|Hungarian Parliament building at night|
|Hungarian National Library on Castle Hill and famous Chain Bridge (oldest suspension bridge in Europe) linking Buda and Pest|
|Heroes' Square and the Millennium Monument in Pest|
|Matthias Church rooftop in Buda|
|Cafe in Vienna|
|The Hapsburg's Schonbrunn Palace and gardens, Vienna|
The next day we spent mostly cruising along the Danube through the Wachau Valley, a region of Austria renown for its dramatic scenery and its white wine vineyards.
|Church and vineyards in the scenic Wachau Valley section of the Danube|
|The incredibly ornate Baroque Melk Abbey, Melk, Austria|
During our overnight cruising, we passed from Austria into German. We docked in the morning at Passau, where the weather improved. We took a (poor) guided walking tour, sat for a half-hour organ recital in the Passau Cathedral (which boasts the largest pipe organ in the world), and then enjoyed lunch with another couple from our ship who we found wandering the narrow streets like us.
|Narrow street in Passau, Germany. Sunny skies!|
|Kali and Scott lunching at a Passau cafe|
Above Regensberg, the Danube becomes too shallow and unnavigable for ships the size of ours. In order to proceed further "upstream," our ship left the Danube proper and entered the Danube-Main-Rhine Canal, a modern (1992) engineering marvel that links the Danube and Rhine Rivers.
|A portion of the famous Stone Bridge in Regensberg, Germany|
|One of the most famous bratwurst cafes in Germany at Regensburg|
|The Nuremberg Fortress crowning a hill in the eponymous city|
|A Nuremberg wedding (right side). The half-timbered building in the center of the image was renown engraver Albrecht Durer's house|