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Weddings on the road of emperors and kings

A YES with noblesse

Weddings on the road of emperors and kings

The waters of the Danube have carried many a bride towards her married life. Especially in those days when roads and carriages still left a lot to be desired in terms of safety and comfort, and shipping allowed for much more relaxed travel. This is how the Bavarian duke's daughter Gisela from Regensburg chose the Danube for her bridal journey to Budapest for her wedding to the later Hungarian king Stephen I in 995.

The extent to which the fiancée of the future Hungarian national saint made the decision - both for the wedding and for the means of transport itself - remains questionable: the bride, who was to conclude her pious life as abbess of the Passau monastery of Niederburg and be beatified by papal decree, was only 10 years old at the time. However, this was not to prevent her from going down in history as the first Christian queen of Hungary and the first great woman on the Danube.

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