Taking the Kids on a River Cruise
Our 7-foot tour guide Martin Ides in Nuremberg

Taking the Kids on a River Cruise

Welcome to river cruising, family style. If you think river cruising is just for seniors, think again. Uniworld, which has been named by CruiseCritic.com as the “best overall river line,” is tripling its family itineraries in 2016

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Confronting Germany’s dark history: how the mighty had fallen
One of the annual Nazi political rallies in Nuremberg in the 1930s

Confronting Germany’s dark history: how the mighty had fallen

As I kept thinking about all of those architectural monstrosities that we saw on our tour of Nuremberg, I reminded myself of that photo I saw in Berlin of the Nazis crouching in fear at war's end. How the mighty have fallen, I thought.

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On a GPS scavenger hunt in Bamberg, Germany’s Christmas market
Local school kids head straight to the candy seller at the Bamberg Christmas market

On a GPS scavenger hunt in Bamberg, Germany’s Christmas market

Uniworld Cruises has arranged a special way to see the picturesque city of Bamberg for the families on board—a GPS scavenger hunt organized by the company City Hunters that does such tours in cities across Germany.

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On Germany River Cruise – exploring Wurzburg and Rothenburg
Unwired Cruises guide Charles Conard with the kids in Wurzburg

On Germany River Cruise – exploring Wurzburg and Rothenburg

We’re in Wurzburg in Bavaria, the third day on our Uniworld Cruises family trip in the middle of Germany in a city that was nearly all destroyed by British bombers during allied bombing in 1945.

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Exploring Jewish Berlin – dark history and revival
Memorial to Holocaust victims at cemetery in Berlin's Jewish Quarter

Exploring Jewish Berlin – dark history and revival

You can’t visit Berlin without considering the horror of the Holocaust--the six million European Jews (600,000 of them German-born) who perished. Countless others had their lives uprooted, among them millions of children. Germany’s capital city confronts the horror head-on at places large and small.

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Taking a family-style river cruise to explore the German Christmas Markets
Candied almonds at the Christmas Market in Frankfurt

Taking a family-style river cruise to explore the German Christmas Markets

Frankfurt has one of Germany’s 2500 Christmas Markets and one of the country’s oldest, locals claim, dating back to 1393, though those in Nuremberg dispute that.

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History comes alive in Berlin – at Checkpoint Charlie and the Spy Museum
Sign at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

History comes alive in Berlin – at Checkpoint Charlie and the Spy Museum

The idiosyncratic Mauer Museum at Check Point Charlie that is at the original border crossing between the Cold War American and Soviet sectors of Berlin. The location is no accident.

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Westin Gets it Right for Families in Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market near the Westin Grand Hotel in central Berlin

Westin Gets it Right for Families in Berlin

Westin and Le Meridien Hotels have just introduced new family programs, they say, in response to a changing global demand for family travel. Rather than focusing on a kids club, this idea stresses that playing “knows no borders or language barriers but rather inspires kids to explore learn and build relationships."

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