Ultra luxurious European river cruising – the jewel in the crown of sophisticated travel; make that under a the LLV banner and you have surely reached one of the pinnacles of global travel experiences. Discover the scenic wonders of the Danube, from the vibrant cities of Budapest and Bratislava to the captivating natural beauty of the Wachau Valley to such quaint towns as Linz, the birthplace of the famous Linzer torte, and Krems, with its enchanting cobblestone streets. And you’ll do all of this with the most discerning lifestyle crowd with whom you’ll ever travel.
Sail the magnificent Danube to witness the beauty of the Wachau Valley, and discover such treasures as the Benedictine abbey perched atop the city of Melk and Bratislava’s St. Martin’s Cathedral, former coronation church for Hungary’s royalty.
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There are a number of great cities in the world, but after visiting many we have to say it outright- Budapest is one of the best cities in Europe.
Before Budapest existed, there were Buda and Pest, two cities located on opposite sides of the Danube. It wasn’t until 1873 that these two cities combined to form today’s Budapest, and the feel on both sides are distinctly opposite as a result.
On the Buda side, you have Buda Castle, the Royal Palace (now museums), and Matthias Church amongst countless other historically significant buildings from centuries long past.
On the Pest side comes the modern city scene of Budapest that includes the Parliament Building that opened in 1904 and most of the residents of the city.
Since you must choose which side of the city you want to explore as the two are separated by the Danube river, your experience in Budapest will either be for the historical or the modern; with the two rarely combining.
For European cities, there was always a strategic reason for the founding of a city. Whether it is around a hill where a fortress was built, on a river where supplies could be brought in, or on the coast for access to the sea, there was always a purpose.
Although Budapest does not have easy access to the sea, the historical city of Buda used the hills and Danube to its advantage for keeping the city secure. What this means for you as a modern visitor is simple: the scenery!
The views from the top of the hills on the Buda side of the city are some of the best in Eastern Europe.
Even at the bottom of the hill on the Pest side or on a river cruise on the Danube, the views of the city are open from anywhere you want to look at most all of the famous monuments are located on or near the river Danube for all to see and enjoy.
In many countries in Eastern Europe, we’ve had a hard time finding traditional food in the capital cities (Bucharest and Sofia are a few guilty parties here). Not only that, we’ve actually had a hard time finding any good food in the capital cities and had to go out to the smaller towns and villages to have a really great meal.
In Budapest, there was no shortage of good food and we found not only a strong presence of traditional Hungarian cuisine but an up-and-coming modern food scene that would rival larger cities in the USA.
The only thing we regret is that we spent all of our time finding the Hungarian food that we had to miss out on the rest. Luckily, that is a good problem to have.
No attraction in the must-see list is too far to reach either by foot or by public transit, making all the highlights within reach at any time of the day.
To have all that in a city that is also walkable for those who want to get some exercise, is amazing.
Vienna is a city with a very high quality of life, a feature that is highly appreciated by the many visitors who come to the Austrian capital. Its famous for its cultural events, eclectic sights, cozy baristas, inclusive wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. With a population of 1.8 million (nearly a third of Austria’s), the Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the state for locals and tourist alone to fall in love with Vienna’s artistic and musical masterpieces alongside its coffee-house culture and vibrant epicurean and design scenes