Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Wachau Valley, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau.
Danube’s Oldest City
Walk through Regensburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. Founded by Marcus Aurelius over 2,000 years ago, its many architectural highlights include the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge and St. Peter’s Cathedral with its Romanesque tower inside a newer Gothic one.
Austria’s Wachau Valley
The Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled between the quaint Austrian cities of Melk and Krems along the Danube River. Many picturesque towns and vineyards are located along this 24-mile stretch, and the area is perfect for leisurely sailing, taking photographs or just relaxing and enjoying a glass of one of its many local vintages.
Classical Music Capital
Known as the “City of Waltzes,” Austria’s capital of Vienna is widely considered to be the center of classical music. Here Strauss, Beethoven and Mozart composed many of their bestknown works. Visitors can tour the homes of these famous composers and those of Haydn, Schubert, Brahms and more—now museums. Vienna still has a thriving music scene today.
As far back as 1,200 years ago, Emperor Charlemagne contemplated connecting the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers to facilitate river travel through Europe. Lack of technical resources prevented this idea from being realized—until the Main-Danube Canal was completed in 1992. Employing ingenious river locks, vessels can now travel 2,200 miles through 10 countries, from the North Sea to the Black Sea. The canal makes this journey possible.