There are two main sections of a Danube river cruise. The most popular is Budapest to Passau, Vilshofen or Nuremberg. The second section is from Budapest to Bucharest, or vise versa) which is not as popular due to the less developed countries still suffering from former Soviet domination. I recommend that you first take the upper section that stops in Vienna and goes up to Vilshofen or Nuremberg and then Prague extension. Below is great information about what you will experience on a Danube river cruise.
Danube cruise including Vienna, Budapest
Danube River cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg is a fantastic way to explore some of the most beautiful cities and landscapes in Central Europe. Many of our cruisers take an extension to Prague after their trip from Budapest to Nuremberg or Budapest to Vilshofen. Let me give you an overview of what you can expect on such a cruise.
Your river cruise typically begins in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, known for its stunning architecture and rich history or from Vilshofen or reverse, Passau to Budapest with an extension to Krakow. Your ship will navigate along the Danube River, making stops at various ports of call such as Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Dürnstein and Melk (Austria), and Passau (Germany), Nuremberg.
Budapest: Start your journey in Budapest, often referred to as the "Pearl of the Danube." Take in the breathtaking views of the city's iconic landmarks like the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, and the Chain Bridge.
Vienna: The next stop is Vienna, known for its elegant architecture, classical music, and vibrant cultural scene. Explore the historic center, visit the Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Belvedere Palace, and immerse yourself in the city's coffeehouse culture.
Bratislava: As you continue your cruise, you'll reach Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Discover its charming Old Town, stroll through the narrow streets, and admire landmarks such as Bratislava Castle, St. Martin's Cathedral, and the lively Main Square.
Dürnstein and Melk: Cruise through the scenic Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and make stops in Dürnstein and Melk. Dürnstein is known for its picturesque vineyards and the ruins of Dürnstein Castle. In Melk, visit the impressive Melk Abbey, a Benedictine monastery overlooking the Danube.
Passau: As you enter Germany, you'll reach the charming town of Passau. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets, explore the baroque architecture, and visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, known for its largest cathedral organ in the world.
Nuremberg: The final destination of your river cruise is Nuremberg, famous for its medieval architecture and historical significance. Explore the Old Town, visit the Nuremberg Castle, the Church of Our Lady, and learn about the city's role in World War II history at the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds.
During the river cruise, you'll have the opportunity to relax on board the ship, enjoy delicious meals, and experience the beauty of the Danube River and its surrounding landscapes. You can also participate in various onboard activities and entertainment organized by the cruise company.
It's important to note that specific itineraries, ports of call, and activities may vary depending on the river cruise line and the duration of the cruise. I recommend checking with us to find the one that best suits your preferences and interests. Check out available sailings. Click on the month::
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