Do you like to dance? I do. I like to shake my groove thing and have a good time. But I also appreciate the fine art of waltzing, especially the Blue Danube. It’s so romantic. Can you see yourself gliding across dance floor with the one you love? Sigh. Now I’m getting misty and starry eyed. Keep reading to discover the top reasons why you should take a romantic Danube River cruise.

Hungary

Stroll along Andrássy Avenue with the one you love and you’ll see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes’ Square and immerse yourself in Hungary’s history. Cross the Danube into Buda’s Castle District and check out Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church.

Austria

Waltz into Vienna, Austria and see baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. You must tour Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna.” It was erected in 1778 and surrounded by formal gardens, Grecian statuary, the world’s oldest zoo and Roman ruins.

Germany

In Passau, walk along narrow streets through Old Town and see traditional patrician houses. Travel to Regensburg and stroll the streets, shop or get a bite to eat at Germany’s oldest restaurant, the Alte Würstküche. While in Nuremberg, walk from the imperial palace grounds in Nuremberg and you’ll pass the Albrecht Dürer House and arrive at the Main Market Square with its ornate Gothic fountain.

Sail the Danube River to Charming Cities and Villages

I loved exploring the grand cities and quaint villages along the magnificent Danube River on my 8-day journey with Viking River Cruises. I was fascinated by the tale of why Stauss immortalized the “Blue Danube” in his waltz (may have to do with a poem). After wine tasting in the Wachau Valley, I was actually light on my feet and waltzed the night away. Auf Wiedersehen!