Budapest Culinary & nightlife

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Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

1. 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: New Year's Eve Gala & Dinner Cruise

2. Budapest: New Year's Eve Gala & Dinner Cruise

Exquisite Budapest New Year’s Eve Cruise, magical, golden panorama, and a festive piano show guarantee the captivating, joyful atmosphere of this special night. Enjoy an outstanding dinner cruise in an exclusive and luxurious environment. Set sail and be greeted with a welcome cocktail, before feasting on a festive, 5-course dinner. Listen to an enchanting piano show that ensures the celebratory atmosphere of the cruise the whole night.  Enjoy a 5-course menu that offers plenty of choices for you to select from. Even if you prefer international or Hungarian taste you'll find the best options. Are you vegetarian or Vegan? No problem, the variety of dishes allows you to find your type even if you have a food intolerance. The 5-course menu consists of: Amuse-bouche Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing/Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams Soup: Hungarian Goulash Soup/seasonal Cream Soup Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles/Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil/Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce/Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion/Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis/Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce After the exquisite dinner, anchor in front of the floodlit House of Parliament until it clocks midnight and toast for an already fantastic New Year. The midnight champagne will be followed by one of the plenty of Hungarian traditions to have good luck, health, wealth, and of course, happiness for the next year.

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 buffet dinner includes all the Hungarian must haves: Alföld style Goulash soupTraditional chicken paprikashHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Budapest: Original Pub Crawl with Open Bar

4. 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.

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

5. Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

Climb aboard a pleasure boat for an exclusive dinner cruise through Budapest. Sail along the majestic River Danube and enjoy a meal prepared by the ship's chef. Enjoy live gypsy music and the folklore performance throughout this exciting evening. Experience an enchanting evening in Budapest as you sail along the Danube. See the sights as you tuck into a meal of local and international food, then sit back and relax with live gypsy music and an authentic folklore show by professional dancers. Join a night dinner cruise that divides the once-separate cities of Buda and Pest in the most beautiful capital city in Europe. Dinner Menu: Starters: 1. Amuse-bouche 2. Buchée bites filled with traditional spreads Soups: 1. Hungarian Goulash Soup 2. Seasonal Cream Soup Main Courses: 1. Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce 2. Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil 3. Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion 4. Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles 5. Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Desserts: 1. Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce 2. Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis 3. Cheese plate The 2-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Dessert The 3-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert The 6-course menu includes the following menu items: 2 Starters + 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert + 1 Cheese Plate

Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

6. Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

Wine, dine, and dance on this evening cruise along the Danube River. Take in spectacular views of Budapest and watch live entertainment, including a folklore performance and gypsy music. Enjoy your choice of a 3-course meal with champagne for a perfect evening out.  Begin your magical evening the moment you step aboard with a welcome glass of fizz. Alongside your dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free option available), stunning views are on the menu too.  See the inky-dark night and the unique riverscape. Marvel at the spectacular lighting of both the Buda and the Pest side that transform the capital at night.

Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

7. 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.

Budapest: The Ultimate Late-Night Spa Party Ticket

8. Budapest: The Ultimate Late-Night Spa Party Ticket

Party with the perfect merge of the traditional and modern spa culture of Budapest at The Széchenyi Spa. Find a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the bars. Choose spa ticket options that work the best for you, so you can party how you like. Enjoy a selection of tickets that provide different options of change rooms, and locker spaces. Then, change into your party outfit to dance or swim your night away. Come by for an evening that starts at 9:30 PM and discover the Budapest nightlife and bath culture in the most unique way. Wrap up your evening at 2 AM feeling exhilarated from a relaxing, yet energetic experience.

Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

9. Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

Spend a day at the 450-year-old Rudas Thermal Bath and relax in the warm thermal waters. Enjoy the spa facilities including the sauna area, a 42-degree thermal pool, an 11-degree plunge pool, as well as a panorama pool.   Then head over to the bistro and enjoy a delicious 3-course meal from the a la carte menu. Select the wine or champagne options to complete your meal with a drink.    Dine while admiring the stunning views over the Danube River and the cityscape. Enjoy this unique wellness adventure, in the heart of Budapest.

Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

10. Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

Discover how to prepare Kürtőskalács, a traditional Hungarian chimney cake, at a workshop in Budapest. Prepare one of Hungary's favorite foods which are made from sweet dough, formed into strips, and then are wrapped around a cone and rolled in sugar. After a short introduction, be guided through the entire process of preparing an authentic chimney cake. Start by making the sweet dough from scratch. Receive tips and tricks which help with the baking process. See how the sugar stuck on the cake caramelises and forms a shiny, crispy golden crust. Once the baking process is finished, cover the cake with different flavors, such as ground walnut, powdered cinnamon, chocolate sauce, or similar.  At the end of the workshop try your delicious creation, and receive a certificate of completion with your name as a memento of your experience.

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What people are saying about Budapest

Loved every second! The atmosphere was great, the tables were lovely, the food was absolutely fresh, tasty and plentiful and the musicians entertained in every genre with great repertoire. Thank you, we loved it

This spa is awesome, the circuits are well labelled and it’s a great experience to relax the muscles after walking so much. The food and service is also great, the staff is friendly.

Fantastic place, food and wine. We really enjoyed our tastings and we learned a lot about Hungarian wines. We had fun and met new people too.

Brilliant Experience, well worth the money. Do bring your own towels as they are not the cheapest to buy.

Amazing food and fabulous service in amongst the most amazing views. Relaxing and magical.