Explore the Danube

May 2, 2016

Declared a #UNESCO #World #Heritage Site in 1991, the Danube is the only river in the #world that passes through a whopping 10 #countries, terminating in #Romania where it enters the #Black Sea. A large part of the Danube’s #touristic #activities are located in the #Romanian #city of #Tulcea, where the #Delta lies. From Tulcea, it is possible to arrive at an important whirlpool called #Cu barca prin padure (‘boat in the woods’) in the depth of a #willow #forest. The site is spectacular as it gives the impression of a sinking forest whilst travelling through it.

 

The Danube is home to 5149 types of #flora and #fauna, and provides a home for thousands of #animal #species, including 320 species of #bird. The bird #colony #Purcelu is a bird watcher’s paradise and highlight for tourists crossing the Delta. The three Delta branches are the #Sfântu Gheorghe, #Sulina and #Chilia branches in Romania, which #tourists cross via #motorboats and #ferries.

 

The wide variety of #fishes means that typical dishes from the #Danubian borders include #grilled #surgeon, #zander #croquettes and #herring. Many local Tulcean #restaurants also serve their version of #borscht, a #Ukrainian #fish #soup. The river is the second largest in #Europe, and with a vast #history of #famous #invasions, #Communism and well, #Dracula, it is well worth sinking your teeth into.

 

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