Beautiful Budapest is one of Europe's most picturesque places, straddling the curving Danube River with the hilly Buda to the west and the flatter Pest to the east. There are no end of delights to entice visitors to the city, from the museums and historic buildings of Castle Hill to the nature and monuments of City Park. Restaurants offering sophisticated Hungarian cooking, abundant hot springs, art nouveau architecture and much more are all waiting to be discovered in the â€œParis of the East.â€ Budapest also has a vibrant nightlife, and live music everywhere you turn.
All of Budapest's activity centres around the banks of its river highway, which originates in Germany's Black Forest and flows into the Black Sea. Once you've taken in the spectacular Royal Palace, had a dip in one of the thermal bath houses and wandered over a few of the city's romantic bridges, a cruise along the Danube is a fantastic way to say your farewell to Budapest and venture into the rest of Europe.
Budapest cruise lines and destinations
There are a few river cruise lines offering cruises from Budapest, so you can pick one with a style that suits your sensibilities. Choose between Scenic Tours, Evergreen Tours and Viking Cruises with different degrees of inclusions and luxury, or opt for one of Cruise Sale Finder's â€œMystery luxury river cruisesâ€ to bag a bargain.
The direction you can take on your river cruise from Budapest is limited to upstream or downstream, and almost all head west towards Germany. They then link up with other rivers such as the Main and the Rhine to take cruisers to a number of wonderful European cities - Vienna, Nuremberg, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam to name just a few of the most common destinations.
Budapest cruise port
It's easy to find your ship in Budapest, as departing river cruise boats dock near the centre of town, usually on the Pest side of the Danube. Most are found between somewhere between the Chain Bridge and the Liberty Bridge, on either side of the Elizabeth Bridge.
Public transport is easily accessible from the cruise ships, with trolley buses running adjacent to the banks.