Danube River - Tourism

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Geography 2071G
Ister – The International Waterway

Ister – The International Waterway

The Danube River, called Ister in Ancient Greek, is Europe’s second longest river and a river rich with history. Located in Central and Eastern Europe, the Danube was used as a border for the Roman Empire. The Danube is depicted as the queen of Europe’s rivers due to its historical richness that envelops the river in an aura of legend and myth (Gerhard 2006). The Danube is one of the largest remaining flood plains in Europe touching 10 countries. The river is used for transportation, conservation, scientific studies, and tourism. Tourism on and around the Danube River has increased significantly over the past decades. For example, Twin City Liner recorded 13 cabin cruisers operating in 1992 to 105 cruisers in 2007 carrying 196, 000 passengers (Gerhard 2006). The Danube River is now not only a source of freshwater but is a key cultural site that is recognized and protected by many international organizations. The length of the Danube River brings a variety of different geographic settings. Today, there is a plethora of tourism and recreational activities available along the Danube River that best suit the local geographic settings of that area. This essay will outline different geographical regions along the Danube River and the recreational activities that are accessible in those areas, demonstrating that the Danube River is one of the best places to visit in Europe.

The first location this essay will cover is the Danube-Auen National Park. The Danube-Auen is located in Austria, covering 93km in Vienna and lower Austria (Donau-Auen National Park 2014). This National Park is one of the largest remaining flood plains of the Danube in Middle Europe and retains a large area of wetlands. The park also features complete, ecologically intact natural riverine environments, which is one its kind (Donau-Auen National Park 2014). In addition, the 36km portion of the...
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