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Danube River cruise 2012

Jane and I took a European trip to Prague followed by a river cruise on the Danube with Viking Cruises in late April-early May, 2012. We had a wonderful time, met some new friends and enjoyed some beautiful and historic sights.
The Viking Odin long ship was new and amazing. The food and service was outstanding.
Our trip went from Prague, Czech Republic to Passau, Germany where we boarded the Odin. We cruised the Danube visiting Salzburg, Melk, Linz, Durnstein and Vienna, Austria. Followed by stops in Bratislava, Slovakia and finally Budapest, Hungary.
There are too many photo's but it was difficult narrowing them down to these! Everywhere you look is a photo op!
I hope you enjoy our trip!
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Prague Hilton-Our hotel for three days
Prague Hilton-Our hotel for three days
Marketplace in Old Town
Marketplace in Old Town
Jane in Old Town.
Jane in Old Town.
Astronomical Clock on Old Town Hall
Astronomical Clock on Old Town Hall
Astronomical Clock-1410
Astronomical Clock-1410
Jan Hus Monument-Old Town Square
Jan Hus Monument-Old Town Square
Old Town
Old Town
Marionette Shop
Marionette Shop
Prague castle guard
Prague castle guard
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral
Gargoyle on St. Vitus Cathedral
Gargoyle on St. Vitus Cathedral
Front of St. Vitus Cathedral
Front of St. Vitus Cathedral
Interior of St. Vitus
Interior of St. Vitus
Stained glass windows in St. Vitus
Stained glass windows in St. Vitus
St. Vitus statues
St. Vitus statues
Stained glass art in St. Vitus
Stained glass art in St. Vitus
Jane in St. Vitus
Jane in St. Vitus
Musicians outside the castle gate
Musicians outside the castle gate
View of Prague from castle
View of Prague from castle
Mike and Jane
Mike and Jane
The Dancing Building-(Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)
The "Dancing Building"-(Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)
Vltava River view
Vltava River view
Babies in Kampa Garden
"Babies" in Kampa Garden
Local ladies in Mala Strana
Local ladies in Mala Strana
Lesser Quarter cafe
Lesser Quarter cafe
Flags on Charles Bridge gate
Flags on Charles Bridge gate
View of Lesser Quarter from Charles Bridge
View of Lesser Quarter from Charles Bridge
St. John of Nepomuk statue on Charles Bridge
St. John of Nepomuk statue on Charles Bridge
Jane touching the good luck plaque-It means she will return to Prague!
Jane touching the good luck plaque-It means she will return to Prague!
John the Baptist statue and Prague castle
John the Baptist statue and Prague castle
Crusifiction statue on Charles Bridge
Crusifiction statue on Charles Bridge
The House at the minute in Old Town Square
The House "at the minute" in Old Town Square
In Old Town Square
In Old Town Square
Shops in Old Town
Shops in Old Town
Prague Castle and the Lesser Quarter
Prague Castle and the Lesser Quarter
Charles Bridge view
Charles Bridge view
Tower Gate in Lesser Quarter
Tower Gate in Lesser Quarter
View towards St. Nicholas church
View towards St. Nicholas church
Lesser Quarter Square
Lesser Quarter Square
Church of St. Nicholas in Lesser Quarter
Church of St. Nicholas in Lesser Quarter
St. Nicholas altar
St. Nicholas altar
St. Nicholas interior
St. Nicholas interior
Statue in St. Nicholas
Statue in St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas altar
St. Nicholas altar
Marionette shop in Lesser Quarter
Marionette shop in Lesser Quarter
Certovka canal-The Venice of Prague
Certovka canal-The Venice of Prague
Narrow alley to restaurant
Narrow alley to restaurant
Jane and the Charles Bridge
Jane and the Charles Bridge
Mike and Charles Bridge
Mike and Charles Bridge
Shopping in Lesser Quarter
Shopping in Lesser Quarter
Flags on tower gate
Flags on tower gate
Steeples in Lesser Quarter
Steeples in Lesser Quarter
Ships on the Vltava river
Ships on the Vltava river
Prague castle
Prague castle
Jane posing on the Vltava
Jane posing on the Vltava
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Piss statues in Kampa museum courtyard
"Piss" statues in Kampa museum courtyard
Old Town Bridge Tower
Old Town Bridge Tower
Sunset on the Vltava
Sunset on the Vltava
Lights coming on
Lights coming on
View of Charles bridge from our restaurant
View of Charles bridge from our restaurant
Prague evening
Prague evening
Our bus to Passau
Our bus to Passau
Czech-German border
Czech-German border
View across the Inn river in Passau
View across the Inn river in Passau
Danube meets the Inn river at Passau
Danube meets the Inn river at Passau
Viking Odin lobby
Viking Odin lobby
Viking Odin interior
Viking Odin interior
Viking Odin 2nd deck
Viking Odin 2nd deck
Jane in our Explorer Suite
Jane in our "Explorer Suite"
Our suite-nice!
