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Royal journeys from Regensburg to Budapest, via Linz and Vienna

The Route of Emperors and Kings extends along the Danube from mediaeval Regensburg, through Passau, Linz, Vienna and Bratislava, to the metropolis of Budapest, linking urban cultural centres, historic treasures and world-class landscapes. This is where the history of Central Europe was written, and this history remains very much a part of life today. From Roman times onwards, kings and queens travelled on and along the Danube with their royal entourages. Over the centuries, this age-old route therefore came to be known as the ‘Route of Emperors and Kings’ – and it has lost none of its appeal to this day.

Highlights of the region

The Danube - Music along the blue Danube

With his famous composition „On the beautiful, blue Danube“ Johann Strauss has left a piece of music with the highest popularity, giving the Danube an important focus as a lifeline of Central Europe. Every year on New Year’s Eve, the famous “Danube Waltz” has been ringing for over 150 years, making us dance into a happy new year.

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History along the Danube - The Romans conquer the Danube

The world empire of the Roman emperors is still present on the entire route of the holiday road. For more than 450 years, the Danube (Danubius) formed the northern border of the Roman Empire as the “Nasser” Limes.

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The Imperial Crypt in Vienna

The Master of Ceremonies at the gate of the Capuchin Monastery explains three times. Tweakly while together, why where you read only together. “A small, mortal man”, opens a Capuchin brother of the gate of the monastery and the coffin is laid to rest in the Imperial tomb.

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Coronation City Bratislava

Bratislava, which the Slovaks once called Prešporok, the German Pressburg and the Hungarians Pozsony, became the coronation town after the Turkish occupation of Hungary, when the Turks also occupied the coronation town Székesfehérvár.

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Delicacies on the river

The Danube is a culinary paradise. Over the course of history, trading along the Danube has had a lasting effect on the cuisine and has made it highly valued. Delightful guests of the Danube can expect an enchanting wealth of attractive and varied delicacies.

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Top 10 summer experiences on the Danube

Whether cycling or hiking experiences, culinary delights or boat trips – everything waiting for you, if you travel this summer the Danube region of Regensburg to Budapest. Here are our 10 favorite summer experiences.

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Urban vantage points along the Danube

A common phenomenon the world over is for visitors to a foreign city to seek out vantage points. This is often driven by a desire to get an overview of that foreign city and orient themselves.

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Enjoy endless amounts of music along the Danube

Many important composers’ studios can be found along the Danube. The most famous composition about the river itself is “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss. The piece has inspired the names of numerous hotels and restaurants along the river and is now world famous.

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Further regionen

‘The Danube – Route of Emperors and Kings’ is an international working group which includes ten tourism organisations and river cruise lines. These members work to promote their common European heritage and let visitors today travel in the footsteps of Marcus Aurelius, Frederick I, the Habsburgs and many others.

 

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