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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 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). The complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and a 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: Full-Day Gellért Spa Ticket

2. Budapest: Full-Day Gellért Spa Ticket

Make your visit to Budapest complete by visiting one of its world-famous thermal spas. The Gellért Spa is popular with the locals, and overlooks the Danube River. The spa is famous for the Art Nouveau style of its main hall and gallery, and the spa's glass roof creates the most peaceful bath atmosphere in Budapest.

Budapest: Elisabeth Lookout Tower Chairlift Ticket and Tour

3. Budapest: Elisabeth Lookout Tower Chairlift Ticket and Tour

Discover Budapest from the top of the historic Elisabeth Lookout tower with a chairlift ticket. Learn about the city from your guide and marvel at the sprawling city beneath you. Meet your guide and sit back on your short van ride winding through the city streets as you head towards the hills of Buda. Board your chairlift at the station and head up János Hill in complete comfort on the 15-minute chairlift ride. At the top, disembark and go on a short but steep uphill walk to Elisabeth Lookout tower. Walk up the tower to the highest point of Budapest, 527 meters above the rest of the city. Enjoy a panoramic all of the city from this high vantage point. Learn about Budapest from your local guide along the way and enjoy the fresh air, as the area is part of Normafa National Park. Head back downhill via the chairlift and be dropped back off at your original starting point.

Budapest: Adventure Caving Tour with Guide

4. Budapest: Adventure Caving Tour with Guide

Experience the natural splendors of the Danube-Ipoly National Park, and climb and crawl your way through Hungary’s longest cave system on a half-day caving expedition. No prior experience of caving is needed to get the most out of this adventure. Famous for its hot springs, Budapest is visited by many people who want to experience the thermal baths. But only a few know that the hot water rushing up from deep underground created something even more extraordinary. In the limestone mountains under Budapest, the heated water formed a huge cave system that is thought to be more than 200 kilometers long. The longest cave of Budapest is the 32 kilometers long Pál-völgyi-Mátyás-hegyi cave system in the Duna-Ipoly National Park. It’s a multi-level labyrinth system where most of the chambers lie under the residential districts of Budapest. The scheduled cave tours are guided by qualified caving guides. During the adventure, you will climb on walls and crawl through narrow passages. Marvel at the natural parts of the cave under the supervision of a professional caving guide (all guides are qualified members of the Hungarian Caving Association). Enjoy the perfect activity for groups, families, or solo travelers looking to make some new friends. Bond through an interactive adventure, where cooperation can definitely make your way easier.

Budapest: Cat Museum Budapest Entry Ticket

5. Budapest: Cat Museum Budapest Entry Ticket

Visit the Cat Museum Budapest and meet new feline friends as you explore the interactive art exhibition dedicated to cats. Admire works by a variety of local and international artists as you explore the exhibition with a hot drink, and take your time to pet the residents. Upon entry, receive your drink and first discover the lower level of the museum, which focuses on the theme of "Cats in the World". Admire playful re-imaginings of famous paintings’ where cats take center stage. See a variety of antique and contemporary depictions of cats. Upstairs, see a beautiful porcelain collection consisting of works by Zsolnay, Herendi, Hollóházy, and some international pieces. In the Jungle Room, learn more about the biological traits of cats and their various breeds. Enjoy a variety of interactive exhibits like the Egyptian Photo Wall, you can take a picture of yourself as a souvenir with some photo props and the selfie stand. In the Children’s Corner, the kids can make use of coloring equipment to draw and create their own cat-inspired art. You can also watch some short movie screenings and test your knowledge of cats with a tablet quiz. If you score high enough, you can choose a souvenir from the gift shop. Of course, enjoy plenty of time to get to know the resident cats of the museum. Take some time to pet and interact with your newfound friends in a calm and relaxed environment.

From Budapest: Lake Balaton Tour

6. From Budapest: Lake Balaton Tour

Visit Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe and known to locals as the Hungarian Sea. Visit Balatonfured, the most important traditional bathing resort, located on the northern shore. Ramble along the tree-lined avenues and enjoy the ambiance of the 18th century villas. Walking along the yachting marina, you will enjoy the view of Tihany Peninsula. Take a boat for a 1-hour cruise on the lake. After lunch break (not included), you will stop for swimming on the way to Tihany. You will drive to Tihany Peninsula, a magnificent nature reserve at Lake Balaton. Admire the most amazing view of the lake from Abbey Hill in Tihany village then discover the inner lake and lavender fields. After this, you will return to Budapest where the tour ends in the city center.

