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The Danube River is the frame of all the best Budapest views, the dividing line that gives the city its dual character, and the second longest river in Europe. It richly deserves all the songs that celebrate it.

If it weren't for the Danube River, Budapest wouldn't have its famous series of bridges, including the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, adorned by lions, and the Liberty Bridge, adorned by turuls (Hungary's mythical eagles). So important were many of these bridges to the city's character, they were rebuilt by the inhabitants after their destruction in WWII.

And if it weren't for the Danube, there would be no Margaret Island, one of the city's most beloved sites for summer picnics and music festivals.

Beyond Budapest, the river curls into a series of highly picturesque curves, winding its way past a series of towns popular as trips from the capital. There's Esztergom with its religious history and impressive basilica, Viségrad with its hilltop castle, and Szentendre and Vác with their Southern European appeal. 

Practical Info

Pleasure boats ply the waters of the Danube in and around Budapest, and if you want to reach the Danube bend towns, there are regular ferries and hydrofoils.

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Budapest Danube River Dinner Cruise, Budapest, null
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Budapest Danube River Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy a relaxing night out in Budapest with this scenic Danube River cruise. Sip drinks including wine and Champagne and choose an optional Hungarian buffet ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.43
Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Budapest, Dinner Cruises
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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Experience 360-degree views of Budapest as you travel aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus. Audio commentary is available as you pass through the rich ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Varies

From USD $18.28
Danube Bend Day Trip from Budapest, Budapest, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Danube Bend Day Trip from Budapest

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Take an excursion into Hungary's history on this popular Danube Bend full day trip. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you'll visit the gorgeous old towns of ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.37
Budapest Wine Tasting Cruise, Budapest, Day Trips
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Budapest Wine Tasting Cruise

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Combine the riverside sights of Budapest with wine tastings on this relaxing 2 hour early evening cruise! Sail along the Danube and watch the landmarks as you ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.25
Legenda - Danube Legend Cruise in Budapest, Budapest, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Legenda - Danube Legend Cruise in Budapest

1-hour Budapest long evening sightseeing cruise on the river Danube. Choice of 30 language film and audio-guide. 1 glass of drink - choice of champagne, wine, ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.43
Budapest Late Night Dinner Cruise on the Danube, Budapest, Day Cruises
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Budapest Late Night Dinner Cruise on the Danube

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Whether you fancy a late dinner or a wonderful spot for after-dinner drinks, take this Danube River cruise for a relaxing night out in Budapest. Sip wine and ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.35
Danube River Lunch Cruise, Budapest, Dinner Cruises
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Danube River Lunch Cruise

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Take in spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Budapest panorama on a scenic Danube River daytime cruise. Enjoy drinks, including Champagne and ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.20
Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water, Budapest, Lunch Cruises
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Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water

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Take an unforgettable trip around Budapest, seeing the best sights from both land and water, on this comprehensive 1 hour 30 - 40 minute tour aboard an ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 1 hour 30 – 1 hour 40 minute (depending on the traffic).

From USD $30.10
Danube Bend Tour from Budapest, Budapest, Duck Tours
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Danube Bend Tour from Budapest

Visit Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre, the three most beautiful cities in the Danube Bend. Enjoy the picturesque sights in all settlements and get ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.20
Budapest Combo: Private Entrance to Szechenyi Spa plus Lunch Cruise, Budapest, Day Cruises
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Budapest Combo: Private Entrance to Szechenyi Spa plus Lunch Cruise

Spend a day in Budapest without worries and have an unforgettable experience! Relieve your stress in the Szechenyi Spa and enjoy a delicious meal on Lunch ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Flexible

From USD $45.15

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