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Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

1. Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

Discover Budapest on a sightseeing cruise along the River Danube. Relax as you pass by some of the city's most notable landmarks as you sip on a complimentary welcome drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Climb aboard the pleasure boat at the pier of Budapest's Szent István Park and receive your welcome beverage. Then, cruise down the River Danube, and pass monuments such as the National Parliament, Buda Castle, and the Várkert Bazár, recently restored to its original splendor. Head to the open deck for perfect views of the illuminated Vigadó Concert Hall, or look at the floodlit monuments between the Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge from the comfort of an air-conditioned deck with panoramic windows. Experience the city more like a local - although there are no audio or live guides on board the boat, it functions as a floating coffee house or pub experience with its own bar 

Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

2. Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

Enjoy this 1-hour evening sightseeing cruise on the legendary blue Danube and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. Board the boat directly at the pier in central Budapest, and sip a drink of your choice. Sip a glass of champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink or mineral water along with a complimentary special Duna Bella lemonade. During the cruise you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building, see the Buda Castle on the hill and circle the Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. Once the tour has concluded, the boat will take you back to the pier in central Budapest.

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

3. Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

Take a cruise on the majestic Danube River and explore Budapest from a different perspective. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and live folk music as you take in the city's sights and lights. Depart from the city center, board the Gróf (Count) Széchényi, the biggest vintage ship currently on the Danube. Marvel at its elegant wooden interior and designer carpets, the perfect setting for your travel photos. Make life-long memories as you sail along the river, taking in the sights. Admire the Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle and Citadel from the water. Relax and enjoy Hungarian specialties. Listen to live music performed by 4 members of the award-winning Rajkó Folk Orchestra. Listen to local and international favorites, and make sure to make a request for your party. The dinner service, served at your table, includes: One plate of Alföld style Goulash soupTraditional chicken paprikashHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

4. Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

Your tour begins at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church - built in the splendid Gothic style of the 15th century. Next to the cathedral you can admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building. After a pleasant walk on the old cobble-stone streets, leave the residential district to travel to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes. Walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace. From the royal terraces you can enjoy the the most stunning views of the other side of the city across the majestic Danube River, with full views of its main bridges: Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, and Liberty Bridge. After walking back from the Royal Palace, explore the other side of the castle. From the medieval walls you have an excellent view towards the Buda Hills - the western part of the city with its forests and nature parks. Your tour later ends at the tour starting point at the Holy Trinity Statue, in front of the Matthias Church.

Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

5. Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

Spend a magical evening as you feast on a catered candle-lit dinner aboard one of the most elegant and modern cruises in Budapest. Listen to live music, enjoy a festive welcome drink, and admire the city’s sparkling historical sites along the Danube River. Once you board the boat, be led to your table to receive your complimentary welcome drink. Then, sit back and relax as you enjoy your catered 4-course dinner while listening to live music performed by local Hungarian artists. As you dine, benefit from retractable windows that ensure the best possible photo opportunities of the iconic Hungarian Parliament, which shines like a topaz jewel at night. Continue along the waters and marvel at the nighttime views of the enchanting Buda Castle, the grand Statue of Liberty, and the impressive Citadella on top of Gellért Hill. Sail past other famous landmarks along the river like Margaret Island, the Palace of Arts (MUPA), the National Theatre, and the Vigado Concert Hall. Glide under the illuminated Chain, Margit, and Erzsébet Bridges and watch as the Pest promenade comes to life with the sounds of street musicians and people dining on the patio-lined restaurants.

Buda Castle: History & Myths Evening Walking Tour

6. Buda Castle: History & Myths Evening Walking Tour

Away from the crowds of Pest, this informative and educational tour takes you to some of the charming, magical places of the city where Hungarian rulers once toiled deep into the night at the Buda Castle. Hear stories of cruelty and learn the despicable actions of Elizabeth Bathory, the bloody countess. You will also learn how the Romanian prince, Vlad Dracula ended up in the prison of Buda Castle. Join your Gothic-attired guide as they take you on a 2-hour walking tour of the city by night. Learn the history of Old Hungary where, according to legend, "vampires" were born and roamed the streets during this dark period of European history.

Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Cruise and Walking Tour

7. Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Cruise and Walking Tour

Discover Budapest on your own terms with a 24, 48, or 72-hour pass for the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus with a boat and walking tour. See sights such as the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, and Chain Bridge. Explore the Citadel, and see the Jewish Synagogue, Memorial, and Museum on Dohány Street. Set off on a 1-hour cruise of the Danube River to enjoy panoramic views of the imperial city by day and night, including the vast Gothic Revival façade of the Hungarian Parliament Building complex. Explore both Buda and Pest, hopping off at any of the 19 stops along the route. Your ticket includes a fantastic discount booklet, that provides great discounts at some of the city's most popular attractions, as well as a walking tour. Red Route Stops: Stop 1. St Stephen's Basilica Stop 2. Chain Bridge (Pest) Stop 5. Kalvin Square Stop 8. Opera Stop 9. Liszt Ferenc Square Stop 10. Heroes Square Stop 11. Keleti Railway Station Stop 19. Margaret Bridge (Buda) Stop 20. WestEnd Shopping Centre Stop 21. Parliament

Budapest: Buda Castle Caves Walking Tour

8. Budapest: Buda Castle Caves Walking Tour

Explore a part of the network of underground tunnels under the Castle Hill with your guide. Learn more about the history and role of the cave tunnels and its geology. Admire the natural limestone and the manpower that went into creating this labyrinth cave system. Meet your guide at the meeting point on Trinity Square (Szentháromság tér) and enter the Buda Castle underground cave system. After a short introduction you will start your tour and learn about the history of the labyrinth-like of cave system which once served as wine cellars, bomb shelters and even a medieval prison. The length of your tour is approximately 1.5km (1 mile) and you will get the chance to admire the natural limestone caverns and the 800-year-old man-made cellars in one of the most unique caves of Hungary. The tour is a journey through time during which you will be able to learn a lot about not only the geology of the Buda Castle but also about the combined work of man and nature throughout many centuries.

Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in Matthias Church

9. Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in Matthias Church

Visit the Matthias Church in the Buda Castle, right on Castle Hill and easily reachable from the city center of Budapest. Spend an evening at this outstanding venue and experience a magical classical concert. Choose from 3 different seating categories, depending on your preferences, and listen to excellent artists performing the best of the best in classical music. The program for the concert, performed by the Duna String Orchestra and solist Gabora Gyula on the violin, is the following: Program: J. Pachebel - Canon A. Vivaldi  - The four seasons, Winter (2nd movement), Gloria (Domine Deus) J.S. Bach - Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 (1st movement) G.F. Haendel - Water Music. HWV. 348. in F. major T. Albinoni - Adagio W.A. Mozart - Church Sonata in D major no. 4 KV 144 Saint-Saens - The Swan C. Frank - Panis Angelicus J.S. Bach - Air J. Massenet - Thais Meditation W.A. Mozart - A Little Night Music, Alleluja from Exsultate, Jubilate

3-Hour Orientation Walking Tour of Buda and Pest

10. 3-Hour Orientation Walking Tour of Buda and Pest

Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, taking in all the most beautiful views and sights the city has to offer. On the way you'll get an insider's perspective from a local guide who will answer any questions you might have. Discover the local culture of Budapest, and sample the historic delights of the amazing city. The walking tour covers sights such as Saint Stephen's Basilica, Elizabeth Square, Matthias Church, and Buda Castle, as well as the Royal Palace. While the tour is mainly on foot, you will also use the public transport to cross the Danube from Pest to the Buda side. Your guide will give you a highly personalized visit. Learn about the city’s long and often turbulent history, as well as its contemporary culture. Perfect for all types of traveler, including older and younger tourists, this is a fantastic way to experience this vibrant city.

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What people are saying about Buda Castle

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 12,111 reviews

The boat was fantastic and provided a truly unique dining experience. The Hungarian food was delicious and plentiful. The crew all polite and friendly. The 3piece Hungarian band played at tables beautifully. A wonderful evening and very good value.

Cruise at 20:30 - perfect time. optimal cruise time. A glass of champagne for the cruise. Overall a very nice attraction at a good price

Beautiful experience, the boat left on time, on board we were offered an alcoholic drink.

Your pretty little evening cruise that highlights the main monuments

Great to see below the surface and more about the Castle District