Our suite-nice!
Lot's of room
Lot's of room
Bathroom
Bathroom
Fortress Veste Oberhaus on the hill
Fortress "Veste Oberhaus" on the hill
St. Stephans Cathedral mass procession
St. Stephans Cathedral mass procession
Bishop Wilhelm Schraml
Bishop Wilhelm Schraml
Mass at St. Stephans
Mass at St. Stephans
Choir and orchestra
Choir and orchestra
Church musicians
Church musicians
Bishop and musicians
Bishop and musicians
Local parishioners in their traditional outfits for Mayday
Local parishioners in their traditional outfits for Mayday
Bishop leaving the church
Bishop leaving the church
St. Stephans Cathedral
St. Stephans Cathedral
St. Stephans organ is largest in the world! Over 17,000 pipes!
St. Stephans organ is largest in the world! Over 17,000 pipes!
Cathedral ceiling
Cathedral ceiling
Mayday parade starting after mass in front of church.
Mayday parade starting after mass in front of church.
Little boy in Mayday parade
Little boy in Mayday parade
Pretty blond with a local band
Pretty blond with a local band
Girls in the parade
Girls in the parade
Little boy in wagon
Little boy in wagon
Local women
Local women
Girls in parade
Girls in parade
Local couple
Local couple
Local Bavarian man
Local Bavarian man
Parade moving through Passau
Parade moving through Passau
Pretty redhead
Pretty redhead
Jane in Passau
Jane in Passau
Brats for lunch!
Brats for lunch!
Passau-confluence of three rivers
Passau-confluence of three rivers
Passau
Passau
Viking Odin docked in Passau
Viking Odin docked in Passau
View from castle
View from castle
Viking Odin top deck
Viking Odin top deck
Jane, Sharon and Sid
Jane, Sharon and Sid
Cruise leaving Passau
Cruise leaving Passau
Sid and Sharon with us on top deck
Sid and Sharon with us on top deck
Welcome in the Lounge
Welcome in the Lounge
Danube river view from lounge
Danube river view from lounge
First dinner on Viking Odin
First dinner on Viking Odin
Jane and centerpiece
Jane and centerpiece
The guys at dinner
The guys at dinner
Danube sunset
Danube sunset
Canola field and the Alps from our bus on the way to Salzburg
Canola field and the Alps from our bus on the way to Salzburg
Mondsee lake (Moon lake)
Mondsee lake (Moon lake)
Mondsee Lake
Mondsee Lake
Part of the Alps
Part of the Alps
Mondsee Lake and the Alps
Mondsee Lake and the Alps
Laurie and Jan
Laurie and Jan
Jane & Mike in Sound of Music opening scene site
Jane & Mike in "Sound of Music" opening scene site
Lake Mondsee with Drachenwald mountain in rear
Lake Mondsee with Drachenwald mountain in rear
Viking Odin docked in Linz
Viking Odin docked in Linz
Our suite on the Viking Odin
Our suite on the Viking Odin
Wisteria in Mirabell Gardens-Salzburg
Wisteria in Mirabell Gardens-Salzburg
Mirabell Gardens fountain
Mirabell Gardens fountain
Mirabell Gardens with Fortress on hill
Mirabell Gardens with Fortress on hill
Mirabell Gardens flowers
Mirabell Gardens flowers
Wolfgang Mozarts birthplace-Salzburg
Wolfgang Mozarts birthplace-Salzburg
Farmers market in Salzburg
Farmers market in Salzburg
Salzburg street entertainer
Salzburg street entertainer
Cathdral in Residence Square
Cathdral in Residence Square
Cathedral interior
Cathedral interior
Hohensalzburg Fortress
Hohensalzburg Fortress
St. Peters cemetery behind the Cathedral
St. Peters cemetery behind the Cathedral
