The river originates in the Black Forest mountain range in Germany and flows south eastward for a distance of some 2,872 km (1,785 miles), passing through four Central and Eastern European capitals (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade) before emptying into the Black Sea via the Danube Delta in Romania.
Known in history as one of the long-standing frontiers of the Roman Empire, the river flows through or acts as part of the borders of ten countries: Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania.
The Danube played a major role in the settlement and evolution of Central and South Eastern Europe being a major transport route for goods, culture and people, connecting countries and promoting different values, traditions and cuisines.
Along its journey, the Danube was a witness of different nations’ history and offers us many opportunities to have a glance into the past and maybe understand how some of the Central and East European states had developed.
Danube is not only a "cradle" of civilisation, but its mystery and beauty were a source of inspiration for many artists, poets and writers.
The Danube is mentioned in the title of a famous waltz by Austrian composer Johann Strauss, An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube). The Waves of the Danube (Romanian: Valurile Dunării) is a waltz by the Romanian composer Ion Ivanovici (1845–1902). Joe Zawinul wrote a symphony about the Danube called Stories of the Danube. It was performed for the first time at the 1993 Bruckner festival, at Linz. Jules Verne's The Danube Pilot (1908) ("Le Pilote du Danube") depicts the adventures of fisherman Serge Ladko as he travels down the river. Algernon Blackwood's The Willows, about a boat excursion on the river, is considered one of the greatest stories in the literature of the supernatural.
For visitors our days, the Danube area offers many opportunities to experience history, great architecture, nature and a great cuisine. Some of the pictures in this room are trying to reflect a fraction of what this old river has to offer.
Our restaurant would like to introduce you to the food of the people living in the Danube region. The dishes we offer are all freshly cooked on the premises using local ingredients whenever possible.
We hope that you enjoy our hospitability and why not, maybe feel inspired to take a trip along the blue Danube.
Ramona and John Holland