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Vienna Austria

Austria River Cruises

At the heart of Central Europe, the mountainous country of Austria covers 32, 377 sq miles and offers up nine naturally beautiful regions. Austria shares borders with 8 countries including Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

Austria’s vast landscapes offer scenes of rare and glorious beauty; the old cities and towns embody traditional Austrian culture and history. Avalon river cruises on the Danube explore seven of Austria’s riverside towns and cities including Vienna, Austria’s vast capital and by far Austria’s largest city. Vienna is the first or last port of call on several of our river cruise itineraries, so we usually moor for a few nights in the city so you can really make the most of all the sights and highlights. A focus on art and culture is a long standing tradition in Vienna and the city is often called the ‘City of Music’ in honour of its rich musical heritage. Explore the majestic ringstrasse to admire the impressive Vienna Opera house, home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the awe-inspiring St Stephens Cathedral.

Avalon cruises on the Danube River also visit Linz, Austria’s third largest city. Music and culture is an important part of life in Linz as it is here that the composer Anton Bruckner lived and where Mozart composed his famed Linzer Symphony. One of the most unique features of Linz is the Lentos building, a modern art gallery that presents art from the 20th and 21st century. Situated on the south bank of the river Danube, the building’s façade is adorned in the evenings with an impressive illuminated display of pink, violet, red and blue lights. From Linz, Avalon guests can join an excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and the city famed as the setting of ‘The Sound of Music’. Set against a spectacular Alpine mountain backdrop, Salzburg has a fascinating history and a picturesque hilltop castle perched above tranquil cobbled streets lined with splendid baroque architecture.

Set in the glorious Wachau Valley wine region, the quaint riverside town of Dürnstein offers up one of Austria’s most recognised sights. The riverside Stiftskirche is a pretty baroque tower whose postcard-perfect light-blue façade punctuates a sea of terracotta tiled rooftops against a backdrop of richly wooded slopes. Above the town sits the ruin of a castle in which Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. The surrounding Wachau Valley is an enchanting tapestry of steep, terraced vineyards peppered with hamlets, villages and quaint half-timbered towns. Further along the river, the Danube is overlooked by the magnificent golden Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which dominates the town from its commanding hilltop site and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. Experience breathtaking views of the countryside and the river from the abbey terrace.

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