Martin: Romanesque/Gothic architecture, coronation site for Hungarian kings
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
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
National Museum of Art: Tintoretto, El Greco, Rembrandt, the Brueghel’s, Rubens, Monet, Rodin
Zambaccian Museum: Renoir, Matisse, Delacroix, Cezanne, Pissarro, and Romanian artists