The Danube is rapidly increasing in popularity as a cruise destination simply due to the huge diversity in opportunities that it has to offer travellers. It flows through a total of four different European capital cities, connecting ten different countries on its nearly 2000 mile-long journey from the German Black Forest to the Black Sea on the Romanian coast. Most cruises just cover a small section of the river, yet still manage to showcase the best of its culture, heritage and history.
- Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is a city of two halves. The Danube divides the city in two halves: the older settlement of Buda along the Western bank of the Danube, and the newer section of the city, Pest, on the river’s Eastern Bank. Buda is home to [need name of castle] castle which you can see from the river below, as well as an intricate system of underground labyrinths used to shelter Jewish Hungarian residents during the holocaust. The Jewish quarter, located in Pest, is now full of ‘ruin bars’, buildings left in a nearly derelict state, which have since been decorated with modern art exhibitions and funky furniture to become some of the most iconic places to visit in Europe.
- Nuremberg, Germany’s capital, is best known for it’s historic role following the actions of Hitler during the Second World War, and today is an incredibly beautiful city to visit with its distinguishable red-roofed buildings. Nuremberg is a very popular city among history buffs as it was the centre for Nazi Party Rallies in Germany during the Third Reich, and is home to a permanent exhibition about Germany’s fascist past, a must-see for anyone intrigued by European history.
- Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and is growing in popularity as a tourist destination as it represents an ‘unspoiled Europe’. Famous tourist destinations include Devín and Bratislava and Castles, the latter of which is known to have inspired the original vampire novel Dracula. Bratislava is also home to the Slovak National Museum, which chronicles the story of Slovakia’s history and offers visitors a fantastic way to learn all about the cultural heritage of the country.
- Vienna is the fourth capital city along the Danube river and the capital of Austria. Vienna has an incredibly rich cultural history and is the birthplace to many famous composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert. Travellers wishing to experience authentic classical music would enjoy a trip to Staatsoper, the city’s opera house. Another highlight of Vienna is its architecture, with many ornate and intricately decorated buildings – some of which are home to some of the best desserts in Europe!
Aside from experiencing the capital cities themselves, cruising along the Danube river will reveal some of the most stunning scenery in Europe. Many people consider Europe to be a continent of cities and tend to forget about its incredible natural beauty, however much of the countryside is still undeveloped, creating an opportunity for cruisers to see a raw and unspoiled European landscape, vibrant and luscious by the waters of the Danube river.
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