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The meeting point of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is a fantastic city to visit during your European river cruise. Whilst this city may not be quite as famous as some of the others in Germany, the wealth of things to do there means that no visitors will be left disappointed. If you are looking to discover the city and its historical landmarks and traditional Bavarian culture soon, but only have a matter of hours in which to do so, here are some great sights that you won't want to miss.

The renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has been acknowledged for its many decades of outstanding work as a classical music ensemble with the awarding of the 2014 Herbert von Karajan Music Prize. The award, which was created to honour the legendary Berlin Philharmonic conductor who gave it its name, also came with Û50,000 prize money.

As Budapest gears up for its largest festival to celebrate the city's culture and musical talent, officials have announced that the event is soon to get even bigger. Already the largest cultural event in Hungary's calendar, the 2014 Budapest Spring Festival is due to play host to double the amount of acts at double the number of venues, according to the government's Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog.


The third largest city in the Rhineland-Palantine, Koblenz is a fantastic place to learn more about the real traditions of Germany. Whether you're looking for extensive history, fascinating architecture or even a place to just sit down and enjoy the calming atmosphere, Koblenz has all this and more to offer. If you are looking forward to visiting Koblenz on your next Rhine river cruise holiday, here are some great tips on how to make the most of your trip.

The 11th Prague State Opera Ball has been hailed as a success, having raised a record 745,000 crowns for charity. The annual ball hosts a charity auction in which guests can bid on exclusive valuable items, with the money raised from the bid going to good causes. This year saw the ball raise money for the foundation established by top Czech model Tereza Maxova and the Srdcervaci project.

Vienna's popular Kunsthistorisches Museum will soon be showcasing a selection of exquisite and precious Fabergé eggs in a temporary exhibition entitled 'The World of Fabergé'.


Amsterdam's National Maritime Museum has seen over 100,000 visitors come to view its highly acclaimed slave trade exhibition, 'The Dark Chapter', since its opening last June.


As many regulars on river cruises through Europe will be aware, Budapest is one city that has something to offer whatever the weather, and now Condé Nast Traveler has voiced its agreement. A recent article in the magazine has highlighted some of the many features Budapest can offer its visitors during the colder months of the year and the amazing experiences that are always available in the Hungarian capital.

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