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If these walls could talk, you might be on a Tauck river cruise

Centuries of engaging European history, told in captivating style, is par for the course on some of Tauck’s new 2024 river cruises.

Schlosshotel Kronberg features some sordid history just waiting to be retold.

You might think that if multiple generations from one family had lived in the same house for nearly 200 years, some interesting things would have happened in that time.

Take Austria’s Palais Pallavicini, an 18th century Baroque-era palace which stands on the outskirts of the capital Vienna as a fine example. While it has been home to Austrian aristocracy from soon after it was built in 1784, it has welcomed some esteemed guests in its time, including legendary composer Ludwig Von Beethoven.

Today, the Palais Pallavicini serves as a cultural hub, hosting a wide array of events and exhibitions. Its stately ballroom, adorned with gilded accents, offers a stunning backdrop for concerts, art exhibitions, and other cultural gatherings.

The home is just one of several historic sites that can be explored by travellers on a Tauck European river cruise, namely its 12-day ‘Danube Kingdoms: Bavaria, Austria & Hungary’ itinerary.

Tauck guests can explore the grounds of Austria's famous Palais Pallavicini.

Visitors to Palais Pallavicini are not only treated to its architectural splendour but also to the lush gardens that surround the palace. These meticulously landscaped gardens, featuring statues, fountains, and well-tended greenery, provide a serene escape from the bustling city streets.

The Palais Pallavicini is a living testament to Vienna's enduring commitment to preserving its historical treasures, and Tauck guests that grace its halls will enjoy a magnificent dinner and a private musical performance from a contemporary orchestra playing parts of famous Beethoven scores.

It’s this sort of spellbinding European culture and ‘Travel Beyond Ordinary’ inclusions that draws in new river cruise travellers by their thousands each year, and more experienced sailors coming back for more.

While the walls themselves may not be able to talk, Tauck’s tour guides are the next best thing and regale guests with a litany of captivating stories to be shared with friends and family back home.

And inside Palais Pallavicini, a gourmet dinner and enchanting concert awaits.

But it’s just one of dozens, maybe hundreds of historic European estates and architectural marvels that pop up across Tauck’s touring range. There are even some with history from other parts of the world.

Take Schlosshotel Kronberg as one such example. Tucked away in the Germany’s picturesque Taunus Mountains, this stately home once served as the summer residence of Empress Victoria and Emperor Frederick III and exudes a timeless elegance that transports visitors to a bygone era.

But it’s the seven-year occupation of Schlosshotel Kronberg by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower that stands out as perhaps its most curious occupant. Just before the Kansas Republican ran for the Oval Office, he was a five-star General in the United States Army, which earlier had been part of the Allied forces that vanquished Germany to end World War II in 1945.

Eisenhower’s tenure at Schlosshotel Kronberg came just after a grand jewel heist at the same grounds which coincidentally came around the same time as the U.S. Army turned the castle into an officer’s club once the war had ended. Eisenhower left his mark on the property by designing an 18-hole golf course on the grounds which remains in use today.

These and many other stories like it can be enjoyed on Tauck’s new 10-day ‘Three Rivers: Danube, Main & Rhine’ cruise which is a new addition to the company’s 2024 line-up.

And if you’d like to hear about the 14th century Slot Loevestein, the 1530-built Italian Renaissance mansion Château du Taillis and many more, you’ll just have to come onboard.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 22 October 2023

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