Cities of the Beautiful Danube
After boarding Brabant in Nuremberg you’ll experience river cruising at its very best as you journey along the seemingly endless twists and turns of the Danube River to a collection of incredible destinations. The stunning scenery of beautifully unspoilt countryside and the architectural marvels of dream-like towns and cities make for a rewarding week away.
First you’ll have chance to marvel at the largest collection of listed buildings found anywhere north of the Alps in Regensburg – Germany’s ‘medieval miracle’ – before continuing along the Danube to Passau. From here you can venture over the German-Austrian border and take a trip to Salzburg to see stunning spires and fortresses and uncover connections to Mozart and The Sound of Music. Your river ship will then sail through the fjord-like landscapes of Austria’s Schlögener Schlinge and stop off at Linz, where the charming Old Town is perfect for a relaxing evening of sightseeing. The following day begins in the heart of the breathtaking Wachau Valley, with time to explore two of region’s most charming towns – Emmersdorf and Melk. Your unforgettable exploration of Wachau continues with scintillating scenic cruising through the valley’s gorgeous, world-renowned scenery en route to Dürnstein. Perhaps spend the rest of your afternoon wandering Dürnstein’s winding streets and discovering the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. [ReadMore]
Sailing onwards, Vienna – the first of three magnificent capital cities on your itinerary – awaits. With a full day to explore, you could opt to take the highly recommended tour of the grounds and gardens of Schönbrunn Palace – a legacy of the Habsburg monarchy – or visit Hofburg Palace, home of the Austrian crown jewels. Stadtpark and Ringstrasse are worth a visit too; while the chance to savour a performance of ‘Sound of Vienna’ and round off your day in style is not to be missed. The diverse attractions of Slovakia’s capital await you next. An abundance of classic and contemporary architectural delights, medieval ruins and pretty parks and lakes vie for your attention in Bratislava, which is overlooked by the city’s majestic castle. Finally it’s on to the UNESCO-listed Hungarian capital, Budapest. After enjoying the scenic sail into the city, be sure to visit the Buda Castle complex and the historic Millennium Underground Railway and stroll along Andrássy Avenue towards Heroes’ Square during your time ashore. The thermal healing baths here are the perfect place to relax and reflect on your adventures before heading home.