The Danube River is Europe’s second longest river and one of Europe’s most famous rivers. The Danube flows through ten different countries (more than any other river in the world) and exits into the Black Sea. The Danube River begins in Donaueschingen, Germany and travels southeast 1,780 miles as it passes through or touches the border of Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine. The offshoots or drainage of the Danube reaches into nine other countries.

Danube River, on map, shows how big of a region it reaches and how far the river flows until it finally reaches the Black Sea. The size and scale alone make this river a true gem of Europe. The Danube River on a map is simply a small way for us to grasp truly how far this river flows. The Danube is the heartbeat of central Europe. Several cultures and societies have used it as an economic highway and trade route. The boundaries of the Danube River once marked the edge of the Roman Empire, while some of its bridges have connected nations.

One interesting fact about the Danube River is it is host to hundreds of species of fish and making the Danube Basin the most biodiverse region in Europe. It’s also classified as an international waterway among the rivers of Europe.

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The map of Danube River shows that it flows through many cities as you can imagine, but it also goes through four national capitals. They are Vienna, Austria, Bratislava, Slovakia, Budapest, Hungary and Belgrade, Serbia. Budapest is the largest city along the Danube with 3.3 million people.

​Danube River Cruises

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Viking River Cruises has a variety of cruises that explore the Danube River and all it has to offer visitors. Since it is one of the biggest rivers in Europe there are many popular places that people want to visit along its journey. They offer a Romantic cruise on the Danube that travels from Budapest to Nuremberg in Germany.

The Danube River Cruises all encompass a variety of cultures, stopping at several cities on each cruise to help give the visitor a taste of each place it travels through.

The Danube Waltz travels from Passau, Germany through Austria, Slovakia, and ends in Budapest.

​Passage to Eastern Europe Itinerary: A Viking River Cruise

There is also a Passage to Eastern Europe that cruises from Bucharest, Romania to Budapest.

Of the many rivers in Europe, the Danube passes through more capital cities than any other.

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Bucharest is a vibrant city that is rich in the Romanian culture, art and architecture. The Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the Palace of Parliament all highlight the unique Romanian architecture. You can visit all of these places on the Viking river cruise through Bucharest.

Then make a stop in Vidin, Bulgaria and see the Belogradchik Fortress which is built into the natural rock. This fortress was built in Roman times and presents some beautiful views of local mountains in the distance.

Next is the Iron Gate in Serbia where you will experience some breathtaking views as you travel through a narrow gorge with high hills on either side of the river. This natural wonder has white limestone cliffs. Your captain will provide commentary on the region and some scenic points of interest.

Belgrade, Serbia is the next port to stop and it does not disappoint. Belgrade is full of architectural wonders like the Orthodox Cathedral. The Square of the Republic is also a noteworthy place to explore while in Belgrade.

Osijek, Croatia is one of the final stops. This spot reveals the historic culture of this place as it has been dated back to before when the Romans ruled this land.

End your trip by making stops in Kalosca, Hungary and finally Budapest, Hungary.

​Danube Explores Many Cultures Across Countries

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The unique Eastern Europe culture that anyone can take in during this Danube River cruise is an intriguing opportunity. Of the many rivers in Europe that someone can cruise along, the Danube stands out not only because of its size and length but because of the many places, countries, and cultures that can be experienced. This vital transportation route has provided economic impacts throughout its vast reach. Today, ships can navigate 87 percent of the river’s length. The Main-Danube Canal which was completed in 1992 allows cruises to sail from the North Sea to the Black Sea. This is 106 miles long and included 16 locks.

One hint is to pack comfortable shoes if you are planning a trip on the Danube as many cities have cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces. Having comfortable shoes is always a must on cruise ships when you are visiting numerous cities with different obstacles. Because you will be covering a lot of ground and mileage throughout the trip, try to get your rest as the many sites will require a lot of energy and attention. But you can relax when you want onboard your ship as you take in all the Danube River has to offer.

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