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The Danube is the second-longest river in Europe. It begins in the Black Forest in Germany and flows west to Danube Delta on the western coast of the Black Sea. From west to east, it flows through:

The main Danube river
Tributaries are not shown


Today it is a major tourist attraction and has over the years played an important role in the history of Europe. It passes through four capital cites as well as a number of other influential, historic and beautiful towns and stunning landscapes.

Get in

By boat

There are a few cruise ships that travel from the Rhine via the Main River and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal to the Danube, making it possible to travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea.

Get around

By bicycle

  • The Danube Cycleway runs the whole length, the German and Austrian sections being very popular.

By foot

Cruise ships

There are many cruise liners along the river, some just short sections other, such as Avalon, Uniworld and Viking going from Passau to the Delta. Nearly all of the river is navigable, but cruises normally begin no further west than Passau, because the water is often too high for the boats to pass safely under some bridges, especially during the flood-prone spring season. During the dry summer months, the water may be too low, which commonly results in intinerary changes such as the need to change boats or riding a bus between two ports.


Major Cities


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