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Published on :   22/04/2016

Cruising the beautiful Blue danube

A trip on the Blue Danube takes you on a visit to the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and the treasures of Central Europe. From Passau to Budapest, via Vienna, you will find yourself at the crossroads of history! Alternatively, you can sail to the Black Sea and admire the majestic beauty of the Iron gates.

The Danube: a reflection of Europe

The source of the Danube lies at the heart of German Romantism, in Donaueschingen in the Black Forest, and the river ends in Eastern Europe, in one of the best preserved European Deltas. Connecting Eastern and Western Europe, it represents a link between people, cultures, civilisations and ways of life. The Danube is the most cosmopolitan and peaceful river of the European contient. It flows through eight countries - Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania – and four capital cities: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade. CroisiEurope strives to create itineraries that make the most of cultural and historical diversity.

The treasures of the Austro-Hungarian empire

Vienna, the Capital of Austria, is famous for its architectural beauty and music. Today, the city is still reminiscent of the Habsburgs, an important royal family that used to rule over Europe. The Schönbrunn Castle perfectly characterises Austrian culture: the home of the Habsburgs for many years, it is nowadays considered the Austrian Versailles.

Melk is an Austrian city famous for its church, sitting on a hillside on the banks of the Danube. The Melk Abbey houses a museum whose exhibits are showcased by its unique architecture and various sound and lighting installations. Computer-generated animations recount the story of the buildings. The library and its marble structure are characteristic of baroque art.


Budapest is the famous capital of Hungary, comprised of a striking contrast between Buda, with its narrow winding streets, baroque palaces and Turkish baths, and Pest, with its proud mix of architectural styles. A traditional Hungarian show is an original and fascinating way to discover the country: the Gypsy music will immerse you in Hungarian folklore and the traditions of this beautiful corner of Europe.

The Iron Gates

This imposing gorge is a major attraction on a Danube river cruise. The river winds through this wall of rock, which separates the Carpathians and the Balkans, for some 100 kilometres. 

Find out more about CroisiEurope River Cruises.