River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips

 

Writing the post about the river cruise on the Danube it made me feel like of relax, peace, calm navigation, so…Do you imagine, yet, don’t you?

Some websites checked in a flash, a super last minute fortune cabin found, two messages on Whatsapp to Valeria and Roberto, two clicks and a new cruise from Passau as far as Budapest, through Wien, is ours! We leave tonight, tomorrow we go on board!

Follow us during this new #lillyontheroad through four starts: Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tipsRiver Cruise on the Danube Useful tips

First of all a few useful suggestions for the purchase at giveaway prices. Are you searching for a cruise in Germany? Use the translator if you don’t know German, like me, and search on google.de the German word for “river cruise”.

How to buy a river cruise on the Danube

You’ll find out there are lots of companies. So, there’s nothing to do but arm yourselves with patience, a practical plug-in for the translations on your browser and search what answers your purpose depending on the days, on the people, on the route and on your needs.

The website I advised you in the previous post about the river cruises, offers a complete view of almost all the available river cruises. Useful tips for a river cruise on the Danube? Do always a complete tour on the direct website of the company and don’t forget that sometimes you can find the fortune cabin also at 1 Euro!

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips

This time we chose a cruise of Phoenix Cruise offering the best price for the triple cabin. On their website, entering the fluss section (river cruises) you will find all their offers and destinations.

The best of these published prices is that they are really done. All-inclusive, full board (and what a full board!), without hidden enrol or management amounts and iniquitous taxes. The tips, too, are appreciated but they aren’t compulsory.

Parking during the river cruise on the Danube Useful tips

The town of Passau is well organized as regards long-terms parking, since it is the starting point of many cruises. During the booking you can buy the parking and the transfer at the same time of the cruise. Or you can have a tour on the website of the town’s car parks (always in German) and you’ll find several ones at cheaper prices.

Useful tip for the open car park in situ

If your cruise leave from Passau-Lindau (about two kilometres after Passau), it exists a way to park free. Near the Obi (the supermarket) there’s a big open and unattended car park used both by people who go to the supermarket (pay attention: it’s not the Obi’s car park) and by the near factories’ workers during all over the day. So you can park there without any problem and any cost. Don’t leave anything to be in sight, of course, but we are in Germany so we quite cannot worry.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips2nd April 2015

It’s 0.30 am. We leave from Alessandria towards Passau. We arrive in the morning. A tour in the village, breakfast, two photos and at noon we are ready at the boarding.

The day ahead of us isn’t one of the best but it will be better in the next days.

navigation on the danube

Finally on board. This is the view from our cabin with double porthole.

heated pool on board during danube navigation

We start exploring the boat. The swimming pool, warmed of course, looks very good.

cocktail with the captain during danube navigation

The cocktail with the Captain waits for us and the dinner is very good.

dinner on the danube

It’s beautiful to look at the banks of the Danube run from the window next to our table while we’re eating and chatting calmly. Outside it’s getting dark.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road3rd April 2015

The navigation on the Danube is calm and relaxing.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Today it’s sunny and the sun will be with us all over the cruise.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The banks run slow and the landscapes change non-stop.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

It seems impossible to think that the most part of the navigation, in this part of Austria, goes through so deserted areas that aren’t even covered by the mobile signal.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road wien

Here we are in Wien.

disembarc wien danube

We disembark. The underground is really near and the little machine allows to do the ticket valid for all runs, on all lines, at only 6.10 Euros.

cathedral of wien

In a sec we are in the town centre.

cathedral of wien

The cathedral is stately.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Wien is an elegant and lively town.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Very beautiful and stately monuments, efficient services and transports, elegant shops, free Wi-Fi and really lots of pedestrian areas.

wien low cost in a day with underground

It’s wonderful walking in the centre!

wien low cost in a day with underground

You think the mobile app at the end of the day will say we did on foot even 17.6 km…we very nearly could save also the tube ticket!

wien low cost in a day with underground

But I assure you we didn’t realize to have walked so much.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Ehm…Vale…what are you doing on the elephant? Do you miss Sri Lanka?

wien low cost in a day with underground

How is it possible you are always bewitched by everything similar to Minecraft?

wien low cost in a day with underground

Walking…a photo here…

wien low cost in a day with underground

…and another one there…ehm…even more than one!

wien low cost in a day with underground

…we arrive as far as the Town Hall.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Here it is, huge and stately in its elegance.

wien low cost in a day with underground

But what do you think if we get the tube now?

wien low cost in a day with underground

Few stops and here we are in Schonbrunn, the famous Sissi’s castle.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Even the underground station reminds the castle’s architecture. How amazing!

wien low cost in a day with underground

The castle is really stately, regal, with all its legends keeping jealously, its ladies’ stories, soldiers, politics and dynasties’ weavings.

