Following my recent announcement of becoming a Tinggly ambassador, this past weekend I got to test out my first Tinggly experience: an evening dinner cruise in Budapest for two. I was pretty stoked, as cruising the Danube is one of the top things to do in Budapest. And fortunately for me, my long lost friend Amanda decided to meet me in Budapest for the weekend, so I didn’t have to resort to Tinder to find a date. 🙌
At 6:30pm, half an hour before the cruise, Amanda and I met at Danube Palace to collect our tickets. The line was fairly long, and at 7pm there were still a couple people waiting. However, one of the tour managers announced that nobody should worry, because though the Budapest dinner cruise tickets said 7pm, the boat wouldn’t actually leave until everyone was on board. Around 7:15 she asked everyone to follow her and we made the quick five-minute walk down to the Danube, where a long riverboat awaited us.
Upon entering the boat, Amanda and I were handed a welcome glass of champagne and showed upstairs to a table, which we were sharing with an Austrian couple (if you’re only two people, there’s a possibility you’ll share with others, but the tables are really quite large). Our friendly Hungarian waiter took our drink order (also included) and promptly brought out my red wine and Amanda’s beer.
While waiting for the buffet to be uncovered, Amanda and I went outside to admire the views and snap a few pictures in front of the magnificently lit-up Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, and Parliament buildings, among others. The previous night I had complained about not being able to see the Parliament building properly from the riverside walkway, but this was easily fixed by our new view from the boat!
We returned to our table to find the waiters uncovering an extensive buffet including steak, chicken, fish, potatoes, sauerkraut & kielbasa, steamed veggies, bread & cheese spreads, traditional Hungarian goulash soup (a must-try!), and a variety of desserts. I think we hit the buffet about four times throughout the night…
But though the food was great, it was the atmosphere that truly made this experience unforgettable. A live three-man orchestra played a mixture of classical music – both Hungarian and international songs. They even walked around to take requests and serenade each table separately, and after hearing a beautiful yet humorously ironic version of Titanic, I personally received a happier song – The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things.”
As we ate, drank, and enjoyed the music, our boat glided down the Danube past brilliantly illuminated buildings and iconic monuments, and we marveled at the variety of Baroque, Gothic, Neoclassical, and Art-Nouveau architecture that Budapest is famous for. The city is beautiful by night, but it’s even more spectacular when seen from the water, and floating down the river alongside the glorious lighting is truly a magical experience.
Known as “Paris of the East,” Budapest is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and after this cruise it’s easy to see why… Thanks to Tinggly experience gifts for this incredible experience! This Budapest dinner cruise was just one of Tinggly’s 350+ experiences offered around the world, but head over to Tinggly experiences collection to browse the other unforgettable experiences they offer in over 80 countries around the world.
As always, keep on livin’ pura vida ✌
*NOTE: I received a complimentary voucher courtesy of Tinggly, but all opinions are honest and my own.