Travelling some 1,700 miles between Germany and Ukraine, Europe’s second-longest river links no fewer than ten countries, showcasing some of the Continent’s most impressive cities. But, alongside the great capitals of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia, there are plenty of lesser-visited gems on its storied banks. To help guide you, find my following selection of must sees.
There’s a reason most Danube cruises begin or end with the Hungarian capital. Really two cities in one – Pest on the eastern banks and Buda on the west – its charms are myriad, having only been unified in the 19th century. It’s all watched over by Buda’s magnificent Castle Hill where historic walls cloak the 13th-century Royal Palace and cobblestone streets lead between Baroque houses, Gothic