Cemetery monument
Cemetery monument
Franciscan Church-1495
Franciscan Church-1495
Lunch in the square
Lunch in the square
Jane at Residence Fountain (1660)-seen in Sound of Music
Jane at Residence Fountain (1660)-seen in "Sound of Music"
Jane at Mozart Monument (1842)
Jane at Mozart Monument (1842)
Mike at Mozart Monument
Mike at Mozart Monument
Shopping along Getreidegasse, the commercial center of the city
Shopping along "Getreidegasse," the commercial center of the city
Mozart is popular in gift shops
Mozart is popular in gift shops
Linz church interior
Linz church interior
Linz town square
Linz town square
Downtown Linz
Downtown Linz
Viking Odin docked on the Danube in Linz
Viking Odin docked on the Danube in Linz
Leaving the dock in Linz
Leaving the dock in Linz
Our gang ready for dinner after our day in Salzburg
Our gang ready for dinner after our day in Salzburg
The ladies in the lounge
The ladies in the lounge
Linz carnival
Linz carnival
Linz at night
Linz at night
Opera singers on the Odin for a show
Opera singers on the Odin for a show
Sharon and Jane on top deck
Sharon and Jane on top deck
Mike and Jane before dinner
Mike and Jane before dinner
Arrival in Melk, Austria
Arrival in Melk, Austria
Viking Odin in Melk
Viking Odin in Melk
Dock in Melk
Dock in Melk
Sharon and Jane in Melk
Sharon and Jane in Melk
Our Melk tour guide
Our Melk tour guide
Stift Melk entrance gate-founded in 1089
Stift Melk entrance gate-founded in 1089
Melk Abbey Prelates' courtyard-Benedictine Monastery
Melk Abbey Prelates' courtyard-Benedictine Monastery
Melk Abbey museum
Melk Abbey museum
Melk Abbey's Marble Hall
Melk Abbey's Marble Hall
Melk village from the Monastery
Melk village from the Monastery
Melk Abbey's Baroque Benedictine church
Melk Abbey's Baroque Benedictine church
Mass at Melk Abbey
Mass at Melk Abbey
Mike and Jane on the balcony
Mike and Jane on the balcony
Group shot from the Melk balcony-Sid, Sharon, Laurie, Howard, Jane, Mike, Jan and Gary
Group shot from the Melk balcony-Sid, Sharon, Laurie, Howard, Jane, Mike, Jan and Gary
Local ladies entering the church
Local ladies entering the church
Melk Abbey gardens
Melk Abbey gardens
Garden walk
Garden walk
Town of Melk
Town of Melk
Sid and Sharon in ready for lunch in Melk
Sid and Sharon in ready for lunch in Melk
Melk Abbey from the river
Melk Abbey from the river
Viking Odin docked in Melk
Viking Odin docked in Melk
Birding trail near Melk dock
Birding trail near Melk dock
Blue Tit
Blue Tit
Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Schonbuhel Castle-Watchman of the Wachau
Schonbuhel Castle-"Watchman of the Wachau"
Wachau valley-Aggstein Castle ruins on 960' above Danube
Wachau valley-Aggstein Castle ruins on 960' above Danube
Ruins of Aggstein Castle-founded in 1231
Ruins of Aggstein Castle-founded in 1231
Willendorf, Austria
Willendorf, Austria
Castle Hinterhaus ruins in Spitz
Castle Hinterhaus ruins in Spitz
Arnsdorf, Austria. Franz Gruber played organ here. He wrote Silent Night
Arnsdorf, Austria. Franz Gruber played organ here. He wrote "Silent Night"
St. Mauritius gothic parish in Spitz, Austria
St. Mauritius gothic parish in Spitz, Austria
Weissenkirchen-Assumption church in wine growing village
Weissenkirchen-Assumption church in wine growing village
Local scenery! Well, it was warm!
