The Great Danube River - A Great Tourist Destinatio

Thu 02 March 2017

The Danube River is one of the world’s most spectacular natural features and is arguably one of Europe’s most amazing places to visit. It is the second longest river in Europe and stretches 2850 kilometres eastwards through ten countries, from Germany to Ukraine and into the Black Sea. This magnificent waterway has known several names according to the regions it passes through.

For instance, its known as Donau (Germany), Dunaj (Slovakia), Duna (Hungary), Dunav ( Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria), Dunarea (Romania),and Dunay in Ukraine. The Danube has also historically been named “The Ister” by Greek sailors in the 7th Centry BC, and Danuvius by the Roman soldiers whose empire bordered the Danube to the South. You can bring out your best inflatable kayak and cruise along, viewing all the sites.

 

 

Some historical facts have endowed the Danube with a rich history, including its name given by the famous Greek historian Herodotus. Aptly nicknamed the “King of the European rivers”, he was undeniably awestruck by the magnitude and beauty of the river. Other personalities that have been associated with the river include the last King of Dacia, Decebalus, whose statue imposes from a rock sculpture 42.9 meters in height in the Romanian section, and Johann Strauss, who composed the famous waltz, 'The Blue Danube’ in 1867. Consequently, the song became a symbol of class in Austria Vienna. Perhaps it may also be important to note that the maiden riverboat trip was made in 1830 from Vienna to Budapest.

 

 

The Danube River’s entire stretch is littered with amazing sights that beg for a return trip. You will keep returning with your inflatable kayak to see the sites firsthand without paying a lot for boat trips. Some sights have been recreated to honor history, such as the 'Shoes' on the Budapest side of the Danube Promenade. It's a creation of film maker Can Togay and sculptor Gyula Pauer, whose goal it was to remind tourists of the horrors suffered by the Jews who were massacred by the Arrow cross fascist militiamen in Budapest.

 

 

Another amazing sight is the Rhine Gorge, which proceeds the Danube and is a 65 kilometre stretch between Koblenz and Bingen. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site since 2002. In the heart of Vienna, one falls in love with the magnificence of the Schonbrunn Palace, a world heritage site since 1996. This 1,441 room Baroque palace is a former imperial summer residence originally owned by Roman Emperor Maximilian II in 1569. It has become a major attraction due to its rich history and beautiful gardens. You can paddle along the Rhine Gorge with a friend in your 2 person kayak, discovering bodies of water to the side as well. There will be so much to see!

 

 

In Slovakia, it is imperative for a site-seeking enthusiast to visit the Bratislava Castle overlooking the Danube. In Hungary, there is a 3000 year old Roman outpost in a town named Aquincum, and at the Danube’s entrance to Romania stands the famous Iron Gates or Portile de Fier. As it pours into the Black Sea, it forms a huge wetland area known as the Danube Delta, which is a one of kind 2100 sq. mile wildlife reserve hosting more than 300 different species of birds and more than 160 species of fish.

The Danube is perhaps the only river in the world that has such a huge background of events and is shared by several cultures. The scenery it provides is simply breathtaking, and everyone will be looking forward to their next visit!

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Tourist Guide: How to Take in the Beauty of the Danube River

Thu 22 December 2016

River Danube is a 1,750 mile long river that passes 10 modern-day countries. The Danube River originates from Donaueschingen, in Germany and flows long and wide, emptying into the Black Sea. History places the use of the Danube to as early as the 3rd to 6th millennium BC. History tells of Darius the Great crossing the river to subdue Scythians. The river was also used by the Romans to mark their territory as well as for transportation.

Crossing over to the 21st Century, the river hasn’t lost its usefulness to man. It still acts as a border to some countries, but it has now been mostly transformed to a recreational and social river. 

Some of the activities that people enjoy around the river include:

1. Kayaking

If you would like to go kayaking, then the Danube River offers an unforgettable experience. There are other forms of activities in the river, but kayaking has an upper hand over most as you get to branch out to the channels that are not travelled on by tourist boats. Since kayaks are relatively silent, you get to be close to the birds found around the river without scaring them. The shape of the kayak also allows you to navigate the narrow and shallow waters, but the most amazing thing of all is the feeling of being one with the river and it is just breathtaking.

Do not forget to carry a few sealed bags to put your items in and drinking water as the activity is physically daunting. An anti-mosquito solution and a sun hat may also come in handy.  You can always rent a kayak or scour inflatable kayak reviews to see if you want to purchase one instead.  Or perhaps you can find the best inflatable kayak, depending on your budget.

