Sail Date: July 2009
What a beautiful city with so much history. The city is right on the Danube which made for a lot of pleasant walks. Other ports of call, but not listed to choose from: Vienna, Bratislava, Passau, Nurnburg, Munich, Wurtzburg, Regensburg, ... Read More
What a beautiful city with so much history. The city is right on the Danube which made for a lot of pleasant walks. Other ports of call, but not listed to choose from: Vienna, Bratislava, Passau, Nurnburg, Munich, Wurtzburg, Regensburg, Durnstein, Melk, Trier. You must bring good walking shoes as all tours include some walking and so much of it is on cobblestone streets. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
Spent an extra day before joining the ship. The included tour was quite good and we very much enjoyed the city. We even ventured to one of the baths which was certainly an experience.
Spent an extra day before joining the ship. The included tour was quite good and we very much enjoyed the city. We even ventured to one of the baths which was certainly an experience. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Where posts were "down-town and near the bost, they were great and easy to get to and review. Older ,smaller towns were great and large ports needed buses to get to. Once there you were set free to wonder and then meet at special ... Read More
Where posts were "down-town and near the bost, they were great and easy to get to and review. Older ,smaller towns were great and large ports needed buses to get to. Once there you were set free to wonder and then meet at special point to return, leaving one to have to weait until later (if you wanted to get back sooner). This is why I like to be in town and near boat locations. Too many other ports to do individually. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2010
Budapest we found to be very moving ~ especially the shoe monument at the river side. Also it is very scenic at night time ~ we loved it and want to go back.
Budapest we found to be very moving ~ especially the shoe monument at the river side. Also it is very scenic at night time ~ we loved it and want to go back. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
I really liked this beautiful city. Our guide whose name was Gregory was a licensed Hungarian guide and made our visit educational and enjoyable. The city is clean and we felt quite safe.
I really liked this beautiful city. Our guide whose name was Gregory was a licensed Hungarian guide and made our visit educational and enjoyable. The city is clean and we felt quite safe. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
We enjoyed Budapest but it is not a s well developed as we would have expected. Many buildings and streets are in disrepair and many building projects are unfinished. We were surprised that in the midst of all this was a surprisingly ... Read More
We enjoyed Budapest but it is not a s well developed as we would have expected. Many buildings and streets are in disrepair and many building projects are unfinished. We were surprised that in the midst of all this was a surprisingly upscale shopping district (e.g., Prada, Armani, etc.) We walked everywhere. Be very careful crossing the street. Unlike the other cities on our trip where pedestrians get the right of way, the Hungarians take no prisoners on the roads. If there is an underground walkway - use it. The tour through the ship was a little different since we arrived on a major holiday so we couldn't go to the Parliament, which is a major attraction. However, it was the nicest weather on the trip and we enjoyed seeing the Hungarians celebrating their holiday in the park and square while we got a good history lesson, especially about the fall of communism which was being commemorated on that day. We stayed an extra day to see more of the city. The two main attractions for us were the Jewish Quarter, with the famous and beautiful synagogue and the Parliament. Both are "must-sees." The synagogue was restored and is the largest synagogue in Europe. Budapest still has a rather large and vibrant Jewish community and the museum attached to the synagogue, as well as the memorial garden, are worth the visit. The Parliament was the most beautiful building we saw on our trip, including all of the palaces, churches, and synagogues. It is an architectural marvel. Our friend who went on the tour with us happens to be an architect and he was amazed by some of the innovations and touches in the building. We didn't get to the famous baths, so it would be worth spending two extra days to see everything. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
This was my favorite port. It is a beautiful city filled with lovely architecture and wonderful people. This was the best Christmas market that we visited.
