The river that runs through Budapest - the Danube explored

The Danube is a river that runs through Budapest, Hungary. It is the second-longest river in Europe after the Volga River. The Danube has played an important role in Hungarian history and culture for centuries.


What route does the Danube river take?

The Danube River is approximately 2800 kilometers long and runs through ten countries. The river begins in the Black Forest of Germany and flows eastward to the Black Sea. Along the way, the Danube passes through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Moldova.

Where is the Danube river on the map?

Here is it is highlighted on Google Maps:


Why is the Danube river important?

The Danube has been an important trade route since ancient times. The river has allowed for the transportation of goods and people between the countries it flows through. In more recent history, the Danube was a key factor in the spread of Christianity throughout Europe.

The Danube River is also an important source of hydroelectric power. Hydroelectric dams have been built along the river to generate electricity. In addition, the Danube is a popular tourist destination. People from all over the world come to cruise the river and see the sights of Budapest!

Can you swim in the Danube in Hungary?

Yes, but only in designated spots.

There are several designated beaches where swimming is safe and encouraged - both in Budapest and along other stretches of the river.

In Budapest, the most popular one is Roman Beach (Római-parti Plázs) which is free.

Outside the city, there are beaches in Dunakeszi, Göd, Szentendre, Verőce, Dunabogdány, Nagymaros, Kisoroszi, Ráckeve, Szigetcsép, and Szigetszentmárton.

Trying to swim anywhere else in the Danube is extremely dangerous and every year people drown trying it. Police patrol the river 24/7 and you be fined between 5,000 HUF and 150,000 HUF if you’re caught swimming illegally.

Can you take a cruise on the Danube River?

Yes, you can - there are numerous tour operators offering multi-day, multi-stop cruises along the most popular sections of the river.

You can also do shorter dinner and day cruises along the Budapest section of the river, or to popular spots like Szentendre or Esztergom.

There are even party boat cruises!

What towns and cities in Hungary do the Danube run through?

The Danube River runs through the capital city of Budapest, as well as a number of other towns and cities in Hungary. These include:

  • Esztergom
  • Szentendre
  • Visegrád
  • Dunaújváros
  • Mohács

What are some of the sights to see along the Danube in Budapest and Hungary?

There are a number of popular sights to see along the Danube River in Budapest. These include:

  • The Parliament Building
  • Buda Castle
  • Fisherman's Bastion
  • Gellért Hill
  • The Great Market Hall

In addition to the sights in Budapest, there are a number of other popular sights to see along the Danube River in Hungary. These include:

  • The Puszta
  • Lake Balaton
  • Hollókő Castle
  • Vörösmarty Square
  • St. Stephens Cathedral