Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, world-class classical music scene as well as a nightlife increasingly appreciated among European youth, and last but not least, the natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to the exceedingly scenic setting, and its architecture it is nicknamed "Paris of the East".
The modern-day Budapest results from the amalgamation of two historic cities lying right opposite each other over the Danube River. Buda is the western (left) bank side, with the high hill atop which the Buda castle sits. Pest is the relatively flat eastern (right) bank side, with the Parliament and numerous other stately buildings, as well as busy streets retaining all their 19th century architectural heritage. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.
Capital of the Republic of Austria and one of Europe's most visited cities, Vienna (Wien) owes much of its charm and rich history to its splendid location on the banks of the beautiful Danube River. For centuries the gateway between West and East Europe, it was the natural nucleus of the once sprawling Habsburg Empire, and to this day remains Austria's most important commercial and cultural hub. Vienna continues to attract visitors with its many great historic sights, as well as for its busy program of events and entertainment. With an unmistakably cosmopolitan atmosphere, it retains a distinctive charm and flair, an effect accentuated by its fine old architecture, its famous horse-cabs (Fiaker), as well as its splendid street-side cafés with their Viennese coffees and treats.
Located along the famous Danube in Lower Austria, Durnstein is well-known for its wineries and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Wachau region. The city’s name literally means “dry castle” in German, presumably after the stone castle situated high above the main town area.
This sleepy little town is a paradise for those who enjoy getting out on foot, and nearly all the town’s major attractions (with the exception of the old castle) are easily accessible. Durnstein is known for its wineries, of particular note are the regional Reislings, which are prized for their high quality. The Apricot is particularly prevalent (and prized) in the Wachau area, and Durnstein is no exception. Be sure to sample the local apricot dumplings, apricot strudel, and wash it down with a splash of apricot brandy.
The small, quaint Austrian city of Melk lies along the banks of the beautiful Danube river, near the Wachau Valley. So small it takes around 15 minutes to cross from one end of town to the otherWith a population of just under six thousand citizens, life is laid back here, making it an ideal port of call on any river cruise.
Melk’s history as a marketplace dates back to 1227, and because of this early trade, the town boasts some incredible architectural examples that are representative of many different periods throughout history. One of the more famous structures is the imposing Stift Melk, an impressive Benedictine monastery perched high atop a hill overlooking the Danube and your river cruise ship.
Linz, the capital of Upper Austria and the country's third largest city after Vienna and Graz, lies in an attractive location on both banks of the River Danube, which widens here after emerging from its narrow passage through the outliers of the Bohemian Forest into the Linz basin. Famous for its fine churches, museums, and cultural activities, the city was home to many of Austria's most famous creative types, including novelist Adalbert Stifter, composers Wolfgang Mozart and Anton Bruckner, and the famous scientist Johannes Kepler. One of the most picturesque Austrian cities, its position on the Danube makes it an ideal spot for a river excursion or exploration of the surrounding countryside and attractions.
Passau is located in Eastern Bavaria, on the border Germany- Austria. The three rivers – Danube, Inn and Ilz - lend the city on the Three-River-Conjunction-Point its unique beauty. Because of this water and shipping have always been integral components to life in Passau. Italian Baroque masters created in the 17th century today's city skyline. St. Steven's Cathedral housing the largest cathedral organ in the world. The Baroque design of Passau is dominated by large squares, romantic promenades, winding lanes and majestic bridges. Framed by the Veste Oberhaus castle and the pilgrimage monestary Mariahilf , the historical city centre of Pass