Your Austria on the Danube River Cruise will travel through the beautiful Unesco World Heritage Wachau Valley with probable stops along the river at Linz, Durnstein as well as the historical and charming Vienna. Located between Melk and Krems, the Wachau Valley is one of the most stunning stretches of the Danube River and your river cruise provides the ideal way to experience this breathtaking section of Lower Austria.
The Danube enters Austria at the charming city of Passau and flows from west to east, spanning some 210 miles between Austria’s borders with Germany and Hungary. Some of the most beautiful sections of the Danube are located in Austria and your Danube River Cruise gives you the best opportunity to experience all of them! After Vienna, the Danube flows easterly to Bratislava where the river cruises often port for the day.
Castles! Adding to the magnificence and romance of your Danube River Cruise are the ruins of once stately castles that sit up on the hillsides and abound in Austria. Of note is the renowned Durnstein Castle which, if weather and health permit, a vigorous climb to the ruins is definitely in order.
Music! The Hills are certainly alive with the sound of music! Whether your first introduction to Austrian music was Julie Andrews yodeling, or your favorite classical channel playing Shubert, Mozart and Strauss you have an introduction to the sounds that Austria is famous for. As you cruise along the Danube, your river cruise entertainment will certainly expose you to the wonder of this “classical” country!
Food! Adding to the delicious cuisine on your river cruise will be numerous specialities of Austria and the Lower Austria Region. Mostviertel is famous for its fermented pear cider, a taste unique to this region. Try a glass or two with Brettljause, a snack of bread, cheese spreads and pickled vegetables.
Wiener Schnitzel, a breaded veal cutlet with potato salad and red currant jelly, the traditional dish of Vienna will show up on many menus as will Knödel, potato dumplings, both sweet and savory. Sausage stands abound in the larger cities where you can try a mouthwatering variety including a sausage filled with cheese, Käsekrainer and Leberkäse, which is served in a soft and luscious bun.
For desert, do not miss out on an Apfelstrudel, pastry sheets with a filling of apple and raisins, served often with a warm vanilla sauce. Palatschinken, originally a Hungarian dish, are thin crepes filled with apricot jam and rolled. Now top it with vanilla ice cream and drizzle it with chocolate syrup and you will never want to leave Austria!
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