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River Danube

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Undeniably beautiful, the Danube is one of the World’s most romantic waterways celebrated in music, literature and the visual arts. The river, which carves its way from the mountains of Germany’s Black Forest in the West through the Iron Gates Gorge to the Black Sea in the East, has been at the heart of European cultural, creative and political history for more than a millennium. Once the frontier of the mighty Roman Empire, the second longest river in Europe touches the borders of no less than ten different countries and has four capital cities in its path. Flowing through the centre of glorious Vienna, the historical core of Bratislava and the heart of Belgrade, the Danube is the division of beautiful Budapest. Along its banks fascinating towns and cities seamlessly blend the best of old and new, and a river cruise is the perfect way to get up-close and personal with Europe’s grand historic architecture, strongly-entrenched traditions, emerging cultures and ultra-modern landmarks. 

Things to know

  • At 1,785 miles long, the Danube is the second longest river in Europe
  • The Danube touches 10 countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine
  • More than 30% of the Danube is in Hungary
  • The dramatic Iron Gorge Gate is a stunning 83-mile stretch of the Danube separating Serbia from Romania
  • In 1944, sensing defeat was imminent, the Germans scuttled hundreds of their warships in the Danube
  • A 42.9 metre high rock sculpture of Romanian hero Decebalus overlooks the Danube

 

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