Our Central Europe Tours travel through the empires that used the Danube River as a major highway: Germany, Austria, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary.
Germany is a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 thousand years of history from the tribes that conquered Rome through to the post world war democratic and economic powerhouse. Germany is rich in natural beauty. Between the North Sea and Baltic coasts in the north and the peaks of the Alps in the south lie extremely diverse landscapes, with everything from wide expanses of river and lake land scenery, hilly uplands and densely wooded regions to agricultural plains and industrial conurbations. Germany’s longest river is the Rhine, which flows through the country for a total of 865 kilometers.
Right in the heart of Europe, Austria is historically, geographically and culturally in a central position. Well known for its ski resorts in the Alps and outstanding scenery, neat and colorful small towns and romantic villages. Vienna, the elegant city of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire is still world-famous for its sophistication and elegant balls in former imperial palaces as well as the many concert halls and musical venues that offer entertainment in every season. The country is just over 8 million in population. The second most important tourist city is Salzburg, the birthplace Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Surrounded by Poland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Germany, the centuries of wars that took place decided the boundaries and shape of Czechoslovakia. There is a population of 15 million and the capital is Prague. Prague is remarkably well preserved and its center is a jewel of medieval architecture. The Czech Republic is famous for its castles, Budweiser beer, spring water spas and UNESCO World heritage sites.
Slovakia is a small and colorful country in Central Europe, full of lovely surprises. Modern Slovakia was born as an independent nation-state in 1993, when it peacefully separated from the Czech Republic, splitting from the former Czechoslovakia by mutual agreement. There are many wonders to see including the capital city of Bratislava.
Every year thousands of tourists flock to Hungary’s innumerable thermal spas, which are world famous for their natural healing spring water. Also for nature and culture lover’s, Hungary has numerous nature conservations waiting to be explored. The Capital is Budapest and is also known as one of Europe’s most historic and romantic cities beautifully situated on both shores of the Danube. The population is about 10.5 million. Hungary is also famous for its fiery wines and heavy food. Major touristic cities are Eger, Pecs, Kecskemet and Debrecen.