A Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest

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Another View Of Budapest

We had 5 days in Budapest. During the day we walked a lot and got to see the city. But we do love to see a city from a different perspective. Sometimes we choose to go high for a panoramic view. Our first stop when we visited Prague was high up in the Petrin Tower to get our bearing on the city. Sometimes we want to see a city from the water. On our visit to the Baltics, we explored Copenhagen and Amsterdam though their canals. But were so glad we got the most magical view with a different perspective on our night Danube River cruise in Budapest.

We love to see a city sparkle at night. When we visited Bangkok in Thailand, our night river cruise gave us our best view of Bangkok. Sometimes we want to see iconic sites in a city at night. The Eiffel Tower is totally different when seen all lit up. The night Danube River cruise in Budapest left us with the images that define Budapest for us.

We Went High At Sunset

Our view of Budapest at night started with a bus trip up to the observation points at Gellert Hill. We got there just before sunset. And had a chance to see three different views over Budapest as the sun went down. We stood under the Liberty Statue that was visible high above Budapest.

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It was a magical scene as the sun set over Budapest. As dark set in, the lights came on and the city sparkled.

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Gellert Sunset View - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

Gellert Sunset View - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

We could have stayed all night for the view. It would be a great spot to take a picnic and just enjoy the show. But the night Danube River cruise in Budapest gave us a chance to see the city sparkle up close.

Heading For The Danube River In Budapest

The bus took us down to the river. As we drove along the river bank, we got our first view of what was in store for us on our night Danube River cruise in Budapest.

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We boarded a small river boat that had been reserved just for our tour group. It was great to have a small boat for our night Danube River cruise in Budapest. Everyone got a seat up on the top deck for the best views. The boat captain moved at a leisurely pace to let us soak in the view.

We left by the Margaret Island and went under the bridge. This was the first of many bridges we went under that night. Each one was interesting in its own way.

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Bridges on the Danube - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

Bridges on the Danube - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

Bridges on the Danube - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

We Saw Budapest All Lit Up

The first and last thing we saw was the massive Parliament buildings all lit up. We visited the Parliament buildings during the day and found them to be stunning buildings. But at night they were so much more.

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Parliament Buildings - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

Parliament Buildings - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

All along the river we saw different church steeples lit up. We may have missed many of the churches during our day tours, but at night each one was a unique sight to see.

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Churches on the Danube - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

Churches on the Danube - Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest.jpg

And then we saw the castle high on the hill. We could just try to pinpoint the places we saw when we toured the Pest Castle grounds during the day.

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A night Danube River cruise in Budapest was a magical way to see this city.

So Many Things To See From The Water

There were so many great sights on our night Danube River cruise in Budapest. High up on the Gellert Hill, we saw the Liberty Statue. The Budapest Cultural Centre provided a contrast with its bright neon colours.

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We were certainly not alone when we did our night Danube River cruise in Budapest. Tour boats of all sizes moved up and down the river with us. The Viking River Cruise boats also did their trips on the river. Along the shore, people sat in cafes and restaurants and took in the view.

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Don’t Miss A Night Danube River Cruise In Budapest

We spent 5 days wandering around Budapest. There were so many awesome sights to see. But we were glad we headed up on Gellert Hill as the sun set. We got our first view of the city as the lights came on.

But we were even happier we took the night Danube River cruise in Budapest. It gave us a view of Budapest that will forever live in our minds. And in our hearts!

Did you see the sun set over Budapest? Did you do a night Danube River cruise in Budapest? Wasn’t this the most magical view?

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