Budapest is a major port for river boat cruises. I’ve lost count of the number I’ve seen coming and going in the five days we’ve been here. John and I took our own cruise on the Danube today aboard this ferry.
It wasn’t quite as impressive as the cruise boats, including this one which was so long I couldn’t fit it all into the photo frame.
Seeing a city — like Paris or Budapest — from the river that runs through it gives you a different perspective. From a boat on the Danube, Budapest looks much more like a old European city than it does when you’re wandering streets amid a mix of buildings from multiple centuries.
From the view on the river, you’d never guess the old city has a park named after a 20th Century king — of rock and roll, that is. Elvis, wherever you are, this Hungarian city park carries your name. John serenaded me with Blue Suede Shoes as we strolled through it this afternoon.
A few miles south of Elvis’s park, both on the Buda side of the river, is Gellért Baths, part of the Gellért Hotel complex.
Built between 1912 and 1918, the baths are housed amid Art Nouveau splendor.
I enjoyed the ambience provided by the interior design even more than the thermal baths. It was splendid!
Waterlogged and weary, we crossed the river via tram on the return trip just as the sun began to say jó estét.