A Danube River cruise with nicko cruises is a wonderful way to explore the beautiful cities and towns that line one of Europe’s most iconic waterways. The region is steeped in interesting history and stunning natural countryside, and it’s always a favourite with our guests.

In our blog today we’re highlighting some of the most popular Danube destinations that you can visit on a river cruise with nicko cruises and, don’t forget that we offer an all-inclusive experience, taking the hassle out of your cruise holiday and allowing you to simply relax and enjoy the adventure.

Danube River Cruise Highlights

Budapest, Hungary – Known as the “Queen of the Danube,” Budapest is a beautiful city with a rich history, stunning architecture, and famous thermal baths. It is the capital and largest city of Hungary, located in the heart of Europe on the banks of the Danube River. A mixture of architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau make this a unique destination to visit.

Vienna, Austria – This elegant capital city is known for its grand palaces, classical music, and coffeehouse culture. It is home to many famous landmarks, such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace, the Vienna State Opera, and the Schönbrunn Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also a hub for international organisations and hosts many diplomatic missions and United Nations offices.

Bratislava, Slovakia – With a population of around 450,000 people, Bratislava is the largest city in Slovakia and serves as the political, cultural, and economic centre of the country. One of the city’s most famous landmarks is Bratislava Castle, a hilltop fortress overlooking the Danube River. Other notable attractions include St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Slovak National Theatre, and the Devin Castle, a ruined fortress on the outskirts of the city.

Melk, Austria – This small town is home to the magnificent Benedictine Melk Abbey, which is a UNESCO World Heritage and sits atop a hill overlooking the town. It’s considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Europe. Other cultural and historic landmarks, include the town hall, the parish church of St. Stephen, and the 15th-century Schallaburg Castle.

Regensburg, Germany – With its well-preserved medieval architecture and lively beer gardens, Regensburg is a popular stop on Danube river cruises. The Old Town is home to many notable landmarks, including the 13th-century Stone Bridge, the Gothic St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the 12th-century Old Town Hall. The city also has a number of museums, including the Regensburg Museum of History and the Danube Shipping Museum.

Passau, Germany – Known as the “City of Three Rivers,” Passau is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers, and is known for its picturesque Old Town, which features colourful buildings, narrow streets, and several historic landmarks. One of the most famous attractions in Passau is the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a baroque church that is home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. Other notable landmarks include the Veste Oberhaus, a medieval fortress that overlooks the city, and the Glass Museum, which showcases the history and art of glassmaking in the region.

Belgrade, Serbia – The capital and largest city of Serbia, Belgrade is located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It has a population of around 1.2 million people and is the cultural, economic, and political centre of the country. It’s known for its rich history, diverse culture, and lively nightlife. The city has many landmarks and tourist attractions, including the Belgrade Fortress, St. Sava Temple (one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world), Kalemegdan Park, and the National Museum of Serbia.

Novi Sad, Serbia – A charming city with a lovely historic centre and a picturesque fortress overlooking the Danube. Novi Sad is known for its cultural and historical landmarks, such as the Petrovaradin Fortress, which overlooks the Danube River, and the Cathedral of Saint George, one of the city’s main religious buildings. It is also home to the University of Novi Sad, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Serbia.

These are just a few of the many destinations you can visit on a Danube river cruise. Each stop along the way offers its own unique history, culture, and cuisine, making for an unforgettable travel experience.

View our entire Danube River Cruise collection.

danube river cruises

Down the Danube to the Black Sea – Highlighted Sailing

Cruise through the picturesque Wachau valley, the dramatic valley breakthrough of the Danube Cataracts on your way to the imperial and royal cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, plus the glamorous metropolises of Belgrade and Bucharest. Discover the towns of Pécs, Novi Sad and Ruse – and experience an included excursion to the magnificent coastal city of Constanza in Romania, on the beautiful Black Sea.

Discover – Down the Danube to the Black Sea.

Sail this cruise aboard our award-winning nickoVISION. This ship has been redefining standards for innovation and style ever since her launch, with light-filled rooms and a modern, stylish design that catches the eye immediately.

The beautiful sun deck is perfect for relaxing in the open air or enjoying a refreshing swim in the pool. There’s even a putting green and large hammocks for taking a nap or watching the world go by. The spa and fitness area has an infrared controlled Finnish sauna and steam bath; or if working up a sweat is more your thing, a range of weights and state-of-the art cardio machines will help get those endorphins flowing.

Browse the library and souvenir shop. Enjoy a drink on the veranda of the VISIONbar and watch the sunset from the ship’s bow. Reconvene for dinner in a choice of three inclusive restaurants, where flexible meal times and a choice of tables are perfect for those who dislike having to decide in advance when or where to dine. After which, the panorama salon and bar awaits, for a night-cap and some high-quality evening entertainment.


About nicko cruises

For more than 30 years, the nicko brand has been synonymous with unforgettable river travel experiences, offering top service and a personal touch at the best value for money. As a specialist in cruises on small ships, we not only draw on our own experience, but also on an international network of partners in order to implement the nicko cruises philosophy. English is always spoken on all our ships and as you travel in the company of like-minded people, the experiences of the places you will visit combine with relaxing moments of onboard wellbeing. This promise to all our guests is expressed in our new slogan: Small ships. Great experiences.

On a nicko European river cruise, every day brings a new destination to explore, as your home away from home always travels with you. We offer the very best in all-inclusive European river cruises and we also offer a selection of no-fly river cruise options from the UK, using our exclusive rail packages.

Order your FREE nicko cruises brochure.

x icon