Tulcea / Romania
Tulcea is a Romanian port town on the Danube with about 90,000 inhabitants. The city itself is not very attractive, but from here start excursion boats into the Danube Delta.
Tulcea is considered a gateway to the Donaudelta, which is a protected nature reserve. The delta is the mouth of the Danube into the Black Sea and - after the Volga delta - the second largest river delta in Europe. The 5,000 km2 world-wide ecosystem is the largest reed stock of the earth and is the habitat of over 4,000 animal and over 1,000 plant species. The Danube Delta is a central point of the European bird migration route and more than 300 bird species are rest, spend the winter or breed here, including pelicans, herons, spoonbills, birds of prey and the rare red-necked goose.