Local scenery! Well, it was warm!
Durnstein ahead
Durnstein ahead
Arriving in Durnstein-15th century parish church
Arriving in Durnstein-15th century parish church
Durnstein village
Durnstein village
Docking in Durnstein
Docking in Durnstein
Durnstein fortress-linked to Crusades. Richard the Lion-Hearted was a prisoner here in 1193
Durnstein fortress-linked to Crusades. Richard the Lion-Hearted was a prisoner here in 1193
Domane winery in Durnstein
Domane winery in Durnstein
Domane vinyards
Domane vinyards
Wine stored underground
Wine stored underground
Touring Domane winery
Touring Domane winery
Jane next to one of the wine barrels
Jane next to one of the wine barrels
Domane Wachau wine storage
Domane Wachau wine storage
Touring the winery
Touring the winery
Durnstein castle view from the village
Durnstein castle view from the village
Town of Durnstein
Town of Durnstein
Durnstein street
Durnstein street
Durnstein village and castle at night
Durnstein village and castle at night
Vienna, Austria tour
Vienna, Austria tour
Vienna tour
Vienna tour
Plague Tower-1690 Black Plague monument
Plague Tower-1690 Black Plague monument
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Our group in front of the Cathedral
Our group in front of the Cathedral
Interior of St. Stephen's
Interior of St. Stephen's
Cathedral interior
Cathedral interior
Late afternoon light in the Cathedral
Late afternoon light in the Cathedral
Cathedral art
Cathedral art
Sid in front of St. Stephen's
Sid in front of St. Stephen's
Stephansplatz
Stephansplatz
Jane shopping at Osterreichische Werkstaetten!
Jane shopping at Osterreichische Werkstaetten!
Vienna building art
Vienna building art
Lunch in Vienna
Lunch in Vienna
Vienna lunch
Vienna lunch
A little beer during lunch
A little beer during lunch
Howard, Sid and Gary
Howard, Sid and Gary
Downtown Vienna street
Downtown Vienna street
Walking to the market
Walking to the market
Naschmarkt-huge open air market
Naschmarkt-huge open air market
Beethoven statue
Beethoven statue
Laurie and Sharon in the market
Laurie and Sharon in the market
Johann Strauss statue in Vienna City Park
Johann Strauss statue in Vienna City Park
Hooded Crow in city park
Hooded Crow in city park
Dominikankirsche (Dominican church)-1634 altar
Dominikankirsche (Dominican church)-1634 altar
Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church)-1703 baroque church at University of Vienna
Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church)-1703 baroque church at University of Vienna
Jesuit Church dome interior-Fresco is painted on a flat ceiling!
Jesuit Church dome interior-Fresco is painted on a flat ceiling!
