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Evening Danube Cruise

Does anyone have recommendations for cruise operators in Budapest? Looking for the best evening/sunset cruise experience.

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This one is pretty good. But you dont want a sunset cruise; you want an evening cruise. No great sunset beauty on a river that goes north and south and a big hill on the west. Besides those glass boats get hot when the sun hits them.
https://legenda.hu/en/candlelit-dinner-cruise# Ive been on another too, but dont remember the name. Both were pretty equivalent. I think this may have been the other. All the charges for service upgrades seems familiar. https://silver-line.hu/product/budapest-dinner-cruise-and-piano-battle-show/

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My wife and I have attended the Legenda trip a few years ago. We booked very early and ended up in the front of the glass topped dinner area, where we had 270 degrees view. The rest of the tables had 2*90 degrees view. We liked it and may do it again when we are back in April.

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If you like romantic, I have another suggestion.

Rent an AirBnb that comes with wine glasses or buy a couple of maybe, just maybe, Kadarka will sell you a couple along with a bottle of wine. Then about 9pm on a weekday with good weather call a taxi. With wine glasses and open bottle of wine in hand, show the driver a piece of paper with this written on it "Citadella kilátó"

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... The kid knew maybe six words in English, but after some of efforts he stopped insisting, “no tuuuuuur guide”, and he understood that we just wanted to be driven around town. Once he understood this was on the taxi meter he was happy to oblige. This was probably the first opportunity he ever had to run up a fare with the permission of the customer. https://www.szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/volan-taxi.jpg

For nearly an hour he drove through amazing neighborhoods, down great avenues and along the banks of the Danube. My face was plastered to the taxi window as we gawked and expressed amazement at how beautiful this city was. Old and dark and in need of a lot of love, but stunningly beautiful at the same time. I quickly realized that I had found what was lacking in Vienna.
https://www.justin-klein.com/blogmedia/post-images/2010/10_05_29-andrassy-ut-2.jpg

Then we crossed the Chain Bridge, drove through a great tunnel, and began climbing higher and higher as it got darker and darker. I suggested maybe we should head for the hotel, but the driver either didn’t understand or didn’t want to understand. Darker, higher, more remote. Now pitch dark and I knew the outcome. We were being hijacked for a mugging and robbery. Of course, we were behind the Iron Curtain and these were commies; what should I have expected?
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As predicted he pulled to the side along a deserted stretch of road and ordered me out of the car. I did as directed. Then he demanded I turn with my back to the car. I was beginning to judge distances, watching his hand movements for a weapon and sizing up the options to fight back or flee. Now before I can explain what came next you have to know where we were: this was the outlook over the city from Gellert Hill near the Citadella.

https://live.staticflickr.com/5349/6998685050_f356622ae7_b.jpg

My mouth fell open. I stared like in a trance and all the events and worries of the last 15 minutes melted away. I knew my only mistake was not planning enough time for Budapest. Looking straight ahead, stunned by the vista, I knew I was coming back.

That was 2004, Its become quite a tourist destination in recent years. But by 9pm the tour buses are gone and its usually easy to find a place to sit, enjoy the view and enjoy a glass of wine with a loved one.

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Looks like a beautiful place ............... for a wedding ............... buy you shouldnt advertise here. Its against the rules.