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Set sail on an unforgettable journey along one of the world’s most romantic rivers through the very heart of Hungary. Europe’s second longest river, the mesmerising Danube River flows through a staggering 10 countries – more than any other river in the world – with the majority of Danube cruises making passing through the stunning country of Hungary an absolute priority.

A landlocked nation in Central Europe, river cruises through Hungary often mean getting to experience other fascinating destinations along the way, such as Austria, Slovakia or Germany. But it’s Hungary that’s home to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ – its spectacular capital city, Budapest. Often referred to as being one of the world’s most beautiful cities, it’s a captivating place to explore. With the two sides of the city divided by the meandering Danube, you can enjoy the picturesque and traditional old side, Buda, with Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion, and the more modern side, Pest, with its remarkable Budapest Parliament Building and its unrivalled nightlife.

Boasting magnificent architecture, a strong sense of folk culture and arguably one of the best capital cities in Europe, it’s no wonder that Hungary is one of the most popular river cruise destinations in the world.

Things to know

  • At 2,850km in length, the Danube River is the second longest river in Europe, passing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.
  • A landlocked country, Hungary borders Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • The Hungarian language is said to be one of the most difficult languages to learn.
  • Founded in 895, Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe – older than both France and Germany.
  • The capital city, Budapest, is home to the highest number of thermal springs in the world.
  • Budapest was formed when three cities – Óbuda, Buda and Pest joined together.

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Beautiful Budapest is Hungary’s stunning capital city and the highly-acclaimed ‘Pearl of the Danube’. There are two sides to the city that straddle the Danube, historical Buda and cosmopolitan Pest. Admire the incredible architecture, soak in traditional thermal baths, dine on authentic goulash and experience a nightlife unlike any other. There’s nothing not to love about the City of Baths.