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Top 5 of the highlights along the Danube River
The Danube offers both exceptional natural and cultural diversity from its source in the Black Forest to its mouth in the Black Sea. It is the second longest river in Europe (after the Volga River). It flows through many European capital cities, including Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade, all of which we visit on our cruises.
CroisiEurope offers a large choice of cruises programmes. From 5 to 13 days, explore the 8 countries crossed by the Danube River: Germany, Austria, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. A unique occasion to immerse yourself in the heart of Central Europe.
Overhanging the Danube River, the Abbey is listed as a World Heritage monument by UNESCO and belongs to the most impressive baroque edifice in Europe. For 900 years, it has sheltered Benedictine order monks, after being built as a fortified castle for the Bebenberg. Founded in the 11th century, the actual construction of the Benedictine abbey dates from the baroque period and are the masterpiece of the architect Jakob Prandtauer. You will get to visit the marble library from the same era.
Capital and cultural centre of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava is an art and history museum in an intimate-size city. At a crossroads of different civilizations, Bratislava is a city mixed by Austrian, Hungarian and Czech influences. A hike throughout the natural reserve of Devinska Kobyla in the Little Carpathians, going through the Sandberg will lead you to a breathtaking view on Bratislava. You may also spot fossils of the maritime life dating back to 15 millions years.
Buda to the East, Pest to the West, the city is furrowed on both sides by the Danube River. From our boats you will admire the impressive Hungarian Parliament on the right bank, reflecting itself outstandingly in the Danube River. On the left bank stands the imposing Buda Castle overhanging the river. You may also visit the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, biggest baroque palace of Hungary, favourite summer household of the Austrian Empress ; Sissi. End up relaxing yourself in one of the most renowned thermal baths of the city: Gellért Baths.
Between the Carpathian Mountains and The Balkans, these impressive canyons extend for 135 kilometres, and separate Romania and Serbia. Entering the canyon, there overhangs the Gobulac Fortress, a medieval Serbian city fortified from the 14th century. This architectural achievement with its 10 towers amounting 25 metres high overlooks the Danube River. From the Sun Deck of our ships, appreciate this spectacular landscape parade while the river is dominated by stone walls reaching up to 600 metres high!
At the end of its course, the Danube River flows to the Black Sea, forming the widest European Delta. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this Delta is the most well preserved in Europe. Pelicans, cormorants, herons are counted among the 300 bird species populating the ecosystem. The Danube Delta also shelters around 1200 plant and 45 fresh water fish species in its lakes and swamps.
Its multitude of lakes, canals, swamps and islets offer a wide variety of landscapes for nature and open spaces enthusiasts.