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Stories about the Route of Emperors and Kings

Route of Emperors and Kings - Stories

Read stories on the story on the following pages. Interesting details that will enrich and make your trip on the Danube – the Route of Emperors and Kings – unforgettable. The knowledge of the past makes us experience the present more intensively and enriches us by moving our impressions for our lives into the future. Event highlights await you as well as culinary highlights and curiosities. In this sense we wish you a lot of fun reading, discovering, and later on when traveling and experiencing, tasting and enjoying!

Harmonies of Heritage Hungary's Melodic Journey through Time

The music in the Danube region reflects the rich cultural diversity of the region and connects people along the river. Music Day in Hungary on October 1st celebrates this diversity with concerts and events that present the unique music of the Danube. On this occasion, prepare to be transported on an enchanting voyage through Hungary’s musical chronicles, where the threads of melody and rhythm have woven a captivating narrative that traverses history and resonates with the present.


Reading the Danube

A literary journey along Europe’s queen of rivers. Rich in history and culture, the Danube has always been influenced by literature and music. From the Saga of the Nibelungs to modern thinkers like Karl-Markus Gauss, authors reflect the fascination of this river. In this blog post, explore Danube literature and how it influences perceptions between peoples and political narratives to this day.


Gisela of Bavaria or even princesses don't have an easy time

The Danube is the backdrop to many adventurous biographies: daredevil commanders have left their mark, as have intrepid missionaries, tricky smugglers and inquisitive explorers. Most of these vitae, however, seem pale in comparison to the life of the Bavarian Princess Gisela, which was downright cinematic. Admittedly, a kitschy, romantic fairy-tale film adaptation would not be feasible, but a rousing historical drama would. Around the year 1000, life was not always easy, even for a princess…


A question of faith

The treasury of the Benedictine Abbey of Melk holds a very special treasure that is presented to the public only every holy time. We are talking about the so-called Melk Cross, a gilded reliquary from the middle of the 14th century, set with precious stones, whose magnificent decoration is only surpassed by its contents: A splinter from the True Cross of Christ.


May Danubius be kind to us and the Teutons peaceful...

Such a pious saying may have stood at the beginning of a boat trip along the Noric section of the youngest Austrian World Heritage Site, the Danube Limes, almost 1800 years ago. From the provincial border to Rhaetia in Passau, to Zeiselmauer at the provincial border to Pannonia, we accompany a Roman merchant with his spicy thoughts on his almost 275 kilometer long journey on the Danube – Danubius.


Of healing springs and aristocratic diversions

In the 19th century, it was fashionable for ladies of the world to spend a few weeks abroad every year for spa treatment. But why exactly did people go to the spa, and what did courtly women expect from it? And what do spas have to do with Habsburg passions? Much more than these might suggest at first glance …


Petőfi 200 and Veszprém, the European Capital of Culture 2023

Two Hungarian treasures, will be in the spotlight in 2023: on the one hand, the most famous poet and freedom fighter of Hungary, Sándor Petőfi, who was born 200 years ago on 01.01.1823, and on the other hand, the Hungarian city of Veszprém and its region, which, along with two other cities, Elefsina (Greece) and Timisoara (Romania), was named the European Capital of Culture 2023.


Places of Longing and Passions: A Habsburg Woman's Life in the 19th Century

On the distant horizon I see
A white sail gliding;
I want to go with you! …

Empress Elisabeth’s love of travel is almost legendary. In numerous poems she wrote off her inner restlessness, which led her – by ship or by train – to remote paradises as well as to numerous nearby imperial and royal places of longing.


The Danube as a liquid space in art and culture

Dedicated to the theme of art, culture and architecture is one story of the “Transdanube Travel Stories”, which were created as part of the Interreg EU project of the same name. Each of these stories follows a sustainable travel route along a specific section of the Danube.

A social, cultural and economic environment created by multi-ethnic contacts and inspirations over very long periods of time has fostered innovation and influenced music, art, theater and literature, all the way to architecture – a phenomenon of “cultural fertilization” that can be experienced throughout the Danube region. Come with us on a journey of cultural experiences from Ulm to Serbia, via Romania to Croatia.

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