Danube River Cruise – Just Cruising

Previous posts on our Danube River Cruise were about the places visited during the eight-day cruise, this one is about the river cruising experience itself and some of the special the sights along the way……….

The Route

Cruise route map - Passau to Budapest and back
Cruise route map – Passau to Budapest and back through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

The Boat

The Amadeus Royal was our home for the cruise duration and provided all the comforts we expected

Our embarkment point at Passau
Our embarkment point at Passau
Tea and Apfelstrudel in Passau just before boarding
Tea and Apfelstrudel in Passau just before boarding (What’s on Gerda’s mind?)
Amadeus Royal - the compact bathroom
Amadeus Royal – the compact bathroom
Amadeus Royal - our cabin
Amadeus Royal – unpacking in our cabin
Off we go
Off we go
Leaving Passau
Leaving Passau

Riverside Scenery

Riverside scenes
Riverside scenes
Riverside scenes
Riverside scenes
Riverside scenes
Riverside scenes
Schloss Schonbuhel, Melk District Austria
Schloss Schonbuhel, Melk District Austria
Passing Vienna
Passing Vienna
Passing Vienna
Passing Vienna
River scenes
River scenes
Approaching Budapest
Approaching Budapest
Moored at Budapest
Moored at Budapest
Linz
Linz
Leaving Linz
Leaving Linz

The Locks

Here you will have to bear with me – I am interested in all things mechanical, even boring things such as locks on the river. During the 1160 km cruise, we passed through 22 locks, often at night, changing altitude by some 360 metres. The average lock entailed a lift or drop of about 8 metres – now that doesn’t sound much, but consider that the cruise boat is 110m long x 11,4m wide with a tonnage of 1,556t, that means a lot of water has to be pumped in a short space of time to accomplish it efficiently.

In the lock
In the lock
Don't stick your head out in the lock
Don’t stick your head out too far in the lock

Donau-Auen National Park

During one afternoon we cruised through the Donau-Auen National Park, a section of the Danube which has been declared part of a UNESCO Biosphere park. Along this stretch, downstream of Vienna, the natural floodplains form a green corridor with a large area of lowland forests, meadows, wetlands and other riparian habitat.

We relaxed in our cabin with curtains fully open, taking in the greenery of the forests lining the river bank, with sightings every now and then of birds and occasionally other wildlife.

The surprise of the trip was undoubtedly the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) which I spotted trotting along a ridge of rocks on the bank of the river, with an enormous fish in its jaws. It is not often one gets to see “real” wildlife in Europe so this was very special. Fortunately I had my camera and telephoto lens ready for passing birds and managed to rattle off a few shots of the fox carrying the fish, before the boat had passed it by.

Red Fox with fish catch
Red Fox with fish catch

Another feature of this stretch was the small “fishermen’s cabins” dotted at intervals along the river bank, most with a net in a large frame ready to drop into the river. Word on board was that these cabins cannot be bought or sold, but have to be passed on to the next generation in their original state and no extensions are allowed. So they remain small and simple – often just space for a couple of beds and basic facilities for the fishermen to spend the night camping there.

Riverside dwellings with fishing rights
Riverside dwellings with fishing rights
Riverside dwellings with fishing rights
Riverside dwellings with fishing rights
Riverside dwellings with fishing rights
Riverside dwellings with fishing rights
Riverside dwellings with fishing rights
Riverside dwellings with fishing rights

Bridges

There were numerous bridges over the river, some functional, others handsome, old and new

Bridge over the Danube
New Bridge over the Danube
Bridge at Bratislava
Bridges at Bratislava
Chain Bridge Budapest
Chain Bridge Budapest

River scenes

Other Stuff

Amadeus Royal
Amadeus Royal
On board
On board
Towel creation
Towel creation
On board
On board
Waiters Zizi and Ivan - Pirates dinner
Waiters Zizi and Ivan – Pirates dinner
Gayle, Denise, Fleur with Gerda
Gayle, Denise, Fleur with Gerda

Until Next Time …..

Dining

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Sunset over the Danube
Sunset over the Danube

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