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Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

1. 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.

Budapest: Hungarian Cooking Class

2. Budapest: Hungarian Cooking Class

Learn how to cook Hungarian dishes with the help of professional chefs at a hand-on cooking class in Budapest. Master the basics of the national cuisine during a fun and interactive lesson in a cosmopolitan studio. Hear about the ingredients traditionally used in Hungarian cooking, including the use of spices such as paprika. Try out some of the best cooking practices to treat your friends and family to a fantastic dinner in your own home.  Taste world-famous Hungarian wines and spirits, along with the best flavors of Hungarian gastronomy as you prepare three courses to enjoy a hearty lunch of your own creations.

Budapest: Hands-On Strudel Making Class

3. Budapest: Hands-On Strudel Making Class

Delight in a 2.5-hour hands-on culinary experience making traditional strudels in a small group. Delight in a hands-on culinary experience making traditional strudels. Bake 2 different strudels with your choice of filling and enjoy eating them afterward. Make your way to the local partner's private apartment in the center of Budapest. With your professional chef, discover the history of the strudel, a typical Habsburg Empire dessert whose origins can be traced to the Turkish influence in Hungary. Learn about the dessert's importance to wedding dinners in the countryside, as well as about wider Hungarian cuisine, customs, and everyday life. Then, delight in learning the local partner's mother's recipe, which makes the stretched version of the strudel. Stretch the elastic pastry by hand until it is very thin, under your chef's guidance. Fill your strudels with typical fillings — such as poppy-seed with pumpkin, sweet or salty cabbage, and sweet cottage cheese cream — and then put them in the oven to bake.  While you wait, taste some other typical Hungarian bites and enjoy some Palinka (fruit brandy), Hungarian wine, soft drinks, mineral water, tea, or coffee. When your strudels are ready, sit down and savor them together with your group. Finally, take the recipes home with you so you can recreate the strudels for your family and friends.

Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

4. Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

Visit the historic town of Szentendre on a half-day sightseeing tour from Budapest, traveling by air-conditioned vehicle for up to 6 people. Home to Serbians and Bulgarians in the Middle Ages, the town has been populated for well over a millennium, and in Roman times was known as Ulcisia Castra (Wolf Castle). Today it is home to some beautiful Orthodox churches, including the mid 18th-century Blagovestenska Church, built by Greek settlers. You will also see the baroque Cross of Fő tér (Main Square), and the Serbian merchant houses of the winding streets that surround it. Full of bohemian bars, bookshops, galleries and atmospheric restaurants, in the summer Szentendre plays host to many open air festivals, while Christmas is a time to browse for handmade crafts as you sip mulled wine at the open air Christmas Market. On almost every corner you will find something worth taking a picture of, or a shop selling unique souvenir items, from paintings to graphics offered by artists working on the street. Or if you prefer, you can explore the ceramic art of Margit Kovács in the expansive Margit Kovács Museum just off Fo tér. Lunch and dinner can also be arranged on request.

Hungary Today: A No-Taboo Conversation

5. Hungary Today: A No-Taboo Conversation

Forget scripted tours and avoiding tough questions. Join a conversation that digs deep into the most contentious political developments in Hungary in the last 30 years, from a controversial "soft" system change from communism to democracy and a free market economy to the recent trends toward the creation of an "illiberal" democracy by the current Hungarian government. Enjoy the ambiance of a traditional cafe unchanged in the last decades where you might be the only foreigner. Your conversational guides have backgrounds ranging from law to history to international relations and have all been involved in Hungarian public life whether it be politics, volunteering, writing and translating articles, or managing educational programs. Gain an objective account (as much as is possible) of recent events in the country and hear your guides's opinions too. Join this tour to access deeper knowledge and understanding about Budapest across the board – nothing is taboo. Discussion groups are limited to six guests (contact us if you are a bigger group and would like to participate).

Budapest: Market Tour and Hungarian Cooking Class

6. Budapest: Market Tour and Hungarian Cooking Class

Immerse yourself in the culinary scene of Budapest and visit the central Great Market Hall to experience the everyday hustle and bustle of life in the city. Learn the history of the market and purchase all the ingredients you will need to prepare an authentic Hungarian 3-course meal. Avail of the services of hosts who are passionate about food in the comfort of a private apartment. At the end, tuck into the delicious Hungarian meal you prepared, served with drinks, including some local wine.

