On the River

Seven days on the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg on the Scenic Amber was all we hoped it would be.

b51aaa22-b43a-4ce2-bb9a-e2f0b11ad1ab.jpegThe ship was a most comfortable way to travel with good food and friendly service.

Without getting off the boat there was much to see that gave glimpses of the life existing along the Danube.

I would never have guessed there were so many vineyards in Austria, some planted so high and steep as to appear unreachable.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was entertaining to watch the activity on the water

and along the river’s edge where many people had little get away cottages.

As tranquil and beautiful as cruising was, there were lovely places off the boat.


Budapest and Vienna were, as expected, impressive with their beautiful architecture and interesting history.


Most appealing, however, were the small medieval towns that were less crowded and had such history.

The Benedictine monastery in Melk was not only beautiful but fascinating.  Thanks to the money earned from its thousands of visitors, the monks are able to keep the monastery and its grounds in pristine condition. RegensbergThough a little larger than some of the others, Regensburg had a special charm with its varied architecture and color.  

It was hard to get enough of this place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll the stops on the Danube had their own story, none more so than Nuremberg where Hitler held his biggest rallies on this site.  It is a grim reminder of a period that will never be forgotten.

That dark spot in its history does not mar the positives of this thriving city known especially for its Christmas Market.

This post is only a glimpse into what a river cruise has to offer.  There’s a lot to take in, but if that gets to be too much, one can choose to stay on the ship and enjoy the river scenes.  That’s equally as special.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behinderg

29 thoughts on “On the River

  1. We keep thinking about doing a river cruise. Our son has as well as many of our friends. Their only critic was that they liked the ships but the food was just average…although I don’t think any of them were on Scenic. Looks like you had a great time.

  2. Just awesome!
    I hope it was a great time.

    1. It was good in every way. Thanks!

  3. A river cruise is something we have talked about for a couple of years. It was helpful to read your post because it sounds like a very relaxing way to tour. 🙂

    1. Judy, we’d never done a river cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s an easy way to travel and you always have choices about what to do or not do.

  4. Just breath taking Linda, it all looks like a fairy tale…the boat cruise is the perfect way to see the slights in such a luxurious way! Thank you so much for sharing~

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure though all the walking has nearly done me in!

  5. Such lovely photos of a wonderful trip! I felt as though I was there with you!

    1. Glad to have had you along on a wonderful adventure.

  6. I’m so glad you allow us to live vicariously through you! With my fear of flying, it’s wonderful to cruise and explore alongside you!

  7. I feel soooooooooooooooo relaxed looking at your photos and reading your commentary!
    P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    1. No Cinco de Mayo in Prague

  8. This sounds like a wonderful trip! I have never been on a cruise, and I am a TERRIBLE flyer so haven’t been further than Florida. I see things through the eyes of others so thanks for sharing this!

  9. Thanks for this photo tour of your river cruise…

  10. Absolutely beautiful. What a special treat for both of you! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos!

    1. We have enjoyed the adventure, but we are running out of gas!

  11. I am so glad you enjoyed the Danube River cruise——we stopped at many of the same towns——a favorite was Durnstein as well as Budapest——an easy-going way to travel——and no bus rides !!!! See you both in Maine to compare more notes——love to you and my captain !!! Julie


    1. Too bad we didn’t time our ventures to coincide.

  12. You make me want to go. Amazing photos. How many were on your boat?

    1. It’s a good trip. Our ship carries 169 passengers and we were 163.

  13. Teresa S. Fowler May 4, 2018 — 3:21 pm

    Just beautiful. I know you had a wonderful time.

  14. Oh, Linda! Your blog took me right back to Durnstein and Regensberg, two places that I loved. You awakened memories that had been somehow buried in this overloaded brain. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed all the small towns.

  15. Linda, what beautiful shots! I am so interested in knowing more about the Scenic river cruise! We have been looking into Scenic and Viking, trying to decide.

    1. I will send you a message when I get home.

  16. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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