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The Danube - Duna.
There have been many favourable comments here on the bridges of Budapest and indeed the view from these bridges on the Buda castle or the Pest part of the town are beautiful especially at night when all monuments are under light.
But there would be no monumental bridges if there was not the wide river Danube, Duna in Hungarian. At the "Chain Bridge" the width of the Danube is about 350 m. Upstream the river is even wider when passing the Parliament and reaches more than 450 m at the point of the Margit Island.
The average discharge of the river, flowing through Budapest, is 2.350 m3/sec.
The Danube has its origin in the Black Forrest (Germany) and ends up after 2.888 km in the Black Sea, flowing through—or forming a part of the borders of—ten countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine.
The Danube is an important transport route in the European Union. Since the opening of the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, the river connects the Black Sea with the industrial centres of Western Europe and with the Port of Rotterdam.
But, surprisingly enough, during my 5 days stay in Budapest, I saw nearly no commercial traffic on the Duna (even if I had a room with river view). Certainly, I saw cruise ships, even large ones moored at the Belgrad rakpart, but nearly no cargo barges as one uses to see, in large numbers, on other European rivers.
Where were the "large scale inland vessels on an important transport route" I read about?
Danube flood, June 2013.
The river Danube - Duna peaked at 891 cm in the capital on 9/06/2013, a record level. Fortunately the flood reached Hungary and Budapest later than neighbor countries so that the authorities had the time to raise and strengthen the dikes at the critical points in Budapest.
The traffic arteries along the river (the "rakpart") had to be closed. Tram 2 well known from tourists could not run anymore and was replaced by a bus.
Budapestinfo and the public transport company BKK were giving good info also in English for tourists.
When we arrived the water level was receding, the roads along the river were being cleaned of the mud, after what the traffic of the trams could start again as well as the traffic of ships on the Danube. Public transport, and cruise ships could again pass under the bridges but had to use all the power of their motors to navigate against the strong stream. Here and there trees were still standing in the water.
After that the weather became very sunny and hot with 35°C.
- Historical Travel
Budapest is central to the Danube, and the river is central to the city. Almost everything in the city is divided by, categorised upon, navigated through and focused on the Danube. The river cuts straight through the city, dividing Buda from Pest, and creating some of the most stunning real estate you will find anywhere in the world. If you remember anything from your visit to Budapest, it will probably be your first view of the river. Try to make it a walk or taxi across Elizabeth Bridge, looking north.
As a tourist you'll probably spend a lot of time on or by the river. You can walk along its promenades, criss-cross its many bridges, or take a trip out in any of the popular boat rides. You can even travel to and from the city to other Danubian capitals, such as on one of the boats upstream to Vienna or Bratislava.
The Danube is the longest river in the European Union and passes through ten countries and four capitals including Budapest, it is also the dividing line that separates Buda from Pest. It is because of the Danube, that the city has its famous bridges, including the Chain Bridge and the Liberty Bridge. In fact the people of Budapest thought so highly of their bridges that many were rebuilt after their destruction in WWII. It is also due to the Danube that there is Margaret Island, one of the capital's favourite places for picnics and music festivals.
Stunning view over the Danube and Buda side of the city promenade with a unique ambiance. Walk along the Danube from Elisabeth Bridge to Chain Bridge enjoy the marvelous view of Buda Castle and the bridges
If you continue along the river bank beyond the promenade you can get to the Parliament. Take tram line 2 to travel along the Danube on Pest side for a beautiful view of the Danube, the Parliament, the Royal Castle and Palace and other great attractions
If you fancy a boat trip on the mighty Danube the river cruises depart from Vigado square
What to say about Danube in Budapest? Not only is must-to-see reader you cannot avoid even if you wont.
It is experience it self, regardless you cruising by one of numerous boats or walking on their banks or just watching from around.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Hiking and Walking
Live piano music if you're at the Danube
Walking along the Danube is very enjoyable. If you want to take a break, go to the Espresso Bar in the Hotel Gellert (next to the Gellert Spa) and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and a lovely slice of cake while you are listening to Mr Jozsef Badi, probably the friendliest, very creative piano player you'll ever meet. He plays from 6 pm to 8 pm. The songs he played are popular and you'll surely recognize three or more. The staff at the bar will make you feel comfortable too. After a great time in the bar, you may continue doing your hike.
The Danuba river
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.
The Danube River at Budapest
The Danube River at Budapest – As the Danube flows through Budapest, it is at its most majestic. This magnificent and famous river is half a mile wide as it flows right through the centre of Budapest. Because of the width of the Danube (Dona) at this point, it really did split the west bank from the east bank – resulting in the independent formation of the two cities Pest and Buda
The Beautiful Danube
The Danube is is second longest river in Euope after the Volga. The river begins in the Black Forest of germany and travels through Austria, Hungary, Criatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and the Ukraine.
The river is quite beautiful. We enjoyed gazing at the bridges over the river, the boats traveling on the water and the islands in the middle of the river.
Rainbow accross the Danube!
Just watch this Video!(I finally managed to put in on the Web)
Oh, boy sure that this was a marvellous and memorable experience:)) On the 12th of November 2006 it was raining. I was at the Buda Castle to shoot some photos. I was very lucky: I had never ever seen a rainbow accross the Danube and I had my camera with me! What could I do? Of course I didn`t hesitate and I filmed and photographed it, like many others did. Unfortunately the lense became quite humid, so the quality of the images is surely not the best, but I put in some photos anyway:))
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Looking around: flood "marking tables"
When coming from the Danube cruise Mr. Sweden noticed some tables that we assume are used for marking how much the Danube has risen during some rain time or something like it. We saw similar markings in Prague too.
River Danube - enough said!
Nothing like standing on the banks of the Danube watching the ice flow with the current.
Great people, get about and meet them. Go to a Russian restuarant and drink ice cold vodka - cant remember much else!
sunset in front of the river
one of the best moments and more relaxings after a long stroll day is take a seat in front of the river watching the sunset behind the Buda castle or hill ..you have a great glipmse of a huge part of the river and the bridges over it
The Danube, one of Europe's most important rivers, traverses 2,800 miles from Germany to the Black Sea. It flows through Vienna, Bratislava, Komarno/Komarom, Budapest and several other key Eastern European cities along the route shown on this map.
In Budapest, the Danube splits the two historic cities Buda and Pest and provides a wonderful reflecting surface for the parliament building. It is also home to Margaret Island, a large, beautiful city park. There are six major bridges over the Danube within the city including the Chain Bridge (1849), Liberty Bridge (1896), Margaret Bridge (1876), and Elizabeth Bridge (1964).
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