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Daddy Cruise – Rhine River 2021
Land Extension

In November 2021, you will be joining Brian and other guests on a fun Rhine River Cruise. Take advantage of this great opportunity to extend your stay in Europe with a pre or post experience in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris or London. On this page, you will find some helpful information about each city mentioned, and hopefully find something that tickles your fancy. For each city featured, Art In Voyage will have LGBT+ focused and led private tours and activities organized. In addition, you will receive a full travel journal with some information on their LGBT history, lounges, businesses, bars and restaurants to support while there.

Help us design a tailor-made experience by completing the quick survey at the bottom. Brian and our team will then work on creating a unique experience based on your preferences and interests.

Berlin

Whether it’s sightseeing or hip neighborhoods, galleries or gastronomy, music or fashion, there is always something new to discover in the German capital. Yet what is it exactly that makes Berlin so attractive? It is the capital’s diversity, contrasts and its virtually inexhaustible possibilities that excite visitors from all around the world.

Little known facts about Berlin:

  • Berlin is one of the few cities that has three UNESCO World Heritage sites:
    In addition to the famous Museum Island and the Prussian palaces and gardens, the Berlin Modernist housing estates are also among them. Furthermore, the German capital has also been bestowed the title of UNESCO City of Design and is thus included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

  • Berlin is the only city in the world that has three opera houses holding performances:
    The Deutsche Oper, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Komische Oper offer more than 4,400 seats to their audiences. Berlin also has more than 150 theaters and live show stages catering to all genres.

  • The Jewish Museum has attracted around 700,000 visitors annually to its exhibitions since opening on 13 September 2001:
    This is three times more than initially expected. The building was designed by Daniel Libeskind and its shape is reminiscent of a destroyed Star of David. It is one of the most important examples of contemporary architecture.

  • The largest Chinese garden in Europe is situated in Berlin:
    It is part of Marzahn’s leisure park and has an ensemble of ten ‘gardens of the world’. Visitors can take part in a tea ceremony in the Japanese garden. There are also Balinese, Korean and Middle Eastern gardens as well as an Italian Renaissance garden, shrub garden, Christian garden, English landscape garden and a maze. The gardens of the world were one of the main exhibition areas during the International Garden Exhibition (IGA) Berlin in 2017.

  • Berlin’s landmarks include:
    TV tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Cathedral and the Victory Column

  • The East Side Gallery is the longest open-air art gallery in the world, and at a length of 1,316 metres is also the longest preserved part of the Berlin Wall:
    In 1990, 118 artists from 21 countries painted the section of wall with 106 artworks. Many of the artists returned to Berlin in 2009 to refresh their works of art. In April 2014, artists, Berliners and visitors to the city removed graffiti from the wall paintings (which are listed historic works) during a communal clean up campaign.

  • Berlin’s oldest pub is almost 400 years old and is still operating today:
    Zur letzten Instanz has been situated on Waisenstraße since 1621, once had Napoleon as a guest and is now also visited by numerous celebrities.

  • The most famous bakery treat in Berlin is a fist-sized doughnut filled with jam:
    It is known throughout Germany as a Berliner, only in Berlin would you search in vain for this item under this name. That’s because here it is simply called a Pfannkuchen (pancake). And what is called a Pfannkuchen elsewhere in Germany (an actual pancake) is known as an Eierkuchen (egg cake) in Berlin.

  • The centuries-old tradition of viticulture has been taken up again in Berlin over the last few decades:
    Of the 10 vineyards in the urban area, the one in Kreuzberg is the most famous, but grapes are also grown in Wilmersdorf, Schöneberg, Mitte, Neukölln and Prenzlauer Berg. The largest vineyard is approximately 5,000 square metres and is located in Britz in the district of Neukölln. The most northern vineyard is situated in Humboldthain in the Gesundbrunnen area. Grapes from this vineyard are pressed to make Berlin's only sparkling wine.

  • Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.
    Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife, international restaurants, good transport - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience.

    Must Dos & Sees:

  • Rijksmuseum Museum:
    One of the world's great museums the Rijksmuseum with its magnificent exhibit of more than 8000 works, including those of masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens is today one of Amsterdam must-see attractions.

  • Van Gogh Museuml
    Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of the works of the world’s most popular artist - Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), his paintings, drawings and letters, completed with the art of his contemporaries.

  • Canal Ring:
    The city old center is formed from canal rings, which give you the feeling of space, freedom and peace. Walk through these canal streets or better – take a trip with a boat by boarding one of the tourist cruises or by renting the boat yourself. Anther way to explore the Venice of the North is to take a ride on a bicycle

  • Amsterdam Brown Cafe:
    After a busy day of walking enjoy a simple meal or just a coffee or beer in one of many Amsterdam old cafés called brown. At first it will seem too much from the past and too crowded – but the atmosphere is unique, people are famously friendly, prices low

  • Ann Frank House:
    Anne Frank House in the center of Amsterdam is the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during the World War II. Just a few empty rooms in the hidden annex to the house will make an unforgettable impression if you realize, that two families lived in these small quarters for more than 2 years hiding from the Nazis.

  • Oude Kerk
    This huge old protestant church with little houses clinging to its sides remains a calm heaven at the heart of the frenetic Red Light District.

  • London

    At a glance, London, is is:

  • Countless iconic buildings and palaces:
    Immerse yourself in culture at one of the 170 museums and relax amidst the natural beauty of the Royal Parks.

  • Spectacular views:
    The London Eye is best to experience spectacular views of the city's skyline and get a unique perspective on iconic London landmarks like Big Ben, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey and the Hungerford Bridge.

  • The world's foremost fashion destination:
    London is a shopper’s paradise. From flea markets and vintage shops to luxury department stores like Selfridges and Harrods, the options are endless.

  • A foodies paradise:
    Londoners love to eat. Tuck into innovative fare on the city’s trendy street food scene or treat yourself to something really special at one of London’s many Michelin star restaurants.

  • More than 230 theaters.
    Watch a musical in the West End or head to the Globe Theater to see Shakespeare’s plays performed as they would have been in Tudor times.

    Must Dos and Sees

  • Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard
    One of Britain's most iconic buildings, Buckingham Palace is also the scene of London's most popular display of pomp and circumstance, the Changing of the Guard. Drawing crowds at 11:30am regardless of the season, this colorful and free display of precision marching and music also takes place at St. James's Palace, after which you can follow the band along The Mall as they march between sites.

  • The Tower of London and Tower Bridge
    From prison to palace, treasure vault to private zoo, the magnificent Tower of London has fulfilled many different roles down the centuries. One of Britain's most iconic structures, this spectacular World Heritage Site offers hours of fascination for visitors curious about the country's rich history - after all, so much of it happened here. Inside the massive White Tower, built in 1078 by William the Conqueror, is the 17th-century Line of Kings with its remarkable displays of royal armaments and armor.

  • Big Ben and Parliament
    Nothing screams "London" more emphatically than the 318-foot tower housing the giant clock and its resounding bell known as Big Ben. It's as iconic a landmark as Tower Bridge, and the tolling of Big Ben is known throughout the world as the time signal of the BBC. Below it, stretching along the Thames, are the Houses of Parliament, seat of Britain's government for many centuries and once the site of the royal Westminster Palace occupied by William the Conqueror.

  • Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square
    Two of London's best-known tourist spots, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square lie not far apart and mark the gateways to Soho, London's lively theater and entertainment district. Trafalgar Square was built to commemorate Lord Horatio Nelson's victory over the French and Spanish at Trafalgar in 1805. Nelson's Column, a 183-foot granite monument, overlooks the square's fountains and bronze reliefs, which were cast from French cannons. Admiralty Arch, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the National Gallery surround the square.

