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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

Miltenberg

Christmas Markets of Europe-Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date December 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Bamberg

Christmas Markets of Europe -Budapest to Amsterdam

1 sailing date November 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3269pp
Passau

Prague & Danube Explorer - Prague to Budapest

9 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2449pp
Passau

Delights of the Danube - Budapest to Nuremberg

1 sailing date October 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
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Bucharest

Contrasts of the Danube aboard Amadeus Royal

1 sailing date October 2021
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Belgrade

Eastern Europe Escape - Vienna To Belgrade

10 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Belgrade
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Belgrade

Eastern Europe Escape - Belgrade To Vienna

10 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Belgrade, to Austria , Vienna
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Bratislava

Vilshofen To Vienna

1 sailing date December 2023
10 Nights From Vilshofen , Germany to Austria , Vienna
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Passau

Vilshofen To Budapest

17 sailing dates March 2023 to December 2023
7 Nights From Vilshofen , Germany to Hungary , Budapest
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6699pp
Bratislava

Vienna To Budapest

18 sailing dates March 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2429pp
Belgrade

Vilshofen To Giurgiu

1 sailing date May 2023
14 Nights From Vilshofen , Germany to , Giurgiu, Romania
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £36499pp
Vienna

Roundtrip Vienna

1 sailing date December 2023
11 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Vienna
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4799pp
Vidin

Giurgiu To Budapest

1 sailing date May 2023
7 Nights From Giurgiu, Romania, to Hungary , Budapest
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9859pp
Budapest

Budapest To Vienna

18 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna
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Budapest

Budapest To Giurgiu

1 sailing date May 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Giurgiu, Romania
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Belgrade

Giurgiu To Vilshofen

1 sailing date May 2023
14 Nights From Giurgiu, Romania, to Germany , Vilshofen
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £36159pp
Vienna

Budapest to Vilshofen

17 sailing dates April 2023 to December 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6699pp
Munich

Munich to Budapest

1 sailing date September 2021
9 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Prague

Prague with Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date November 2021
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Budapest

Prague with Christmas Markets on the Danube

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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