August 23, 2017

Europe’s River – The Danube

Dunav.  Donau.  Duna.  Dunarea.  Dunaj.  Dunai.  Danube.

Ah the Danube.  From its beginning deep in the Black Forest of Germany to its outlet at the Black Sea, the Danube has inspired people without end.   Along with the other great rivers of the world, the Danube links together many countries and, in fact, ties together the European continent.

Traversing through 10 countries, the Danube provides millions of people with food, drinking water, power, and fun.

Bratislava. by stefanweihs, on Flickr

Bratislava by stefanweihs, on Flickr

The Danube flows over 1,770 miles and runs through 4 European capital cities – Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade – more than any other river in the world.

belgrade by scropy, on Flickr

Belgrade by scropy, on Flickr

Traveling the Danube will take you through hills, wild canyons, forests, National parks, farmland, historic cities and more.

There are many ways to enjoy the Danube.  One of which is viewing it from a great vantage point with a  glass of wine but other options include:

  • Take a scenic cruise on the Danube from Melk to Krems or vice-versa.  During your cruise you will float by beautiful Baroque abbeys, medieval castles, the Wachau Valley a UNESCO World Heritage Site, vineyards climbing the hills along the river, and 1,000 year old villages.  I will be enjoying this cruise this summer during my visit to Austria.

    Wachau Valley Austria

    Wachau Valley Austria by jay8085, on Flickr

  • The National park, Derdap, is located in eastern Serbia on the border of Romania.  In this park you will find natural beauty and archeological sites dating back 8,000 years.  In the park is the Djerdap Gorge or better known as the Iron Gate.  A narrowing river and rising cliffs make for impressive views.

    Danube Iron Gorge Serbia

    Danube Iron Gate from wikipedia

  • Visit Great War Island in Belgrade.  Belgrade is home to the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers and this is where you will find Great War Island.  Of strategic importance to Belgrade, at least since 1521 when the Turks attacked, today you will find over 196 species of birds along with local flora and fauna.  Great War Island is a great place to find a piece of nature that has awesome views of the city too!
  • A wildlife lover’s paradise can be found in the Danube Delta.  Another UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, the delta is 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, islands and lakes.  Days can be spent just bird watching.  Cormorants and white tailed eagles are included in the over 300 bird species inhabiting this area.  Other animals can be found too including fox, wolves, deer and fish.

    Danube Delta by katesheets, on Flickr

    Danube Delta by katesheets, on Flickr

  • There are 250 miles of bike paths from Passau (Germany) to Vienna (Austria).  The Danube Bike Way runs parallel to the river on both sides.  There are many bridges or ferries along the way so you can cross from side to side.  In medieval times this trail was used by horses that would pull barges or ships traveling on the river.  You can stop along the way for a night or two enjoying some of the many small villages.

Although the Danube is no longer blue, it was forever immortalized in Johann Strauss’ waltz “An der Schonen, blauen Donau”  (On the Beautiful Danube).  If you listen carefully, I bet you can hear it now!

 

Have you spent time on the Danube?

Tell me about your experience. . .

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  1. www.ask.com says:

    I really like reading through an article that will make men and women think.

    Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!
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  2. Great story idea! I only saw the Danube when I was in Budapest and Vienna, too. My parents took one of those river cruises a couple years back though.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The longer river cruises do sound interesting but I just am worried it wouldn’t be active enough. I do like the idea of seeing Europe as it was built so maybe I’ll do it sometime.

      • My parents actually didn’t like the long river cruise that much. They said that they didn’t have enough freedom to explore…. plus it was really expensive. I didn’t write that the first time since I didn’t want to sound negative 🙂
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        • Debbie Beardsley says:

          You’re funny! Other than the cruises lasting a few hours I have to say I am not too interested in cruising. There isn’t enough time to explore the way I like too.

  3. Love the photos. The Danube is a river I really want to see. I’d love to take a cruise on it, sounds like a lot of fun
    Caz Makepeace recently posted..“Pacific Place Apartments” Bilinga Beach Gold Coast Queensland

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I will only be cruising for a couple hours but there are longer river cruises to take. My parents cruised the Danube a few years ago and loved it. I’m just not sure a river cruise is for me. Maybe I’ll give it a try one of these days.

  4. The Danube is such an impressive river. I remember seeing it for the first time after getting an overnight train to Budapest. A nice sight to wake up to!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I am looking forward to waking up to the Danube in Budapest later this year too! Can’t wait to see it all.

  5. Mark Wiens says:

    A cruise on the Danube sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed these photos and learning more about the river!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I learned alot about this river too! I have been to Vienna and will be in Budapest later this summer but the one area that caught my eye was the Danube Delta. I had no clue about the size, wildlife etc. It was very interesting to me.

  6. Jillian says:

    Love it! We spent time in Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna. Never got out on the river, but it sounds like it would have been easier to travel by boat!
    Jillian recently posted..A non-cliché trip to Tenerife

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I love all the different modes of transportation available while traveling! I will be in Budapest late August and may try to enjoy some time on the Danube but will have to see how it all sorts out.

  7. I had no idea the Danube went through 10 countries – how awesome! I’ve never had the opportunity to visit any of the places it snakes through, but Budapest is on our list for the next few months. 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I really didn’t realize it went through so many countries either. I’ve only been to Vienna but will be adding Budapest late August. I am also looking forward spending a few hours cruising on the Danube while sipping Austrian wine!

  8. Aledys Ver says:

    what a great blog – very interesting to learn about different spots around Europe.
    How lucky that you are going to take a cruise on the Danube -sounds great!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
    Cheers!
    Aledys Ver recently posted..Spotted in The Netherlands- tulip fields on the Northeast Polder

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thank you for stopping by! The Danube sounds great. I think the short cruise will be a perfect way to spend part of a day especially while drinking some awesome Austrian wine 🙂

  9. Adam says:

    Wow, looks and sounds amazing! I had no idea it ran through so many major cities.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I didn’t realize that either. The other thing that really stood out for me was the Danube Delta! Really sounds interesting and I may need to travel to the very end of the Danube one of these days.

  10. Jeremy B says:

    Love the Danube river! I am very biased because I loved my time in Budapest. Really want to visit Vienna. Been to Slovakia but not Bratislava. While I don’t like cruises at all, a river cruise down the Danube would be a fun way to see all these capitals.
    Jeremy B recently posted..Budget Travel deals of the week May 10- 2011

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I am looking forward to visiting Budapest this summer. You really should get to Vienna! It is a great city full of history. I’m with you on cruises, I am just taking a day cruise for a couple hours just like on the Rhine. It is supposed to be beautiful and I will be tasting wine along the way 🙂

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