BC: The End
FC: June 2011 | Danube River Cruise
1: "The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only a page." ~St. Augustine
2: Budapest, Hungary "Queen of the Danube" Until 1873, Buda (built on the side of a hill) and Pest (lies on the flat eastern bank) were separate towns connected only by ferry. In times of high water or drifting ice, they were completely cut off from each other. The history of the settlement goes back as far as the second millennium BC. During the Great Age of Migrations, the area was settled by waves of nomad people. Ethnic groups in Hungary include Magyar (nearly 90%), Romany, German, Serb, Slovak, and others. The majority of Hungary's people are Roman Catholic. Hungary has long been an integral part of Europe. It converted to Western Christianity before AD 1000. Although Hungary was a monarchy for nearly 1,000 years, its constitutional system preceded by several centuries the establishment of Western-style governments in other European countries.
3: Chain Bridge Designed by engineers from Scotland Finished in 1873
4: Photos taken from inside the bus.
5: HEROE'S SQUARE | ARCHANGEL GABRIEL
8: THE LOOKOUT
11: VIENNA, AUSTRIA Vienna is famous for its many parks. Some of these parks include monuments, such as the Stadtpark and Belvedere Park with its baroque-style castle. The principal park of Vienna is the Prater, which is situated on an island formed by the Danube River and the canal. Schnbrunn, the beautiful Imperial Summer Palace, includes an 18th century park and the world's oldest zoo (1752).
13: Vienna is a rich confection of architecture representing many periods and styles, ranging from elaborate baroque monuments, neo-gothic cathedrals to twentieth century innovations.
14: In Prater Park the big Ferris Wheel dates back to 1896.
16: SCHONBRUNN PALACE
17: EMPERESS MARIA THERESA Built the Palace 1744 - 1749
18: The Grand Parterre
20: Wachau Valley Vienna to Passau The river passes castle ruins and apricot orchards that spangle the banks with snowy blossoms. Terraces of vineyards climb slopes as if to seek benediction from the great medieval monasteries that command the hilltops
22: A blue and white Baroque church on a river bend announces the little walled town of Durnstein, crowned by the ruins of the 12th-century Kuenringer Castle, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Inside it is laden with gold, symbolism and fine inlaid wood. In town, wine taverns, gift shops and 16th-century townhouses line cobblestone streets.
25: Melk, Austria The Melk Abbey is a place where the monks still pray and work. It is a place of teaching and study. The church leads into the great courtyard, which is enclosed on all sides by the bright yellow buildings and dominated by the dome of the church.
26: SERENITY and PEACE
28: "Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries." -- René Descartes
29: Passau, Germany St. Stephen's Cathedral
30: City of Three Rivers Passau lies at the corner of a triangle created by the Danube and the Inn River, from the north comes the Ilz River.
32: Inside the baroque style St. Stephen's Cathedral with it's remarkable interior and the world's 4th largest and Europe's largest pipe organ with 17,774 pipes and 233 stops. During the summer and early autumn months, an organ concert is held daily (except on Sundays) at noon. Built in 1688.
35: What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. ~William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways
37: Magnificent sun set on the Danube...
38: Regensberg, Germany 1,000 ft long Stone Bridge that was built in the 12th century; a masterpiece in early engineering.
39: Cathedral of St. Peter 13th - 16th Century An example of Bavarian Gothic Style.
41: Nuremberg, Germany Founded in the 11th century by Emperor Heinrich III as a base for his campaigns in Bohemia, Nuremberg today is the second-largest city in Bavaria. Before the Second World War, Nuremberg was one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Germany. Nuremberg gained notoriety, as the site of the Nazi party rallies, later as the location of the infamous Nuremberg trials. Nazi party rally grounds, a huge site with monumental buildings where the Nazi party rallies were held and Hitler's troops had their parades. The never finished Congress Hall, known as Colosseum of Nuremberg
42: It's hard to imagine that this beautiful 500 year old man-made lake was once the sight of the Nazi Rallies with row upon row of helmet clad soldiers standing at attention while Hitler spewed his socialist propaganda.
43: Imperial Castle