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Cruising the Danube River

Photos from a July, 2014 riverboat cruise on the Danube River. Photos by Bill Vogrin

The Danube River meets the Inn and Ilz rivers in Passau, about 90 miles east of Munich, Germany. The confluence of the three rivers can be seen in the three colors of water where a riverboat is visible. Passau traces its history back 3,000 years to when Romans fought for its control with tribes from the Alps. A 17th century fire destroyed much of the town and today it features classic baroque architecture including several large, ornate churches and a fort. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette.
The Danube River meets the Inn and Ilz rivers in Passau, about 90 miles east of Munich, Germany. The confluence of the three rivers can be seen in the three colors of water where a riverboat is visible. Passau traces its history back 3,000 years to when Romans fought for its control with tribes from the Alps. A 17th century fire destroyed much of the town and today it features classic baroque architecture including several large, ornate churches and a fort. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette.

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The Hungarian Parliament building is a stunning sight from the deck of a ship cruising into Budapest at night. The entire Budapest riverfront, from its bridges to ancient churches and historic monuments, is spectacularly lit and resembles a baroque Las Vegas. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The Hungarian Parliament building is a stunning sight from the deck of a ship cruising into Budapest at night. The entire Budapest riverfront, from its bridges to ancient churches and historic monuments, is spectacularly lit and resembles a baroque Las Vegas. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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The Danube River from the Castle Hill district in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The Danube River from the Castle Hill district in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Daily walking tours of river cities allowed guests to explore and get lost down narrow, winding streets like this scene in Passau, Germany. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Daily walking tours of river cities allowed guests to explore and get lost down narrow, winding streets like this scene in Passau, Germany. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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One of the famous thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
One of the famous thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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A clocktower in Passau, Germany, during a cruise on the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
A clocktower in Passau, Germany, during a cruise on the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Sunset along the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Sunset along the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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The sprawling city market in Vienna, Austria, was a foodie paradise and offered visitors everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses, fish, strudel, wine and beer and much more. It was part of a day trip led by the chef of the Viking Legend cruise ship. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The sprawling city market in Vienna, Austria, was a foodie paradise and offered visitors everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses, fish, strudel, wine and beer and much more. It was part of a day trip led by the chef of the Viking Legend cruise ship. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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The colorful riverfront in Passau, Germany, along the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The colorful riverfront in Passau, Germany, along the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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The Melk Abbey is a popular day trip when cruising the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The Melk Abbey is a popular day trip when cruising the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Hungarian beer and traditional favorites like paprika chicken are available at restaurants along the Danube River in Budapest. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Hungarian beer and traditional favorites like paprika chicken are available at restaurants along the Danube River in Budapest. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Luxury hotels and restaurants, like Le Meridien located in the heart of Budapest, Hungary, offer many amenities and helpful, English-speaking staffs. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Luxury hotels and restaurants, like Le Meridien located in the heart of Budapest, Hungary, offer many amenities and helpful, English-speaking staffs. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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The Chain Bridge and Buda Castle in the background are part of the spectacularly lit riverfront of Budapest, Hungary. It resembles a 17th century baroque Las Vegas. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The Chain Bridge and Buda Castle in the background are part of the spectacularly lit riverfront of Budapest, Hungary. It resembles a 17th century baroque Las Vegas. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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"Shoes on the Danube River" is a memorial to the tens of thousands of Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II. The memorial is along the river near the Parliament building. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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The riverfront of Budapest, Hungary, is spectacularly lit and resembles a 17th century baroque Las Vegas. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The riverfront of Budapest, Hungary, is spectacularly lit and resembles a 17th century baroque Las Vegas. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Dozens of pairs of bronzed shoes line the east bank of the Danube River in Budapest outside the Parliament building.
Dozens of pairs of bronzed shoes line the east bank of the Danube River in Budapest outside the Parliament building. "Shoes on the Danube River" is a memorial to the tens of thousands of Jews killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II. They routinely lined Jews on the riverbank, made them remove their shoes and valuables, and shot them to death, allowing their bodies to fall into the river and wash away. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazete

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Castle ruins are a common sight on the bluffs along the Danube River from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Castle ruins are a common sight on the bluffs along the Danube River from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Onion-domed churches highlight many river cities along the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Onion-domed churches highlight many river cities along the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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There are 11 locks on the Danube River between Passau, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, and cruising through them is a fascinating experience. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
There are 11 locks on the Danube River between Passau, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary, and cruising through them is a fascinating experience. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Cruising the Danube River through the Wachau Valley and wine country. Wineries offer tours and wine tasting events like this one in Krems, Austria. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Cruising the Danube River through the Wachau Valley and wine country. Wineries offer tours and wine tasting events like this one in Krems, Austria. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Cruising the Danube River offered postcard scenes of castles overlooking quaint river towns including this view of Durnstein, Austria, and Keunringerburg Castle. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Cruising the Danube River offered postcard scenes of castles overlooking quaint river towns including this view of Durnstein, Austria, and Keunringerburg Castle. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Public rental bike stations, like this one in Budapest, Hungary, are popular and fun ways to explore. Bikes can be rented using credit cards for a small fee. Similar bike stations are available in Vienna, Austria, and other European cities. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Public rental bike stations, like this one in Budapest, Hungary, are popular and fun ways to explore. Bikes can be rented using credit cards for a small fee. Similar bike stations are available in Vienna, Austria, and other European cities. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Tourists can find many shops and craftsmen during day trips when cruising the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Tourists can find many shops and craftsmen during day trips when cruising the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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The view of Passau, Germany, from the top deck of the Viking Legend during a cruise of the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The view of Passau, Germany, from the top deck of the Viking Legend during a cruise of the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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Renting public bicycles is a popular and inexpensive way to see Vienna, Austria, and other European cities along the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
Renting public bicycles is a popular and inexpensive way to see Vienna, Austria, and other European cities along the Danube River. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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The sprawling city market in Vienna, Austria, offered visitors fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, cheese, wine and beer and much more. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette
The sprawling city market in Vienna, Austria, offered visitors fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, cheese, wine and beer and much more. Photo by Bill Vogrin, The Gazette

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