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Scenic River Stretches 2: Wachau Valley

One part of the river cruise experience is that you just unpack once and your hotel brings you to another quaint town every day. But there is more, the beautiful stretches of the rivers you'll pass on your way. Therefore let's have a look on the few natural sights hiding in my database. In the last entry we dealt with the Rhine Gorge, this posting deals with the Wachau Valley.

List of Locks along the Rivers

One huge difference between an ocean cruise and a river cruise are all the locks along the rivers. Most river cruise ships are designed in such a way not to waste any space and just fit into the locks. For example the lock width along the Rhine Main Danube Canal is 12meter, so all ships can have a maximum width of 11.40m. That leaves exactly one foot of space to the right and left if a ship enters a lock. Therefore they sometimes bump into the walls, which may be very unpleasant at night. That is one of the little details most operators or travel agents do not mention.

Lock closure 2012 ended

Since May 2nd all locks on the Main, Danube and Rhine Main Danube Canal are shipable again. If you cruise them at the moment, expect a few delays due to traffic jams.

Lock closure 2012 starts

Since yesterday, the Rhine Main Danube Canal is closed for maintenance. All locks shall be reopened from April 28th 12 PM on.

WSV Announcement April 12th (PDF)
WSV Announcement April 10th (PDF)
WSV Announcement April 10th (PDF)

Accident: Danube blocked March 2012

The Danube is closed for ships in the vicinity of Deggendorf since sunday 25th of march 2012. A ship lost its barge, both are loaded with iron ore. Yesterday, most of the iron ore was loaded onto another barge, but the ship lots its two anchors, which have not been found yet. At least no one got injured.

WSV Announcement March 26th (PDF)
WSV Announcement March 27th (PDF)