The river Danube flows for 2850k from its source in Germanys Black Forest in Germany where the Brigach and Breg rivers join, before entering the Black Sea from its Delta which is acknowledged as Europe’s greatest bird and wildlife sanctuary.
The Danube touches 10 countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
Look for relaxing Danube river cruises and sail down the River Danube admiring the subtle changes in the passing scenery from the comfort of an intimate river cruise ship. On the banks of the River Danube lie majestic and historic cities such as Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava as well as picturesque towns and villages like Passau, Melk and Krems. Each place has its own individual style and history, offering visitors a unique experience.
For example, you may choose to cruise through Germany and Austria. Follow the winding route of the Danube past Austrian castles, Benedictine monasteries and ancestral vineyards enroute to Vienna. From Germany, follow the Danube eastward into Austria, across the fertile plains of the Wachau Valley, home to both piety and wine. Vineyards climb the slopes to imposing medieval monasteries perched atop hills between Melk and Krems. Wind past castle ruins and apricot orchards before reaching the capital of Austria, where you can take in a performance of the “Blue Danube” waltz, the melody that evokes Vienna the world over.
Or perhaps you may choose to visit the Danube Delta in Romania. Exploring the wilderness of the Danube Delta is the experience of a lifetime. Delta is a world class conservation area and a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, considered Europe’s last great wilderness destination.
The lakes, channels and estuaries of the vast Danube Delta are a paradise for birds, fish and plants. Delta is home to the largest colony of white pelicans in Europe, as well as to some protected bird species around the world – Pygmy cormorant, Little egret, Spoonbill, Glossy ibis.
Wherever you choose, you should be looking for one of the many relaxing Danube river cruises along the Danube is sure to be a memorable break away.