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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

Belgrade

Enchantment of Eastern Europe with Transylvania

3 sailing dates May 2021 to June 2021
12 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3319pp
Budapest

Transylvania with Enchantment of Eastern Europe

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
12 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3319pp
Rudesheim

Christmas Wonderland

2 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4599pp
Belgrade

Danube Delta Discovery with Transylvania

2 sailing dates April 2021
19 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4639pp
Vidin

Danube Delta Discovery - Bucharest to Vienna

2 sailing dates April 2021
14 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3999pp
Budapest

Black Sea Explorer with Transylvania from Budapest

1 sailing date October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3989pp
Bratislava

Danube Delta Discovery - Vienna to Bucharest

2 sailing dates March 2021 to April 2021
15 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3999pp
Rudesheim

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date May 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £5539pp
Passau

Delightful Danube - Budapest to Prague

18 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Belgrade

Balkan Discovery - Budapest to Bucharest

10 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Linz

The Danube From Germany to Black Sea

7 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
15 Nights From Deggendorf, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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Amsterdam

From The Black Sea To The North Sea

3 sailing dates October 2020 to September 2021
25 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Enchanted Europe - Westbound

5 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Switzerland , Basel
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4969pp
Nuremberg

Jewels Of Central Europe - Budapest to Remich

6 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Remich, Luxembourg
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4029pp
Dürnstein

Vilshofen to Budapest

1 sailing date December 2020
7 Nights From Villefranche (for Monaco & Nice), France, France to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

5 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
Riviera Travel logo FROM £2559pp
Belgrade

Lake Balaton, The Authentic Sava

1 sailing date April 2021
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Bratislava

Christmas In Major Danubian Capitals

1 sailing date December 2020
5 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Vienna
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Budapest

Roundtrip Vienna

3 sailing dates November 2020 to December 2020
4 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Vienna
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Vienna

Danubian New Year

1 sailing date December 2020
5 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Vienna
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