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capital of the Verocz county, and of Slavonia. It was frequently
destroyed in the Turkish wars, so that few old buildings are left.
The town consists of four parts, the upper, the lower, the new town,
and the fortress (Also-, Felso-, Uj-, and Var-Varos). In the upper
town is the handsome Comitatshaus. Pretty park. — Steamboat on
the Drave, see p. 370.
The train crosses the Drave, and turns to the N.W. Stations :
Ddrda, Laskafdlva, Baranyavdr-Monostor (with the ruins of a
Turkish fort), Magyar Boly. — 243 M. Villany (p. 382).
69. The Danube from Budapest to Orsova.
Steamboat from Budapest daily (at 10 p.m.) to Belgrade in 2472 hrs.,
and to Orsova in 4I1/2 hrs. (the night being spent at Belgrade); also from
Pest to Kalocsa daily (at 11 a.m.) in 51/2 hrs. (Fares to Mohacs 4 fl. 50 kr.,
3 fl.; to Essegg, Neusatz, or Semlin 5 fl. 40, 3 fl. 60 kr.; to Belgrade 5 fl. 60,
3 fl. 75 kr.; Bazias 7 fl. 70 kr., 5 fl. 15 kr.; Orsova 10 fl. 20, 6 fl. 80 kr. (food
extra; cabin for 1st cl. passengers only). Luggage to Orsova 1 fl. 10 kr.,
small articles free. The vessels are well fitted up, and provided with
berths and saloon-decks. Food and attendance good and not expensive
(comp. p. 318). Passengers by the morning-boat may spend the night be¬
fore on board either in the saloon (gratis) or in a berth (50 kr.). Tickets
up stream, as well as return-tickets, at greatly reduced rates.
Below Budapest the Danube traverses the vast Hungarian plain. Scenery
monotonous, banks thinly peopled, towns insignificant. Below the influx
of the Drave the scenery improves, and in the defile, 73 M. long, from Ba¬
zias to below the Iron Gates, it is grand at places. When the river is
low, and the rapids are impassable for the larger steamboats, passengers and
goods are transferred to smaller vessels at Moldova or Drencova. The
Danube Steamboat Company owns upwards of 200 steam-vessels, besides
many barges. The goods-traffic is considerable.
The usual hours of arrival are given, assuming that the steamboat
leaves Budapest at 10 p.m., and that the water is favourable. The stations
are printed in heavy type.
Budapest, see p. 323. The vessel starts from the Franz-Joseph
Quay (p. 325), touches at Ofen, and then descends the stream, pass¬
ing under the Railway Junction Bridge (p. 335). To the right rises
the Blocksberg. Many floating mills are passed. The river divides,
forming the large island of Csepel, 30 M. in length. The main arm
flows on the W. side ; theSoroksdr Arm on the E. is closed by a lock.
R. Albertfalva (Ger. Sachsenfeld), with a royal chateau on the
Danube, once the property of Prince Eugene.
R. Promontor (station on the Budapest and Trieste Railway,
p. 384), a wine-growing place. Teteny (p. 384), with a ruined chateau.
R. Erd, oxHamsabig, with a massive tower of the Turkish period
and a chateau of Baron Sina. Then Ercsi. Below —
R. Adony the Soroksar Arm rejoins the main stream.
L. Ldre, at the S. end of the island of Csepel.
L. Tass, station for the commercial town of Kun Szt. Miklds
L. Szalk Szt. Mdrton; then Dunavecse and Apostag.
R. Duna Fdldvar (Hirsch; pop. 12,250), prettily situated on a
height. Important sturgeon-fishery.
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