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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: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

2. Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and avoid the long wait in the queue at the entrance. Additionally, take advantage of complimentary tasting of Hungary's famous spirit "pálinka" on an optional guided tour inside the Pálinka Museum. The Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest but in Europe as well. It was built in 1913 in a Neo-baroque style. At the time it opened its baths were private, having separate steam baths for men and women, as well as different public baths for men and women. In 1927, the spa complex was expanded and today it comprises 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian wasn’t adequate to supply the spa, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring dates from 1938. Towels and swimsuits are available for purchase only, no rental. Please note that swimsuits that cover the entire body are not permitted. During your visit, blow off some steam at the pools of Széchenyi Spa (built-in 1913.), which is Europe’s largest healing bath with its’ 15 indoor, and 3 grand outdoor pools. Pools are of varying temperatures, between 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F), and complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and steam bath. Afterward, discover a hidden gem in the city center to taste some Hungarian pálinka (spirits; non-alcoholic drinks are also available). Differently from whiskey or vodka, pálinka is made exclusively from different sorts of fruits and has an aromatic smell. Inside the Pálinka Museum's interactive exhibits, you will learn about its birth, tradition, and history. That’s why Hungary's Pálinka Act of Parliament exists which regulates and protects the production and quality of palinka.

Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

3. 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: Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

4. Budapest: Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and check out other Budapest sights on this sightseeing cruise. Cruise under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges: the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elizabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Pass by the Danube Promenade and take in Vigadó Square. See the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well as the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Sip a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months.

Budapest: Shared Airport Shuttle Bus Transfer

5. Budapest: Shared Airport Shuttle Bus Transfer

Avoid the hassle of public transport with this comfortable and reliable transfer from the airport to your hotel in Budapest. Enjoy an easy transfer by shared bus to your preferred location in Budapest city center. Choose from either a 1-way or a round-trip ticket, and benefit from 24-hour service.  When you reach the airport arrivals terminal, head to one of the information points to validate your voucher. Once your voucher has been scanned you can board the shuttle bus. With this door-to-door service, your experienced driver will drop you off at your hotel or selected location in central Budapest.

Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours

6. Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours

Simply pick up your card at one of the Budapestinfo tourist information centers and start exploring and using free public transportation. Some of the most popular museums that can be visited free of charge with the Budapest Card: • Hungarian National Gallery • Hungarian National Museum • Museum of Fine Arts • Budapest History Museum – Castle Museum • Memento Park – Statue Park Museum • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center • House of Hungarian Photographers – Mai Manó House • Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art • Budapest History Museum – Aquincum Museum • Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts • Vasarely Museum • Budapest History Museum – Kiscell Museum • Bartók Memorial House • Budapest History Museum – Budapest Gallery • Museum of Military History • Hungarian Museum of Trade and Catering • Museum of Óbuda • Goldberger Textile Industry Collection Some of the attractions that can be visited free of charge or with a discount: • Free visit of the Budatower • Pálvölgyi Cave • 50% discount at the Liszt Ferenc Academy, if you take a guided tour • 40% discount at the Duna Corso Sightseeing Boat through Budapest • 20% discount for a hop-on hop-off tour of Program Centrum • Free access to St. Lukács Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • 20% discount at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St. Gellért Thermal Bath, Aquaworld or the Rudas Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • 1 free ride on Zugliget Chairlift

Budapest Parliament 45-Minute Guided Tour

7. Budapest Parliament 45-Minute Guided Tour

On this 45-minute guided tour you’ll visit the interior of the magnificent House of Parliament in Budapest. Built in the Gothic Revival style, it is the third-largest Parliament building in the world. The building was designed by the renowned Hungarian architect, Imre Steindl, whose inspiration was the Palace of Westminster. It stretches along the Pest side of the Danube River from the Chain Bridge to the Margaret Bridge, and is 268 meters in length. Your guide will show you the splendid session room, the richly decorated central staircase, and the great vaulted hall. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the cupola room as well, which houses the Hungarian Crown Jewels and the Hungarian Holy Crown.

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

8. 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: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

9. Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Enjoy this daytime 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. You can choose 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 Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. In the summer, you can make an optional stop at the cool and green Margaret Island, if you like. You’ll receive a free map of the small island with recommended walking tours and information about sights to see. Afterward, you’ll board the boat for the return trip to central Budapest.

Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

10. Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

Skip the line and head straight to the security check to start your visit of the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world. Built in 1859, it is one of Budapest’s highlights with its red and yellow brick facade combining Romantic style with Moorish elements. Take a guided tour to hear about its history, architecture and the history of the Hungarian Jews before and after WWII.  Then use your ticket to enter the Hungarian Jewish Museum next to the Synagogue. Learn about the life of the Jewish people in Hungary through everyday objects.  See the famous Emmanuel Memorial Tree in the Synagogue's backyard. Admire this magnificent weeping willow's small metal leaves engraved with a name of a Holocaust victim and plaques honoring non-Jewish rescuers.  Then, finish your visit the graveyard in the backyard of the Heroes’ Temple, the burial site of those who died in the ghetto during WWII.

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We were so lucky to have lovely weather in early May and really enjoyed the experience. We also had a fantastic massage, go early if it’s a busy holiday season. We arrived at 10am and had our massage at 2pm. Highly recommended.

Had the most wonderful experience on these scooters. Benjamin showed us how to ride and lots of safety tips. Would recommend this activity if you want to get out and about in Budapest . Really fun day out .

Really good chance to practice on the monster roller and then we had a great tour around. So much fun! Great guide, friendly, funny and we felt safe with her.

It’s exactly what we needed to catch up!! A lovely break before heading to long days of work. Definitely we will recommend.

The guide was extremely knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything to us