Starting your vacation stressed out, when you're really just looking for peace and quiet - that's how many people feel. But the deceleration can already begin on the way: river cruises enable a particularly relaxed and enjoyable form of travel.
- Why sailing is the most decelerating form of travel
- equipment of the ship
- The way is the goal: the course of the journey
- Take a look and enjoy in a relaxed way: a wide range on the go
- Culture and history are not neglected
- Versatile enjoyment for young professionals too
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Why sailing is the most decelerating form of travel
Thanks to low-cost airlines and high-speed trains, we now hop from one city to the next at breakneck speed, and verlieren but there is a lot of time between lugging your suitcases and checking into the hotel. A river cruise on the Danube, on the other hand, offers comfort and deceleration, which incidentally shows that the way is much better Objective at a hunt.
The Danube is the longest river in Europe. It flows 6.109 km from Switzerland through Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and further through the Balkans to the Black Sea. Its length makes it one of the longest and most important rivers in the world World, and it is an important economic, cultural and geopolitical artery.
This river cruise cleared up several prejudices for me: This type of travel is not only for older people, nor is it boring, quite the opposite, you can experience and see a lot if you just follow the course of the river. It is also ideal for stressed professionals who want to explore the world in a relaxed manner.
equipment of the ship
I spent a week on the Danube with the cruise specialist Nicko Cruises – and was delighted with the excellent Organization, the always friendly, committed employees and the really relaxed and at the same time eventful way of traveling. Our ship, the MS Heidelberg, acted as a floating grand hotel measuring 109 by 11 meters. Fine woods and high-quality details determine the elegant furnishings, the staircase is even a little based on the Titanic.
The cabins of 13 to 18 square meters, which are quite large for a river ship, offer space and storage space. The large floor-to-ceiling windows with French balconies invite you to linger on the bed, while the waves play around the ship right outside the window and the landscape slowly passes by. An almost meditative process that is complemented by the small but fine wellness area with sauna and steam bath.
The way is the goal: the course of the journey
We start in the three-river city of Passau. I take the opportunity to explore the city briefly, then we are taken to the ship by bus and start, overnight, down the valley to Linz, the capital of the federal state of Upper Austria, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2009. The formerly industrial city inspires with a beautiful old town and its baroque main square, which gives an impression of the splendor of earlier times with its town houses and monastery buildings as well as courtyards. The Pöstlingsberg, which has been accessible by tram since 1898, offers a great view of the city.
We continue, again overnight, to the Austrian capital Vienna. Magnificent buildings such as the opera, the Hofburg, the town hall, the Burgtheater, the famous Ferris wheel or the parliament pass us during an entertaining city tour. We walk through the city, past the famous Spanish Riding School, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the city's more than 850-year-old landmark. But through them Guide you will also notice the rather unusual buildings such as the facade of the Spittelau waste incineration plant designed by Friedensreich Hundertwaster, the H&M in the Carinthian district with its 150-year-old interior design and the community apartments that have been built since the 1920s I aufmerksam.
Later in the day we drive to Klosterneuburgr Abbey, north of Vienna, with its more than 900-year history, its well-known winery and the impressive vaults and gardens. Even if there was so much more to visit, such as the Naschmarkt or the well-known Schönbrunn Palace - our stay is short, Budapest is calling.
Take a look and enjoy in a relaxed way: a wide range on the go
With its 2 million inhabitants, the Hungarian capital is the most important cultural and economic metropolis in Eastern Central Europe. Even the entrance to the Paris of the East becomes an event: we pass the Hungarian Parlement, magnificent Art Nouveau buildings and bathing palaces such as the famous Gellert Bath, and pass under the historic bridges centrally near the market hall built at the end of the 19th century: This is also where the well-known Vaci Utca promenade begins, and the traditional coffee houses such as the Gerbeaud lure. The boulevard of Budapest is undoubtedly Andrassy Street, which stretches from the Chain Bridge to Heroes' Square. Not far away is the largest church in Budapest, St. Istavan Basilica, while the Dohany Street Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in the world. A visit to the wine town of Budafok and a Hungarian folklore evening with a nocturnal city tour through brightly lit Budapest complete our tour.
After a day and a half we begin our leisurely journey home, this time traveling upstream. But it is no less eventful: the Slovak capital of Bratislava, which we were able to pass brightly lit at night on the way there, initially seems a little inconspicuous compared to the radiant Budapest, but then turns out to be a real pearl with a beautiful, lively old town. We pass - this time at night - Vienna and then the next day the mystical, cloud-covered Wachau between Krems and Melk, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Dürnstein, the pearl of the Wachau with the Kuenringerburg, Weissenkirchen with the second largest wine-growing area in the region or the central town of Spitz - they all pass us leisurely.
Culture and history are not neglected
Melk we leave the ship for an excursion where we can only admire the famous baroque monastery from the beginning of the 18th century from afar. Our goal is the 11th-century Schallaburg, which inspires me with an exhibition on the Danube and a picturesque garden. From Pöchlarn we continue upstream by ship, now through the Nibelungengau, whose name is reminiscent of the Nibelungenlied, the second part of which also takes place in this region. On the seventh day we finally get back to Passau, where I now have another half day to explore the really beautiful old town and the Veste Oberhaus.
All in all, a really decelerating journey through four countries, on which I saw and learned a lot in this culturally and historically extremely exciting area. European history, yes, the togetherness of the Danube region as a cultural area beyond all East-West conflicts, became almost tangible and tangible on this trip.
Versatile enjoyment for young professionals too
The cuisine was at least as diverse, as it was always influenced by the country in which we were staying. At the same time, the lunchtime and evening menu offered a large selection, at least as far as the main courses were concerned selection for different eating habits.
However, one thing must not be forgotten: the entire offer, from the organization of the excursions including reminder announcements to the meals and musical accompaniment, is strongly geared towards an older target group.
This form of travel is also ideal for younger professionals who want to see a lot as stress-free, comfortably and luxuriously as possible - because this contrast is possible and highly recommended in the form of a river cruise.
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