In November 2013, Doug and I began an AmaWaterways river cruise on the Danube starting in Budapest, Hungary. We had just flown in from Poland the day before where we had visited Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, and Krakow.
Read other posts from this trip:
- Poland Travel Photo Gallery
- Austria Travel Photo Gallery
- Germany Travel Photo Gallery
- The Czech Republic Travel Photo Gallery
- AMAWaterways Travel Photo Gallery
- Christmas Markets
We stayed at the Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel while we were there, which overlooks the Danube and is stunning and enjoyed their sumptuous breakfast buffet. It was booked through our river cruise line and was their suggested hotel. In general, we prefer small locally owned boutique hotels but this hotel was quite spectacular.
Photos of Budapest, Hungary
Great Market Hall
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One of our first stops in Budapest was the Great Market Hall. It’s the largest indoor market I’ve ever seen and the largest in Hungary. Built in 1897, it was damaged in WWII and remained closed for many years. It was restored to its original splendor in 1990. The market is 3 stories high and over 10,000 square meters in size.
Hungarian State Opera House
We took a tour of the Hungarian State Opera House, which is a grandiose Neo-Renaissance building that was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1884. It’s known for its marvelous acoustics and is decorated with frescos, marble sculptures and gold leaf everywhere. Tours are available during the day.
I wish we could have spent more time in Budapest and other parts of Hungary but we only had part of the day when we arrived and the next day to go on a whirlwind tour of the city.
Budapest and the Danube
Old Town Budapest – Buda
We took a tour of Old Town Buda that included the Seven Towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion built between 1895 and 1902 in the Buda Castle walls, and the Matthias Church. The church was originally built in 1015 but was destroyed by Mongols and reconstructed in the 13th century. It was the 7th largest church of the medieval Hungarian Kingdom. The church was extensively restored in the 19th century. We also had a little time to walk around the Old Town.
Signs on shops in Budapest
I love quirky things like old signs and doors. Here are some shop signs from Old Town Buda.
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Planning a trip to Budapest
Find a hotel in Budapest
- Booking.com lists Best Hotels in Budapest.
Get the best price on flights to Budapest
- Skyscanner – Find the most affordable flight to Budapest on a search engine you can trust.
Rent a car in Budapest
- Auto Europe – This site offers the best auto rates in Europe.
Take a tour in Budapest
- Tour Budapest – Take the Big Bus Tour to see the amazing sites of Budapest.
- Tours by Locals – Find a local guide to take you on a private and personalized tour.
Don’t forget to buy travel insurance!
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