The river cruises are growing the coast and the Danube is one of the most fascinating rivers of the world. The second longest river in Europe , it crosses no fewer than 10 countries before flowing into the Black Sea. Your cruise on the Danube will take you to Budapest , the Pearl of the Danube. This spa town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Europe. Besides its thermal waters the city is also famous for its historical sites , its 7 bridges that connect the 2 banks, Buda and Pest and its nightlife . What to do, what to see during your stopover in Budapest, discover 5 must-see absolutely.
The thermal baths
Budapest is famous for being a spa town and the baths are part of the DNA of Hungarian culture . If the thermal springs were discovered by the Romans, it was then the Turks who built beautiful basins. The Széchenyi baths, in particular, have natural indoor and outdoor pools , as well as treatment rooms, hammams and saunas.
Caving in the cave of Szemlőhegy
The thermal waters had another advantage in Budapest, they formed over time more than 100 km of caves . That of Szemlőhegy is easily accessible from the city center and guided tours are organized there every day.
The ruins Bars, pubs in the ruins
The ruins bars are one of the great specialties of Budapest . They are found in abandoned places, houses or parking. But when you get inside, you discover a retro world, a haven of festivity where you listen to alternative music and where you drink beer in plastic cups. The exposed brick walls are covered with surprising works and hanging objects (bicycles, trumpets, old toys …) The best known and most famous of these ruins pubs is Szimpla Kert . We discover the student and electric Budapest.
The Buda Castle and the Museum of Fine Arts
The castle of Buda is the former residence of the kings of Hungary. It houses the Hungarian National Gallery , the Historical Museum of Budapest and the Széchényi National Library. Both museums are worth a visit and allow you to discover the history and the Hungarian artistic heritage. The palace itself is also worth a detour by its architecture as well as its courtyard and its surroundings where one finds many statues.
The Jewish Quarter of Budapest
Last stop of a stopover in Budapest : the Jewish quarter . There you can visit the Hungarian Jewish Museum , and the spectacular Dohany Street Synagogue. It is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. There are also excellent bakeries and pastries in this area.
Your stopover in Budapest will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your cruise on the Danube during which you will discover a very pleasant city with sublime architecture.