Vienna shopping area
Vienna shopping area
Docked in Bratislava, Slovakia
Docked in Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava Castle in distance
Bratislava Castle in distance
U.S. Embassy in Bratislava
U.S. Embassy in Bratislava
Bratislava Castle grounds-16th century
Bratislava Castle grounds-16th century
Jane on Castle grounds overlooking Danube
Jane on Castle grounds overlooking Danube
Mike at Bratislava castle
Mike at Bratislava castle
Nov'y Most (New Bridge)-Bratislava
Nov'y Most (New Bridge)-Bratislava
Bratislava City Train at the Castle
Bratislava City Train at the Castle
St. Michael's Gate-14th century-only medieval town gateway still in standing.
St. Michael's Gate-14th century-only medieval town gateway still in standing.
Old Town Square-Bratislava (only rain on our trip!)
Old Town Square-Bratislava (only rain on our trip!)
Napolean's Army Soldier in Main Square
Napolean's Army Soldier in Main Square
Franciscan monk
Franciscan monk
Primatial Palace-former home of the Archbishop
Primatial Palace-former home of the Archbishop
Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall
Paparazzi Statue
Paparazzi Statue
Cumil Man at Work statue
"Cumil" Man at Work statue
Carlton Hotel, Old Town Bratislava
Carlton Hotel, Old Town Bratislava
Candy shop
Candy shop
Old Town-see the Man at Work?
Old Town-see the "Man at Work"?
Jane shopping
Jane shopping
Bratislava Castle from the Danube
Bratislava Castle from the Danube
Ready for lunch on the Odin
Ready for lunch on the Odin
Mute Swans on a refuge east of Bratislava
Mute Swans on a refuge east of Bratislava
Viking Odin's top deck
Viking Odin's top deck
Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Entering Gabcikovo lock
Entering Gabcikovo lock
Gabcikovo lock-One of the Danube's deepest lock's
Gabcikovo lock-One of the Danube's deepest lock's
Jane and Mike in the lock
Jane and Mike in the lock
Relaxing on the top deck
Relaxing on the top deck
Captain Vitalyi at the helm
Captain Vitalyi at the helm
Dining room before dinner
Dining room before dinner
Chef Karl Heinz in his kitchen
Chef Karl Heinz in his kitchen
Cruising under a bridge
Cruising under a bridge
Danube river village
Danube river village
Captain Vitalyi, Hotel Manager Zsolt, Matre d' Hotel Marta and Program Director Marek
Captain Vitalyi, Hotel Manager Zsolt, Matre d' Hotel Marta and Program Director Marek
Laurie, Jan and Jane
Laurie, Jan and Jane
Viking Odin Captain and crew
Viking Odin Captain and crew
Esztergom Basilica-1856 the largest church in Hungary
Esztergom Basilica-1856 the largest church in Hungary
Esztergom Basilica-18th biggest church in the world!
Esztergom Basilica-18th biggest church in the world!
Jan, Sharon, Jane and Laurie at dinner
Jan, Sharon, Jane and Laurie at dinner
Howard, Mike, Sid and Gary at dinner
Howard, Mike, Sid and Gary at dinner
Moon over the Danube
Moon over the Danube
Dessert! The food was excellent!
Dessert! The food was excellent!
