Sail the magnificent Danube to witness the beauty of the Wachau Valley, and discover such treasures as the Benedictine abbey perched atop the city of Melk and Bratislava's St. Martin's Cathedral, former coronation church for Hungary's royalty.
Layered and elegant, with elements of cozy and grand, musical and visual might be the best way to characterize Vienna—or one of many ways, as this imperial city surely can inspire endless lines of poetic descriptions. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and forever known for its distinguished roster of composers who either were born or lived and worked here—including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, both Strausses, Liszt and Brahms—Vienna finds itself at the very center of European culture, even as it sits near the border of the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Turn to a blank page to memorialize your own impressions of this grand city, remarking on its manicured gardens, ornate architecture—especially that of the famed Ringstrasse—intimate bistro pubs called beisln and a certain flourish that can only be called Vienna.
With only 23,000 inhabitants, Krems an der Donau is a small town in Lower Austria that punches well above its weight in terms of sight-seeing and attractions. Located in the Wachau valley and resting on the banks of the Danube, Krems holds an important position in the region and is only 70km from Vienna. This historic city has a rich history of wine production, and also boasts great charm and character with its old architecture and favorable seat on the Danube. The town has great transport links by rail to neighboring places and also can be reached from Vienna in only an hour. The picturesque and 1000-year-old city convinces with its historic buildings in the old town. In 2000, the city center of Krems was appointed UNESCO World Heritage
The small village of Spitz ranks among the prettiest villages of the Wachau and is certainly the one with the funniest name. "Spitz" means "pointy", a word that is also used in German for "horny" with the same metaphorical value.It can be quite touristy during the summer season, but this applies essentially to everywhere in the Wachau. There are the usual attractions: The smooth hills surrounding the area, the vineyards, cobbled streets and Baroque houses. Note the main square and the parish church, the heart of Spitz. If you get a chance to look at the coat of arms of Spitz, you might note a pattern of blue and white rhomboids in it. Those of you that have been to the Innviertel area or anywhere in Southern Germany might recognize this pattern as a trademark of Bavaria - similar to beer and white sausages. The reason why you can find this pattern in the coat of arms of Spitz is simply that this community was a Bavarian enclave at the very heart of Austria for many centuries. Between 812 and 1504, it belonged to the monastery of Niederaltaich.
Linz is a UNESCO City of Media Arts The contemporary Danube city that looks to the future In 2016, the European Capital of Culture 2009 invites its visitors to discover Linz as a contemporary city that looks to the future. The aim of Linz Tourisms is to enable guests to experience the UNESCO City of Media Arts with all their senses. An impetus for internationalization that is a great opportunity for the Danube city. That’s why the tourist board has also decided to make the theme of media arts the focus for tourism in the Creative City for 2016. Linz is a symbiosis as a city of industry, culture and nature, and an international, contemporary Creative City – surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. The city’s designation as a UNESCO City of Media Arts shows that Linz, together with Lyon, Sapporo, Tel Aviv and Dakar, is one of the world’s most future-orientated locations. In addition to pioneering technology and visionary media arts, the city offers a variety of historical and cultural highlights, as well as culinary delights.
Best known for its fortified baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey, the town of Melk boasts an assortment of smaller gems. Among them, the city’s riverside location, serene and regal with a ribbon of wooded groves giving way to the lovely village. Cobbled lanes and a petite size make for a pleasant stroll with a chance to discover its 16th-century Town Hall, or Rathaus, in the center of town, and Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock. Built in the 15th century, the vine-covered abode is Melk’s oldest building.
Slovakia’s capital city may be the country’s buzzing political and economic center, but it is also a historic gem that stirs the imagination. A maze of narrow, cobblestone streets wind around colorful 18th-century buildings, and shade-covered sidewalk cafes beckon weary—or simply hungry—travelers to linger over a meal and enjoy people watching. Museums, cathedrals and palaces are edifying locales to spend some time, while photography buffs will want to snap images of the medieval castle that looms over the city with a majestic grace. For those looking for more contemporary sights, Bratislava boasts a pulsating modern art scene, as well as some outstanding examples of Communist-era architecture.
Cast your eye over the Budapest skyline, and you’ll see all the makings of a world-class city and striking photograph: domes and spires, bridges and lampposts, splendid architecture in the foreground, rolling hills in the back, and the Danube River placidly curving through it, providing a reflective surface for sunsets and city lights. Look closer, and the treasures of Budapest—Hungary’s capital and the largest metropolis—really come to light. Castle Hill is at the top of most visitors’ lists, a UNESCO-listed district hosting Buda Castle, Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. The area is also residential, with 18th-century houses, cobblestone streets and few cars, thanks to a strict vehicular ordinance, giving you a real sense of what the city must have been like ages ago. Budapest is full of history, originally a Roman settlement, formed as a unified city when Buda and Pest joined in 1873, overtaken by various invading forces over the centuries, and today an interesting goulash of local culture and foreign influences. Take a seat in a Turkish-era bath or savor rich Esterházy torte in a genteel coffee house to experience the many sides of a city that charms from both sides of the Danube.