We had chosen to make a night cruise to Danube and as far as I'm concerned it was really worth trying. We saw the city ligthed and all the basic monuments, Citadella and the Statue of Liberty, Gellert monument, the Castle, the old city and the Mattyas Church, the Parliament. We chose Legenda Cruise for our cruise. It's a beautiful ship, with helpful stuff. They offered us 2 drinks during the cruise and the only problem is that the guide has a problem so some people couldn't hear anything and the others could hear only English and French. However I really like the cruise and the view of the city.
There are also plenty of cruises to choose (cheap, average, expensive). You could also make a 3-hours cruise and taste different hungarian wines.
It's definetelly a thing to do in Budapest.
We enjoyed our trip on the Danube which lasted about an hour and went round margaret Island and back.
Most trips start from the river bank on the opposite side to the castle. Our cruise was on the Duna Bella which had good seating and multi language commentary. The boat stops at Margaret Island where you can get off, if you wish, to explore for an hour before getting on the next boat for the return trip.
During the trip you get a good view of Hotel Gellert, The Cave Chapel, Statue of St. Gelert, The Liberation Monument, numerous bridges, The Castle, Fisherman's Bastion and The Parliament Building.
The price was 3.600 HUF which includes a couple of drinks. We were also given a free DVD. Check out the web-site for more details.
If you have time to get out of town I'd highly recommend to see Visegrad. The most picturesque way to get there is by boat on the Danube. You can find out about time-tables and ticket prices here: http://www.mahartpassnave.hu/. I'd recommend to get to the starting point early so you can get a good seat with a good view on the boat. As far as I remember seats are not allocated.
Once in Visegrad, take a taxi or bus up to the castle and check out the history behind it.
The Danube River is one of the largest in Europe, I saw it already in many cities but never as wide as here. I would like one day to take a cruise on the Danube, all the way from Germany to Romania (if possible)
One of the most exiting things to do in Budapest is the cruise over the Danube River. I suggest to do it in the evening, where you can see all the monuments of Budapest full of light with their reflection on the river. A very great experience.
We took a Danube dinner cruise while there. As I've said before, Hungarian cuisine was amazing. Dinner was great, the weather (for March) was fair and the sights of the Parliament Building and the bridges were lovely all lit up at night.
Take a boat trip on the majestic Danube and see the great bridges and other sights. If a city trip is not enough for you, just carry on to Vienna!
Nothing shows a city as from the water. Especially romantic at night when the bridges are lit up. :)
Definitely a must do...I went on a night cruise, it was beautiful. You can see all must-see buildings situated by Danube. Be careful...there are lots of different companies and prices are different,so ask around, you can get the same thing for two times cheaper price.
There are river cruises on The Danube within the confines of Budapest.
There are cruises which leave each day heading up the Danube to various places near and afar from Budapest.
Mahart operate from the piers at Vigao ter. They can be easily reached by the number 2 tram.
Longer distance trips tend to leave early in the morning.
When you start your ship tour from Roman-bank to north first you see the beautiful greenLupa-island with lots of cottage.
The Roman-bank start from Újpest railway bridge to Pünkösdfürdõ ship station. It is a popular place for water sports.
It's a bit touristy but it's a must do! To take a cruise down the Duna with some wine is a romantic experience. The red lights are just a bit too cheesy but, oh well...
Nice views. You should take this tour when the sun is going to set. You see the city from the river on daylight and lights of the night also. Really awesome!
Dinner cruise on the Danube, while viewing the sparkling panorama of Buda and Pest, what could be better?