{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.

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  1. April 17, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    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 🙂

  2. April 16, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    It sure was fun I can confirm that

  3. Hayley
    April 15, 2017 / 6:44 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks and I hope you do one day

  4. April 14, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    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!

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:41 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Hope you do Stella

  5. Louise O'Brien
    April 14, 2017 / 1:49 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      It’s a lovely experience to try at least once

  6. Sushmita Thakare Jain
    April 14, 2017 / 12:30 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Wishing you the best and hope you do get the chance

  7. April 14, 2017 / 3:22 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Thank you Crystal

  8. Mummy's Monkey
    April 13, 2017 / 9:50 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      It is worth the visit and taking the night cruise

  9. April 13, 2017 / 8:51 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      It is beautiful place to visit

  10. April 13, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:39 pm

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

  11. Donna
    April 13, 2017 / 5:13 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks Donna, hope you grab a chance soon

  12. April 13, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Budapest should be at the top of your list for sure

  13. Melanie Williams
    April 13, 2017 / 2:33 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Aww thanks Melanie

  14. Sheila
    April 13, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks Sheila, glad it gave you that feeling

  15. shoshana sue
    April 13, 2017 / 9:34 am

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:38 pm

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

  16. David Elliott
    April 13, 2017 / 7:35 am

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      History it has in abundance for sure

  17. Deimarys Colon
    April 13, 2017 / 2:59 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      It was an incredible experience

  18. April 13, 2017 / 2:42 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:37 pm

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

  19. April 13, 2017 / 2:38 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks I hope to do one in Korea

  20. April 12, 2017 / 10:52 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Hope to you get to visit one day soon

  21. Joanna
    April 12, 2017 / 9:57 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      It truly does and did

  22. Melanie Edjourian
    April 12, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      It is super incredible and I highly recommend it

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      It sure is

  23. Tony Wilson
    April 12, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:35 pm

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

  24. April 12, 2017 / 6:44 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks Emma I felt real lucky indeed

  25. Neha Saini
    April 12, 2017 / 6:41 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      It has so much to offer

  26. Hannah Latoya Bond
    April 12, 2017 / 5:48 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      It sure is

  27. Khushboo Motihar
    April 12, 2017 / 4:47 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you and yes it’s amazing

  28. April 12, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:34 pm

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

  29. Briana Marie
    April 12, 2017 / 4:16 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:33 pm

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

  30. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
    April 12, 2017 / 3:38 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:33 pm

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

  31. Baby Isabella
    April 12, 2017 / 1:56 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:32 pm

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

  32. April 12, 2017 / 1:46 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      I pray that one day you do luv

  33. Nikki L
    April 12, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:32 pm

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

  34. April 12, 2017 / 10:33 am

    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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:31 pm

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

  35. April 12, 2017 / 10:22 am

    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

    • April 16, 2017 / 6:31 pm

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

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