Danube River Cruises

Chain Bridge over Danube River with Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

Sail the Danube, the second largest river in Europe, as it flows from the mountains of the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea. This majestic river, which connects Central and Eastern Europe, flows through 10 countries and offers travelers countless cultural treasures to explore along its banks.

Cities and Sights Along the Danube

Zemun in Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia

The modern-day capital of Serbia sits at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. Belgrade is the country’s largest city and one of Europe’s oldest. Popular attractions in Belgrade include the Royal Palace, the Hotel Jugoslavija and the Kalemegdan Fortress. Kalemegdan, which has been destroyed and rebuilt countless times since the 2nd century, stands as an enduring reminder of the city’s nearly 7,000 years worth of history.

Bulgaria Belogradchik Rock Formations

Belogradchik rock formations, Bulgaria

The Belogradchik rocks are a series of rock formations found in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains outside the Bulgarian city of the same name. The sandstone rock formations, which are over 200 million years old, have names like the Madonna and the Bear and serve as the inspiration for numerous myths and legends.

Parliament Building with Danube River, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is rightfully referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Danube.’ The city consists of two parts, Buda and Pest, which are located on opposite banks of the Danube and are connected by numerous bridges. This imperial city, which has its roots in the Austria-Hungary empire, is home to countless must-see sights including Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, and the stunning Parliament Building. The Parliament Building is the largest building in Hungary and the third-largest parliament building in the world. The city is also renowned for its geothermal springs and spa culture.

Austria Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey, Austria

This Benedictine monastery, which was originally built as a palace, sits above the town of Melk in Austria and overlooks the Danube River. The abbey features sweeping views of the Wachau Valley, a church designed by Baroque masters, a library that boasts 16,000 volumes and a stunning frescoed ceiling.

Serbia Novi Sad Petrovaradin Fortress

Novi Sad, Serbia

Originally a small fishing village, Novi Sad is now the second-largest city in Serbia and is perhaps best known for the EXIT music festival that takes place there each July. The festival brings in thousands of young people from across Europe. Under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian empire for much of its history, Novi Sad’s charming city center more closely resembles Vienna or Budapest than it does other Serbian cities. Its best-known landmark is Petrovaradin Fortress. This imposing fortress, which overlooks Novi Sad, is aptly nicknamed the “Gibraltar on the Danube.”

Old Town in Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg will forever be linked to the Nuremberg trials, a series of military tribunals that were notable for holding prominent members of the German government accountable for the atrocities of the Holocaust. During the war, the city held great significance and was the site of huge rallies that featured prominently in Nazi propaganda. However, Nuremberg has a rich and fascinating history that extends beyond World War II and is home to several impressive sights including Kaiserberg Castle and its old town, which is one of the largest pedestrian zones in Europe.

Germany Regensberg Danube

Regensburg, Germany

Sometimes referred to as Germany’s medieval miracle, this town is renowned for its remarkably well-preserved, UNESCO recognized, city center which survived repeated bombings in World War II. Popular attractions include the Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis mansion which is over 1,000 years old with over 800 rooms.

Gardens at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Salzburg

Vienna, Austria

The former capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Vienna is known as both the ‘City of Music,’ as several classical musicians like Mozart and Beethoven lived and composed there, as well as the ‘City of Dreams,’ as it is home to the world’s first psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud. Vienna is also known for its abundance of castles including Schloss Schonburn, Hofburg Palace and the Belvedere Palace. The Belvedere, which is now an art museum, hosts the largest collection of works by Klimt including The Kiss.

Aerial view of Wachau Valley and Danube River, Austria

Wachau Valley, Austria

The Wachau Valley is a valley in lower Austria between Melk and Krems that is renowned for its spectacular landscapes as well as the famous monasteries, castles, ruins, villages and wineries that dot its banks. UNESCO inscribed this scenic valley on its World Heritage List in 2000.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best Danube River Cruise?

Our most popular and top-rated Danube river cruise is the Enchanting Danube.

And for good reason as the cruise features three of the most popular destinations in Central Europe: the Wachau Valley, Vienna and Budapest.

How much is a river cruise on the Danube?

Our Danube River Cruises start between $2,800 - $5,500 per person depending on the length and travel dates you select.

What is the best month to cruise the Danube?

There really isn't a bad time to cruise the Danube (unless there's a prolonged hot summer, which can lead to low water levels). May - September are the most popular months. Peak summer months mean larger crowds in popular ports of call, but the upside is more daylight to enjoy sightseeing.

September and October are great choices for a Danube cruise. Water levels are more consistent, crowds are smaller and the changing season means beautiful landscapes. 

November and December are also a great time to experience a cruise down the Danube thanks to the numerous historic Christmas Markets held in cities up and down the river. 

How many countries does the Danube flow through?

The Danube flows through 10 countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.