Dining on the Danube in Budapest

Dining on the Danube in Budapest

Sintra, Portugal

Take dusk + the Danube + dueling pianos and what do you get? MAGIC.

Pure, abracadabra, MAGIC! I tell ya! 

When planning our visit to Budapest we had been advised by many that we needed to see the sights along the Danube at night. It was a sight to behold, we were told. So when the Silver Line Dinner & Night Cruise offered us an evening cruise on Valentine’s Day I immediately agreed. How romantic, right? 

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We arrived at the dock for the Silver Line at the end of blue hour (my favorite time of day). With a few minutes to spare, we strolled down the boardwalk towards the beautiful Chain Bridge, watching the city lights slowly warm for the evening ahead. There was a flurry of activity on our side of the river, former Pest, with lots of boats loading their evening passengers and tourists milling about, unsure of how best to appreciate the scene before us. 

Across the Danube, Buda Castle was slowly becoming ablaze.

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We made our way to Chain Bridge – Dan sauntered along slowly while I snapped away the scene. And what a scene it was, right?

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With the clock ticking and Dan’s stomach growling, we turned and made our way back to the boat. Music was in the air and the lights were dimmed in preparation for the evening guests. 

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If there’s one thing that Dan and I love most, it’s live music. Seeing the pianists at the front of the boat we immediately took seats in front and center of the stage. Before us the table was set with Valentine’s in mind – rose petals and napkins covered in hearts. I, of course, sported my bright Chanel lipstick. Upon taking our seats we were handed glasses of champagne. 

(See how perfect this evening is? I’m not even done yet…!)

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With a cheerful introduction from the maitre d’ the boat departed from the dock and headed north down the river. Dinner service began promptly while Dan and I order a second round of drinks – cold beers for both of us! 

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I had a crunchy Cesar salad, followed by savory beef stew with polenta. Being honest, with this type of activity I had expected more of a mass produced, cafeteria style meal – that wasn’t the case at all. The food was truly fantastic. 

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I barely had time to sneak a picture of Dan’s duck leg confit with crispy white cabbage and gratin potatoes before it vanished the plate. Even a “try this” bite wasn’t permitted.

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After our dessert of chestnut mousse with dried sour cherries Dan and I wore big Cheshire cat grins as the pianists began flooding the room with classic, beautiful melodies. 


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Outside the scene had changed drastically as night had closed in. The instagram-loving guests and I scrambled to the windows to capture the passing Hungarian Parliament Building. 

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Realizing that I could head outside for an even better view, I raced to the back of the boat for a quick snap of the passing Chain Bridge and another shot of Parliament. 

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The remainder of the evening was spent bopping along with the pianists and embracing our special night on the Danube. Hats off to the pianists and lovely maitre d’ for the entertaining show!

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Whether you’ve got someone on your arm or not, be sure to make time for an evening cruise with Silver Line. It’s the absolute perfect way to see the city. 

<<end rave review>>

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This post is sponsored however all opinions are (of course!) my own. Furthermore, experiences that I would not recommend to my nearest and dearest are not shared on this space.
  • Ashleigh

    That looked really nice! Do you know how much it usually is for a normal dinner cruise?
    I have been to Budapest, but only for one day so I would like to go back for a few days at least!

    How to be a Wanderluster

    • Yeah, I should have mentioned that, huh? Typically the cruise is 42E pp which isn’t bad considering it’s a 4 course meal, 3 hour cruise and piano show! 😉

  • Julia

    Ahh this cruise looks amazing! Blue hour is actually my favorite as well, and always has been for photos! You’re one of the first other bloggers I’ve “met” (you know what I mean) who prefers it over the magic hour as well. Once again, amazing, and I am so hoping to visit Budapest in the near future!!



    • Good. Glad we’re in the same Team Blue Hour boat! I hope you get a chance to visit Budapest soon too – keep your eyes peeled for deals with German Wings!

