Student excursion along the Danube

Lecture in the Deliblato Sands Copyright: © S. Pötter



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The long journey started at the end of August in Aachen. Our ride firstly lead us to Kelheim in Lower Bavaria, where we visited the imposing Danube breakthrough valley of the Weltenburg Narrows and the Liberation Hall on Michelsberg. From the observation tower near Ebersberg we got an overview of the glacial landscape of the Bavarian foothills of the Alps, before we went to the City of Three Rivers of Passau. After leaving Germany, we visited the world-famous Venus of Willendorf in the Wachau Breakthrough Valley, one of the most famous examples of pictorial Stone Age art. In Kammern-Grubgraben we visited a upper Palaeolithic excavation of the archaeologists of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In Carnuntum near Vienna, the excursion group dived into the Roman history along the Danube, before it went to Lake Neusiedl and then to Hungary. From our colleague Dr. Sándor Gulyás from the University of Szeged, we were introduced to the landscape evolution of the northern shore of Lake Balaton, before it drove us to Budapest. After a day in the Hungarian capital, we headed south and drove through the interfluve of Tisza and Danube to Szeged, from where we went to Serbia. The famous loess profiles of the Titel plateau and Stari Slankamen were visited as well as the city of Novi Sad. After we crossed the Fruska Gora Mountains, we headed east where we visited the Middle Pleistocene mammoth "Vika" near Kostolac. After a night in the impressive gorge of the Iron Gates on the border with Romania, we went to Vrsac, from where we reached the unique dune field of the Deliblato sands. After twelve hot, exhausting but very busy days, the excursion ended on 6th September in the Serbian capital Belgrade.