The Danube is a truly magnificent river, its banks filled with a
rich heritage and culture. Historically used as a trade route, the
Danube is now one of the world's most iconic waterways. Beginning
its journey in the mountainous region of Germany's Black Forest, it
meanders through the heart of Europe for 1,777 miles, via a number
of European countries, before finally reaching the Black Sea.
Each bend of the Danube boasts new surprises, with its shores
home to grand historic capital cities, such as Vienna and Budapest,
as well as idyllic towns and villages like Melk and Krems. There
are incredible sights to be seen from the comfort of your ship too.
The Wachau Valley is one of Austria's most appealing attractions,
thanks to its dramatic scenery of hilltop fortresses and surprising
history. Nearby Dürnstein Castle was once used to imprison Richard
the Lionheart. Sailing the Danube Bend is another memorable
experience. A sprawling canvas of forested peaks and fanciful
riverside towns, it's here that some of the oldest European
settlements began and even Hungary's answer to Camelot, Visegrád,
is visible if you know where to look.