Meander past centuries of history along one of Europe’s most acclaimed rivers, enjoying a fairy-tale landscape of castle-topped hillsides, flourishing vineyards and quaint medieval villages.
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Fly to Vienna and transfer to the A-ROSA DONNA for embarkation. Admire the bright lights of this elegant city as you cruise along the delightful Danube tonight.
Budapest gives you a glimpse into the Hungarian soul. This fast-paced, passionate city with its strange violin music was born in 1873 when three villages came together: Óbuda, Buda and Pest. Buda and Pest was connected by a chain suspension bridge watched over by two stone lions in 1849. The castle is located on the hilly side of the city, while the impressive parliament building can be found on the other, flatter side. This was built in just 22 years to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Hungary in 1896. The building, which is 96 m high, 268 m long and 118 m wide, and has a total of 691 rooms, is an incredible architectural achievement. Buda Castle, the city’s landmark, sits atop Castle Hill on the other side of the river. The Castle District offers a wealth of interesting sights, including the Fisherman’s Bastion and the system of caves that were used at times of war. Both the Habsburgs and the Ottomans have left magnificent stamps on the city. When combined with the remains of Soviet socialism, the result is a culturally colourful and vibrant mix that thrills every visitor.
Another day to discover the beautiful city of Budapest.
The Slovakian city is the only national capital to border two neighbouring countries: Austria and Hungary. It’s no surprise that Bratislava is a wonderful melting pot of various ethnic groups. Magnificent aristocratic palaces, Soviet high-rise blocks and a UFO over the Danube: these are just some of the many attractions that make this self-confident city of contrasts worth getting to know.
“Wien is a schöne Stadt, des weiß alle Welt,” is the opening line of one of the most famous songs written by the Viennese cabarettist Georg Kreisler. Roughly translated, this means “Vienna is a beautiful city, and the whole world knows it”. Yet beauty is just one of the many facets of a city whose inhabitants are renowned for a snide sense of humour known as “Schmäh”. To really experience Vienna, you need to soak up the genteel atmosphere over an “Einspänner” (a strong black coffee served with whipped cream) in one of the city’s coffee houses. Or visit a “Heurige” (a Viennese wine tavern). Or order an “Eitrige” (a cheese-filled sausage) at a sausage stand. Palatschinke (pancake), Knödel (dumplings), strudel, Sachertorte and Wiener Schnitzel. To distract yourself from all these delicious calories, just delve into the city’s history. The opulence of the Habsburg dynasty can be found everywhere. The Spanish Riding School, the amusement park in the Prater public park, the exhibitions in the Museums Quartier art and culture complex … there are so many unmissable attractions. And after all this, the best way to relax is by listening to Viennese classical music. From Mozart and Beethoven to Haydn and Johann Strauss: Vienna is where the greatest classical masterpieces were born – music is in the city’s blood.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vienna.
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