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 (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 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 (c) Linda Garrison
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Chain Bridge in Budapest

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
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 (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
Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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Palace of Art in Budapest, Hungary

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 (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 (c) Linda Garrison
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St. Stephen's Cathedral in Budapest, Hungary

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 (c) Linda Garrison
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Budapest Central Market

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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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
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 (c) Linda Garrison
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Budapest Opera House

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
Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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Downtown Pest, Hungary

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 (c) Linda Garrison
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Matthias Church - Budapest, Hungary

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 (c) Linda Garrison
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Stained Glass Window in Matthias Church, Budapest

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 (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 (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 (c) Linda Garrison
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Budapest Castle District Monument

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 (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 (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
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
Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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Budapest Parliament at Night

Budapest Parliament at Night
Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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Chain Bridge in Budapest at Night

Chain Bridge in Budapest at Night
Budapest (c) Linda Garrison
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