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About Budapest

Divided by the Danube River, the Hungarian capital of Budapest -- known as the "Pearl of the Danube"-- is a city of two distinct halves.

The hilly Buda side is topped by the impressive Royal Palace, home to several museums and charming cobbled streets lined with shops and houses that date to medieval times. On the busier Pest bank, there are grand sights like the parliament building, opera house and statue-lined Heroes' Square, plus fantastic shopping streets, such as Andrassy Avenue, Budapest's grand central boulevard.

Several bridges cross the river, but the best one to use is the historic Chain Bridge, which is the oldest. The great thing about Budapest, a mainstay on most Danube River cruise itineraries, is it's compact, so you can pack plenty into a short break. The majority of sights are within walking distance or easily reached on the efficient tram and underground network.

Coffee shops are a big thing. At one time, there were more than 400 in Budapest, so take time out to join locals for a caffeine boost and a slice of yummy cream cake. Budapest is also the world's only capital city to boast more than 80 active thermal springs and wells; soaking in the warm, mineral-rich waters is an authentic experience. Szechenyi is the largest, with indoor and outdoor pools, and Gellert is famous for its opulent -- and mostly original -- architecture. Many river cruise operators offer trips to the baths as an excursion option.

Budapest's history dates to the third century, when Celtic warriors occupied the area. Study the place a bit, and you'll find yourself wondering: Who didn't invade the city? The Romans, Magyars, Mongols, Ottoman Turks, Austrians, Germans and Soviets have all played starring roles in Budapest's longstanding municipal drama. The city has been destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries -- part of the reason for its eclectic architecture, which includes everything from neo-Classical to Stalinist utilitarian. Its current skyline reflects the building programs and styles of the turn of the 20th century. As Claudio Magris wrote in his travel memoir, "Danube," "Budapest is the loveliest city on the Danube. It has a crafty way of being its own stage-set."


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Budapest

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Kinderdijk, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Budapest Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Kinderdijk
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Miltenberg
    • Day 6
      Wurzburg
    • Day 7
      Bamberg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
    • Day 9
      Regensburg
    • Day 10
      Passau
    • Day 11
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 12
      Vienna
    • Day 13
      Vienna
    • Day 14
      Budapest
    • Day 15
      Budapest
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    Viking Modi - Viking River Cruises

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

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    As a "Longship," Viking Modi has a contemporary, Scandinavian-design feel, with lots of natural...

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    sweetwaterhoward
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Grand European Adventure
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Staff wonderful, but beware what Viking promises
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Budapest

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    Budapest
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    Budapest, Vienna ... see more
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    14 Night Cruise to Budapest Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Vienna
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 6
      Passau
    • Day 7
      Regensburg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
    • Day 9
      Bamberg
    • Day 10
      Wurzburg
    • Day 11
      Wertheim
    • Day 12
      Koblenz
    • Day 13
      Cologne
    • Day 14
      Kinderdijk
    • Day 15
      Amsterdam
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    Viking Baldur - Viking River Cruises

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

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    Viking Baldur Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Introduced in 2013 to the ever-expanding fleet of Viking River Longships, Baldur maintains the ...

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    darnellm
    Sail Date May 2019
    Grand explorer cruise the best
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Amsterdam to Budapest + Prague
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Budapest

    Leaving:
    Vilshofen an der Donau
    Visiting:
    Passau, Linz ... see more
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    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Budapest Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 2
      Passau
    • Day 3
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 4
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Bratislava
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
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    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
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    Service5.0
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    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

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    Mmsq
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Wonderful 50th anniversary cruise!
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    Sail Date May 2019
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  • 7 Night
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    Budapest
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    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
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    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Budapest Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
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    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

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    Sail Date May 2019
    Amazing week on the AmaMagna !!
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    The ultimate luxury river cruise experience
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    7 Night Cruise to Budapest Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Passau
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    Viking Prestige - Viking River Cruises

    Cruises Europe's Danube and Rhine Rivers

    Shore tours at each port included in the cruise fare

    Riverboat has six single occupancy cabins

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
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    Service3.0
    Value5.0

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    LilyGE
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Wonderful experience
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Cruise was good. Leaving the ship was not.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Budapest

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Vienna ... see more
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    Crystal River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Budapest Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Vienna
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 6
      Passau
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
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    Crystal Ravel - Crystal River Cruises

    Launching in May 2018

    Offers Rhine, Main and Danube river sailings

    Spacious cabins with large bathrooms, walk-in closets and king-size beds

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    Crystal River Cruises, luxury ocean cruise line Crystal Cruises' new river cruising arm, will w...

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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Fantastic
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Danube on the Crystal Ravel
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Budapest

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Mohacs, Vukovar ... see more
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    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Budapest Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Mohacs
    • Day 3
      Vukovar
    • Day 4
      Belgrade
    • Day 5
      Cruising (Iron Gates)
    • Day 6
      Vidin
    • Day 7
      Ruse
    • Day 8
      Giurgiu
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    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways