The Danube River crosses through much of Central and Southeastern Europe, spanning nearly 1800 miles and stretching across 10 countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, and Ukraine). The river connects so many cultures and displays so much history along its banks from magnificent castles to quaint villages.
Popular destinations along the Danube include Budapest, Vienna, Durnstein, and Regensburg. Each stop offers a unique experience filled with history, exquisite architecture, and amazing local cuisine.
Let's take a deeper look at a few of these destinations and what you can experience all throughout your Danube journey.
From the large neo-Gothic parliament building right on the banks of the Danube to the famed thermal baths and unforgettable sights from Castle Hill, Budapest is a place that offers so much for all kinds of travelers. Wandering through The Great Market Hall is another great way to immerse yourself in the culture, try all kinds of local cuisine, and find some unique souvenirs.
Music greats like Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Liszt, Mahler and Strauss all called Vienna home at some point, and there are so many ways for visitors to pay homage to their talents through many museums and historic sites. Other elaborately designed buildings house paintings, sculptures, and other art pieces once owned by the Habsburgs.
If you're a Sound of Music fan, you'll also find the filming locations for some of the movie's most iconic scenes.
Regensburg is one of the oldest settlements in Germany and many travelers marvel at the traces of its medieval roots. Here, you'll find colorful buildings and cafes, cobblestone streets, and enchanting public squares. You can also visit Stone Bridge, the oldest working bridge in Germany and grab a sausage at Regensburg Sausage Kitchen, the world's oldest continuously working restaurant.
These are just a few of the many historic and unique sights along the Danube. Your trip could also include great shopping and nightlife in Belgrade Serbia, the wineries of Durnstein, Austria, or the larger-than-life sculpture of the last Dacian King as you cruise through the Iron Gates in Romania. The Christmas markets that fill many of these destinations late in the year also make for an incredible experience.
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