Exploring the Rhine and Danube Rivers

If you are just getting ready to take your first European river cruise, or you’ve been on several, you will want to consider both the Rhine and Danube Rivers. There’s a reason why they’re the most popular river cruises in the world!

First to note:  The Rhine and Danube River cruises have some similarities.

Stahleck Castle overlooking the Rhine River with Viking Longship

The Viking Longship Njord near the town of Durnstein on the Danube River.

They flow through some of the most scenic places in Europe. You will see bustling cities, charming villages, and even picturesque fields. Castles dot the countryside. http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/myagent/setandrisevacations/  Also, BOTH rivers will have you cruising through several locks along your trip. These engineering marvels will have you captivated. They will meander through beautiful scenery and engage all of your senses. Stimulating the “Thinkers Mind” and educating while immersing you on all the local culture. It is the differences between the Rhine and Danube River cruises that are likely able to help you choose which cruise is right for you. 

The Food:

The Rhine River will take you through the Black Forest of Germany where you can enjoy an afternoon tea, complete with their famous chocolate cake. Entrees will include hearty meals featuring sausage and pork. Fine wine will also be available in the form of Rieslings which are produced from the grapes in the area. 

The Viking Longship Mani passing the town of Lorchhausen, Germany in the Middle Rhine Valley.

Local specialties on the Danube River include Goulash and Schnitzel, pastries, and traditional apple strudel. Street food favorites such as Hungarian Langos and Chimney Cakes can be enjoyed year-round. And don’t miss the famous Apricot Brandy made in Dürnstein, Austria.








Art or Music?:

Although both rivers go through historic centers, the ones on the Rhine are larger and more modern. These include Amsterdam, Basel and Strasbourg with museums and a thriving art scene.

The Danube River’s cities have more of an old world feel, with music playing an important role. In fact, classical music performances occur on a daily basis.


Do you become energized by them or do you prefer to get away from it all? The Rhine River is typically busier. This means more ships on the river and cities which can be a bit more crowded. Some of those ships will be much larger and not nearly as sweet as yours.

Danube River Cruises have a greener feel, with fewer ships and people on the river.


If it is possible to summarize a feeling into a phrase: The Rhine is perfect for those who like romance and fairy tales, art, and are more comfortable with crowds. The Danube, an old world feel, fewer crowds, and classical music.

Once you think you know which cruise is right for you, reach out to your friendly travel advisor : ) You’ll then be matched up to the correct cruise line based on what you want to see, how long you would like to be gone, and your budget. Then you’ll be on your way! You can check out more here: My personal Viking Website!

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