Our AmaWaterways river cruise on the Danube started in Budapest, Hungary. We had just flown in from Poland the day before where we had visited Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, and Krakow. The Hungarian capital glows on the Danube with magnificently grandiose buildings that glow golden in the dark.
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 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 Amawaterways 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 the city 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 magnificent 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 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 Buda
I love quirky things like old signs and doors. Here are some shop signs from Old Town Buda.
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