Danube River Cruises.

Featured in the well known title of Austrian composer Johann Strauss’s famous waltz, ‘An der schönen, blauen Donau’ or ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube’, this storied river winds its way through a record of four capital cities, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade and runs through, or forms borders between, as many as ten countries, reports the New York Times. Its banks are home to wonderful wine regions, formidable fortifications, countless castles and ruins dating back centuries. There’s surely no better way to see these worthy sites surrounded by magnificent scenery than by taking a river cruise.

Twenty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, Eastern Europe has shaken off its grim image and embraced the high life with a vengeance. Up-market European river cruises are now shifting focus from western waters like the Rhine and the Rhone, to the principal 2,850km long river of central and eastern Europe, the Danube. Visit www.danuberivercruise.com, www.cruisingholidays.co.uk and www.rivercruisetours.com to find a cruise to suit your needs. American’s are also showing interest, with California’s Viking River Cruises launching new Danube cruises last year.

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