I could hardly wait for my 7-night Danube River Cruise with AMAwaterways aboard the luxurious AMAviola! I heard rave reviews and really wanted to experience it for myself. From Budapest to Vilshofen, this trip was AMAZING , take a look . . .
After settling into my stateroom aboard the AMAviola, I explored the city's iconic Buda Castle. As I wandered through the castle grounds, I couldn't help but imagine the bustling life of the Hungarian kings and queens who once resided here, making it a truly enchanting experience.
While in Budapest, I couldn't miss the opportunity to visit the Great Synagogue, a stunning architectural building rich in history and cultural significance. Inside, the intricate details and beautiful decorations painted a vivid picture of the vibrant Jewish community that once thrived here.
Another impactful stop during my time in Budapest was the Shoes on the Danube memorial. This poignant tribute serves as a powerful reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II. Rows of bronzed shoes line the bank of the Danube, representing the thousands of innocent lives lost to senseless acts of violence. As I stood there, I couldn't help but feel a profound sense of solemnity and gratitude for those who had suffered.
Visiting these significant sites added a deeper layer to my experience in Budapest, reminding me of the resilience and strength of the human spirit even in the face of adversity.
As the sun began to set, I returned to the ship for a welcome cocktail and mingled with my fellow travelers. What a perfect start to an unforgettable journey! Budapest's rich history and stunning vistas set the stage for an incredible adventure on the Danube.
Bratislava had such charm with an abundance of stunning architecture. As I walked through the picturesque streets, I gazed up at the magnificent Michael's Tower - the oldest of the city gates that has stood the test of time for over 600 years! The architectural diversity reflects the city's complex past, where influences from neighboring countries and dynasties have shaped its unique character. I am not an architecture enthusiast but I certainly could appreciate the beauty of a well-preserved historic city.
From the stunning architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral, the imperial grandeur of the Hofburg Palace, and the majestic performances at the Vienna Opera House, Vienna has left me in awe. Of course, I visited the Sacher House and enjoyed the infamous Sacher Torte. Yes, it was a bit touristy, and yes, it was DELICIOUS!
We were 2 of 3 people who choose to take the adventurous hike high above the town for a visit to the majestic ruins of Durnstein Castle. Having such a small group enabled us to go at our own pace and stop frequently for pictures. We were able to learn so much from the local guide. At the top, we enjoyed a beautiful view of the Abbey Church. The waitlist for a wedding at the church is over 1 year, but well worth the wait!
The medieval Hohensalzburg, set atop the bluffs overlooking the stunning city, offers a glimpse back in time with its impressive architecture and fascinating history. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the fortress provides expansive views of Salzburg and the surrounding area that will take your breath away.
We arrived in Passau, Germany, and I was excited to visit the impressive Veste Oberhaus. After an active hike we were rewarded with stunning views of the city below. Our knowledgeable guide shared fascinating history about the castle and pointed out the amazing architecture. Another group of travelers enjoyed a bike tour, while we continued on foot through the cobblestone streets to a local bar suggested by our tour guide!
As my Danube River Cruise came to an end, I couldn't help but feel grateful for all the amazing experiences and memories I had made on this trip.
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