Following The Danube – The Source Of Legends (Part 2)

Where the Danube is Widest and Strongest

I was away for quite some time now, and there’s no good excuse for that. I’m sorry for procrastination. I came back with a nice story and new experiences. Now let’s chase Danube legends once more! 🙂

Legends and Sightseeing

A place where the river is widest and strongest is a growing field of many stories. One of them is about the water ghost who’s described as a dwarf with a long beard to the waist, big nose, horn on the head and wearing a red hat. It is believed that he’s vicious and dangerous for the people. As the legend says, there are 99 of water ghosts and one more – the leader of all of them. The leader wears a drum for calling and summing the others and a whip for punishing the people and the bad ghosts with drowning. If you see one, make sure you’re on the land. 🙂

Also, there’s one more legend that’s not exactly just an empty story. Before the Djerdap dam was built, a creature lived in the river. It was a fish that can grow up to 10 meters! They were moving upstream from the Black Sea and were called Danube Giants. I haven’t seen one, but I wouldn’t dive too deep anyway.

After seeing the source of Danube, and writing a post about it, it was about time to go a little further. Revealing the history of Danube, we visited a place where this river is widest, strongest, and full of mystique colors. It’s where one of the first European cultures developed – the Mesolithic culture of the Balkans, dating to between 11,000 and 3,500 years BC. Here, people started to change their way of living from nomadic to stationing in one place, building houses in a rather interesting way, developing art and mythology. To learn more about this culture I recommend visiting museum Lepenski Vir.

A number of middle-aged fortresses are placed on the Danube riverside, you can not know which one is more beautiful than the other. But the one where the river is widest is on the Serbian – Romanian border, Golubac fortress, and it is a well known touristic location. Here’s all that you need to know before you go there.

Golubac fortress

Approximately an hour and a half of driving by car from Belgrade, we got to the place where valuable touristic localities are placed one after another, on the riverside. It’s recommendable to go by boat or by car. 🙂 If you’re up for a boat ride, there are attractive organized tours, but if you like to do things your way, well then direct it yourself. In any way, there’s too much to see here to stay inert. Localities Viminacium, Lepenski Vir, Iron Gates, Traian’s table, and Golubac Fortress are must-see things.

Iron Gates

Basically, you have an opportunity to see an ex-Roman place, a Mesolithic archeological site, and the widest, the deepest and the narrowest (so-called boiling) of the Danube river, all in one or two days! 🙂

Aditional Reminders

Bring your passport so you can see both sides of the Danube riverside – Romanian and Serbian. Also, some parts are not accessible for sightseeing in other way but from the water.

For yoga lovers there are ethnic villages that could suit your affinities, one of them occasionally organizes yoga retreats and art colonies, it’s called Kapetan Misin breg. It has an exquisite view of the Danube and a great hostess who claims to have 90% of foreign tourists (even all the way from Brasil) – somehow it was hard for me to believe that, but let’s not kill the groove, the view was worth it! 🙂 However, if you’re searching for a more comfortable accommodation, the hotel is a better option, especially if you’re staying more than one day.

If you’re not going with the guide then do your research, all places have its history and the experience of visiting is far different if you know a little something about the places you’re visiting. I will not write what’s already accessible on upper links, but I do recommend visiting these places. If you are from Europe, then it’s a shame not to see them from a historical and archeological points of view. 🙂

Cheers! 😉

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