The Danube is Europe’s second longest river, flowing through no less than ten countries and processing the water of nearly twenty countries.
Fed by two streams, Brigan and Breg, the Danube begins its journey through Europe in the German Alps and continues all the way to the Black Sea.
Over 80 million people live around the Danube, including the residents of four capital cities.
Capital Cities that stand on the River Danube
1. Budapest – Hungary
A city split in two by the Danube, with the hilly, narrow streets of Buda on the west bank and the flatter more navigable Pest in the east, Budapest is a diverse city. Budapest is home to more than 40 theaters and over 100 museums and galleries meaning it is a great place to visit if the Arts are high on your agenda. It is also one of the hottest cities in Europe, thanks to both it’s baking summer weather and the huge number of thermal springs that rise to the surface within the city – find one of the many ‘medicine baths’ which utilize these waters for an authentic Budapest Spa experience.
2. Vienna – Austria
Vienna is a romantic imperial city with its centre being a UNESCO world heritage site. It is sometimes known as the ‘City of Music’ thanks to famous composers such as Straus, Mozart and Beethoven and a stroll near the to University for Music and Performing Arts will highlight this as music echoes out on to the streets for all to enjoy. Vienna’s residents are considered to have one of the highest qualities of living in the world with the city having come top in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2015. A fantastic city for shopping, culture, history and fine dining.
3. Bratislava – Slovakia
Bratislava holds the strange honour of being the only capital city in the world that lies directly on the borders with 2 other countries – Austria and Hungary. It is a relatively inexpensive city compared to other European capitals, so it’s a fantastic place to visit for both weekend breaks and longer holidays. Since 2014, full time students under 26 years old and people over 62 who are residents of any EU state can travel on the railway system for free simply by filling out a registration form at a railway station, making it an especially cheap destination for backpackers.
4. Belgrade – Serbia
The city where some members of the Serbian Orthodox Church jump into the frozen Danube every January in order to retrieve a Holy Cross which commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ. Belgrade is not the prettiest city, but it is bustling with activity and is considered one of the foremost party capitals of Europe. Belgrade has a very interesting history, with early settlements by Celtic tribes and later on becoming a Roman city of Singidunum. You are guaranteed to have the best of both worlds here with historical evidence all over the city and an active nightlife.
Fun Facts About the River Danube
A river with such a diverse and challenging set of environments as the Danube requires a robust and weather proof suitcase. The Aquabourne Danube has been designed to cope with the challenges of both the city slicker and those who stray off the beaten track. With a water resistant Tarpaulin & 1000D polyester outer shell, rubberized wheels and handles as well as a sturdy telescopic handle, the Aquabourne Danube is a great rugged and robust travel companion. At 55x35x20cm, the Danube is also an excellent choice for the hand-luggage requirements of airlines such as Flybe, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines, whilst also suitable for over 20 other popular European airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and British Airways.
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