The mighty Danube River, named by the Greek historian Herodotus “The King of the European Rivers,” forms much of Romania’s southern border.
The Danube enters the territory of Romania at the famous Iron Gates (Portile de Fier) and ends its 670 mile journey through the country in the Black Sea.
Before meeting the Black Sea, the Danube forms one of the most spectacular wetlands in the world, The Danube Delta – a unique 2,100-square-mile wildlife reserve – home to more than 300 species of birds and about 160 kinds of fish, both fresh and salt-water species.
Sights along the Danube
Among the many sights near or along the Romanian section of the Danube River, worth visiting are: the ruins of the Roman bridge at Drobeta, Topolnita Cave, The Iron Gates Dam, the cities of Drobeta Turnu Severin, Orsova, Giurgiu, Oltenita, Braila, Galati and Tulcea. Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, is only 40 miles north of the cities of Giurgiu (Romania) and Ruse (Bulgaria), both situated on the banks of the Danube.
Sailing with privately owned boats
Sailing on the Danube, with privately owned boats, is allowed for the entire Romanian section of the river.
The only formalities required when sailing from Vienna, Budapest or Belgrade are:
– passport check,
– yacht/ boat technical inspection.
No inoculations are required, no visa for Americans, Canadians and citizens of the Europe Union countries.
There are two Danube Border Checking Points : Orsova and Drobeta Turnu Severin (or Turnu Severin for short)
– yacht / boat proof of ownership & registration
There is a yacht/ boat fee of $15.00 to $30.00 depending of the size of the boat.