wien low cost in a day with underground

A stage not to be missed in Wien!

wien low cost in a day with underground

Then if it’s Easter time, there are the fabulous little markets just in the courtyards in front.

wien low cost in a day with underground

For people who don’t know, yet, in Germany and Austria, the Christmas little markets are very famous but the same are for the Easter ones.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Maybe more beautiful just because they are less crowded by tourists.

wien low cost in a day with underground

The only possible recommendation is to enter without money!

wien low cost in a day with underground

Here among these stalls it will go disastrously! Also the more unthinkable items make you feel like being purchased.

wien low cost in a day with underground

The most fanciful and very perfumed decorations…

wien low cost in a day with underground

…and playground for the little ones while adults go shopping.

wien low cost in a day with underground

After have walked so much it’s time to stop at one of the many typical pastry shops in the town centre.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Because Wien is also very good food, sweet and savoury. The cuisine ranges over and has Italian, German and Bulgarian influences.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Maybe the best thing…is to get one of everything. What do you think?

wien low cost in a day with underground

Of course, at least strudel and Sacher torte cannot miss!

wien low cost in a day with underground

One better than the other one.

wien low cost in a day with underground

Enough! We stopped too much and time quickens.

wien low cost in a day with underground prater

We leave again towards Prater.

wien low cost in a day with underground prater

Its very famous Ferris Wheel, symbol of Wien.

wien low cost in a day with underground prater

Walking here inside literally catapult you to another universe.

wien low cost in a day with underground prater

Children will be thrilled and adults…too!

wien low cost in a day with underground prater

Did you know that also here there’s Madame Tussot with its waxes?

wien low cost in a day with underground prater

The Prater is a place which can bewitch.

wien low cost in a day with underground prater

Maybe it has nothing so special or different but it bewitches you: even if time slips by inexorably, you always find the way to have another walk and a little allay still to discover.

wien low cost in a day with underground prater

We go back by boat in the evening and the spectacle of the Bulgarian wedding is ahead of us.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

 

4th April 2015

This morning we sail the Danube among castles, prisons, little houses, boats and kayaks (they are really many) to reach Budapest.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

What’s the better location to stop than this one, in the sun, on the edge of the swimming pool (warmed)?

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

There’s even the time for a chess game.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

But the most interesting thing is always to admire the calm banks running.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

So different monuments and churches little by little changing country.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Many other boats and many other cruises.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The little houses on the banks of the Danube deals with nations, history, people…

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Time slips by in a hurry, and also today it’s sunny.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Just the time to take some photos and we are in Budapest.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Here the boat has a tour that to define majestic is an understatement.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

It goes straight past the berth, sailing along now a bank, now the other one.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Do you know Budapest is divided in two parts, don’t you? Buda and Pest.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

This not mentioned extra tour allows to admire by day all the greatest monuments overlooking the Danube.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

From the main deck we take a mass of pictures…it’s useless to say.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The river in the town is life.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

It is full of all sorts of boats crossing it in all directions.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

A nice and chaotic confusion making feel like getting off in a flash to leave exploring the town.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Meanwhile we read up the history of the main attractions to discover some interesting sights.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Did you know the parliament was built as a result of an announcement of competition?

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

An open competition to realize this work.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Already only this little piece of cruise it worth the journey.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Comfortable and quiet, in this tepid sun, we look thrilled at Budapest overlooking the Danube.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

How many times we look at the pictures of whole this! Find it in front of us is so majestic!

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Finally we disembark.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We are in front of the market.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

It’s impossible not to enter.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

An explosion of flavours, colours, typical products and items so strange to us. A stra-tourist reality in a lane and crowded exclusively by local housewives in the other one. A very beautiful place where to get lost and go shopping. A unique cacophony.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Budapest is history, recent history dealing with politics episodes that seem to belong to a remote past but which confirm only the human stupidity has no limits – as happens too often.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Today, we can only admire these beautiful monuments. Since we cannot learn from history.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

There are many options to explore Budapest.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

You can hire bicycles: if it weren’t for the climb to the castle we were so tempted.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Or the bus and you go up to the castle by the funicular at a ridiculous price.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Since we have a little time, we chose the sightseeing bus. It’s enough 13 Euros each to get on and off all over the day at every stops even more times.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

There are many other formulas including night cruise and night tours.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

It’s a handy and quick way to see a bit whole.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

From the terrace opposite the parliament you have a unique view of the town.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The classic one, the picture everyone has seen at least once.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

But maybe not everyone knows also here people can save.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Useful tip: the first terrace has a 3.50 Euros admittance fee. Almost everyone stops there. Go further still a bit…you’ll realize there are panoramic views at the terrace’s same high completely free.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Sincerely, this thing astonished us a bit: if you want to take photos of the Parliament from that terrace for a fee there’s a pendentive preventing a bit the photo, instead from the following terraces the sight is free.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

In Budapest, too, there are the Easter markets.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The theme food one is devastating.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Everything is very good.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Anything you decide to taste you won’t be disappointed!

