Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz - 2002

We passed several castles and fortresses, many built by the prince-bishops of the area. Our sail was quite lovely with the many little villages tucked into saddles in the hills and mountains or hugging the shoreline. There are lush green fields with leafy trees on the hillsides and swans swimming in the fast currents of the river.

We went through the Jochenstein Locks which were a joint project of Germany and Austria in 1956. Those locks raised the water level 35 feet. We went through in about 30 minutes beside an enormous barge-like vessel. We also went though the “Meander of the Danube” which is a very large “S” curve called the Schlogener Schlingen. It’s more than just an oxbow because it doubles back on itself after the big “S” figure.

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