The Danube river flows with a rich cultural history that’s second to none in Europe. We’ve compiled a Danube river map which covers some of the main points around the illustrious river for anyone curious about one of our most popular routes, as well as some of the cities you can see on the Danube.
The Danube forms at the point where the Breg and Brigach streams come together in Germany’s Black Forest, with the Breg being the bigger of the two and technically the hydrological source.
Our cruises run between Budapest and Linz, making a number of stops along this stretch to soak up the sights, sounds and scents on offer, immersing you in the vast cultural heritage of each individual location.
The Danube has a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to uncover along is path, such as the Schönbrunn Palace in Austria and the Old Town of Regensburg in Germany.
Ancient Greeks used the Danube as main trade route, navigating up from the Black Sea up to the area around the ‘Iron Gates’ – a gorge located on the border between Serbia and Romania.
A number of painters from the early 16th century – Altdorfer, Jörg Breu the Elder and Huber – came to form the “Danube School” of landscape painting, owing to their origins in the Danube Valley and distinctive visual style.
Budapest is bisected by the waters of the Danube, which once separated the hilly town of Buda from the flat planes of Pest, as the wonderous Chain Bridge spans 375 metres to cross over the river.
The river passes through the Slovakian Capital of Bratislava, home to the awe-inspiring reconstruction of Bratislava Castle that gazes down upon the Danube. The city is surrounded by the Little Carpathian Mountains, creating an elegant background for the bars and cafes that reside within the old town.
The Beogradska Tvrđava (Belgrade Fortress) is testament to the Serbian capital’s strategic importance during the days of numerous ancient empires, with Kalemegadan Park on the opposite bank above the meeting points of the Danube and Sava rivers.
Vienna holds a special place in its heart for the Danube – with the famous composer Strauss composing a melody in honour of the river’s majesty – simply titled “The Blue Danube“. This has become Austria’s unofficial second national anthum and is a consistently popular classical composition.
As one of Hungary’s oldest towns, Esztergom is home to a number of historical marvels for you to explore. From the river, you can spy the enormous neoclassical basilica which holds one of the world’s largest altarpieces and a collection of priceless religious artefacts.
Dürnstein is one of the most well-loved tourist destinations in the Wachau wine region, complete with a striking ice-blue abbey at it’s centre. Any keen wine connoisseur can wander through the prolific vineyards of the town’s wonderful wineries.
The Benedictine abbey of Melk sits high above the town, housing the remains of Austria’s first ruling dynasty in its beautifully adorned halls. Many of the statues that can be seen are crafted from gold, giving them a beautiful glow in the afternoon sun.
The New Cathedral in Linz is the largest cathedral of its kind found in Austria, with a stained-glass window which depicts key aspects of Linz’s history.
The river runs for roughly 2850km, or around 1770 miles, flowing through 10 countries until it reaches the Black Sea via the Danube delta.
Seeing is believing when it comes to the breath-taking scenes on offer along the Danube, so if any of these cities or historical links have piqued your interest then it’s well worth getting a first-hand look at the beauty that’s on offer with a cruise along the Danube.
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