The Danube River originates in the beautiful forest mountain range called the Black Forest. It sits in the region of Bavaria in southern Germany. And yes! Bavaria, the German state known most for it’s Oktoberfest! Regensburg and Passau are 2 truly charming river cruise ports you may visit in your Germany on the Danube River cruise. The Danube in Germany originates in the historical town of Donaueschingen, where the rivers Brigach and Breg come together. You can even see the source of the Danube standing at the palace park near the Princely Furstenberg Palace. The magnificent river then flows 340 miles southeast to Germany’s border with Austria. 1760 miles in length, The Danube finally empties into the Black Sea in both Romania and Ukraine.
Germany on the Danube
In Germany, the Old Town of Regensburg, as seen in the above photo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some can’t misses on your river cruise are the 12th century stone bridge with 16 arches that crosses the river to the old town. And the 13th century twin spired Gothic landmark, the Regensburg Cathedral. The stunning beauty of the Danube River in Germany inspired the “Danube School” of landscape, with artists such as Wolf Huber in Passau and Albrecht Altdorfer in Regensburg. There is no question when one cruises the Danube it inspires in you art and music that will touch your soul forever.
Now that you have nourished your soul. Let’s let Germany nourish your body! Bratwurst! Grilled over coals with mustard and sauerkraut this German tradition has been served the same way for some 500 years. Jump off your river cruise in Regensburg on the Danube and head to The Historic Sausage Kitchen of Regensburg which is believed to be the oldest public restaurant in the world! Foodies dream come true! 1146 AD! Then as you sail down the Danube don’t forget to relish some of the world’s finest cheeses, beers and breads which can only can be found along the Danube in Germany.
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Some German phrases to make you feel right at home in this beautiful country!
Guten Morgen! Good Morning!
Guten Tag! Hello or Good Day!
Guten Abend! Good Evening!
Gute Nacht- Good Night!
Danke Schon! Thank you!
Zahlen bitte! The check please!