Cruise on the Danube, Budapest
We have chosen the Duna Legenda boat cruise : it was our favorite attraction during our stay. Though we really felt like tourists, you have a good sight at Buda and Pest's monuments, and there is 2 drinks and a walk on Margaret's Island included in the price of the tour.
I just spent a 3-night shortbreak in Budapest, and sure it was a good decision! I love this city and wanted to try out special things. I paid for a package with a great (but short) bus city tour - it is simple: you can see a lot from the many sightseeings, but you do not have to walk hours, of course there are some photstops, but the whole thing is not boring or tiring. In the evening I cruised on the Danube, where I had a nice dinner, and the illuminated city was very charming. Cause I love folklore I enjoyed the show on the ship (but there were several options: live music - not folklore - or there is the other one: the Operetta ship. It kind of worthes it, beacuse you can get a dinner, a show and a night cruise for reasonable prices. Next day I was on a half day tour in Szentendre (old artist village with narrow streets, by the river Danube - it is a must, if you are in Budapest!). Again I cruised on the Danube the way back, then went for shopping to the WestEnd Plaza (it is huge with many-many shops!!). I think prices are quite acceptable - as I am a fanatic shopper... At night I went with my friends for a party-night organized by a great company. They guided us to every place and took care of our safety! They even asked whether we want some nice-looking men to escort us! (But no thanks...) Last morning I went to Széchenyi Baths. This is a beautiful building, and has very good pools (fun and thermal water), not to mention the nice surroundings. It is in the city park, in the neighbourhood of Vajdahunyad Castle and the Heroes Square, which are highlighted parts of all city tours and recommendations. This was my package (it was really well organized, and I think I saw quite a lot and had a good fun in such little time!)
If anyone is interested in this theme, exact places, recommendations, prices, just please write to me.I am always open to discuss shortbreaks, long weekends...
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.
Purchase a ticket that includes the bus tours and the boat tour. This is a good way of getting an overview of Budapest. If you plan it well you can get a good insight into the place in just a day.
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.
I thought I would show a typical day on board a Viking ship--we just went from Passau to Budapest on the Viking Sky in June 2010 with a total of 146 passengers and never felt crowded except at the one seating dinner on board. If you wanted your favorite table and server, as we did, you kind of have to be close to the doors when they open for dinner, from 7PM to 7:30.
The Budapest day included---
6-7AM early bird breakfast--coffee, juice and pastries in the lounge
7AM Stephanie leads morning Qi Gong with interested guests
7-9AM breakfast buffet and more in the restaurant
8:30-12:30 Included Shore excursion tour of Budapest
1PM Lunch on board
2-6PM Included excursion to Caprice Diamond Center, Szentendre
3:30-4:15 Tea time in the lounge
5:30-7PM Cocktail hour in the lounge
7PM Hungarian/Slovakian Dinner in the restaurant
9PM evening entertainment---Hungarian folklore group
followed by music and dancing by "Sasha"
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. :)
Unlike the blue color of the Danuba on the Austrian side, In Budapest the running water looks more like green. But the view from all sides is impressive, that the water's color became meaningless after a while.
The Danube river bisects the city into two different parts: the hilly and more peaceful Buda on the right side, and the buzzing Pest on the left.
Both river banks offer many sights: right at the start of your Danube cruise the graceful tower of the Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion draw your eyes to historic Castle District.
Further up the building of Budapest Parliament dominates the Pest shore.
At the north end of Margaret Island the ship turned and went down the river as far as the National Theatre at the Pest end of the Lágymányosi Bridge.
The fine building of the Gresham Place - today an exclusive luxury hotel - stands at the Pest end of the Chain Bridge.
The doloimit rock of the Gellért Hill towered above the water between Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd) and Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd).
The modern-style National Theatre marked the final attraction of our excursion on the Danube.
Enjoyed every minute of the dance and the veiws as we floated along the danube.
It was reasonably price for the cruise and entertainment and the food was fantastic local cuisine.
Everyone was friendly and it can be done by lone travellers, i had no problems. You are allocated a table, although with people you don't know but know each other - i had no problems enjoying the evening.
Only one thing though, watch out for how long meat & dairy products are left unchilled on the table. On my trip they were standing too long for my comfort, so i advoided them but i had no problem with the variety of local dishes - very tasty.
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.
Dinner cruise on the Danube, while viewing the sparkling panorama of Buda and Pest, what could be better?
The Roman-bank start from Újpest railway bridge to Pünkösdfürdõ ship station. It is a popular place for water sports.
When you start your ship tour from Roman-bank to north first you see the beautiful greenLupa-island with lots of cottage.
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!