Jane and Sharon dancing in the lounge
Jane and Sharon dancing in the lounge
Arriving in Budapest under the Megyeri Bridge-2008
Arriving in Budapest under the Megyeri Bridge-2008
Houses of Parliament-built in 1885-1904
Houses of Parliament-built in 1885-1904
Houses of Parliament-the exterior has 365 turrets
Houses of Parliament-the exterior has 365 turrets
Calvinist Church with St. Matthias and Fisherman's Bastion in rear
Calvinist Church with St. Matthias and Fisherman's Bastion in rear
Chain Bridge and Buda Castle on the hill
Chain Bridge and Buda Castle on the hill
Buda Castle as we arrive in Budapest
Buda Castle as we arrive in Budapest
Chain Bridge and St. Matthias
Chain Bridge and St. Matthias
Chain Bridge opened in 1849. Blown up by the Nazi's in 1945. Rebuilt in 1949
Chain Bridge opened in 1849. Blown up by the Nazi's in 1945. Rebuilt in 1949
Millennium Monument in Heroes Square
Millennium Monument in Heroes Square
Gypsy woman selling sweaters
Gypsy woman selling sweaters
Equestrian statue
Equestrian statue
The conquering chiefs statues
The conquering chiefs statues
The Gallery of Art-1895
The Gallery of Art-1895
Great Synagogue entrance
Great Synagogue entrance
Willow Tree monument at Great Synagogue
Willow Tree monument at Great Synagogue
Buda Castle on Castle hill
Buda Castle on Castle hill
Buda Castle palace and the Danube
Buda Castle palace and the Danube
Buda on left, Pest on right
Buda on left, Pest on right
Chain Bridge, Parliament and the Viking Odin on the Danube
Chain Bridge, Parliament and the Viking Odin on the Danube
St. Stephen's Cathedral in Budapest
St. Stephen's Cathedral in Budapest
Jane enjoying the view
Jane enjoying the view
Overlooking the city
Overlooking the city
Castle District overview
Castle District overview
Holy Trinity Column in Trinity Square
Holy Trinity Column in Trinity Square
Cafe in the Castle District
Cafe in the Castle District
One story house on Ann St. in Castle Dstrict
One story house on Ann St. in Castle Dstrict
St. Matthias Church
St. Matthias Church
Colorful glazed tiles of Matthias Church
Colorful glazed tiles of Matthias Church
Interior of St. Matthias Church
Interior of St. Matthias Church
King St. Stephen statue in Fisherman's Bastion
King St. Stephen statue in Fisherman's Bastion
Budapest view from Fisherman's Bastion
Budapest view from Fisherman's Bastion
Statue in Castle District
Statue in Castle District
Hungarian lady (I think)!
Hungarian lady (I think)!
Building in Castle District-shot up during WWII
Building in Castle District-shot up during WWII
Jane has lunch on the Danube at the Chain Bridge
Jane has lunch on the Danube at the Chain Bridge
Lunch on the Odin in Budapest
Lunch on the Odin in Budapest
Viking Odin docked at Chain Bridge
Viking Odin docked at Chain Bridge
St. Stephen's Basilica-Fifty years in the making-Opened in 1905
St. Stephen's Basilica-Fifty years in the making-Opened in 1905
Interior of St. Stephen's
Interior of St. Stephen's
St. Stephen's cupola
St. Stephen's cupola
Altar of St. Stephen's
Altar of St. Stephen's
Interior detail of St. Stephen's
Interior detail of St. Stephen's
Ronald Reagan statue in Budapest
Ronald Reagan statue in Budapest
Man on the Bridge statue-Imre Nagy was nominated to be Prime Minister but was arrested by the Soviets in 1956
Man on the Bridge statue-Imre Nagy was nominated to be Prime Minister but was arrested by the Soviets in 1956
Budapest Train
Budapest Train
Parliament buildings
Parliament buildings
Shoes on the Danube Promenade-Memorial to Jews killed by Fascist militiamen in WWII
Shoes on the Danube Promenade-Memorial to Jews killed by Fascist militiamen in WWII
Plaque commemorating the Jewish victims in 1944
Plaque commemorating the Jewish victims in 1944
Viking Odin docked in Budapest
Viking Odin docked in Budapest
Tower on Buda side of Danube
Tower on Buda side of Danube
Bitburger on tap in the Odin lounge
Bitburger on tap in the Odin lounge
Laurie, Jan, Jane and Sharon at our last Odin dinner
Laurie, Jan, Jane and Sharon at our last Odin dinner
Chain Bridge at dusk
Chain Bridge at dusk
Buda Castle on our final night on the river
Buda Castle on our final night on the river
Hungarian entertainers on board
Hungarian entertainers on board
Sharon and Jane doing a Hungarian dance
Sharon and Jane doing a Hungarian dance
St. Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion
St. Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion
Good night from Budapest!
Good night from Budapest!
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