No matter where you’re river cruising, you’ll find a port to suit every taste and interest. But to ensure you find the best of the best, we’ve compiled a list of five of the most attractive, exciting destinations to shop, sightsee, eat, and be inspired.

Porto on the Douro

Speaking of port, the cellar door tastings in Portugal’s second-biggest city are a huge draw for wine buffs. However, the churches, bridges, museums, and medieval and modern architecture make this a very little stop-off indeed. 

Well worth doing.

Vienna on the Danube

One of the superstar destinations of European river cruising, Vienna is a joy to cycle or stroll around. In “The City of Waltzes”, you’ll be mesmerised by the sounds, the schnitzel, the Sacher torte and the sights – the Hofburg Palace and the genuinely stunning Opera House among them. This is a nailed-on highlight for all the history buffs and romantics among you. 

Lock it in.

Portland on the Willamette

Now, this is a slightly left-field one that reflects the way river cruise operators are targeting a younger demographic. Otherwise known as Hipster Central, Oregon, the city’s an engaging, eclectic mix of craft beer microbreweries, exquisite beards and distilleries, all in a very green and laidback setting. 

If you’re considering doing a North American cruise, this is a pit stop to include.

Frankfurt on the Main

This eye-catching German hub may not reach out and grab the tourist attention of some of its more illustrious continental neighbours, but it may just be all the better for that! The beer and all that jazz make a lively combo, but for a more sedate slice of culture, the Romerberg and Palm Garden are delightful settings to catch your breath and contemplate. 

Highly Recommended.

Budapest on the Danube

To describe the Hungarian haven as embodying opulent grandeur scarcely does it justice. Steeped in history and blessed with mesmeric architectural styles, ranging from baroque to art nouveau, there are so many reasons why this wondrous metropolis rapidly cemented its position as a river-cruise port staple. 

Just do it!

Discover the world’s most captivating river cruise ports, each offering unique charm and attractions. Cruise Passenger unveils the top five ports that should be on every river cruiser’s itinerary. These ports promise unforgettable experiences along the waterways, from iconic city destinations to hidden gems.