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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Blue Danube 

Europe's River Danube is a magnet for travellers and holds a special place in the heart of many Europeans. It is the second longest river in Europe and the only major European river to flow from west to east. Rising in Germany's Black Forest it flows for a distance of about 2850 km (1770 mi), passing through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Bulgaria, until finally emptying, on the Romanian coast, into the Black Sea.

Particularly famous for inspiring Johann Strauss' Blue Danube waltz, the river is intimately connected with European history, art and culture. Numerous activity holidays are organised along its banks and in the course of future posts I intend exploring the opportunities to be found.

You can get a flavour of the special nature of the Danube from Danube Online who are working on a project to produce the ultimate virtual European trip. Starting at the Romanian end they have useful sections devoted to Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.
There is also a very nice website from Tom Galvin, where he documents 10 places of interest along the Danube, beginning at Ulm which is the first major city reached along the Danube from its source and finishing at Hungary's capital, Budapest.

A number of holiday providers offer cruises along the Danube. Cruising Holidays offer some with special themes, including music and wine. Another company Singles Travel International is offering 7 days aboard Viking Pride June 19-26, 2005, with top chef and cellar master from top-rated Tallgrass Restaurant, Chicago.

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