By the Beautiful Blue Danube

Since 1867, Viennese composer Johann Strauss II orchestral version of “An der schönen blauen Donau” or as known in English, “The Blue Danube” has become the epitome of waltz music.

Here are some of my views of the Danube/Donau followed up with a few photos around Vienna/Wien. I get tongue tied keeping track of the German place names with the English transliterations. I also have a little problem with WordPress re-aligning my photos.  I hope these are not too scattered.

Looking North at Donau Insel, Vienna
Looking South at Donau Insel, Vienna
From Bratislava Castle in Slovakia
From Budapest looking downstream toward Bratislava and Vienna














The streets of Vienna like Budapest invite us to walk on and on. “Just over there is another quaint little chapel. Look at this row of gabeled buildings. Whats beyond that garden?” They whisper.

Overlooking Schonbrunn Palace


Natural History Museum


Saint Francis of Asisi Church




National Art Museum


Vienna Main Station / Wien Hauptbahnhof

Museums for Fun in Bratislava

I am not a big fan of museums. Many museums exhibit historical artifacts or archaeology housed in windowless shadowed rooms. We found two alternatives in Bratislava, Slovakia that were quite enjoyable. They were open celebrating life and light. Follow the links for further information on the museums.  Scroll down to see a few of our impressions.

Bibiana derived from the acronym BIB for Biennial Illustration Bratislava (Bienále ilustrácií Bratislava) has a museum for children with interesting exhibits on illustration. It is found in the heart of the old city across the square from St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Danubiana is a museum of modern art with a large section devoted to Slovakian and regional artists. It is way out of the city following the Danube toward the southeast.  We reminisced about the Mark Rothko Museum in Daugapils, Latvia from our trip in 2013.




Here is our route, Bus 90 leaves from New National Theatre 18 minutes after every hour.

Museum lies ten minutes walk from last bus stop.
A portrait of the two of us