10The Danube

Along with the Rhine, the Danube is arguably continental Europe’s most famous river. Originating in Germany’s Black Forest region, the Danube flows 1,700 mi (2,850 km) before emptying into the Black Sea.

It is Europe’s second-longest river after the Volga and passes through major European capitals including Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, and Bratislava. Danube River cruises rank among the most enjoyable European vacation options and are a fantastic way to experience beauty of the Danube. If this is on your travel bucket list, we wholeheartedly recommend the sections encompassing Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.