Sure, it's touristy, but so what - the iconic river which helps define this city offers truly memorable experiences
Experiencing Budapest from the Water
The Danube may in fact not be particularly blue these days, but it still provides a fabulous dimension to any Budapest visit with a number of cruises (usually at around 15 euros, quite affordable, too, especially compared with the likes of Paris). You can book them through your travel agency, hotel or at riverside ticket kiosks (sometimes you might even nab a last-minute offer). Many cruises last about an hour and may include an on-board snack; dinner cruises can be booked for around 30 euros, including live performances (family discounts are usually available). A two-hour night-time cruise, taking in the illuminated city with a good meal and a show, will be a highlight of your visit; there are usually three per evening, 19:00, 20:00 and 22:00. Longer excursions are also available upriver to the Danube Bend.