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Then if you like the grappa, too…

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

…don’t you have to cox the boat tonight, do you?

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The typical specialties mix with the foreign influences.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

You can even find the smoked salmon at the moment.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Then all sorts of delicacies.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

It’s impossible to describe all.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

And above all it’s impossible to taste everything.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Reluctantly we need to choose.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Even if it’s impossible to decide.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Everything is rejoiced by typical local music of different groups disseminated here and there.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

But the Easter markets are not only food, of course.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

So, you can find typical jobs lost by now.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Heady scents and groups alternating with music and cabaret at high volume.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Music is a steady element in this day, on Easter Eve.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Now that we refreshed ourselves, we go to the Heroes square.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

A square telling about history, politics, episodes that has decided time and life a little of everyone in Europe.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Today it’s a meeting place for the young people who maybe want to forget about whole this a bit and think to enjoy themselves.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We go inside the gardens behind and…

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Do you know what is just here?

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Exactly! The very famous spa of Budapest are just here.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

I must admit that since it’s Easter Eve they are too crowded to our tastes.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

So we go towards the castle.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Other little markets to explore.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Other wonderful architectures to admire.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Time is never enough but it’s getting late.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Buses gave up to travel.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The only way to go back to the town centre is the tube. I assure you the tube of Budapest is an experience. Take it if you are hereabouts!

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The little markets light up and so the streets of the town centre.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

One more beautiful than the other. Budapest at night is a town whole to live. Shops are opened until late even if it’s Easter Eve.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

It’s a town of contrasts between modern and great big names on one side and taste retro venues on the other one, where beautiful girls try to get inside.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We are again at the berth areas.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The top in the evening is the Danube with its boats sailing up and down and its monuments wonderfully lighted that bewitch literally.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Whether you are keen on photography or not, the dark is the most charming moment.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Evening in Budapest is pure magic.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The boats are sailing the Danube non-stop.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road budapest in the night

Crowds of tourist keep spellbound in front of the lighted Parliament.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road budapest in the night

Thousands of photos aren’t enough to describe the history and the art overlooking this part of the river.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road budapest in the night

Our boat goes away.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road budapest in the night

Budapest is our terminal and we go back with only a certainty: next time we will go as far as the Black Sea.

 

5th April 2015 – Easter on river cruise on the Danube

Today our lunch is like that, among sun, nature, fauna, little villages of Slovakia and light’s reflections on the water.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

This Spring gives us another sunny day and we keep admiring the banks.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Light’s reflections and our lunch on board, always near the window.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

In a while we’ll berth in Bratislava to have a tour of the town.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The landscapes run and change quickly.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Sunrays with their reflections convey a unique atmosphere.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Lighters, meetings, churches…

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Here we are in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We disembark for the tour of the town in this sunny Easter Sunday.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Its castle dominates from the top, its lively old centre and many little shops full of very beautiful ceramics, everything to bring home!

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We go through Bratislava on foot.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

The climb to the castle is de rigueur.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

From here up you admire a view on the river and on the town.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Lots of tourist and a lot of local people walking.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We go down towards the town centre while the town starts to become lively.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

In Bratislava there are still many monuments and statues dealing with communism.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Then there’s the ancient old town. Then the bridge and some modern skyscrapers.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Whole the town is linked by trams: some modern, other ones seem to go out from old film with the ticket collector wearing the uniform at the door.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road bratislava

The shops sell typical ceramics, one more beautiful then the other, and Easter markets.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road bratislava

It’s a shame that the prices in the most crowded areas are absolutely out of market and here the tourist is only a fowl to pluck in the most part.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road bratislava

Despite this, the town is lively and it’s nice walking in the town centre.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road bratislava

Time slips by and it’s time to go back by boat.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road bratislava

So we enjoy also this sunset on the Danube.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road bratislava

6th April 2015

This morning we disembark early in Wochau, which was declared Unesco property in 2000.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

It’s wonderful walking among the streets still deserted while the first little shops start to open.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

From the terrace the view on the Danube is unique.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Did you know along the Danube you can also find the lighthouses?

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We discovered it like that, during calm navigation.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We leave again.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

We enjoy our last sunset on the Danube.

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

This evening it’s a hard choice. Sauna or swimming pool before the dinner with the Captain?

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

Both!

River Cruise on the Danube Useful tips on the road

 

7th April 2015

Today we disembark. Our cruise is over and our on the road keep going on with a certainty: we have to explore always on cruise also the Danube we miss, from Budapest as far as the Black Sea!

Who knows if we will be able to buy the fortune cabin at 1 Euro?

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