- Day 1 & 2 – Amsterdam
- Day 3 – Amsterdam, Avalon & Zaanse Schans
- Day 4 – More Amsterdam & Departure
- Day 5 – Cologne
- Day 6 – Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim
- Day 7 – Miltenberg
- Day 8 -Wurzburg
- Day 9 – Bamberg
- Day 10 – Nurnberg (Nuremberg)
- Day 11 – Regensburg
- Day 12 – Passau, Cesky Krumlov & Linz
- Day 13 – Melk & the Wachau Valley
- Day 15 – Bratislava & Scloss Hof
- Day 16 – Budapest
- Day 17 – More Budapest
- Day 18 – A lot more Budapest
- Day 19 – Budapest back to Vienna
- Day 20 – Vienna
- Day 21 – Vienna
Due to low water levels on the Danube, we were unable to sail directly into Budapest. This meant we had to dock in Komarom which is about 90 km away and go into Budapest by coach. Avalon was exceptionally good at getting everything organized, but we were supposed to be overnight in Budapest so that meant a bus ride in and out and then another one in on departure day. It also meant the Budapest by Night tour I’d signed up for was cancelled, but I’m managing okay on my own so far.
We started our day up on Castle Hill on the Buda side; home of the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Fisherman’s Bastion is basically a viewing terrace; from there you have a great view of the Pest side of the city.
Here are a few of Fisherman’s Bastion
Matthias Church and it’s mosaic tile roof
The shops here like selling old signs and paprika of course!
Hungarians love their coffee shops, who, unlike Amsterdam, actually serve coffee and cakes/pastries of course. Our first stop after lunch was the Muvesz Kafehaz where we were treated to a drink and a cake of our choice (which they assured me had zero calories).
Budapest really is a beautiful city, they have bronze statues everywhere. These are a few of my favourites…
Budapest also has a public bike sharing system (as does Amsterdam). Not too many still ride a bike at home in January, but it doesn’t seem to bother them here.
After our walking tour, we visited the Hungarian State Opera House. It may not be the biggest, but it certainly is opulent.
I’m glad I have more time in Budapest, this day only scratched the surface!