  • Churchill's War Rooms
    Among the most fascinating and evocative of London's historic sites is the perfectly preserved nerve-center from which Prime Minister Winston Churchill directed the British military campaigns and the defense of his homeland throughout World War II. Their Spartan simplicity and cramped conditions underline the desperate position of England as the Nazi grip tightened across Europe.

  • Covent Garden
    The market halls of Covent Garden are only the beginning of the neighborhood, which encompasses the shops and restaurants of Long Acre and other adjacent streets, those of Neal's Yard and Seven Dials, as well as the Central Square with its street performers. The halls and arcades of Covent Garden Market are lined with specialty shops and kiosks selling everything from fine handcrafts to tacky souvenirs.

  • Paris

    The capital of France seems to have been designed specifically for the enjoyment of its visitors. Its streets, squares, buildings, gardens and monuments beckon tourists to return, and indeed, many do. Some of the most memorable things to do in Paris include visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre-Dame Cathedral. During the evening, experiencing one of the legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret shows, strolling through some of the most picturesque neighborhoods, like Montmartre, the Jewish and Gay district of Le Marais, the left bank St Germain des Pres, or climbing the Montparnasse Tower are a must.

    Must Dos and Sees:

  • The Eiffel Tower:
    Without a doubt, the Eiffel Tower is one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks. For many people, it’s thrilling the first time you see the Eiffel Tower. And for first-timers, a visit to Paris would not be complete without a trip up the Eiffel Tower (sunset recommended)

  • The Louvre:
    It is the world’s largest art museum. This building was once the home to French Kings, including Louis XIV. During the French Revolution in the 18th century, the Louvre was converted to a museum. The Louvre is massive and you could literally spend days here. However, you can see the highlights (Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory) in just an hour or two.

  • Ile de la Cite:
    Ile de la Cite is the small island in the center of Paris that is home to Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame. It is the historic heart of Paris, and existed during Roman times (then called, LUTETIA). There, one must pay a visit to the prettiest cafes in Paris: Au Vieux Paris

  • Sainte Chapelle and The Conciergerie:
    Just a short walk from Notre Dame is Sainte Chapelle, another gorgeous cathedral and one of the world’s best displays of stained glass. The Conciergerie can be combined with a visit to Sainte Chapelle, since they sit beside one another. This is the place where Marie Antoinette and others were imprisoned before being taken to Place de la Concorde to be executed.

  • Versailles:
    Versailles is a royal chateau located on the outskirts of Paris. In 1682, King Louis XIV moved the Royal Court from the Louvre to the Palace of Versailles. For a little more than 100 years, this was the seat of government for France. That ended in 1789 with the French Revolution. The monarchy moved back to Paris and since then, the city of Paris has remained the seat of government for France. During your visit to Versailles you will tour the palace and stroll through the gardens.

  • Le Marais:
    Le Marais is one of Paris’ most interesting neighborhoods (also the Gay AND Jewish district). Stroll along Rue de Rosiers and if you are looking for a great place to have a budget meal, go to L’As du Falafel, the most famous falafel restaurant in Le Marais.

  • Musee d'Orsay:
    It houses the largest collection of Impressionist art in the world. It is here that you can see Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin and more. It’s literally a collection of the who’s who in the Impressionist art world. This museum is more than just Impressionist art. The building is also a work of art. Musee d’Orsay was once Gare d’Orsay, an old train station, which was renovated and became this art museum.

  • Montmartre and Sacre Coeur:
    Montmartre is one of Paris’ most popular neighborhoods to visit. Wander the maze of hilly streets, have your portrait drawn at Place du Tertre, and have a drink at one of many cafes that spill out onto the streets here. The Sacre-Coeur Basilica sits atop the highest hill in Paris, in the heart of Montmartre. Join the crowds on the steps and watch the sunset. You also have the option to climb the 300 steps to the top of the Dome for an even better view.

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