As darkness descends on Budapest, the city’s shimmering lights come alive, dancing across the Danube River. A cruise down the Danube is the perfect way to take in this gem of a city’s breathtaking architecture, including the stately 19th century parliament building.
Designed by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl, the structure was inspired in part by the Palace of Westminster and was inaugurated in 1896 to celebrate the country ’s 1000th anniversary. With its 268-metre long facade, you won’t have eyes for anything else; an impressive 40 kg of gold and 500 000 precious stones went into the construction of its 691 rooms and 20 km of corridors. The building keeps watch over Budapest from a height of 96 metres – the tallest in the city, along with St. Stephen’s Basilica.
When night falls and the parliament is illuminated, its soaring dome and neo gothic towers take on a dazzling gold radiance that won’t soon fade from your mind’s eye. Another option for catching river views is the famous Chain Bridge over the Danube. Guarded by stone lions at either end, the suspension bridge was the first permanent link between Buda and Pest, the two sides of the city. Either way, after a night in Budapest, you won’t be able to help falling under the city’s spell.