You're never going to start your cruise in finer fashion than when you board an AmaWaterways ship in Vilshofen, Germany.
In the heart of Bavaria, Vilshofen on the Danube River owns an important legacy in beer making. This is Germany, after all. Vilshofen played a key role in the creation of one of the most popular brewing styles in Europe and all the world: the pilsner. Josef Groll, The Father of the Pils, was born in Vilshofen and moved to the town of Pils in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) where he brewed the world's first pale lager, Pilsner Urquell.
When you embark in Vilshofen, you'll notice a tent set up shoreside next to the ship. This is where the fun happens.
Beer brewed in Vilshofen, Wolfstetter (a crisp pilsner, of course) flows, as people mix and mingle at picnic tables, chomping on big pretzels amid lively conversation and oompah music. The venue takes on a real beer-hall feel as pretty young ladies deliver trays full of the golden beverage to the tables. The town's beer queen addresses the crowd and wishes all a fun cruise, and the music performers break into dance and beckon their guests to the floor to join in. Soon, people are laughing and dancing together, slapping knees and stomping in true Bavarian style alongside their boisterous and lederhosen- and dirndl-adorned hosts.
Not a bad way to start your vacation, huh?
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