{Travel} Cruising on the Danube River 

The Danube River is the second largest river in Europe running through 11 countries. It flows from the Black Forest to Black Sea covering over 1700 miles across Europe. I was fortunate to see the Danube River from my visits to Vienna in Austria and Bratislava in Slovakia. Most recently I visit Budapest in Hungary where I took a night boat cruise. Napoleon once described the Danube River as the ‘Queen of European Rivers‘ and honestly it’s not hard to see why. If you’re ever in any of the 11 countries this river crosses, make sure to take a cruise. The experience alone is enough to have me reminiscing about the beauty on its Banks.

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Cruising on the Danube River in Budapest

Taking a cruise on the Danube River was one of the most exciting experiences of my recent visit to Budapest. If you’re ever in Budapest but short on time and want to see lots then cruising is the best way. I go as far as claiming that cruising on the Danube River fueled my passion for Cruising on the Thames River. Whilst cruising on a river is nothing compared to cruise across the Atlantic I think it definitely is a start. I am not even looking to book a cruise to explore more cities across Europe.

What I loved about cruising on the Danube at night was the amazing views it offered. I am sure during the best it is just as spectacular but I feel as though the night adds more romance to it. I got to explore the banks of Buda and of Pest all in one night all within 90 minutes. As much as I love my hop on and hop off bus tours, I also feel the cruising gives you a different view of popular sights.

During the cruise I was able to cross off some of the items we’d listed on our Budapest itinerary and some we found on foot. Amongst others, we were able to see; The Chain Bridge, Parliament, Margaret Island and Elizabeth Bridge.

  • Wow looks like a beautiful place to visits, I think I have to add Budapest to the list of places I want to visits. My travel list is getting pretty long lol… hey It can happen right 🙂

  • It sure was fun I can confirm that

  • Hayley

    This looks so lovely, I would love to go to Budapest one day.

    • Thanks and I hope you do one day

  • Ooo me and my girls are thinking of going to Budapest in November. Might be a little cold for a cruise then but the views look amazing!

    • It was cold in February but totally worth it so go if you ever get a chance

  • Budapest looks amazing. I would love to visit.

    • Hope you do Stella

  • Louise O’Brien

    I have never been on a cruise on that river but will really think about it in the future X

    • It’s a lovely experience to try at least once

  • Sushmita Thakare Jain

    The Pictures are amazing would love to check out the place anytime. Hope to visit sometime! 🙂

    • Wishing you the best and hope you do get the chance

  • This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I love those images you shared.

    • Thank you Crystal

  • Mummy’s Monkey

    I would love to visit Budapest. It looks like such a beautiful city

    • It is worth the visit and taking the night cruise

  • This looks so amazing! Budapest is definitely on my list of places to visit. So beautiful.

    • It is beautiful place to visit

  • I adore river cruises.The ganges river cruise in Kolkata is tunning too.Iw illd efinitely check out Danube river cruise when I visit Budapest

    • Glad to hear it and I too would love to experience a river cruise in Kolkata

  • Donna

    Oh wow I would adore this trip! it looks fabulous. It is on my list of places to go. Great article x

    • Thanks Donna, hope you grab a chance soon

  • Omg this looks incredible! One of my best friends and I are trying to plan a trip to Europe together in August- I’m definitely going to mention Budapest as an option.

    • Budapest should be at the top of your list for sure

  • Melanie Williams

    I am completely jealous, this looks amazing. So picture perfect and love your piccys too btw 🙂 x

    • Aww thanks Melanie

  • Sheila

    These pictures are amazing. They make you feel like you are there. What an incredible experience! I’ve never been there, but it is on my bucketlist.

    • Thanks Sheila, glad it gave you that feeling

  • shoshana sue

    This is really magnificent views. I have never visited Budapest and definitely haven’t heard of Bank of Buda and of Pest, interesting and catchy names! Glad you you had a wonderful cruise experience.

    • Thanks so much, I didn’t know this either until my visit

  • David Elliott

    I really would love to make it out to Budapest sometime in the near future. It is so beautiful and has such amazing history. I love places like that.

    • History it has in abundance for sure

  • Deimarys Colon

    That sounds like an amazing experience. I have never been even closed to Budapest. Definitely Bucket list!!!

    • It was an incredible experience

  • I have never been to Budapest but I have heard that it is amazing, especially the night life x Glad you had fun x

    • Thanks Ana, I hear the night life is great too but didn’t participate

  • I absolutely love river tours. Ive taken some in the US and in Korea. The view you experienced is gorgeous.

    • Thanks I hope to do one in Korea

  • This sounds like an amazing cruise. I’ve wanted to visit Budapest for a really long time! x

    • Hope to you get to visit one day soon

  • Joanna

    The cruise sounds amazing i bet the place looks stunning at night

    • It truly does and did

  • Melanie Edjourian

    It must be an amazing sight at night with all the lights. I haven’t been to Budapest it might be another to be added to the list.

    • It is super incredible and I highly recommend it

  • I would love to visit Budapest, looks fantastic! 🙂

  • Tony Wilson

    Budapest is on my list to visit. The photos make the cruise a must. I’m just about to cruise the east coast Barrier Reef in Australia. Thanks for the Share.

    • Oh wow I am so jealous of your cruise, definitely puts mine to shame

  • oh wow this would be an amazing place to visit for sure you are very lucky indeed it looks incredible

    • Thanks Emma I felt real lucky indeed

  • Neha Saini

    I have never been to BUDAPEST. But seems beautiful place to travel. I would love to go there.

    • It has so much to offer

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like a great place to visit. I’ve never been there

  • Khushboo Motihar

    Budapest seems like a beautiful place to travel. Loved the gorgeous photographs and that cruise sounds so exciting! 🙂

    • Thank you and yes it’s amazing

  • I have been to Budapest many times but I have never took a cruise on the Danube. Mostly because I was alone. I was tempted many times by those cruises with dinner and music included but they require at least 2 people joining.

    • I am glad to have gone with my friend this time as it’s was just that extra nice

  • Briana Marie

    Oh my! It runs through 11 countries!? How cool is that? This looks amazing!

    • I know right and I am glad to report I have seen it from three different countries

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    I think it looks incredible. I am so jealous. How about bringing your sweet friend Valerie along next time?

    • Hahaha I would love to bring my sweet friend Valerie along lol

  • Baby Isabella

    We’d love to see the Danube River and walk along it’s banks. Sounds lovely x

    • It’s beautiful being on it and walking along it’s banks

  • How gorgeous. I’d love to be here and check out all the lights at night. Maybe one day I’ll get there!

    • I pray that one day you do luv

  • Nikki L

    Budapest is so right at the top of my list of places I want to go to, it looks great! I love your photos too! Nikki x

    • Thanks Nikki, I am glad to have ticked it off my list but still want to go back

  • I have not beenon a cruise yet, but this is something we both want to do, and have recently looked at this cruise and put it on our list of trips we want to do x

    • I was glad to do this mini cruise on the Danube it’s a must

  • I didn’t manage a cruise when I was in Budapest but I did manage to eat dinner on a boat which was just beautiful x

    • And it was the other way round for us, managed the cruise not the dinner