Budapest by Night

Whereas in Vienna the Danube is nearby and a canal serves the city, in Budapest the River Danube is an integral feature of the city. Not surprisingly there is a huge selection of pleasure cruise offerings – both day time and night time. Another travel blog recommended taking TWO such cruises and we are pleased that we did because Budapest by night is to be enjoyed!

Our first cruise was Dinner with a Piano Battle. The boat was well set up for dining at your chosen table size (we booked a table for two). The four course menu offered choices. The food was good and served hot and the service was very good. Importantly (to us) the boat had a top deck with no windows that you could scurry up to whenever you wanted to take photos. The staff even held off serving your next course if you were in “photo mode”. The entertainment was two pianists and a singer. Nothing special but quite enjoyable. We had a good night.

Our second cruise was a buffet dinner and opera cruise. This boat was fully glassed in so if we hadn’t been able to get photos the night before, we would have been disappointed. Happily we had all the photos so we could enjoy the view and give our attention to the show which featured opera, folk dancing, gypsy dancing and belly dancing. This cruise seems popular with locals so we presume that it was pretty authentic. Certainly we enjoyed it. We can’t share any footage because there was a video Nazi who allowed photos but no video. We don’t understand why. Perhaps they don’t pay royalties on the music they perform?

Watch the video and you’ll see why a Budapest by night river cruise in the evening is special. As the sun catches the buildings and then the key buildings are lit it is a spectacular sight.