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Budapest River Cruises

About Budapest

Hungary’s fascinating and culturally immersive capital is separated into its component ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides by the Danube River and is a mainstay of practically all river cruises which explore this iconic waterway. Buda’s home to the majority of the city’s historical attractions, while Pest is a more lively and cosmopolitan counterpart. Budapest is one of Europe’s largest cities, packed full of elegant attractions and iconic landmarks. Of course, there’s a wide choice of excursions available which are expertly tailored to take in all the absolute must-sees.

Exploring Budapest

 As you approach the city and catch sight of its iconic Parliament Building on the banks you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was built specifically with the delight of cruisers in mind. The Neo-Gothic masterpiece was inspired by London’s Houses of Parliament and, as well as functioning in a modern-day political capacity, it is also one of the city’s key landmarks. A guided tour will tell you all about its history and give you the chance to see more of its incredible architecture.

The Castle Hill area in Buda is another of the city’s most popular areas in the heart of the city’s medieval district. Cobbled streets, baroque architecture and scenic squares all contribute to the atmosphere and cultural delights. Fisherman’s Bastion is a must-see, a 19th-century folly which boasts fairy-tale turrets and towers, as well as exceptional views.

Matthias Church is the key attraction to be found on the area’s main square and is a beautiful piece of architecture, used as the venue for numerous coronations of Hungarian kings-past. Though it suffered intensive damage during the Second World War, its interiors were rebuilt with previously unseen medieval areas exposed and plenty more to see, making it a fantastic attraction.

The Hungarian State Opera House is another incredible landmark, dating back to 1884 and built in the style of perhaps the world’s most famous venue of its kind, the Vienna Opera House. Whether you’ve time to take in a performance or not, the building is a breath-taking piece of Neo-Renaissance architecture. It is possible to take a tour, but many visitors agree that a performance is the best way to appreciate the reason that this building was built for. Also built in the neo-Renaissance style, St Stephen’s Basilica is another incredible building, which took 14 years to complete. Its 300-foot dome is undoubtedly the most striking feature, with plenty more architectural wonders to witness, both inside and out.

Budapest tips

If a Budapest bargain is what you’re after, be sure to head for the Great Market Hall, where you’ll find such national exports as Hungarian pottery and lace. If you’re in search of some local fare, try goulash soup, with a Gundel pancake for dessert.

Suggested Read: Port in focus: Budapest

Budapest Itineraries

Bamberg

Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam

19 sailing dates April 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2845pp
Nuremberg

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

31 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2795pp
Passau

Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2219pp
Salzburg

Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure

3 sailing dates July 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Regensburg
Tauck logo FROM £3689pp
Bratislava

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

11 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £5099pp
Budapest

Musical Magic Along the Blue Danube

3 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
Tauck logo FROM £5489pp
Vienna

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

4 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
Tauck logo FROM £12499pp
Budapest

Black Sea to Budapest - Westbound

3 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2019
11 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £4829pp
Linz

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

15 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £1539pp
Constanta

Budapest to the Black Sea - Eastbound

4 sailing dates August 2019 to July 2020
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Tauck logo FROM £4929pp
Miltenberg

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Budapest

Passage to Eastern Europe - Budapest to Bucharest

43 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2095pp
Budapest

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4969pp
Passau

Romantic Danube - Vilshofen to Budapest

134 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest

BRAND NEW SHIP! FREE flights - ship selling fast! Book a Suite and receive a FREE upgrade to Business Class flights

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2239pp
Bratislava

The Blue Danube - Eastbound

30 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2020
11 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £4729pp
Vienna

Melodies of the Danube - Budapest to Vilshofen

132 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Vilshofen

BRAND NEW SHIP! FREE flights - ship selling fast! Book a Suite and receive a FREE upgrade to Business Class flights

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2199pp
Würzburg

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

10 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Budapest

Passage to Eastern Europe - Bucharest to Budapest

40 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1945pp
Vienna

Danube Waltz - Budapest to Passau

47 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Passau
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1195pp
Linz

Legendary Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

11 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2659pp

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