Hungarian Cooking Class and Market Hall Tour in Budapest

7. Hungarian Cooking Class and Market Hall Tour in Budapest

Chefparade cooking school is a contemporary cosmopolitan cooking studio where you can master the basics of Hungarian cooking in a fun and interactive atmosphere. The hands-on courses give you the opportunity to cook and ask questions side-by-side with professional chefs. Learn about the basic ingredients and spices like paprika along with the best cooking practices so that you’ll be able to treat your family and friends with a fantastic Hungarian dinner in your home country. The courses run in the morning, finishing with a lunch. If you wish, you can visit the famous Great Market Hall where you can learn about the market’s history and your chef will introduce you to basic Hungarian ingredients and buy them for the class.

Budapest: Hungarian Cooking Class and Market Tour

8. Budapest: Hungarian Cooking Class and Market Tour

Learn to cook Hungary's world-famous dishes with ingredients that you can buy anywhere at a half-day gourmet food tour and cooking class in Budapest. First, shop for fresh produce in one of the traditional markets of the city center. Purchase ingredients that you can find anywhere in the world so that you can easily replicate the meal at home. Then, transfer to the kitchen for a Hungarian cooking class in a friendly workshop environment. Cook in small groups for a more intimate experience, and more hands-on help from your chef and guide. Once you have prepared some traditional dishes, such as cottage cheese dumplings, taste traditional drinks such as pálinka (fruit brandy), Hungarian wine, and home-made elderberry syrup. Get a better understanding of Hungarian cuisine from cooks who were all born and raised in Hungary. Hear about local traditions and customs first hand.

The Matyóland: visit Mezőkövesd

9. The Matyóland: visit Mezőkövesd

Discover the highlights of Mezőkövesd in the heart of Matyóland on a full-day tour from Budapest, and learn about the Matyó people, who can be traced back to King Matthias of the 15th century. Matthias raised the status of Mezőkövesd during his reign, and today the town is awash with women wearing blouses, fabrics and aprons colorfully embroidered with flowers based on old patterns. Visit the Matyó Museum to admire some of these traditional costumes through the ages, along with artifacts of furniture and crafts. Discover the original Matyó homes of the Hadas district, where the streets retain a 19th-century atmosphere. In the old cottages, local folk artists offer a view of what it is like to be a Matyó. One of the highlights is the Zsóry Health and Open Air Bath, where the sulphuric waters are a healing 72 degrees, helping those suffering from arthritis and rheumatic diseases, and claimed to help alleviate gynaecological problems. Every year Mezőkövesd organizes a range of cultural programs, such as the food benedictions of the 3-day Matyó Easter Festival. Zsóry Festival in July boasts dozens of concerts, while at the end of August, Zsóry Riding Days features spectacular hurdle jumps as the main event.

Budapest "Fungarian" Language & Cultural Orientation Tour

10. Budapest "Fungarian" Language & Cultural Orientation Tour

Get an introduction to the Hungarian language, as well as the history and art of Budpaest on this immersive, customized private orientation tour. Dubbed “Fungarian Express,” the unique program is designed for you to learn some basic Hungarian, get an orientation of the city, and explore current cultural events as you wander past the neo-Renaissance manisons of the Andrássy út boulevard. Structured so that you can learn about 20 practical phrases to use in everyday situations, the tour is tailored to your personal interests, and you will be provided with lots of information on the culture and local customs as you explore. Ask your guide questions ranging from Hungarian literature to shopping tips; their expert knowledge is bound to provide the answer.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Would really recommend giving this class a go to anyone visiting Budapest, especially if you're already looking for a chance to try chimney cakes (even more satisfying to eat knowing you made it yourself!) Upon our arrival we were greeted by Lily (hope the spellings correct) who was incredibly friendly and offered us complementary coffee which was devine. The class itself was very informative into the history of the chimney cake. She was incredibly patient and encouraging to us first timers, we were nervous at first having not done anything similar before, but under her instruction we made some delicious chimney cakes! The certificate we got was such a nice touch and we were delighted with it. Overall the experience was brilliant and we would 100% recommend it to anyone visiting Budapest!!

Our host was very kind and welcoming. You meet at a locally owned chimney cake shop and downstairs they have a small classroom allowing for an intimate learning area. She was patient and helpful. You get the opportunity to make 3 cakes yourself, and choose several different flavors to roll your cake in. At the end she shares the recipe and how to make them at home. Lots of fun, especially if you love sweets.

A fun experience. We made 3 chimney cakes and there were 3 flavours available. I recommend going hungry, the cakes are best enjoyed fresh. But you do get take away bags to pack the remainder in.

This is a great idea for a chill day. You can spend your morning before walking around the city doing some fun baking. This was fun, easy, and most of all delicious! Would highly recommend

Absolutely wonderful both my daughter and I loved it. Szuper volt én meg a kislányom nagyon jól éreztük magunkat. C'était excellente moi et ma fille on a bien amusé et c'était très bon.