Danube River, Hungary
|A river-cruise ship docked under the turreted hill of|
Buda in Budapest, Hungary.
Photo: Aktiv Tours
The Danube is Budapest’s greatest asset. Locals meander along the riverbanks to admire the evening light dwindling over the waters and, whether from a bench or bridge, there’s always a great city view. The river divides the capital in two, with Buda the more hilly shore. Castle Hill’s many historical monuments have made it a World Heritage site, and views over the city are tremendous, particularly from the renowned Fisherman’s Bastion.
|Statue of St Stephen on Castle Hill in|
Buda, Budapest, Hungary.
Photo: Hungarian Tourism
The southern half of Castle Hill is taken up by the Royal Palace, endlessly reconstructed and now housing the National Library – which exhibits rare books and documents – the Budapest History Museum, and the colossal Hungarian National Gallery, a vast collection of art from the tenth century onwards, with some particularly fine medieval painting and sculpture.
|The Gellert Baths in Budapest, Hungary.|
Photo: Visit Hungary
Stay tuned: we’ll be covering the chief sights and delights of Pest on the other side of the river from Buda very shortly!
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