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The Danube River is one of the world’s most famous watercourses and the second-longest river in Europe. It flows through 10 European countries and weaves past four capital cities. Hungary’s section of the Danube splits Budapest into the historic districts of Buda and Pest, which became a unified city in 1873. Marvel at the architecturally impressive cityscape and relax at riverside parks while cruising the river and traversing its waterfront paths.
A popular way to experience the Danube is by joining cruises that depart from marinas close to the city center. The cruises offer uninterrupted views of major attractions such as the Buda Castle, Citadella, Parliament Building and Liberty Bridge. Choose between short cruises covering the main sights and excursions including a guided walk on Margaret Island. Settle down to a romantic evening dinner or sign up for a party cruise and dance beneath a starlit sky.
For an alternative view, walk along the riverfront pathways. On the Pest side, the Danube Promenade passes significant buildings between the Chain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge. Gaze at the dramatic façade of the Parliament Building and appreciate the scenery from Nehru Part park. Cross a bridge and stroll on the Buda side. Take a detour to wander the serpentine streets of the Citadella.
Intrepid travelers might want to rent a bike and cycle areas of the Danube Cycle Path. It covers hundreds of miles in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The Budapest region includes 175 miles (280 kilometers) of the cycle path. Note that the route does not consist entirely of designated bike lanes.
The Danube River is a year-round attraction. Different seasons and varying times of the day present contrasting perspectives. By night, the illuminated city resembles a scene from a fairy tale. Cruises, with commentary in several languages, depart from various quays close to the city center. You can also get around by riding on the passenger ferries.
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If you're splashing out on a little luxury, be sure to check out the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, at Széchenyi István tér 5-6, and the Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection, at Erzsebet Korut 9-11. Alternatively, if you're after somewhere a bit more economical, you'll be sure to find a bargain at the Happy Hostel, at Varoshaz street 8, or the Artificial Hostel, at Vaci Utca 44.
Nestled on the banks of the Danube River, in the heart of the city, this Budapest hotel offers great views of Chain Bridge and Royal Castle. And it's minutes from numerous other historic sites.
Between the Danube and Castle Hill in Buda, the hotel has views of the Houses of Parliament. The St Stephen's Basilica are 1 km away; Buda Castle and pedestrianized shopping are a 10-minute walk away.
Located in Castle Hill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kiraly Baths, Fisherman's Bastion, and Matthias Church. Hungarian Parliament Building and Buda Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Castle Hill, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Matthias Church, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and Fisherman's Bastion. Buda Castle and Andrassy Avenue are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Castle Hill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kiraly Baths, Parliament Building, and Fisherman's Bastion. Buda Castle and St. Stephen's Basilica are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in 05. Belváros - Lipótváros, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Váci Street, Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool, and Hungarian National Museum. Rudas Baths and Szechenyi Chain Bridge are also within 15 minutes.