Viking River Cruises: UNESCO highlights meandering through Europe; Patricia Maunder; The Australian

Hungary – Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

Enjoy some historic highlights while meandering through Europe on a Viking River cruise.

1. HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY: For 15 days, Viking River Cruises’ Grand European Tour delivers one sigh-inducing scene of Old World culture after another, including 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Choose a Budapest-Amsterdam sailing, rather than the reverse, and your first UNESCO tick is the Hungarian capital’s historic heart. As with most of the itinerary’s United Nations-approved gems, you can see it on the included tour then return for a more detailed visit during your free time. Top options are the fairytale-spired neo-gothic parliament or the Buda Castle quarter, especially Fisherman’s Bastion, where the 14th-century Matthias Church’s colourful roof tiles seem impressive until you look across the Danube to the Pest side of the city.

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