Friday, June 27, 2014

Budapest - Boat Cruise along Danube River

Date of cruise: 10th April 2014

Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge in the evening viewed from Danube river

Firstly, we tried to book an evening cruise from 1 of the tourist centre after a coffee break. So unfortunate that they did not have anything left for us. Hence, we decided to stroll along the Danube river and just grab what ever comes first, i.e. on instant departure. After sometimes, we saw a group of tourist walking in a large line heading towards the same direction. We tagged along in silence, the 4 of us. It was a lucky guessed as we managed to follow them taking the next boat scheduled to depart for a 2 hours tour at nominal fee.

The boat cruise that we took that late afternoon/evening

The skewed bridge half seated on Margaret Island in the photo

According to the locals, there's more than 1 way to admire the beauty of the Danube river which offer the magnificent scenic divider and connector between Buda and Pest since ancient time. Like us, we embark on a relaxing late afternoon towards sunset for sightseeing cruise. The cruise includes a stroll through Margaret Island. Another choice is add a romantic touch with an evening cruise that's accompanied by dinner and dancing beneath the stars like the way Anne and I enjoyed our last night in Bangkok.

The clouds, the blue sky, the danube river with the grandeur Parliament Building
The pro (me) ready for action :)

Several companies in Budapest offer these sightseeing cruises, and most of them comes with a head set guided in multiple languages. We found the head set guided was very informative that keeps our focus to both sides of Buda and Pest intact. There are many options to choose from, either you go for 1 hour sightseeing cruises cover all the attractions located on the banks of the Danube, 2 hours with optional walk on Margaret Island, evening cruises with buffet-type dinner, an evening cruises with music and dance etc.

Some of the lovely bridges that I adored snapped by me during the cruise below:-

Buda Castle and Tower Bridge are just ahead
Like the old Hungarian gentleman's advice to me earlier in the morning, taking an evening sightseeing cruise is worth what it takes. It simply because the Danube River scenic beauty offers the best way to experience Budapest  and take in the magnificent views of the city, especially in the evening when the city is being illuminated. In the meantime, I'm sharing few photos snapped by anne during the cruise using her Nikon:-

The citadel using her maximum zoom capacity from the boat

Beautiful Parliament house

The Chain bridge

More importantly, you were there to witness the Danube river that both divides and connects Buda and Pest which has always played an important role in the city's history, the unification of Hungary. Do give it a try, a boat cruise along the Danube river is definitely a must do list when 1 is in Budapest. Don't you agree?

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