Römerland Carnuntum Marchfeld © Donau Niederösterreich Andreas Hofer

Weddings on the Danube...

An "I DO" with noblesse

Weddings on the route of emperors and kings

The waters of the Danube have already borne many a bride to married life, especially in the days when road and carriage construction still left much to be desired in terms of safety and comfort, and travelling by ship allowed for much more relaxed journeys. This was true when the Duke of Bavaria’s daughter, Gisela, travelled along the Danube from Regensburg to Budapest for her wedding in 995 to the man who would later become King Stephen I of Hungary.

The extent to which the betrothed of the future national saint of Hungary made the decision for herself regarding the means of transport as well as the wedding itself remains a matter of speculation: The bride, whose life of piety drew to a close as abbess of Niederburg Convent in Passau and was later beatified by the papacy, was only ten years old when she married. However, that did not prevent her from becoming the first Christian queen of Hungary and the first great woman on the Danube to go down in history.

Kloster Niedernburg © Stadt Passau
Kloster Niedernburg © Stadt Passau
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