Budapest, Hungary - Twin Cities on the Danube River

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    View of Pest, Hungary from Fishermen's Bastion in Buda

    View of Pest, Hungary from Fishermen's Bastion in Buda
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River View of Pest, Hungary from Fishermen's Bastion in Buda. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    Buda and Pest Are Fascinating Cities with Intriguing History

    The Danube River runs right through the center of Budapest, dividing the city into two parts--Buda and Pest. Since the city links western and eastern Europe, Budapest has long had an intriguing history. River ships sailing the Danube always stopover in Budapest for the day, docking in a perfect place, with a marvelous view of Fishermen's Bastion and the Palace in Buda on one side and the downtown area of Pest on the other. The ships often wait until after dark to sail away since the city lights on the river are truly memorable.

    Budapest has many fascinating sites on both sides of the river. Many of these sites are diverse, with fascinating histories. They range from churches such as St. Stephen's and Matthias to monuments, parks, and beautiful bridges across the Danube.

    Since the ships dock conveniently near many of the tourist areas, passengers can explore the city on their own. In addition, river cruises usually...MORE include an overview tour of the city as part of the fare.

    Budapest is also one of my favorite sail away ports in the world.

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    Parliament Building on the Danube River in Budapest

    Parliament Building on the Danube River in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City Parliament Building on the Danube River in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Chain Bridge in Budapest

    Chain Bridge in Budapest
    ••• First Bridge Built Across the Danube to Link Buda and Pest Chain Bridge in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The Chain Bridge was named after count Széchenyi, who sponsored the building of the bridge.

    The Chain Bridge was built by Scotsmen William Tierney Clark and Adam Clark and opened in 1849.

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    Chain Bridge Over the Danube in Budapest

    Chain Bridge Over the Danube in Budapest
    ••• Buda and Pest Are Fascinating Cities with Intriguing History Chain Bridge Over the Danube in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bridge Over the Danube River in Budapest

    Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bridge Over the Danube River in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bridge Over the Danube River in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bridge over the Danube River in Budapest was named after Queen Elizabeth, a popular empress of Austria-Hungary assassinated in 1898.

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    Gresham Palace and St. Stephens Basilica in Budapest, Hungary

    Gresham Palace and St. Stephens Basilica in Budapest, Hungary
    ••• View of Pest, Hungary from Fishermen's Bastion in Buda Gresham Palace and St. Stephens Basilica in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Palace of Art in Budapest, Hungary

    Palace of Art in Budapest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Palace of Art in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The Palace of Art in Budapest, Hungary sits on Heroes' Square. The Palace of Art was built in 1895 and contains exhibits of Hungarian as well as other artists.

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    Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest

    Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. The Széchenyi bath is found in the City Park of Pest.

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    St. Stephen's Basilica in Downtown Pest, Hungary

    St. Stephen's Basilica in Downtown Pest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River St. Stephen's Basilica in Downtown Pest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    St. Stephen's Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary

    St. Stephen's Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River St. Stephen's Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    St. Stephen's is the largest church in Budapest and holds about 8500 people.

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    Dome Interior of St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary

    Dome Interior of St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Dome Interior of St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Budapest Central Market

    Budapest Central Market
    ••• Downtown Budapest Market Is One of Europe's Best Budapest Central Market. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The Budapest Central Market is a short walk from where the river ships dock. Is has many fascinating food products, handicrafts, and other wares for sale.

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    Paprika Peppers for Sale at the Budapest Central Market in Budapest, Hungary

    Paprika Peppers for Sale at the Budapest Central Market in Budapest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Paprika Peppers for Sale at the Budapest Central Market in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Corinthian Column in the Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest

    Corinthian Column in the Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Corinthian Column in the Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The Millennium Monument was started in 1896 and completed in 1929.

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    Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest

    Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The base of the Corinthian column of the Millennium Monument at Heroes' Square in Budapest.

    The column is topped with a statue of the archangel Gabriel and surrounded by seven mounted men representing the Magyar chiefs who led the Hungarian people over 1100 years ago.

