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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, river cruises in Europe and around the
world are not currently operating and we don't know for sure when they
will resume. We will let you know as soon as they are operating
Today, I'll tell you about the best places to visit on the Danube River. Flowing from the fabled Black Forest to the Black Sea, cruises along this river lead to beautiful Old World cities and picturesque villages on a route through 10 countries.
Before we get to the highlights, here are some 2021 Danube cruise offers for our customers.
Save up to 10% off Uniworld cruises, plus receive an additional $500 per couple discount when you book by June 15.
Fly for free from select gateways or save up to $3,600 per couple on Scenic river cruises. Plus, receive up to an additional $1,300 per couple discount. Book by June 15.
Fly for $295 per person from select gateways or save $1,500 per couple on Emerald Waterways departures. Plus, receive an additional $850 per couple discount. Book by June 15.
Save up to $1,500 per couple off AmaWaterways sailings. Receive an additional 5% discount when you book a balcony stateroom or suite. Book by June 30.
Fly from $499 to $1,099 per person from select gateways on Viking river cruises, plus save up to $1,000 per couple off the cruise price. Book by June 30.
Save up to $300 per couple on sailings with Riviera River Cruises. Book a cabin on the middle or upper decks and save up to $2,000 per couple. Plus, receive a $400 per couple shipboard credit. Book by June 30.
Save up to $2,000 per couple on Avalon Waterways departures. Book a suite and save up to $5,600 per couple.
Enjoy special savings on Crystal river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive free shipboard credits of up to $250 per cabin and a free cabin upgrade to the best available stateroom.
Save 15% off CroisiEurope departures.
For all available discounts and deals on Danube departures, click here.
Many Danube itineraries start in Nuremberg, a beautiful medieval city in Germany. Built on a rocky hill, Imperial Castle was one of the most important castles of the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages and provides great views. The city was the location of the Nuremberg war crimes trials in 1945 and 1946, and local guides show travelers the Palace of Justice, where the trials took place.
Regensburg is a cultural hub in eastern Bavaria, originally a Celtic settlement and then a Roman garrison. Here you can see the old Roman gate, explore the well-preserved medieval center and stand upon the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge. The Wurstkuchl (Sausage Kitchen) is one of Germany's oldest restaurants.
In Passau, Germany, you may be treated to a concert on the 17,974-pipe organ in St. Stephen's Cathedral. Passau also has some fine examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture.
Many Danube River itineraries include an excursion to Salzburg, where you can seek out the yellow building where Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 and stroll through the manicured gardens of Mirabell Park, used in the filming of "The Sound of Music."
During a port call in Austria's Melk, most passengers head for the Benedictine abbey that sits high above the town on granite cliffs. The monastery was founded in 1089; be sure to check out the beautiful ceiling frescoes, the large library filled with nearly 16,000 books and the fantastic views from the terrace.
Austria's Wachau Valley is one of the most scenic parts of the Danube, lined with terraced vineyards and picturesque villages like Durnstein, centered around the pretty blue and white tower of an abbey church.
In Vienna, highlights include Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Ringstrasse, a broad avenue lined by stately buildings. Your itinerary may offer the opportunity to attend an optional concert of classical music in the Austrian capital.
Bratislava in western Slovakia is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. It has an attractive Old Town, Baroque palaces and a massive white castle with red roofs sitting above the Danube.
The Hungarian capital of Budapest is divided by the Danube. River cruise passengers usually visit the Fisherman's Bastion, a large terrace that overlooks the city and river, as well as the ornate parliament building and Heroes Square, one of the most visited sites in Budapest.
Belgrade, Serbia's capital, is one of Europe's oldest cities, perched at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Top sites include its fortress, the 1920s-era Royal Palace and Knez Mihailova -- the pedestrian-only, main shopping street. Upon leaving Belgrade, Danube riverboats sail through the Iron Gates, a spectacular gorge that forms the boundary between Serbia and Romania.
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