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The most inspiring museums on the Danube

27th July 2015

The length of the Danube is packed with intriguing cities, each with their own set of remarkable museums, galleries and exhibitions. When you take our 8 Day Danube Cruise, you get plenty of time to explore the likes of Vienna and Budapest at your leisure, but with so many great things to see it helps to have an idea of what’s on offer.

Here are a few of the best museums on the Danube.

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) - Vienna


The romantic city of Vienna certainly isn't lacking when it comes to culture and history. After all, Mozart spent a great deal of time here producing some of his most iconic works. Yet while music is as much a part of Vienna as the Danube itself, it’s the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) that we recommend you visit if you only have time for one museum. This magnificent gallery, located close to the equally brilliant Imperial Palace, was built in 1891 to house the imperial family's art collections. Today, the art museum contains one of the biggest and best collections in the world, with a number of iconic pieces hanging on its walls. On top of the largest Bruegel collection in existence, you will find Raphael’s "Madonna in the Meadow," as well as works from Rubens, Velasquez, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz , 1010 Wien

The House of Terror Museum - Budapest


With a name like the House of Terror, you know that you are in for a grisly time in this museum. Housed in the former communist secret police headquarters, this horrifying, yet intriguing museum documents the fate of those who fell foul to the Hungarian fascist and communist regimes of the 20th century.

Many of those who disappeared into the halls of this wicked building were detained, questioned, tortured and even killed here and the exhibitions at the museum take you through the hopeless tales. As the most interesting chapters of history are often the darkest, this museum tops the lot for Budapest. Address: 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 60.Andrássy út 60.

Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelaende - Nuremberg

Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds, or Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelaende, is one of the most fascinating relics from Nazi Germany. This huge parade ground was once the platform from which the Nazis would host their famous rallies and displays of power. Some 50,000 people could attend the rallies from the viewing gallery and by taking in the permanent exhibition "Fascination and Terror", you will gain a better understanding of the effects that these authoritarian displays might have had on the German people. Address: Bayernstraße 110 90478 Nürnberg


LENTOS Kunstmuseum (LENTOS Art Museum) - Linz

As a former European capital of culture in 2009, Linz has plenty of clout in the museum department. Explore the realms of biology, Austrian history, literature, and more - there’s even a cowboy museum, if Stetson hats and the Wild West are your thing. However, the pick of the bunch has to be the LENTOS Art Museum. One of Austria’s most important art galleries, LENTOS boasts a stunning collection of Modern Art ranging from the thought-provoking to the downright bizarre.

The building itself is an impressive sight at night as it lights up in different colours. As it’s right on the banks of the Danube, you may catch a glimpse of this impressive museum in the evening as you settle down to dinner. Address: Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz, Austria

Bratislava City Museum (Mestske Muzeum) - Bratislava

Learn all about the rich history of Bratislava and the surrounding region in this concise and fascinating museum. The museum was established in 1868 and documents the earliest periods of Slovakia right up until the 20th century. Split into eight museums throughout the city, the main one is the Museum of the City History, which covers every aspect of Bratislava from culture to social life. To top off your visit, head up the tower and enjoy the sensational views of the city's Old Town. Address: Radnicna ul 1, Bratislava 815 18, Slovakia (Staré Mesto)


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Cruise Lines Prepare To Remember D-Day on 70th Anniversary

13th May 2014

Although cruising has become my passion, during my time at school it was history lessons that stimulated my mind with intense interest. 

I can remember spending hours studying World War II and being particulary intrigued by D-Day and the iconic importance it plays in the world today. It never crossed my mind that you would be able to combine a cruise with a significant part of history so when I found out you could take a cruise to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day I wanted to find out more…

What Is D-Day?

D-Day represents the day that saw the largest invasion in history and marks a key date in the story of the Second World War.

The Battle of Normandy saw the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control and on June 6th 1944 the battle began with British, American and Canadian forces landing on the coast of France’s Normandy beaches.

These Normandy landings are known as the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.

Today these beaches are an iconic place for people to stroll, relax or enjoy a family picnic. Lined with museums and memorials it is a place to remember those who fought and died for the freedom we now enjoy.

Re-living history…cruise style

2014 sees the 70th anniversary of this life-changing event that forever stays in the hearts of the world.

With such a significant event to remember and thousands of people wanting to take part in these celebrations, cruise lines have decided to take guests on a trip of a lifetime to pay their respects during this momentous time.

Cruise & Maritime

Cruise & Maritime will set sail for two special D-Day sailings in June and plan to be an important part of the celebrations. A moving ceremony of remembrance will be held onboard whilst cruising past the coast of Normandy before arriving in Honfleur where you can visit the original Pegasus Bridge. The opportunity to cross the Caen Canal is an experience in itself and guests on Discovery and Marco Polo will have the opportunity to do this before visiting Cherboug where they can visit Allied landing areas and the D-Day Museum.

Marco Polo will depart 2nd June from Tilbury and Discovery will leave 1st June from Bristol.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

Fred. Olsen have prepared a cruise on Braemar to truly treasure this special time. From an overnight in Le Harve, a private tour of the landing beaches and an exclusive Help For Heroes speaker onboard, this cruise will take guests on a real-life history lesson.

The overnight in Le Havre gives guests the opportunity to tour the iconic landing beaches, before sailing to Dunkirk to visit the War Museum. This museum commemorates the history behind the 1940 evacuation. Guests will also have the opportunity to see the Town Cemetery where the graves of Commonwealth soldiers died in both World Wars lie.

The New Squadrobaires Orchestra will be onboard to perform 1940s swing music as well as other commemorative events.

Braemar will depart from Harwich on June 1st.

Swan Hellenic

Smaller ship, Minerva from Swan Hellenic is set to take a cruise from the popular British port of Portsmouth to visit the Normandy Beaches. A special ceremony will be held onboard whilst cruising past the coastline.

Calling at Dunkirk, guests can visit the place where thousands of stranded British and French troops were rescued by Royal Navy ships. Upon leaving the coasts of Normandy she will sail up the canal into Caen where guests can take a tour of Gold and Sword beaches.

Minerva will depart for her 70th Anniversary cruise on June 4th from Portsmouth.

Holland America

Although not advertised as a special D-Day cruise, ms Eurodam recently called at Cherbourg offering two excursions to give guests a glimpse of the D-Day history. The first to Sainte-Mere-I’Eglise where a life-size mannequin hangs from the church spire to represent where a US para-troop misjudged D-Day landing. The other excursion to Bayeux, gave guests the opportunity to see a strip of embroidered linen that illustrates the invasion from Normandy to England.

Ms Eurodam departed Civitavecchia on April 29th.

By Sally Grimes

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