Our AmaWaterways river cruise on the Danube started in Budapest, Hungary. The Hungarian capital glows on the Danube with magnificently grandiose buildings that are golden in the dark.
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We stayed at the Sofitel Chain Bridge Hotel which overlooks the River Danube. The view of the river is stunning and we enjoyed their sumptuous breakfast buffet.
In general, we prefer small locally owned boutique hotels, but since we were here to board a river cruise, it was convenient and quite comfortable.
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. You don’t want to miss it if you are in Budapest.
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
Our river cruise company took us on an excursion to Old Town Buda. It 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 the Mongols and reconstructed in the 13th century.
It’s the 7th largest church of the medieval Hungarian Kingdom. The church was extensively restored in the 19th century. We also had 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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