Tag: Durnstein

Viking’s Danube Waltz (6)

Viking’s Danube Waltz (6)

con­tin­ued from part 5…

June 6: Pas­sau, Ger­many

Once called “Batavia” or “Batavis,” Pas­sau is a charmer of a medieval Bavar­i­an town at the con­flu­ence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz, the last out of the Black For­est, spew­ing dark peaty water into the larg­er, faster-mov­ing rivers.

With a pop­u­la­tion the same as Man­ches­ter, New Hamp­shire, it draws 1.6 mil­lion vis­i­tors per year, com­pared to 1 mil­lion down at Durn­stein, pop­u­la­tion 400 and a tenth the size. Result: you can move around with­out mass­es of crowds and enjoy the tran­si­tion archi­tec­ture, Goth­ic to Baroque.

St. Stefan’s Cathe­dral has one of the largest organs in the world and the recital there is tremen­dous.…

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Viking’s Danube Waltz (4)

Viking’s Danube Waltz (4)

con­tin­ued from part 3…

June 4: Durn­stein and Melk, Aus­tria

Durn­stein

Viking encour­ages you to buy local wine and beer and stash it in your state­room cool­er. In prac­tice this is super­flu­ous because there is so much of it aboard, espe­cial­ly with the pre­mi­um drinks pack­age; you only have to lift a fin­ger or a wine list, and it’s there on a 24/7 basis.

How­ev­er, if you’re seri­ous about wine or cock­tails, the pre­mi­um (“Sil­ver Spir­its” pack­age is worth the mon­ey at $300 per cab­in. (It also includes espres­so and oth­er spe­cial­ty cof­fees, juices and min­er­al water.) Accept­able house wine and beer are poured freely, but not the pre­mi­um stuff, and mixed drinks cost extra.…

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