Danube River Cruises

Private sailing at Danube river, ©A.Davey/Flickr

Private sailing at Danube river, ©A.Davey/Flickr

The famous and well known Danube River which inspired several poets and writers of many nations throughout history forms a lengthy part of the southern border of Romania. Herodotus, the Greek historian called it ‘The King of European Rivers’. The Danube enters Romania at the Iron Gates and flows about 670 miles through the country, which after streams freely into the Black Sea. Before entering and uniting with the sea, the Danube forms the Danube Delta, a unique and spectacular wetland where today a wildlife reserve exists giving home to hundreds of bird species and more than 160 kinds of fish. Attending a cruise on the Danube River is a delightful experience which allows you to see magnificent sights.

Sights along the Danube

The Danube River starts out in the Black Forest, Germany and flows through the countries of Austria, touching Vienna then heading towards the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. The next stop is Hungary and its capital, Budapest, where the river crosses under seven beautiful bridges passing by the Parliament and the district of Buda.

Danube River Cruise, Parliament of Budapest, ©Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive/Flickr

Danube River Cruise, Parliament of Budapest, ©Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive/Flickr

Following the chain of capitals the forthcoming station is Belgrade of Serbia, a fascinating, renaissance city offering a beautiful sight of squares, museums and cathedrals. Wheeling across the hills and Roman fortresses the Danube finally reaches the Iron Gates and enters the country of Romania. Naturally it passes by the capital, forms the magnificent Danube Delta then ends in the Black Sea.

Danube at Braila, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Danube at Braila, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

The Romanian division

There are plenty to see along the Danube River. We recommend you visit the Roman Bridge at Drobeta, well the ruins and what is left of it that is. The Iron Gates and the Topolnita Cave are also a lovely sight. Along the way you can stop by and visit Bucuresti, the capital of Romania and other major cities such as Giurgiu, Galati, Drobeta Turnu Severin and many others.

Iron Gates, ©michael clarke stuff/Flickr

Iron Gates, ©michael clarke stuff/Flickr

Private sailing

There are many possibilities for private sailings and cruises which are allowed during the entire section of the Danube in Romania. If you would like to go international however you will need a few things to pack with you. The most important is to have your boat inspected and keep your passport with you. You will also need a proof of ownership and registration.

Private sailing at Danube river, ©A.Davey/Flickr

Private sailing at Danube river, ©A.Davey/Flickr

There is no need for visa or any kind of vaccination for foreigners from Canada, America and the European Union countries. Expect two major border check points at Orsova and the city of Drobeta Turnu Severin. Depending on the size of the vessel you will also have to pay a yacht or boat fee which varies between the sums of 15-30 dollars. Pack up, set sail, and do not hesitate! A whole adventure awaits you on the Danube River.

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