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Cruises in Central Europe

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Because the countries of Central Europe (except from Poland) are all landlocked, you probably did not associate this region with activities such as cruises. Oh, you have no idea how wrong you are! Central European countries, though mostly not blessed with the access to the sea, received another gift from Mother Nature – long, majestic rivers crossing  picturesque regions. So get ready for sightseeing from a different perspective – from a ferry or a boat – because that’s what you will be doing a lot! Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect.

Czech Republic – cruise on Vltava

Everyone who has ever visited Prague can confirm that Vltava – the river that majestically crosses the Czech capital – is an essential part of the city experience, and not only because of one of the most important landmarks, the Charles Bridge, crosses it. Visitors usually highlight that nothing compares with the views of the city from the perspective of the cruising boat. There are many available boat tours in Prague either focusing on different parts of the city or on specific themes, as explained by a skilled guide.

If you want some privacy, you can hire a boat with a captain just for yourself, to admire the Vltava panorama and the most important Prague’s monuments. This is a great way to spend some time with a group of friends or your significant other.

Dreaming about a cruise from Prague to Budapest? Oh yes, that’s quite possible! These usually take between 10 and 12 days, starting in Prague and ending in Budapest (or vice versa). You will have the opportunity to see many other tourist attractions not only in the Czech Republic and Hungary, but often also in Germany, Slovakia and Austria. (Can you really see parts of Germany Austria in a cruise between Prague and Budapest???)

Hungary – explore the Danube river

When it comes to natural beauty and resources, there is one thing Hungarians are especially proud of – it’s the Danube river. Although this great Central European river originates in Germany and flows southeast through 10 countries for 2850 km, many say that it’s the Hungarian part that amazes the most. Why? Mostly because of the wonderful views on the route of Danube Bend and excellently organised cruises.

The river Danube is a signature feature of the capital city of Budapest, separating its two historical parts – Buda and Pest. It’s definitely recommended to hop on the cruising ship passing through the city, but what’s even better is to go a little further and explore the already mentioned Danube Bend. It’s a curve on the river near the town Visegrad. But while talking about the cruises, it also means the route on the river between Budapest and Esztergom at the Hungarian border with Slovakia.

What can you see on the way? The stunning variety of culture, history and nature. Not only breath-taking views of the place where Danube meet the mountains, but also some medieval castles like the one in Visegrad, small pretty towns with Baroque-style architecture, or a bit of a Mediterranean ambience, like Szetendre and Vac, orthe first seat of Hungarian kings in Esztergom. The wide range of cruise options is available from May to October so you should easily find a time a perfect trip for you. Totally worth it!

Poland and Slovakia – feel the touch of tradition on Dunajec

Last but not least, there’s a unique experience waiting for you at the border of Poland and Slovakia where the wonderful Dunajec river flows. It starts in the National Park of Pieniny, in the small village of Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty in Poland and takes you down the magnificent river gorge located at Polish border with Slovakia.

In Slovakia The Dunajec enters a wonderful canyon next to Červený Kláštor called Prielom Dunajca. It forms frequent but not insuperable cascades in this place. Rafting on this river is also suitable for less experienced persons.

What’s so unique about it? Apart from the marvellous views of the majestic mountains, various rock formations and endemic natural habitat, the cruises are guided by the locals wearing the traditional clothes from the region – colourful pants, solid dark vest, white shirt with plant ornaments and, the obligatorily round hat. That’s something different, isn’t it? The cruise usually takes around 2-3 hours and you definitely need to check before that your camera’s battery is fully charged, because you will definitely need it during this trip.

Aye, aye, Captain! So where to go first? You decide!