If you are visiting Budapest, you must include a dinner cruise or a sightseeing cruise across the beautiful river Danube. Although river Danube flows across 10 European countries, in Budapest, it is a real treat. You will see pages of history and stunning architectural marvels pass by, as you cruise or dine along the river Danube. We took the Danube Dinner cruise and right now we are sharing about our tour experience.
If you are visiting Budapest for 2 days and want to incorporate the Dinner Cruise in Danube, read this itinerary
The Danube river is Europe’s second-longest river and flows through 10 countries.
Full of history, the Danube was once a frontier of the Roman Empire. To see the Danube from Budapest is a real treat to the eye due to the architectural marvels that surrounds the river. Not only that, Budapest – capital of Hungary is also the largest city and the largest agglomeration on Danube.
If you have been to multiple cities/countries in Central Europe, you can compare the Danube from Germany (Bavaria), Austria (Vienna), Slovakia and of course Hungary (Budapest)
About Danube River Cruise in Budapest
There are lots of options to choose from, when selecting a cruise on the Danube. Dinner cruises are for 2.50 hours. The cost of dinner cruises start at 50 Euros.
You can opt for private tours or small-group tours. Customizing the dinner cruise is easy, with options of food, drink, entertainment and cruise duration.
Our experience : Danube Dinner Cruise Budapest
We arrived at the dock at about 6:30 pm local time for your dinner cruise in the river Danube.
This picture was taken at the dock, leading to the ferry.
Depending on what type of cruise you choose, we will be experiencing different level of hospitality. Our cruise liner was a simple ferry, the hosts/servers invited us inside.
There were dinner tables laid out. Traditional Hungarian music was played in the background.
We started with Hungarian Tokaji wine (a sweet white wine). Followed by some traditional Goulash Stew and potato casserole. Main course included Paprika Chicken and for dessert we had Vanilla Kifli (sweet pastry)
While we were dining, the cruise took one full lap of the Danube river, showcasing the beautiful buildings and bridges of Budapest.
This cruise costs us 70 CAD per person.
After dinner, we stepped outside to the dock and it was amazing. The city of Budapest was lit beautifully. All the bridges were sparkling with lights. Our eyes were fixed on the Hungarian Parliament – it was gorgeous!
The Hungarian Parliament is a major tourist attraction in Budapest. From the cruise, you can capture amazing shots of the Parliament building.
Bridges, as seen from the ferry’s deck. The picture below is of the Elizabeth Bridge. You can also see the monument on the Gellert Hill in the distance.
Here is the stunning Liberty Bridge. This bridge was built in the late 19th century and was recently renovated and repaired. The Liberty bridge is very stunning to look at – it is green in color and has large bronze structures of Turul, which is a falcon like creature.
The unique structure you see, in the far-away sky is the Liberty monument. This monument is located on the Gellert Hill. It was built to commemorate the struggles and victories of Hungarians against different rulers, including the Socialist regime.
The bridge below in green lights, is the beautiful Széchenyi Chain Bridge. This is the first bridge that was built over the Danube river in Budapest. Built in the 1840’s its is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the world and at that time was one of the longest bridge as well.
A pair of lions stand at each of the abutments. The picture above was taken at the ferry’s dock.
Other view of the Chain Bridge from the ferry’s deck.
Beautiful contemporary buildings in Budapest, as seen at the end of the river cruise. One of the buildings is a Fine Arts centre.
It was a wonderful experience. The price of the cruise was completely worth it. We could experience Budapest in the evening and see all of the stunning views, in a very unique way. And not to forget the amazing wine!
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Last Updated on August 25 2018