Budapest is an incredibly beautiful city and you can spend hours strolling around in the streets. One impressive building after the other shows up, and you will also find lots of great shops, delicious restaurants and cozy cafés. There is one big disadvantage though – you might end up having some very sore feet! If you need a little break from all the walking, but not from the sightseeing, you should consider seeing the city from the water…
Budapest was originally two cities, which are now grown together: Buda and Pest. The two districts are divided by Danube River, which meanders through no less than 10 countries. A cruise down Danube is a great way to see the city from a different perspective.
The difficult thing here is to choose which boat to take! You don’t only have a couple of lousy canal tour boats to choose from. No, here is something for every taste and every wallet. Would you like a quick tour with some information of the sights along the way? Do you want to attend a dinner cruise where you enjoy a lovely meal and enjoy the bright lights of the city? Or do you want to try a water bus, which functions as both a bus and a boat? The price depends on what you are choosing, of course. If you don’t book before you arrive, there a lot of eager salespeople down by the wharf on the Pest-side of the river. Take a look around before choosing the first thing you see.
Our boat trip
We chose the classic sightseeing-tour with a duration on approximately 1,5 hours. The tour started down by the Danube Promenade, took us out to the other side of Margaret Island and returned down under the Chain Bridge to where we started.
The tour takes place between the two parts of the city. Pest is the flat part of the city, and you will not see much of this while sailing. However, the stunning Parliament is placed right on the shore of Danube, and you will not get a more beautiful view on this building than from a boat sailing by.
The Buda-part of the city is very different. This part is towering up in the landscape, meaning that you will have a great view of the many historical buildings.
We also went under the Chain Bridge – this was the part of the tour where most photos were taken based on the many clicks coming from the cameras on board. The bridge is one of the main attractions of the city, and many walk across it. That is a lovely experience as well, but when you sail beneath it, you will see the bridge from a new angle, and there will not be an impatient cyclist who is running you down with 30 km/h.
It is without a doubt a great idea to take a mini cruise on Danube River if you want to have a little break while still seeing the beautiful sights of the city. It is just about finding the cruise that suits you best.
Visited in July 2015
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