The Danube river - Europe's greatest waterway



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What could be a more perfect choice for your next holiday than a river cruise on the beautiful Blue Danube? Springing up in the town of Donaueschingen in Germany’s Black Forest, this great waterway flows southeast for 1,785 miles before emptying itself into the Black Sea at Sulina in eastern Romania. Along its vast length the Danube passes through or borders no less than ten countries, and drains into nine more. It also flows through four national capital cities - Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade - more than any other river in the world. The ancient origins of its name are lost in the mists of time – with contenders including a bringer of luck, a Vedic river goddess, and even words meaning swift, violent and undisciplined.

But your Blue Danube river cruise holiday is far more serene than that. Gliding peacefully between its famous and endlessly enchanting river banks, you’ll experience for yourself the calm delights that inspired “the beautiful blue Danube” of Johann Strauss’s immortal waltz and lullaby. Music is everywhere on the shores of the river Danube – from the wild genius of Mozart in Salzburg, to Beethoven, Brahms, and an entire family of Strausses in classical Vienna. You’ll follow in the wake of emperors and kings on your Danube river cruise, too.

Ever since the time of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I of Barbarossa and King Richard I of England, the powerful rulers of Europe and their retinues used this great river to travel and to control their lands - avoiding the often exhausting nature of transportation overland. No wonder, then, that so many fascinating historical sights await you at every turn as your river cruise takes you effortlessly down the Danube – from imposing castles, mighty fortresses, exquisite baroque churches and quiet abbeys to sumptuous palaces, elegant gardens and the most wonderfully preserved medieval towns and villages.

Lucy Worsley talks about cruising the Danube from Budapest and Bratislava to Vienna and Salzburg. Watch the video below.

All river cruises on the danube

Melk Abbey
(1561 reviews)
8 days starting from £1099pp 
Budapest Parliament Building
11 days starting from £1988pp 
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8 days starting from £1399pp 
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Hungarian Parliament Building on the Danube in Budapest
8 days starting from £1689pp 
Budapest Chain Bridge over the Danube
(367 reviews)
15 days starting from £1999pp 
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Cathedral in Belgrade, Serbia
(70 reviews)
15 days starting from £2599pp 
European River Cruise
(142 reviews)
8 days starting from £1599pp 
European River Cruise
8 days starting from £1899pp 
Solo Traveller River Cruise
Vienna | Augustinian Church | Yuletide Market | City Hall Square | Riviera Travel | Austria | river cruise
6 days starting from £849pp 
European River Cruise

Lucy Worsley on the Blue Danube River Cruise