      By the way – your blog is awesome! One suggestion though – the Bloglovin link in the header bar goes to your personal Bloglovin page and not your blog’s. Maybe switch it so that way people that want to follow along with your blog get the posts. 🙂

      • Julia

        Honestly the best! I’ll keep my eyes peeled, I’m desperate to go within the year.

        Thank you so much (and for the Bloglovin’ follow), you are one of my favorite bloggers and it means the world!! (*little fan girl moment*). And wow yeah thank you, I did not catch that! People kept on following my profile and I was wondering why :p 🙂

  • The cruise looks fantastic. I really need to return to Budapest.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more! 😉 Now that I’ve seen it in early spring I feel like I need to go back in summer and fall. Ha

  • These photos are beyond lovely. There are so many destinations on my to-see list, but Budapest is near the top. I feel like people often underestimate the beauty of Eastern Europe. Your photos and experience totally proves otherwise! Thanks for sharing!

    • Absolutely, Brittany! I really appreciate all the sweet words and couldn’t agree with you more – Eastern Europe feels like authentic travel, you know?

  • colin service

    I love all the photos…just started following you and love the blog!

    • hi Colin, welcome aboard (in a non-cheesy way!) Have you been to Budapest yet? It’s definitely prettier in person! 🙂

  • Wow! Absolutely stunning! It looks like a fun dinner too!

    • yes, so perfect, right? one please go on this little cruise – I’m sure you’d LOVE it. 😀

  • And this is why I wish I lived in Europe. AMAZING!!! What a gorgeous and romantic setting!

    • yes, exactly! and this is just the start of it! see you here in a few months, right? 😀

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Again, another amazing Budapest post!!! These posts are just brilliant! I love the photography and as I’m hungry now, Dan’s Duck Confit looks even that extra bit more appealing!!! 🙂

    • ha, thanks so much Yaya! Although I’d say he’s a nice guy, I don’t think Dan would have shared a bite of that confit with you either! ;D

      • HandLuggageOnly

        Darn! Hahaha!!!

  • Whoa! This looks like an amazing cruise. I love live music too and that looks like it was great!

  • I always love to see a city by water -and at night all cities loose anything harsh or dirty and become magical.

    • how poetic! I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

  • I love seeing a city all lit up at night, and by the water, even better!

    • agreed – it’s definitely pretty darn beautiful! 🙂

  • What a fun Valentine’s Day! I love all the lights and the reflection off the water!

    • yes! this is stark contrast to our typical valentine’s day – the one where we forget it’s actually valentine’s day ;D

  • How fun! And such a romantic activity for Valentine’s Day. I loved Budapest so much when we visited! I remember seeing all those dinner cruises and wondering if they’re actually good. This one, and the food too, looks fantastic!

  • I’m just starting to plan our trip to Budapest in May and this looks perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kari Guastella

    What a gorgeous dinner!

  • Ahhh it looks nice. I am going to Buda for the first time in May. I cannot wait! x

  • Great shots. I love night time photos! The music and food seemed to make the cruise really special – and you had just the right guy with whom to enjoy every minute of it! Love your necklace, too, by the way!!

  • This brought me back such nostalgic memories of Budapest! My favourite city! I love your blog, it’s so niely written and great photos to go alongside 🙂 If you had a moment to check out mine I would love that!

    Nicola from Polkadot Passport

  • Wow, that looks like the perfect evening. Everything all lit up is gorgeous.

  • I’m going to Budapest next month so seeing these photos (and reading all your Budapest related content) makes me very, very excited. Curious to see how it looks like in “real life”.

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

  • Danielle from Boots not Roots

    Loved this post! We’re thinking about heading to Budapest this February (also for Valentines!) , but are a little worried about the cold. Did you feel you were able to do everything you wanted to despite the cold?

  • Richard Quesnel

    Would certainly love to do this cruise on the Danube.Looks Fantastic, and on by bucket list for hopefully the near futur.