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Budapest is a city of two halves divided by the mighty River Danube and sewn together by a collection of beautiful, elegant bridges. The most famous is the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, the first permanent crossing to link the two halves of the city. The two parts of the city are very different; the flatter, lively region of Pest looks across the water to its older, historical neighbour, the hilly Buda that rises up away from the banks of the river.

Pest is the busy, modern part of the city, with excellent shopping, trendy bars and modern restaurants. Buda has a distinctly medieval atmosphere, with beautiful old buildings and cobbled streets. Budapest was once the joint capital of the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg Empire. The city and its buildings have been restored to their very best in what is now one of Europe's finest, grandest and most picturesque cities. Budapest is known for its baths - the hot bath water is said to flow from a hundred streams. Home to the city's famous bathing chess players, the Széchenyi Bath is Budapest's most famous outdoor baths, which was built in New Baroque style and is open all year round.

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Grand Imperial Cities
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Salzburg
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Danube Bend
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Grand Imperial Cities
28 Oct 2023
Joanne Hulbert
5 stars
“All round great experience. Tour Manager (Kevin) was great, organised and prepared. The cities were great, just the right split between guided and free time. Have already recommended to others.
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Imperial Cities & Delights of the Danube
27 Sep 2023
Gill Cox
5 stars
“Excellent from start to finish
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The Classic Blue Danube
25 Sep 2023
stella lewis
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“The Amadeus crew looked after us extremely well and the ship was in pristine condition
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Delights of the Danube
21 Sep 2023
Derek White
4 stars
“As we like rail travel we chose this holiday linking with a river cruise which we enjoy. This was one of your longer journeys, heading towards the cruise from Budapest. There were several holdups on the outward 2 day train journey and there was anxiety that connections would not not be made. Simon, our train courier, was excellent, keeping us up-to-date. Unfortunately we arrived too late for dinner at the NH hotel in Nuremburg and were given sandwiches instead, not a good start as we had set off early that morning. After another held-up journey to Budapest the next day we arrived at the ship late, rather exhausted. The cruise was delightful, accommodation brilliant, staff helpful, food good. We enjoyed visiting such interesting countries though we opted out of the Austrian trips to Salzburg or Austrian lakes and enjoyed a very relaxing cruise from Linz to Passau instead. The recital by the string quartet from the Vienna Philharmonic was a highlight and the musical duo were excellent too. It was unfortunate that on occasions we were moored next to another cruise ship, thereby blocking the view from our cabin. Consequently we did not stay in our cabin on Mozart deck as the moored ship next to ours made it dark. The train journey home was delayed to Brussels so we had to rush to check-in and then we were told Eurostar to St Pancras was delayed by 50 minutes. We therefore missed our rail connections and finally managed to get home by 12.30am on Saturday 9th September. We will recall the cruise and the beautiful ship with pleasure and were fortunate with the weather, but we would not consider long train journeys with various connections again, which were arduous. (We used the Baggage Man which was an excellent service.)
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Buda Castle

Standing impressively on the banks of Buda Hill, overlooking the Danube, is Buda Castle. The historic castle and palace complex, which was completed in 1265, has UNESCO World Heritage status and was home to the Kings of Hungary. The complex contains some fascinating museums including Budapest Historical Museum, the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery.

Hungarian opera
Budapest rivals Vienna as an international Opera capital. The city's fantastic neo-Renaissance opera house, the Hungarian State Opera House, was built in 1884 and is worth visiting even if you don't enjoy opera.

Statue Park
One of Budapest's most remarkable (and controversial) attractions is the Statue Park (Szoborpark), located in a quiet suburb of Buda. Described as a "Communist Theme Park", it contains (among others) a gigantic statue of Lenin and Cubist statues of Marx and Engels.

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