We’re sure you’re probably sick of us banging on about how amazing river cruises are by now, but we’re not going to stop because they really are amazing! There are so many rivers to choose from, in Europe and beyond, and they all have their own host of charms and attractions. However, we have to admit that for incredible history, rich culture and gorgeous scenery, the Danube is a personal favourite of ours. Here are just a few of the brilliant things you can see and do on a Danube river cruise.
Fisherman’s Bastion Budapest
Amazing castles can be found dotted all along the shores of the Danube and in the towns and cities that have grown up on its banks over the centuries. One of the finest is in Budapest. Fisherman’s Bastion on Buda Castle Hill looks like something straight out of a Disney film and not only is it a spectacular sight in itself but from here you’ll get the most magnificent view of perhaps Budapest’s most famous architectural landmark, the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building.
Another city on the Danube that boasts a fantastic castle is Bratislava and the Slovenian pile is also surrounded by gorgeous, tranquil gardens that are perfect for exploring on a sunny day. However, in the summer months there’s more to do here than just smell the roses as the castle grounds come alive with the annual Shakespeare festival, when the Bard’s plays are performed to enthusiastic audiences in a great open-air auditorium.
Classical Music Concert in Vienna
If culture is what you’re looking for then Danube favourite, Vienna will be right up your street. Once the musical capital of Europe, and still considered so by many, this historic city is bursting with incredible experiences for classical music fans. Book your tickets for the Vienna State Opera or choose a concert in one of the city’s stunning palaces to enjoy the music of Mozart, Beethoven and more performed in a spectacular setting.
This opulent building looks more like a royal palace than an abbey, its ostentatious façade only to be surpassed by the eye-wateringly lavish interiors that are dripping with gold. The 900-year-old structure looks over the Wachau Valley and contains numerous wonders and historic artefacts, including the ancient manuscripts that are housed inside its picturesque monastic library. Take a tour to learn all about the secrets and stories of this fascinating place. Energetic cruisers can even cycle here from the Medieval town of Dürnstein.
Walk through history in Regensburg
This German city has the largest medieval old town north of the Alps, but its origins stretch back even further than that. Modern Regensburg was built on the site of an ancient Roman fort, remains of which are still visible today. This city’s story stretches across the ages, represented in hundreds of listed buildings and landmarks, such as its 13th century cathedral and the 12th century bridge, which once felt the footsteps of knights crossing the Danube on route to join the crusades.
This is just a taste of the wonderful things you can see and do as you cruise along the Danube. Right now you can save £600 per person and receive free drinks on board Emerald Waterways’ Danube Delights river cruise with our exclusive offer! Click the link to find out more and contact our cruise experts to book today.