Rivers of the Danube route:
Destinations of the Danube route:
Donau river, Germany KM2390
The Danube begins in the Black Forest of Germany and is navigable from Kelheim, Bavaria for 2412 kilometers to Sulina, Romania, passing through ten countries and four capital cities. Access from the major cities of western Europe was made possible in 1992 by the completion of the Main-Donau Kanal to form a link across the European continental divide. This has opened up the primary waterway route from the North Sea to the Black Sea for commercial barges, river cruise ships and recreational boaters.
Click on the map below for details of each river section.
Along the Danube route there are hundreds of castles and ruins on the ridges, like this one above the Wachau Valley town of Spitz, Austria.The book "Cruising the Danube" (currently in production) describes many of them:
The Hinterhaus ruin dates from 1243; it has a tale: The spirit of the deceased Adelheid, wife of Henry the Iron, every year appears at the ruin on the date of death of her husband. Heinrich married a new wife shortly after her death, although at that time it was proper to respect a year of mourning. Shortly after, he also died. Many saw it as a punishment for his shameful behavior.
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There are many not-to-be-missed sights to be seen from the river, beautiful and/or interesting places that are seen quickly, without disembarking. They are identified by their kilometer location, as in "KM2209.9L (L=left side) town of Obernzell, Germany". The photo above shows the beautiful Kirche St. Maria Himmelfahrt (Church of St. Mary's Ascension.) Photos of sites are featured in the EuroCanals Guides.
KM2209.9L town of Obernzell, Germany