This was my favorite port. It is a beautiful city filled with lovely architecture and wonderful people. This was the best Christmas market that we visited. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
Easy city to navigate, with many English-speaking people to answer questions. Subway, buses, trams require local currency, as do a number of shops (most shops will also accept euro, but not dollar). Do yourself a favor and stay an extra ... Read More
Easy city to navigate, with many English-speaking people to answer questions. Subway, buses, trams require local currency, as do a number of shops (most shops will also accept euro, but not dollar). Do yourself a favor and stay an extra day, or two/three. Any more reputable guide-book will list many of the "Don't Miss" sights. However, one that is not well publicized, but note-worthy (in our opinion), is the Hospital-in-the-Hill. It is located in Castle District and was originally used as a hospital and later as an Nuclear Air Raid bunker, during the Cold War era. Contains many items of medical and radioactivity equpment(measurement/decontamination). Unfortunately, photography is not permitted inside the museum. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2011
Budapest is a stunning place to visit. It is especially beautiful at night with all of the bridges and historic buildings lit up.
Budapest is a stunning place to visit. It is especially beautiful at night with all of the bridges and historic buildings lit up. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
We parked right next to the Chain Bridge so the location was awesome! We could walk right into town and within minutes we were on the Vaci Utca and in shopping heaven!
We parked right next to the Chain Bridge so the location was awesome! We could walk right into town and within minutes we were on the Vaci Utca and in shopping heaven! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
We loved the history and architecture of Budapest, but we were disappointed with the surly service and expensive food and drinks. The parliament Building and the Opera House are musts for visitors.
We loved the history and architecture of Budapest, but we were disappointed with the surly service and expensive food and drinks. The parliament Building and the Opera House are musts for visitors. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
Budapest is a difficult place to board ship as the location can change on short notice by the Harbour Master. We found that even with the exact location of the ship the taxi driver whose English was very limited (and our Hungarian non ... Read More
Budapest is a difficult place to board ship as the location can change on short notice by the Harbour Master. We found that even with the exact location of the ship the taxi driver whose English was very limited (and our Hungarian non existent) had difficulty in locating the ship. We would recommend that prepurchase of transfers to the ship is a better way to go. The included tour is very good as it covers most of the city sights. We also used the funicular at the Chain Bridge to go up to the castle precinct. Tickets are inexpensive and the views were fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
We got there a day early in order to recover from jetlag, so took the city bus tour and explored more on foot for day one of the cruise. The city itself is very unique--Buda (the old city) and Pest located on two sides of the river. What ... Read More
We got there a day early in order to recover from jetlag, so took the city bus tour and explored more on foot for day one of the cruise. The city itself is very unique--Buda (the old city) and Pest located on two sides of the river. What we found most interesting was the cultural history, it having been occupied by Mongols, Turks and Prussians over the years. It's quite beautiful and romantic. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2011
Budapest , where the cruise began is a city not to be missed. The tour of this city was excellent with all of the key attractions visited. Recommend you get there a day early and explore the city. Vienna, is a wonderful place to visit. ... Read More
Budapest , where the cruise began is a city not to be missed. The tour of this city was excellent with all of the key attractions visited. Recommend you get there a day early and explore the city. Vienna, is a wonderful place to visit. Just enjoy the place. Melk. The monastery in this port is the highlight of the area. You have to see it to believe it. Linz and Salzburg. The ship docks in Linz and you are bused to Salzburg. Salzburg is a wonderful place but in my opinion it has become over commercialized since my last visit 15 years ago. However it is still worth the time to visit. If you time walk around Linz. You won't be disappointed. Passau. A great little historic town. The organ recital was not worth the half hour unless you are really into that type of music. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
We arrived in Budapest at night, and it was simply an amazing experience. The buildings and bridges were all lit up in their splendour. A great photo opportunity. We did find many of the shop keepers to be a bit abrupt. Overall we found ... Read More
We arrived in Budapest at night, and it was simply an amazing experience. The buildings and bridges were all lit up in their splendour. A great photo opportunity. We did find many of the shop keepers to be a bit abrupt. Overall we found the city scenery very interesting. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
Ship docks on river between Buda and Pest. It is an easy walk to many interesting parts of the city. You could easily spend a couple of extra days wandering around Budapest. We have visited twice and really love this city.
