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When you step aboard a river cruise, you will be transported to a magical time of imposing medieval castles, lush riverbank vineyards, and remarkable ancient wonders. Every gentle bend of the river reveals another fascinating sight as your luxurious river vessel winds its way through scenic landscapes, delivering you right to where many of Europe's most celebrated cities were born.

As Europe’s second-longest river and a vital means of transportation for 2,000 years, the Danube is the only major European river to flow from west to east.  And, when you join your friends at Brandon Company, you will have a unique opportunity to visit some of Europe's best known cities.
Float through the Wachau wine region to Dürnstein (Krems), known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192.

Vienna, Austria’s capital, is next. The “City of Music” inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, the city has much to offer-the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, and the majestic Ring Boulevard, to name just a few. Visitors can waltz their way down shop-lined streets, savor the sounds of an orchestral concert, or delight in a Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café.

A short 60km from Vienna is Bratislava, Slovakia capital, and the only national capital that borders two independent countries (Austria and Hungary).  This former Communist city now brims with activity
and the renovated town centre is crammed with pubs, stylish cafés, restaurants, clubs and bars.
Sail on through the picturesque Austrian views before heading to the heart of Hungary and the final stop on your journey. Spanning both banks of the Danube, Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan metropolis. Seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elisabeth Bridges, connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. The massive hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church is among the many sights of Budapest that impress and excite.
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As the Danube leaves the cover of German'’s Black Forest, it trolls through the pristinely-preserved medieval town of Vilshofen. This charming 1200-year old Bavarian town sits on the confluence of the Vils and Danube rivers. Here, docked in the center of town, your luxurious ship awaits.

Farther down river, Passau, is a gem of a city located at the confluence of the rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. Cobblestone streets lead the way to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which houses the world’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes.

Situated on both sides of the Danube, Linz is Austria's second largest city and home to the  scenic “Salzkammergut” region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Austrian Lake District and the town of Gmunden, on the beautiful “Traunsee” Lake Traun.

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