The Danube River is one of the most romantic rivers in Europe and it is a highly popular destination for river cruises, such as the all inclusive cruises delivered by Viking River Cruises. If you are planning to go on a river cruise yourself, you may want to do a little bit of research and find out some fun facts and trivia about this beautiful river, about which so many songs and poems have been written.
1 – It is the Longest River in Europe that isn’t Russian
The Volga is the longest river of all in Europe, but most of that flows through Russia. So, leaving that one out of consideration, the Danube takes that coveted place. It is 1,777 miles in length and travels all the way from Germany to the Ukraine. Due to the political unrest in Ukraine at the minute, some will claim that the Danube therefore cannot count as longest river either, since it now does flow through Russia. However, until official determinations have been made over the state of the Ukraine, the Danube will continue to be classed as the longest non-Russian river in Europe.
2 – It has a Fascinating Flow all the Way through Europe
The Danube has a very straight forward flow, without many curves. It is not a serpentine river like the Amazon. However, it flows all the way from Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea on the Romanian coast, so you can truly experience all of Eastern Europe.
3 – Powerful Warships Have Sunk Along the River
Some say the Danube is a veritable ship graveyard. Towards the end of the Second World War, when the Germans started to lose the war, they sank many of the warships on purpose to avoid them being captured. When the levels of the river fall during the summer months, you can see many of these old ships sticking out of the water.
4 – It goes Through 10 Countries
The Danube truly does flow through all of Eastern Europe. Additionally, some of the most important cities in Europe, including Belgrade, Budapest and Vienna, are found along the banks. This means that if you are on a river cruise, you are guaranteed to also visit historic city.
5 – You Can Enjoy Some Great Bicycle Trails as Well
The area around the Danube is very popular among cyclists. If you are on a river cruise, you will make regular stops at various places, and you may want to consider hiring a bicycle to enjoy some of these trails. If you don’t like cycling, you could decide to walk or hike them as well.
6 – It is a Historical Melting Pot of Artists
The Danube has been sung about, written about and painted hundreds of times. It seems to be a body of water that inspires the creative mind. If you like music, art and literature yourself, you could visit some of the spots that have been mentioned most often.