Ship docks on river between Buda and Pest. It is an easy walk to many interesting parts of the city. You could easily spend a couple of extra days wandering around Budapest. We have visited twice and really love this city. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2011
We arrived in Budapest the second day of Christmas so nothing was open and we walked the main walking street with hundreds of others on the Pest side of the city. Our boat was moored across from the majestic Buda architecture of the last ... Read More
We arrived in Budapest the second day of Christmas so nothing was open and we walked the main walking street with hundreds of others on the Pest side of the city. Our boat was moored across from the majestic Buda architecture of the last century. I was unable to attend the planned tour due to sickness but presume it would have been informative. I loved the people we met in Hungary at the airport and observed on the street. Modest, intelligent, and good-humored all of them! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Budapest was great! Viking provided a guided tour via bus on the morning after we arrived. We toured the Heroes Square, then to the Royal Palace and St. Mattias Church and a stunning view overlooking the Danube River and the rest of the ... Read More
Budapest was great! Viking provided a guided tour via bus on the morning after we arrived. We toured the Heroes Square, then to the Royal Palace and St. Mattias Church and a stunning view overlooking the Danube River and the rest of the city! Then to the Parliament Building, which is awesome. The ship was docked just under the Chain Bridge, which is lighted at night. The Chain Bridge, plus the other Budapest landmarks lit at night made everything really beautiful. Bratislava, our second port (not listed in the port listings on this form) was also very nice, but not nearly as interesting to us as Budapest or Vienna. However, the tour arranged by Viking was quite nice, and there were many interesting sights to see. We also found a nice cafe for coffee and pastry after our tour. Vienna was great! We thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the city, and the tour was quite nice. We found another nice pastry shop! We went on an optional excursion at night to see a performance of Mozart and Strauss, and thoroughly enjoyed that as well. Additional stops were in Durnstein (just a village,) Melk (a small town) and Passau. We enjoyed each of these towns and the provided tours. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Was everything we expected and more. Coming in at night was fantastic. All the lights!!!! Loved it. Had a Jewish tour there that was excellent. Wonderful guide.
Was everything we expected and more. Coming in at night was fantastic. All the lights!!!! Loved it. Had a Jewish tour there that was excellent. Wonderful guide. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Nice bus tour of Budapest, short walking tour, excellent local guide. The other ports, Bratislava, Vienna, Dornstein, Melk, Salzburg and Passau are not listed on the drop-down menue. These tours were reasonable, but it was quite clear to ... Read More
Nice bus tour of Budapest, short walking tour, excellent local guide. The other ports, Bratislava, Vienna, Dornstein, Melk, Salzburg and Passau are not listed on the drop-down menue. These tours were reasonable, but it was quite clear to me that when the guides discussed history and associated dates, the eyes of most of my fellow Americans glazed over. History and geography are not favorite subjects among Americans. Less emphasis on these areas and more introduction on who local people live would be more attractive to Americans. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Budapest lovely. Wish we had more time there. Beautiful scenery and we docked with a view of the Lady on the Hill. Our ports are not listed as this was a Danube cruise. Next was Bratislava, then Linz, Melk, Salzburg, Vienna, Passau, ... Read More
Budapest lovely. Wish we had more time there. Beautiful scenery and we docked with a view of the Lady on the Hill. Our ports are not listed as this was a Danube cruise. Next was Bratislava, then Linz, Melk, Salzburg, Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, Durnstein, Lifshofen, and then Prague. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
This was a great port and wish I d spent more time there.Had city tour and night cruise with all the buildings lit up..very similar to Paris.Docked right in town center and could walk to many sites.
This was a great port and wish I d spent more time there.Had city tour and night cruise with all the buildings lit up..very similar to Paris.Docked right in town center and could walk to many sites. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
What a fabulous city. And so much history to hear about. Was Buda really the brother of Attila the Hun? Who knew?
What a fabulous city. And so much history to hear about. Was Buda really the brother of Attila the Hun? Who knew? Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
Magical at night, beautiful during the day! Although there is still a lot of restoration work going on, it is a city of beautiful architecture and interesting history.
Magical at night, beautiful during the day! Although there is still a lot of restoration work going on, it is a city of beautiful architecture and interesting history. Read Less

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