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Budapest

Coveted by both the East and the West, Budapest's blend of culture, art, and architecture will leave you charmed.

Our most recommended things to do in Budapest

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: Evening Sightseeing Cruise and Unlimited Champagne

2. Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise and Unlimited Champagne

Discover Budapest at night on a boat trip along the Danube River. Sip unlimited champagne, mimosas, or lemonade as you admire the Hungarian capital's top sights from the water. Learn about the landmarks from the audio guide. Choose whether to include a local food platter in your cruise experience. Board the boat on the Pest side of the river. Check in, choose your seat and settle down with a welcome drink of Törley (Hungarian sparkling wine), spritzer, or homemade lemonade. Take in the amazing views of Budapest's key attractions from your seat as you listen to the recorded English commentary. When you get thirsty, visit the bar for unlimited free refills on your sparkling wine, spritzer, or lemonade, or buy other drinks if you prefer. Head to the top deck to capture incredible photos of Budapest from the water or you on the boat. Relax as you enjoy the views, drinks, and lounge music. If you choose the option with food, tuck into an assorted platter of Hungarian specialties: cured Mangalica ham, two types of homemade sausage, handcrafted hard cheese, marinated fresh goat cheese, grilled red peppers, pickled vegetables, and ciabatta bites. Once you've indulged, return to the dock.

Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

3. 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

4. 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: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise

5. Budapest: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise

Get a different perspective on Budapest's landmarks with a sightseeing cruise at nighttime. Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and check out other Budapest sights. During the cruise, pass 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. Cruise 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. Purchase a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months.

Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

6. 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: Shared Airport Shuttle Bus Transfer

7. 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: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

8. Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

Skip the lines and head straight to the security check with a guide to start your tour of the Great Synagogue. Visit the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard, and the Jewish Museum. Honor Holocaust victims at the Emanuel Tree in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park. Take a guided tour to hear about the history and architecture of the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world, as well as the fate of the Hungarian Jews before and after WWII.  Then use your ticket to enter the Hungarian Jewish Museum next to the Synagogue. Admire its red and yellow brick facade combining Romantic style with Moorish elements. 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.

Budapest: Floating Bus Tour by Land and Water

9. Budapest: Floating Bus Tour by Land and Water

Explore Budapest by land and water without the need to change vehicles on this floating bus tour. See the best sights of the city from a comfortable bus seat, first along its busy streets, and then from the water of the Danube. Roar with joy as your bus takes a dive in the Danube, the iconic river of Budapest. Admire the views of the elegant city while being gently rocked on the rippling waves. After the watery adventure, get ready to soak in the sights from the deck of a luxury coach. Climb back onto the river shore and find yourself once again in the hustle and bustle of the busy metropolis. Instead of choosing between touring the Hungarian capital on 4 wheels or marveling at the imperial buildings from the deck of a pleasure boat, enjoy the best of both worlds.

Budapest: Original Pub Crawl with Open Bar

10. Budapest: Original Pub Crawl with Open Bar

Visit the best bars in Budapest on a wild night out in the city center, and discover the famous ruin bars along the way. The night includes a 1-hour open bar, drinking games, free shots, and VIP entry to one of the hottest clubs in the city! Meet interesting people from around the world as you join international party lovers on an exploration of Budapest’s nightlife scene. Your fun and helpful guides will show you the best of Budapest at night for a guaranteed great experience. Start the night with a 1-hour open bar. Then, visit several famous ruin bars with different themes. Enjoy free shots and special drink offers throughout the night, and break the ice with lively drinking games. Socialize with fellow travelers, get insider tips from your local guides, and have fun in the most extraordinary bars Budapest can offer. End the night with VIP entrance to one of the best clubs in Budapest, and dance the night away until the wee small hours of the morning.

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What people are saying about Budapest

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 47,504 reviews

The basic tour was educational and interesting. The tour guide was interested in us as individuals and took a personal pride in seeing that we had a pleasant tour. She was careful to help us avoid hitting our heads on low spots in the caves and seeing that we didn't trip or lose our balance with the occasional short step that could be easily overlooked. The guide had a speaker system to amplify her voice, but between her mild accent and the covering on her face for COVID-19 I still missed maybe 10% of her words. This was just a minor distraction since context allowed me to get the overall meaning of what she was saying, but her speaking a little bit slower would have helped. Steele, her friendly bubbly nature offset my hearing difficulty. In summation, The experience was well worth the time and cost involved. My one criticism is that a picture of the meeting point would have been helpful since I don't speak Hungarian and was uncertain of exactly where to meet the tour.

we strongly recommend this activity. three events in a single neat economic pack: musical concert Operetta, dinner wth choice and sightseeing. sightseeing also 3-in-one thru day time, dusk n by night lights ! apart from the welcome Champagne n music the best part was the participative nature. all guests danced to the taps of dancers with music ! and such luving care with which we were served - Thank u Emmanuel ! God bless u n Silverline ! we already recommended two guests today to this event. will come again next year with our son and wife. asha & alok saklani

Incredible tour! The small group tour is very personalized and engaging. Our guide was a history major who was very informative about all of the history of Budapest and Europe. Highly recommend doing this tour.

Great service! I highly recommend to take the tour when it's dark. Might go back even for the 2nd time on our 5-day trip!

Very pleasant staff, great, relaxed music, excellent service.