Sunday, July 10, 2016

End of Danube River Cruise - Budapest, Hungary

Leaving Bratislava we spent an afternoon cruising the scenic Danube Bend. The wooded hills, villages with magnificent church domes and peaceful farms dominate this part of northern Hungary.

During our journey on the Danube we passed through several locks.
This was taken from our ship's sun deck.

One of the villages along our route.

After another wonderful afternoon of breathtaking scenery and time to relax a bit from the sometimes strenuous sightseeing, night fell and we sailed into Budapest.

Sailing into Budapest at night is a truly spectacular experience.

The magnificent buildings and bridges appear to be covered in gold leaf.

The Chain Bridge between Buda and Pest
opened in 1849 following the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

Liberty Bridge
Built in 1896 for the Millennium World Exhibition

Inside the Matthias Church

Matthias Church
near the Fisherman's Bastion
Buda's Castle District

Originally built in the Romanesque style in 1015 with no remains.  The current building was built in the Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century. It underwent extensive restoration in the late 19th century.

Fisherman's Bastion  behind the statue St. Stephen 

Hungarian Parliament Building

We  visited a horse farm near Budapest.
At the Lazar Equestrian Park we sampled Hungarian fruit brandy and watched the skilled riders and horses perform.

A couple of parting shots from the ship.
Our cruise ended the next day.

I would definitely recommend a Viking River Cruise.
The accommodations were comfortable.
The food was very good.
The guides were top of the line.
The service was outstanding.

I hope you will join me for future adventures.


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