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    Heroes' Square in Budapest

    Heroes' Square in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Heroes' Square in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    Heroes' Square in Budapest is at the end of Andrassy Avenue. Heroes' Square is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Heroes' Square in Budapest

    Heroes' Square in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Heroes' Square in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Shoes on the Danube Promenade - Budapest Jewish Holocaust Memorial

    Shoes on the Danube Promenade - Budapest Jewish Holocaust Memorial
    ••• Tribute to Jews Who Died in Budapest During World War II Shoes on the Danube Promenade - Budapest Jewish Holocaust Memorial. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    Sixty pairs of cast iron shoes, cast in the styles of the 1940's, stand in remembrance of the people shot into the Danube during the Arrow Cross terror.

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    Budapest Parliament Building in Pest, Hungary on the Danube River

    Budapest Parliament Building in Pest, Hungary on the Danube River
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City Budapest Parliament Building in Pest, Hungary on the Danube River. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Budapest Opera House

    Budapest Opera House
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Budapest Opera House. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Gresham Palace Four Seasons Hotel Lobby in Budapest

    Gresham Palace Four Seasons Hotel Lobby in Budapest
    ••• Gresham Palace Sits on the Danube River in Pest Gresham Palace Four Seasons Hotel Lobby in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Downtown Pest, Hungary

    Downtown Pest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Downtown Pest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    Pest is on the flat side of the Danube River, and Buda is on the hilly side of the river.

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    Matthias Church Steeple in Budapest, Hungary

    Matthias Church Steeple in Budapest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Matthias Church Steeple in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Matthias Church - Budapest, Hungary

    Matthias Church - Budapest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Matthias Church - Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Mathias Church Interior in Budapest, Hungary

    Mathias Church Interior in Budapest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Mathias Church Interior in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Stained Glass Window in Matthias Church, Budapest

    Stained Glass Window in Matthias Church, Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Stained Glass Window in Matthias Church, Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary

    Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    Fishermen's Bastion is part of the Buda Castle District and is near Matthias Church and the Palace.

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    Fishermen's Bastion Overlooking the Danube River in Budapest

    Fishermen's Bastion Overlooking the Danube River in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City Fishermen's Bastion Overlooking the Danube River in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    In the Middle Ages, fishermen set up their defense positions at the area known as Fishermen's Bastion. The site is filled with towers, turrets, and river views.

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    St. Stephen Statue at Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest

    St. Stephen Statue at Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River St. Stephen Statue at Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Budapest Castle District Monument

    Budapest Castle District Monument
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Budapest Castle District Monument. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The Buda Castle complex was once the palace of Hungarian kings. It was once called the royal palace. This monument is one of many in the castle district.

    Budapest, including the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue up to Heroes' Square are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Liberation Monument on Gellert Hill in Budapest

    Liberation Monument on Gellert Hill in Budapest
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City on the Danube River Liberation Monument on Gellert Hill in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Liberation Monument in Budapest Overlooks the Danube River from Buda, Hungary

    Liberation Monument in Budapest Overlooks the Danube River from Buda, Hungary
    ••• Budapest Is Intriguing Hungarian City Liberation Monument in Budapest Overlooks the Danube River from Buda, Hungary. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison

    The monument was erected in 1947 on Gellert Hill in Buda to mark the liberation of the capital from the Germans in 1945 by Soviet troops.

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    Viking River Cruises' Viking Spirit on the Danube River in Budapest

    Viking River Cruises' Viking Spirit on the Danube River in Budapest
    ••• Viking River Cruises Sails the Great Rivers of Europe Viking River Cruises' Viking Spirit on the Danube River in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Viking Neptune and Viking Danube on the Danube River in Budapest

    Viking Neptune and Viking Danube on the Danube River in Budapest
    ••• Sailing with Viking River Cruises Between Bucharest and Nuremberg on the Danube Viking Neptune and Viking Danube on the Danube River in Budapest. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Budapest Parliament at Night

    Budapest Parliament at Night
    ••• Views of Budapest from Danube River Cruise Sailaway Budapest Parliament at Night. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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    Chain Bridge in Budapest at Night

    Chain Bridge in Budapest at Night
    ••• Views of Budapest from Danube River Cruise Sailaway Chain Bridge in Budapest at Night. Budapest (c) Linda Garrison