A cruise through the German countryside along the Kiel Canal and three overnight stays complement this Baltic and North Sea adventure, one with the perfect mix of scenic fjord cruising, sparkling northern capitals, and less-visited ports. Bridges and canals are everywhere, lined by tranquil bike paths and well-preserved merchant houses. Historic warehouses cluster along waterfronts, repurposed into colorful cafes, shops, homes, and galleries: Copenhagen’s Nyhavn, where Hans Christian Andersen once lived; Bergen’s Bryggen with its medieval wooden boat houses; Heligoland’s heritage-protected lobster huts; and Lubeck’s red brick salt warehouses. Explore sparkling capitals like Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Visit a tiny island with just 1,400 residents and no cars or bicycles. Every day brings new discoveries.