These are the big-hitting landmarks that you can’t miss on a cruise along the Danube…
Schonbrunn Palace, Austria
In a city praised for its architecture, Vienna’s summer palace still stands out. You can see the apartments of the former Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph, as well as wander perfectly preened gardens.
Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest
You can’t stop in the so-called City of Spas and not sink into a thermal bath. This bright-yellow bathhouse is one of Budapest’s best, thanks to its open-air pools and neo-Renaissance architecture.
Bratislava Castle, Slovakia
This castle’s hilltop position means that you can spot it from almost anywhere in Bratislava. Plus, it’s a great place to see the city below. This place comes with a generous helping of history, too – 11 kings and eight queens were crowned here.
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This little-known town is a serious contender for the Wachau Valley’s most adorable village. Despite its small size, it’s home to some big sights, like an ornate abbey and a Medieval castle.
This place is a winner when it comes to historical credentials. It’s the oldest city on the Danube’s banks, for starters. And, if that wasn’t enough, its 12th-century stone bridge is Germany’s oldest – it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, too.
Your taste buds will thank you for a trip here…
The Austrian city of Linz has a dessert named after it, the Linzer Torte, a sort of jam-filled pastry. The family-run Café Jindrak set a world record for the largest ever Linzer Torte, so there’s no better place to try the famous treat.
Make sure to snap a photo for the album at these scenic spots…
The Iron Gates, Serbia
Scenery-wise, this dramatic gorge is the Danube’s pièce de résistance. The towering cliffs are embellished with caves, Roman plaques and a huge rock carving of a Dacian king.
Budapest’s 19th-century Citadel’s the best place to snap pictures of Hungary’s capital. From here, you can see the Royal Palace, the Parliament buildings and both the Buda and Pest halves of the city. It’s no wonder that it’s been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Nuremberg’s sights aren’t just above ground. You can tour the city’s 14th-century dungeons, too. Even its castle has an underground bunker-turned-museum, crammed with items from a bygone era.
If you want an authentic taste of Vienna, make sure you stop at a traditional Viennese coffee house. Wondering how you’ll be able to tell it’s the real thing? Look out for signs like live music, tables topped with marble, and menus complete with pastries like apfelstrudel and Sachertorte.
Make sure you pack comfy shoes – lots of the traditional towns you’ll stop in on a Danube river cruise are carpeted with cobblestones, and there are plenty of walking tours that you’ll want to get involved with.
You’ve got lots of options when it comes to picking your Danube itinerary with TUI River Cruises – we’ve got a total of six on our books. Danube Treasures ticks off Hungary, Slovakia and Austria – Magical Danube does the same, and adds Germany to its agenda. But, if you really want to get to know Germany, Bavarian Discovery’s right up your street – this itinerary calls at eight different German ports. Meanwhile, East Danube Explorer covers Hungary, Serbia and Croatia, and Danube Delights stops at Austria, Germany and Hungary. If you’d like to go for longer, opt for the European Icons cruise, which sails for 14 nights. You’ll visit Germany, Amsterdam, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on this tour.
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All in all, you’ll tick off three countries on this Danube cruise, starting off in Hungary and stopping off in Slovakia and Austria.
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