Cruise the Danube River for History
Central European historic cities like Prague and Vienna are quickly becoming some of the most popular destinations in the world.
If you’ve always wanted to tour Central Europe, then consider taking a European river cruise down the Danube River on a luxury river boat, sometimes called a longship. This breathtaking waterway starts in Germany and empties into the Black Sea. Some itineraries take you through the heart of the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.
Along the Danube, you’ll want to see:
Prague: The Astronomical Clock—A medieval clock located on the wall of the Old Town City Hall in the center of the Czech Republic’s capital. This massive time-telling structure was built in 1410 and has stayed working over the course of 600 years. Also, watch the procession of the Twelve Apostles that occurs on the hour, every hour.
Prague: Hradcany Castle Grounds–Grand structures surround the Castle of Prague, which is reportedly the biggest palace in the world. It was built in the 9th century and offers visitors plenty of romantic and peaceful alcoves and breathtaking views of the city.
Grein: The Stadttheater— This playhouse was erected in 1791 and local citizens have been putting on plays every since.
Melk: Benedictine Abbey— It was constructed in 1089 and a monastic educational institution was established in the 1300s. The library is world-renowned for its enormous manuscript collection. Be sure to bring your camera as the views from the top of the abbey are gorgeous.
Krems: Wachau Valley–Part of the Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore it on your own or take a tour of a winery. This white wine region is best known for its Grüner Veltiner and Riesling wines. To learn more about the Wachau wine region visit http://www.austrianwine.com/our-wine/wine-growing-regions/niederoesterreich-lower-austria/wachau/.
Vienna: The Hofburg–Vienna, Austria is known for its hundreds of incredible art museums. Tour the Hofburg, where you’ll see up close the jewels from the Habsburg dynasty. Vienna is also home to some of the best operas, musical performances and coffee shops around the world. Expert tip: Try not to leave without seeing a performance at the Burgtheater.
Bratislava: St. Martin’s Cathedral–This Slovakian capital is home to St. Martin’s Cathedral. Said to be the largest church in the city, it was the coronation site of the Hungarian monarchs between the mid-1500s and 1830s. Visitors can roam through the spacious courtyard and venture up the cathedral’s staircase and get fabulous views of the Old Town from the top.
Budapest: Fisherman’s Bastion–Stop by the Fisherman’s Bastion in this Hungarian city and see views you will never forget. This structure is comprised of seven towers, each of which represents one of the seven Magyar ethnic groups that arrived in the country right before 900 A.D.
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