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Swiss Chocolate

Bite After Bite Between Amsterdam and Basel

Crystal Debussy and Crystal Bach are delicious destinations unto themselves, underscored by the rich flavors found in the destinations they visit. We believe that cuisine is one of the best ways to get to know new cultures, and one could easily become very well acquainted with the cities and towns along the Rhine River by sampling the local tastes and treats. Crystal River Cruises’ executive chefs are experts at this and are sharing their insights and tips for the flavors not to miss aboard voyages between Amsterdam and Basel.

Sailing from Amsterdam to Basel guests have the chance to sample local cuisine along the way ranging from typical Dutch Bitterballen (meatballs) to famous Swiss chocolate.

In Amsterdam, you can visit the Foodhallen, a favorite place for locals and visitors alike as you can stroll through the place and select the food you are in the mood for. It is almost like having a permanent food truck festival. Spanish prosciutto, vegan burgers, pickled Dutch herring, Asian snacks and dips – you can taste the whole world here in one venue. Or visit Bar Bitterbal, a great little bar that serves delicious drinks and any variety of the tasty bitterballen there is.

Chef Profile: Miroslav Bartos, Crystal BachFrom Slovakia, Miroslav has spent two years aboard Crystal River Cruises following three years aboard Crystal Serenity. His expertise in global cuisine and proper cooking techniques help to maximize the flavor of every dish. He also enjoys focusing on mountain cuisine with local and seasonal products.

German Beer Flight
Beer is at the heart of Germany’s culinary scene.

Ask anyone about German food culture and surely beer comes up in the conversation. When you stop in Cologne visit the Brauerei zur Malzmühle for some old fashioned hearty German food – and of course, their own special brew. Try the Mühlen Kölsch or the lighter Koch’sches Malzbier, but don’t be offended when they bring you tiny glasses only. That is the way to drink a beer in Cologne as it allows you to either order one more or move on to the next brewery down the road to try the specialties there. Gaffel and Früh are two of Cologne’s most traditional breweries.    

Strasbourg is one of the main highlights along the Rhine. The city has everything: beautiful sights, exhibitions and museums and wonderful French cuisine. Stroll through the weekly market on Place Saint-Thomas. Enjoy the sounds and smells and try Foie Gras Pâté with some freshly baked bread and a glass of good wine. The Alsace wine route and villages like Colmar and Riquewihr is picturesque with a long winemaking tradition. 

Chef Profile: Gareth Gradwell, Crystal DebussyHailing from Manchester, England, Gareth has spent two years with Crystal. He loves to experiment with molecular gastronomy, while his favorite foods to prepare and eat are Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines.

No visit to Switzerland is complete without buying Swiss chocolate at Schiesser Confiserie, next to the beautiful town hall and open since 1870. While in Basel, treat yourself to dinner of Choucroute Garnie, the Swiss version of sauerkraut and all kinds of meats, depending on the chef’s fancy. You might be tempted to try a cheese fondue while in Switzerland – a wonderful idea, but best to share between friends as it is extremely filling, and you won’t want to miss out on all the other great food!

Chef Miroslav Bartos, Crystal Bach
Chef Gareth Gradwell, Crystal Debussy

Crystal River Cruises along the Rhine River are packed with culinary explorations to suit any preference. Reserve your Suite today and begin daydreaming of the feast that lies ahead.

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