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Many of our Danube River cruises start and/or end in Vienna, Austria. The tranquil Viennesse atmosphere have made this a cradle of European culture, claiming such great minds as Beethoven, Mozart, and Sigmund Freud. Even today, you will feel the relaxed air as you prepare to embark on your cruise of the scenic Danube River towards the surrounding countries like GermanyHungary and Slovakia. While most cruises offer guided tours of this historic central European city, you can also take advantage of the time before and after your river cruise to experience the city in greater depth for yourself exploring masterpieces like Schönbrunn & Hofburg Palaces, where you can see the medieval buildings that hosted the royal family for centuries. Contact us to start planning your cruise on the Danube to Vienna today.

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The capital city of Austria, Vienna is home to thousands of years of culture and has also served as an important part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Throughout the centuries, it has expaned into a modern city, but the relics of its storied past are well preserved visitor sites like:
  • Schönbrunn Palace – an expansive palace that served as the summer home for the royal family; although it was the summer residence, its relevance as a Baroque landmark in Austria's architectural and cultural history sets it above most other buildings in Vienna.
  • Hofburg Palaces – built in the 13th century, it has been the imperial seat for more than 800 years
  • Grinzing – this neighborhood is most famous for its taverns, where you will experience a true flavor of the region as you sample its delicious locally grown and crafted wines and beers.
Before or after your trip to Vienna, your Danube River cruise will likely take you to the Wachau Valley, and on to Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, or other destinations on this long and winding river.

Vienna River Cruising FAQs

Why should I choose a river cruise?
River cruises are an increasingly popular way to explore central Europe. On a river cruise through Vienna, you will enjoy comfortable accommodations for the whole trip, unlike land-based European tours on which you have to pack and unpack your suitcase every time you travel to a new city. Another advantage of river cruises is their all-inclusive nature: from lodging to food to the tours themselves, river cruises offer everything and make sure that you're never late for an activity or meal. Plus, you travel during the evenings and at meal times so you won't have to lose time on buses or trains.

What should I look for on a riverboat?
While the river cruise vessels in Europe aren't generally considered five-stars due to the space restrictions and fewer amenitites, you can anticipate comfort and style on your European river cruise. These boats have been hand-selected by our Europe cruise experts and feature comfortable cabins of multiple classes, panoramic sun decks, and various social areas including a dining area and bar. You will have a friendly captain and crew, and depending on your vessel you might even have a pool, fitness center, or spa. 

Should I get a room with a balcony?
The best place to take in the views of Vienna is from the sun deck of your river vessel, meaning that a balcony isn't really necessary. They cost hundreds of dollars more and tend to cut into the floorspace of your cabin. If you want to save some money, a fair alternative to a balcony cabin is a room with windows that either open or are floor to ceiling. 

What is dining like?
You won't have any trouble keeping your batteries charged for the days' adventures with the excellent Viennesse food, prepared by chefs versed in the culinary secrets of European kitchens.

Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
For sure! Vienna is a great place to explore in depth, so you will have plenty of time on any cruise to disembark and see all the city has to offer. More isolated destinations in Austria can be accessed by luxury coach.

Will my vessel have WiFi?
Maybe, but not usually. More and more vessels are getting WiFi, but whether or not your vessel has it depends. Plus, depending on where your cruise goes, it could be out of range of a signal for several days.

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
Voltage throughout Europe is 220v, whereas in America it is typically 110v. You will find that most devices can handle both, but in order to plug them in you will need a plug adapter of either the British style three flat prongs or the European style of two round prongs. Wrapping duct tape around the plug and adapter can help you to not forget them.

How can I save money on a river cruise?
A great way to save money is to check our deals page for promotions and offers or let us know which cruises interest you so we can let you know what we can do for you. However, don't try to save money by reserving a less expensive cabin since this can often negatively affect your cruise experience. 

Are river cruises in Vienna a good family vacation?
Cruises through Austria can be a fun family vacation, especially with the more active tours. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to Austria?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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