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…
The riverbanks are dotted with historic towns such as this view of Durnstein, Austria, with the ruins of castles on the overlooking hilltops.
In Passau, Germany we took in panoramic views from the castle ramparts.
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.
Our sightseeing ranged from ceiling frescoes in intimate castle chapels….
….to ornate monastery churches.
From quaint villages…
….to historic cities like Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
All along the way, intimate cafes and bars beckon the passersby to come in and enjoy a refreshment.
Nighttime sightseeing can be special, such as this view of the Rathaus (city hall) in Vienna, Austria.
And of course no visit to Vienna would be complete without mentioning one of the city’s most famous former residents: Mozart.
Back on the river, stormy days can be accompanied by unanticipated delights such as this double rainbow…
But blue skies will always be our favorite.
We finished our cruise with a stay in the city of Prague, worthy of a separate post all its own. Stay tuned….