Environment and Tourism
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the Danube is the only river in the world that passes through a whopping 10 countries, terminating in Romania where it enters the Black Sea. A large part of the Danube’s touristic activities are located in the Romanian city of Tulcea, where the Delta lies. From Tulcea, it is possible to arrive at an important whirlpool called Cu barca prin padure (‘boat in the woods’) in the depth of a willow forest. The site is spectacular as it gives the impression of a sinking forest whilst travelling through it.
The Danube, home to 5149 types of flora and fauna, provides a home for thousands of animal species, including 320 species of bird. The bird colony Purcelu is a bird watcher’s paradise and highlight amongst tourists crossing the Delta. The three Delta branches are the Sfântu Gheorghe, Sulina and Chilia branches in Romania, which tourists cross via motorboats and ferries.
The Danube Delta in Romania has a large history of trading and exporting, which can be seen in the Greek and Roman remains, as well as local villages with Turkish influences.
Romanian composer Ion Ivanoci’s 1880 waltz called Valurile Dunării (`The Waves of the Danube’) is internationally acclaimed. The tune was used by US musicians Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin in 1946, who named their version The Anniversary Song, which lasted 14 weeks on the American music chart, peaking at #2.
Typical dishes from the Danubian borders include grilled surgeon, zander croquettes and herring. Many local Tulcean restaurants also serve their version of borscht, a Ukrainian fish soup.