2. Canoeing

This is one of the best ways to take in the scenery of the Danube River. You get to experience the highly maintained region of the Danube River, river islands and alluvial forest. But the most impressive of all are the sandy and gravel beaches which are often only accessed by canoes. You also get to bird watch to see the many species of birds in the area.

Again, it is important to remember to carry the basic necessities for such a trip. Light footwear, sunscreen, a head cover, mosquito repellant, drinking water, waterproof bags, etc. As a safety precaution, it is recommended that you wear life vests for the whole boating trip.

The river can sometimes be difficult to paddle, as it easily changes from fast to slow flows. Make sure you are prepared for those changes.

3. Boat Rentals

Many countries allow companies to rent out boats. It’s easier to find boat rentals in some countries than in others. In France for example, you can access boat rentals pretty easily.

However, it is important to keep in mind that as much as the Danube is great for boat riding, some parts of the river contain fast flowing currents, chutes, sand banks sluices and heavy commercial traffic that might prove difficult to navigate without having an experienced rider with you.

Other Awesome Activites to Enjoy the Danube River Wholeheartedly!

There are other activities that you can try on the Danube River. You can ride a bike on the designated trails where you can also rent a bicycle beforehand. The floating bus tour is sure to give you a scenic view of the river and the surroundings. Snorkeling is another famed activity in the Danube with real time view of the fish and all other aquatic creatures that is an amazing experience. For those of you who have a romantic side, the river also boasts great dining restaurants along the shores, where you not only experience great taste but also the rich culture. Activities along the Danube River are a never-ending streak of adventure.  In fact, you can check out the Danube River dining cruise as well!

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the sunset sceneries on the river, with some of the best views of the sun’s journey to the west.


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The Danube River History

Fri 16 December 2016

This video visits the history of the Danube River and shows the people of the surrounding countries. It's a fascinating, beautiful look at the different areas you can tour and learn about.

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A Danube River Cruise!

Thu 15 December 2016

Here's a great cruise tour of the Danube River that takes you to different countries that are all along the way. There are rooms, dining areas, and tours, as well as beautiful scenery of the water and cities.

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History of Danube Region & Its Significance

Wed 07 December 2016

The Danube is a historic river of Europe, the second longest of the continent and probably the most important one. It is a river that resonates both throughout the culture and the economy of the area that it effects, ranging from Germany to Ukraine and Romania where the delta is situated.

Respectively this has led to the forging of the identity of the countries through which it flows and has been a staple of growth in the region since the earliest examples of human presence along the banks.

Danube Region History

Danube and the regions that this historic river influences is arguably one of the most iconic landmarks of Europe, one that has shaped the culture and development of the eastern and central region of the continent. Being of utter importance for the development of human civilization of the area, it was there that the Vinča culture appeared around 5700 BC. This culture was a highly intricate society of the neolithic era that provided the first traces of copper metallurgy in the world. Since then it has been a region that helped the development of many ancient cultures in the Balkans throughout prehistory and antiquity.

During the Roman era it formed the borders of the empire and served as a means of transportation and trade in the Roman age. In the Medieval Period it remained an important trading route and food source for Europe, once again becoming a leading factor in the economy of the Balkans and central Europe.

The importance of the river was underlined once again in the 16th and 17th century, when many of the important battles between the Ottomans and the Austrian/Hungarians where situated along the banks. Once again, control of the river gave the upper hand and ensured control of the entire area through which it flowed. Thus it is very easy to understand why many significant cities are situated directly on the river, like Vienna, Belgrade, Budapest and Bratislava for example.

Danube Region Development & Economics

Danube has been a defining factor for the development of the areas that it influenced throughout the ages as noticed and even today it is of extreme importance for millions of people. The water that the river provides is of extreme importance to both agriculture and drinking, as it is the main source of fertility along its route. Tourism is another important offering, as it provides dozens of significant ferry routes that connect all the countries that are on its path, as well as gorges, valleys and biotopes that promote the local ecological diversity and stability. Danube is also exploited in terms of energy production, as many countries operate hydroelectric plants in order to provide electric energy for industry and household needs. All these factors construct an intricate dependence of the region on the river, in terms of economy as well as culture.

The significance of this river is something undeniable, as it has transcended the absolute historic and economic values of human civilization and forged the very identity of the people of the area. It is a landmark resonating in the arts of the area, as countless of music pieces have been written about this majestic river. Compositions ranging from the famous waltz of Johann Strauss to the folk songs of the area have been inspired by Danube, the river that dominated the history of the area.

All the elements mentioned above coexist and create a river that connects countries and cultures, a river that provides life on levels and above all shapes the present and future of the entire eastern Europe area.

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