Food and wine writer and enthusiast Hana-Lee S. enjoys experiencing the world through her taste buds. Choosing a Danube River cruise aboard AmaMagna not only gave her the chance to savor unique cuisines in four countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany) but also to dine in four distinctive restaurants on board the ship. Focusing on AmaWaterways’ culinary-themed excursions and seeking out dining hotspots in her free time, Hana-Lee shares her top recommendations for foodies:
Hana-Lee’s Recommended Highlights on the Danube
Vilshofen, Germany: The Oktoberfest celebration was a fun way to kick things off and get to know people on the ship. You can’t go wrong with beer and pretzels!
Dürnstein, Austria: We did AmaWaterways' "Apricots and Sweets Tasting" Special Interest Tour. Dürnstein was so charming. The apricots were incredible and the jams and liqueur they made had the most delicious and flavorful apricot taste.
Vienna, Austria: We went to the famous Hotel Sacher for Sacher-Torte and tea, which I’d highly recommend.
Bratislava, Slovakia: The Konditorei Kormuth bakery that we stopped into had an antique setting that was neat, plus the most incredible layer cakes made in-house daily.
Budapest, Hungary: At the Great Market Hall, we tried a flat bread called langos with meat and cheese piled a mile high and it was really tasty. Our awesome Cruise Manager Reka also recommended we go to the "Ruin Bar" — aka Szimpla Kert — which is an indoor/outdoor bar with different rooms and levels. There are stickers and writing all over the walls and even bathtubs you can sit in with a drink. It was unique and fun, and something we probably wouldn’t have found without her insight.
AmaMagna Restaurant Raves
The Al Fresco Restaurant: We had a great dinner at the Al Fresco Restaurant — it was one of our favorite meals. Two things that stood out were the fig salad with pistachios and pesto and a simple tomato tart that was very flavorful.
Jimmy’s: We also really enjoyed our dinner here. I liked how cozy it felt in there with fun wines, family-style dining and a slightly more casual vibe.