Highlighting the Danube River
If you are yet to experience River Cruising then you are definitely missing out on some grand adventures. River Cruises are made on smaller vessels that provide a more intimate setting for vacationers. Some people enjoy the option of taking journeys along inland water near big rivers in places such as Eastern Europe, China and the US along with some other parts of South East Asia. River Cruises have a particular advantage over ocean cruises in that you get to see more of the countries passing by your window and less scenes of endless stretches of water.
If you are a couple wanting to see as much of Europe as you can, the best River Cruise to take is in the Danube River. It will give you much exposure to the greater part of Europe. The greatest thing about this River Cruise is that it gives you a taste of both worlds. You’ll gеt to еxрlоrе the lаndѕсареѕ thаt аrе rеmіnіѕсеnt оf the mеdіеvаl tіmеѕ and sее thе аgrісulturаl beauty рrеѕеntеd by thе numerous vіnеуаrdѕ асrоѕѕ the соntіnеnt, whісh gives a trаnѕіtіоn іntо thе modern times and finally, уоu gеt to ѕее some оf the beautiful сіtіеѕ асrоѕѕ thе countries thаt thе rіvеr сutѕ асrоѕѕ. It рісkѕ up a lоt оf mіlеаgе аѕ it flоwѕ thrоugh Germany, Austria, and Rоmаnіа аmоng thе оthеr mаnу соuntrіеѕ. Danube River Cruises use smaller boats to navigate the narrow canals and rivers. Passenger numbers are usually less than 200 per boat and provide the opportunity to get to know your fellow guests rather well.
A typical Danube tour will start near Munich, Germany with boarding in Passau near the Austrian border. In Austria popular stops are in Melk to tour the Benedictine monastery that is over 900 years old. Next is Vienna, capital city of Austria. Here you may visit Hofburg Palace or the Opera House. Be sure to catch the spectacular scenery as you pass through Wachau Valley.
Just over the Austrian border the Danube runs straight through Bratislava, capitol of Slovakia. Here you will find that visits to Old Town and Bratislava Castle are in order. Also don’t miss the ruins of Devin Castle. You can visit here while in Bratislava and you will pass the ruins as you cruise by on the Danube River.
But these cities are not the only things that can be seen and experienced while having a river cruise on the Danube. Old castles and palaces, small fishing villages and communities, endless plains and high mountains, you can see them all in just a few days of traveling. The entrance in Romania is marked by the longest and most spectacular gorges in Europe. The Iron Gates are which considered to be one of the most fascinating cliffs in the world, the Iron Gates is a narrow passage way formed by both the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. It is also an unmarked border between Serbia and Romania. The gorge meets the Danube River and is 3.2 km long and only 170m wide. The water is incredibly rough while passing through the rock as the river narrows quite a bit and the water moves at a swift pace, making it an exciting addition to all Danube River Cruises. The Iron Gates are also the location for one of Europe’s largest hydroelectric power dames. When finally arriving at the Danube Delta, the road is complete.
Today, one thinks of River Cruises on the Danube River. Each country that the river touches has a unique identity, diverse people with interesting personalities and traditions. After all, the land and its people have been conquered many times. Everything in and about the river illustrates traces of a tumultuous past. The Danube will take you to colorful strands of culture that are woven well into the grand mosaic that is Eastern Europe.