Danube River Cruise

A Danube River Cruise – now we’re talking. These cruises, even short ones, such as the one along the Wachau Valley, are a major tourist and visitor attraction, on this, one of Europe’s and certainly Austria’s major waterways – the Danube River, or simply, “The Danube”. As a waterway, the Danube River has been a major artery of commerce for much of Europe since early times.

Prinz Eugen riverboat on the Danube on the way to Durnstein, Austria

Riverboat on the Danube approaching Durnstein

Today, with the aid of a canal system in Germany, Danube River Cruises can take you to the North, all the way to Amsterdam or South, all the way to the Black Sea. In between you’ll travel historic lands, discover vineyard-lined valleys and explore grand old castles and beautifully preserved medieval towns in Austria as well as other countries such as Germany, Hungary, Serbia and Romania. The Danube River, often called the Blue Danube for its sparkling color, has been the inspiration for much music and even waltzes and is definitely a source of pride for the Viennese. When you want to enjoy a different kind of Austria, book a cruise on the Danube and watch Austria go by as you relax and take in the historic sights.

A view of the Danube in the Wachau from the pilot house of Prinz Eugen Riverboatcaptain

From the Riverboat Captain’s Viewpoint

The Danube Rive Cruise, actually a trip, along the Wachau, although short, is very special. Along the way you’ll see ruins of old fortifications, monasteries (Abbeys), terraced vineyards and the much photographed village of Durnstein, with its Blue towered church, which can be seen in the distance in the upper photo. What can make this short trip really special, is getting on a riverboat, like Prinz Eugen, that lets you off at Durnstein and then picks you up on its return trip, allowing you a couple of hours of exploring this medieval village with its narrow cobble stone streets and quaint little shops. When tired of walking and looking, sit at a local establishment have a glass of wine or a delicious ice cream cone.

A great day trip, may be a River Cruise from Vienna to Budapest and back. For more on Hungary and Budapest, go to Austria and Hungary. To the North, the Danube connects through a major canal to the historic Rhine River in Germany and a cruise can take you all the way up to Amsterdam in Holland. On extended Danube River Cruises you can stop at various destinations, enjoy the local sights and fare and then get back on the boat for the evening.

The Danube is such a integral part of Vienna and one of the must explore Things to do in Vienna. I’m ready for a Danube River Cruise, are you?


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