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Cruise the Danube River

The Danube is a popular choice for cruises because of the breathtaking scenery, including mountains and valleys, scattered with wildlife and vineyards, which makes a magnificent backdrop for a cruise. Along the way, passengers can explore a wealth of places, including Budapest, Vienna, Bamberg, and Bratislava.  

Cruises on the Danube visit stops in Austria, Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldavia, Serbia, Romania, the Ukraine, and Slovenia. There is a wide choice of itineraries for Danube cruises, and some companies will combine the Danube with other cruises such as the Rhine. Some also focus on just one part of the Danube, for example from Bucharest to Budapest, passing through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungary. So, if there is somewhere you are especially keen to see, ensure that the itinerary is suitable. There are also a range of options as to the length of cruises on the Danube, 7-day, 16-day, and 2-week cruises, for example.

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Why Visit Danube?


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The longest river in the European Union

The Danube's source is in the Black Forest of Germany, and it then wends its way to the Black Sea

Several companies offer Danube cruises, including Saga Cruises, Viking Cruises, and Scenic Tours. During the warm, dry summer months, the Danube’s water level can become too low for cruising, and when water levels are high, vessels may not be able to pass under the bridges of the upper Danube, so always check with the cruise operator before you go. You may also want to consider whether booking a riverside cabin with a balcony is worth the extra expense, as the flies around the river and locks can be troublesome, especially in the afternoon.  

Budapest is one of the gems of the Danube. This beautiful city has some stunning art nouveau architecture, and fantastic views from the bridges. Taking the water in Budapest has been an essential experience since the Roman times, and there are plenty of bathhouses to choose from, including Turkish, modern, or art nouveau. Hungarian food also lays claim to be one of the most sophisticated in Europe, and whilst under communism it hit fallow times, it is now starting to attract attention once more.  

The Parliament building was completed in 1902, and has 691 fabulously decorated rooms. Although you only get to see a selection of these on the guided tours, there are plenty included, such as the Golden Staircase, the Grand Staircase, and the Congress Hall. For something a little offbeat, visit Momento Park, which is now home to all the old communist-era statues that have been consigned to the trash heap elsewhere.  

The Iron Gates of the Danube are one of the natural wonders of the Danube. This beautiful gorge marks the boundary between Serbia and Romania. The statue of Decebalus is a 40-metre high rock sculpture carved into the rocks near Orsova. Despite its appearance, it is not that old, and was carved at the behest of Constantin Dragan, who is said to be one of the wealthiest Romanians of all time.

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