Budapest: Standup Paddleboarding Tour

7. Budapest: Standup Paddleboarding Tour

Start with a short introduction to your equipment and how to paddle your board. Then you'll get out on the river to enjoy nature, the sun, the fresh air, and the calm waters of the Danube River.  On this tour, you will be going on a sunset trip on your stand up paddle (SUP) board from Lupa Island all the way to Romai. You will be able to see some of the city’s hidden parts from the water and enjoy the sound of nature as you float by. This is also the perfect time to meet new people. The water is clean and the temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius during summer, so during the tour, it’s also possible to go for a short swim if you wish. Please arrive to the starting point at least 15 minutes before the event.

Budapest: Transport & Guided Tour of Bear and Wolf Sanctuary

8. Budapest: Transport & Guided Tour of Bear and Wolf Sanctuary

Start your day of discovery at the allocated meeting point in central Budapest. Once here, you will meet your friendly driver and guide. After a short meet and greet, hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and commence the 45 km journey. Take in the splendid sights and sounds of rural Budapest and witness local village life on your way to the bear and wolf sanctuary.  Upon arrival at the sanctuary, your guide will take you on a personal tour of the compound, making sure you see everything there is to see and learn some fun facts about these magnificent creatures on the 2-hour tour. The bear sanctuary is a fantastic initiative that allows these animals to live in their natural circumstances, with plenty of space to roam and lots of lush bushes, lakes, and trees. Not only will you see bears at the sanctuary, but also wolves! Witness how Brown Bears live in their natural environment, and even get the opportunity to give them some fruit in case the bears are in the mood to come close to the fence. During your 2 hours in the sanctuary, you will get to walk around the entire enclosure 1,4 km almost a mile. This tour is available to people of all ages and is a fun and informative day out for the entire family. After your tour of the sanctuary, you will take the scenic trip back to the city where you will be dropped off at the original pickup location.

Puszta Full-Day Tour from Budapest with Lunch

9. Puszta Full-Day Tour from Budapest with Lunch

Your full-day trip begins with a comfortable transfer from Budapest to Kecskemét, the capital of Puszta. Enjoy a guided walk and take in the main sights and historical buildings of the city. Following your city tour you’ll continue on to an authentic Hungarian horse ranch,where you’ll be welcomed with a drink of Hungary’s traditional fruit brandy, known as pálinka.  Enjoy a horse carriage ride before lunch and a unique horse show. You’ll be served a 3-course Hungarian meal, accompanied by wine. After your meal, you’ll be transferred back to Budapest, where the tour ends. 

Budapest: Throwing Axe in the center

10. Budapest: Throwing Axe in the center

Experience the thrill of axe throwing against the backdrop of a pumping soundtrack in the city center of Budapest. Benefit from the skills of professional instructors and toss some steel around in the heart of the city. Pick a spot in one of 15 lanes and size up your two targets. Let your instructor show you the basics. Aim for the bullseye and feel the thrill as your axe hits the target. Unwind with some drinks at the on-site bar after your experience.

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4.7 / 5

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I had a brilliant time exploring the caves with our very professional and charismatic guide. I expected to be doing a fair bit of climbing and squeezing through holes, but had no idea just how tight some of the spaces would be. Towards the end i was definitely feeling the fatigue, and I like to think of myself as quite an active and fit person. Needless to say, the following day my body (especially my upper body) was very sore! I'd definitely recommend this to someone who is up for a challenge, but certainly not someone who is fearful of small spaces - I can't emphasise this enough :)

No problem with going with kids under 14. Get a cabin so changing is more pleasant as it is really crowded. You exchange your virtual voucher at the cashier at the entrance opposite the circus. The directions on the app wasn’t clear enough but customer service is excellent and clarified the logistics. The best pool is the one with the whirlpool in the middle. It’s bigger so a bit less crowded.

Beautiful thermal bath - we went an hour after opening which was perfect and not too busy. Highly recommend spending the couple extra dollars for a private changing room to store your things and change in. No need to pay for 2 cabins if you’re okay with sharing a changing room.

it is a must to do in Budapest. we enjoyed the spa and the view of the place, well organized

Unique experience!many pools for every taste!clean restrooms!