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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

Passau

Danube Spa, Arts, Culture

1 sailing date August 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Passau
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Budapest

Christmas and New Year on Spirit

1 sailing date December 2022
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Dusseldorf
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Passau

Christmas on the Danube

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Regensburg
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Kalocsa

Enchantment of Eastern Europe with Transylvania

2 sailing dates April 2022 to June 2022
12 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
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Vidin

Enchantment of Eastern Europe with Transylvania

3 sailing dates May 2022 to June 2022
12 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2559pp
Miltenberg

Amsterdam to Prague & Splendours of Europe

4 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
19 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £4159pp
Melk

Amsterdam & Splendours of Europe

6 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
16 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3599pp
Miltenberg

Amsterdam & Splendours of Europe

5 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2022
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3789pp
Vienna

Amsterdam to Prague & Splendours of Europe

5 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2022
19 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £4159pp
Passau

Danube Delights - Munich to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2149pp
Melk

Delightful Danube - Budapest To Vilshofen

1 sailing date June 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
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Vienna

Delightful Danube (Westbound)

9 sailing dates August 2022 to December 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2969pp
Passau

Delightful Danube (Westbound)

2 sailing dates July 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
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Belgrade

Budapest to Belgrade

2 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Belgrade
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Vienna

Budapest and the Scenic Danube

2 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
13 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna
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Passau

Pearls of The Danube (Southbound)

1 sailing date May 2022
14 Nights From Vilshofen, Germany to , Giurgiu, Romania
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Vidin

Enchantment of Eastern Europe from Budapest

13 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2023
8 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Romania , Bucharest
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1699pp
Melk

The Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Budapest

Vilshofen to Budapest

1 sailing date May 2023
7 Nights From Vilshofen, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Pearls Of The Danube (Northebound)

1 sailing date May 2022
14 Nights From Giurgiu, Romania, to Germany , Vilshofen
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