If you are planning a holiday and seeking for history and beauty, one really fits to all adventure enthusiast: the cruise on the Danube.
Cruises are scheduled between April and November thanks to the mild climate and our advice is to travel between June and September to avoid rains.
The departure is in Passau which is located in Bavaria, Germany, on the eastern border with Austria. It is also known as Dreiflüssestadt (the city of the three rivers).
Navigation on the Danube is quiet, relaxing and the cruise offers a variety of ways to spend your time aboard. Some ships are equipped with comforts such as a heated swimming pool to relax waiting to get the first stop, Vienna.
Getting off, you can take the metro which is a few steps away and you can use the automatic machines that issue tickets valid for all the destinations. In Vienna you will find efficient services and transports, impressive monuments, many boutiques and free wifi. The St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Schonbrunn Castle, the Prater Ferris wheel and good food are just some of the things you can find in this beautiful city.
Second stop is Budapest, continuing to sail with a beautiful landscape, with houses, castles, forests and nature. In Budapest you can visit the famous market of local products. You can rent bicycles to reach the sights or to explore the town from a different perspective. Otherwise you can take the cab to visit the Buda Castle and also join a tour with the Sightseeing bus. Music played by street artists, colours and flavors make Budapest a fabulous discovery, which pushes away the wrong knowledge coming from a distant past. Go to the Heroes’ Square to retrace the history of many events that happened here, now meeting place for many people including young one.
The cruise continues, with a slow and steady navigation on the Danube. The landscape around, both day and night, transforms gradually as you change towns, wonderfully unique.
Lunches and dinners surrounded by the beauty of nature, admiring enchanting scenarios of the river, with all kinds of boats that pass by, with amazing people who get lost in the charm of Eastern Europe.
The next stop is Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, in fast transformation after the economic growth of the country and its entry into the euro zone. High is the Castle which overlooks the city; the historic center can be visited both on foot or by tram, some are very traditional. Monuments and architecture that still recall the communist past. Crafts with typical porcelain are displayed and sold in colorful shops.
Let’s continue along the valley of Austria, Wachau, situated between Melk and Krems. The valley is about 30 kilometers long and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In 2000 it has been added in the list of UNESCO World Heritage thanks to its unique architectural and cultural landscape.
Here this fantastic adventure finishes, after exploring the wonders that the Danube crosses, in a magic atmosphere, with the haze that comes in the morning giving the landscape a note of mystery and fairy tale, finally giving way to the sun that illuminates the roofs of cathedrals and castles other than of featured houses that every country offers at the sight of the ship’s passengers.
We recommend everyone this cruise, including families with children, the important to have a look around other than looking for relax, like us of Cocco on the road, who are always searching for good news, fun and full of history and beauty.
Good cruising at all!
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