Cruising the Danube River

River cruising in Europe has become quite popular, with multiple companies now offering a myriad of itineraries.  This past September, we took a river cruise on one of the more established routes, on the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary to Prague, Czech Republic.

Our experience with AMA Waterways will be reviewed in a separate post.

Time in port can be hectic with tours and excursions, but on the river life goes on at a tranquil pace as the scenery glides by…

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The riverbanks are dotted with historic towns such as this view of Durnstein, Austria, with the ruins of castles on the overlooking hilltops.

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In Passau, Germany we took in panoramic views from the castle ramparts.

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For the more active traveler, bikes trips are available at many ports.  We enjoyed our cycle tour through the vineyards in the Wachau Valley region of Austria.

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Our sightseeing ranged from ceiling frescoes in intimate castle chapels….

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….to ornate monastery churches.

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From quaint villages…

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….to historic cities like Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

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All along the way, intimate cafes and bars beckon the passersby to come in and enjoy a refreshment.

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Nighttime sightseeing can be special, such as this view of the Rathaus (city hall) in Vienna, Austria.

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And of course no visit to Vienna would be complete without mentioning one of the city’s  most famous former residents: Mozart.

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Back on the river, stormy days can be accompanied by unanticipated delights such as this double rainbow…

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But blue skies will always be our favorite.

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We finished our cruise with a stay in the city of Prague, worthy of a separate post all its own.  Stay tuned….


One thought on “Cruising the Danube River

  1. Thanks – in my several trips into Eastern Europe, I was prepared to see nothing but devastation of things like cathedrals – truly amazing that any of it survived the bombings and such of two world wars!

    -bc

    On Sat, Nov 11, 2017 at 5:57 PM, Two Happy Travelers wrote:

    > twohappytravelers posted: “River cruising in Europe has become quite > popular, with multiple companies now offering a myriad of itineraries. > This past September, we took a river cruise on one of the more established > routes, on the Danube River from Budapest, Hungary to Prague, Czec” >

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