River Danube Cruises
The River Danube is one of the most important rivers in Europe, and once formed the northern border of the Roman Empire. It is joined to the River Rhine by the Main-Danube Canal, opened in 1992.
Leaving the Main-Danube Canal a Danube river cruise calls at medieval Regensberg with its ancient houses and the Alte Wurstkuche, Germany's oldest (sausage) restaurant. The River Inn joins the Danube at Passau, where St Stephan's Cathedral has Europe's largest pipe-organ. Nearby Linz has many historic buildings, and possible excursions to the Czech World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov or Salzburg in Austria.
Melk Abbey is a world famous monastic site, from where a Danube river cruise follows the Wachau Valley to Durnstein, noted for the castle prison of King Richard the Lionheart.
Imperial Vienna has many world-famous sites, including the Opera House, Hofburg Palace, and Schonbrunn Palace. Many Danube cruises have an opportunity to attend a classical music concert.
From Vienna the Danube reaches the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, with its burgher houses, lively squares and Bratislava Castle.
Many Danube river cruises end at the capital city of Hungary, Budapest. Old Buda with its romantic area of Fishermens' Bastion is joined by the scenic Chain Bridge to newer Pest, noted for its riverside Parliament building, National Opera House and Heroes' Square.