The Danube, the Rhine, the Duero, the Seine, the Vltava ... The history of the Old Continent is the history of great rivers. Navigating the interior of Europe through these "fluvial highways" allows us to contemplate the continental landscapes from another point of view. In Civitatis we propose you this week a selection of cruises and boat trips on the most important rivers of Portugal, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and France. Will you accompany us on the crossing?
Bridges with history about the Douro
In addition to numerous historical and cultural ties, Spain and Portugal also share rivers. One of them is the Duero, whose waters flow into the Atlantic at the height of Oporto. This beautiful city of Lusa has several bridges that have become more than just a catwalk to cross from one shore to another. That of Don Luis I is the best known of all, but not the only one. You can navigate the final stretch of the Douro and discover its history with this cruise of the six bridges through Oporto.
The magic of Moldava
If there is a central European city where magic and mystery are especially important, that is without a doubt Prague. The Czech capital was considered for years "the city of the alchemists". The legends about these characters have a great relationship with the Moldava, the river where they often pour their potions not to be discovered by those who pursued the dark arts.
With this cruise through Prague, you will not only know the past of the Vltava River, but you will also contemplate such emblematic places of the city as the famous Charles Bridge.
The Dunubio, king of Central Europe
The Danube, one of the longest rivers of the Old Continent , has witnessed throughout history the clashes between the Roman Empire and the barbarians, the expansion of the feudal regimes, the Protestant reform, the boom and subsequent fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or the horror of the civil wars that ravaged the Balkans in the 90s of the twentieth century. Cities like Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest or Belgrade can not be understood without the Danube.
In the case of the Hungarian capital, you can enjoy a boat trip through Budapest and see the beautiful monuments on the banks of the Danube, such as the Hungarian Parliament.
Crossing the waters of the Meno River
Germany is a country that is also very linked to great rivers: the Rhine, the Elbe, the Danube itself ... In the case of Frankfurt, the "river road" of this important German city is the Main. This river constitutes a great commercial and communication axis through which a large quantity of merchandise is transported daily. However, the Meno is not only a strategic place for trade but also allows you to contemplate the city from a different point of view. The boat trip in Frankfurt will allow you to know both banks of the Main on a pleasant journey.
Art and history on the banks of the Seine
The museums of Orsay and the Louvre, the Notre-Dame cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and many other emblematic places of Paris have in common their proximity to the Seine. This river has become another tourist attraction more than the French capital because on its shore you can enjoy art, history, and culture in general like nowhere else. With this boat ride on the Seine, you will see the most famous monuments that are close to its shores.