Local Culture

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our Danube River cruises is immersing yourself in the rich culture, timeless customs and traditional cuisine you’ll encounter while exploring each port. Here is just a taste of what you can experience with us while sailing through the region.

From Oktoberfest celebrations to maypole raising to rhythmic whip-cracking, Bavaria is known worldwide for its rich traditions.
Pride for their heritage is shown through locals’ wearing of dirndls, lederhosen, soukman dresses and more – which make wonderful souvenirs.
Immerse yourself in local entertainment such as themes from The Sound of Music, classical works by Mozart and Strauss, Hungarian gipsy music and Serbian folkloric dance.

Authentic RegionalCuisine

Aboard our ships, you will always be treated to regionally-inspired cuisine prepared with the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients. Delight in gourmet entrees complemented by Wachau Valley apricots, smoky Hungarian paprika or German spargel (white asparagus). Plus, taste local comfort foods such as Wiener schnitzel, goulash, spaetzle, sausages and sauerkraut. Try your hand at making some of our exceptional Danube River recipes below.

Local Recipes