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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

Nuremberg

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
Amsterdam

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

121 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £3345pp
Prague

Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2499pp
Regensburg

Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure

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

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

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

Musical Magic Along the Blue Danube

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

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

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

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
Bratislava

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

16 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2269pp
Belgrade

Budapest to the Black Sea - Eastbound

1 sailing date August 2019
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Tauck logo FROM £4929pp
Bamberg

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

31 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £2499pp
Vidin

Passage to Eastern Europe - Budapest to Bucharest

32 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2545pp
Amsterdam

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

139 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2029pp
Salzburg

The Blue Danube - Eastbound

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

Melodies of the Danube - Budapest to Vilshofen

141 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Vilshofen
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2029pp
Würzburg

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

9 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Regensburg

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
Budapest

The Legendary Danube - Prague to Budapest

29 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
9 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest

Includes flights and transfers.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1729pp
Belgrade

Vilshofen to Giurgiu

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Vilshofen , to Giurgiu
AmaWaterways logo CALL

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