Historic background

Historic background

A trip along the Danube is a must for those who are interested in European history. No region is more steeped in history or spans more epochs than the regions on the Danube, which are at the very heart of the European states. Historical evidence in the form of castles, fortresses, excavation sites and museums make this a vibrant and impressive trip through time. A variety of World Heritage sites in the regions commemorate the historic significance and special beauty of the landscapes and culture found here.

Learn more about the events in the various epochs on the ‘Route of Emperors and Kings’.

UNESCO World Heritage sites

A large number of UNESCO World Heritage sites are located along the Danube and in close proximity to it.

Regensburg: Old Town of Regensburg and the district of Stadtamhof

Wachau cultural landscap

Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens and historic city centre

Budapest: Banks of the Danube, Andrássy Avenue, Buda Castle Quarter

Pannonhalma: Monastery of the Benedictine Order

Pécs: Early Christian necropolis

Salzburg: Historic city centre, prehistoric pile dwellings (in the Salzkammergut region: Lake Atter and Lake Mond), Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut cultural landscape

Český Krumlov: historic centre