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Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

1. 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 delicious 3 or 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.

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Budapest: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

2. Budapest: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

As your 3-hour Grand City Tour of Budapest begins you’ll pass by the iconic Parliament building before crossing the Danube River by the Margaret Bridge. The coach will take you to the Royal Castle area on the Buda side, where you’ll enjoy a short walk to the Fisherman’s Bastion and to see the exterior of Matthias Church. Next, the tour continues up the Gellért Hill, where you’ll have a photo stop and time to take in the great views over all of Budapest. After this stop the coach will take you across the Elizabeth Bridge and along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. Pass by the Opera and St. Stephen’s Basilica on the way back to the Intercontinental Hotel, where the tour ends.

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Budapest: Hop-on Hop-off Ticket with Boat & Walking Tour

3. Budapest: Hop-on Hop-off Ticket with Boat & Walking Tour

This sightseeing program is a combination of 3 experiences: the Red and Green hop-on hop-off bus lines, a boat cruise, and a guided walking tour. The ticket is valid for 48 or 72 hours. There are 19 stops on the Red Bus Line route. You’ll have views of the Danube River and the Opera, and at the Oktogon stop you’ll find an abundance of restaurants and cafés. See Heroes' Square with its historical statues and famous museums. Nearby are the Budapest Zoo, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the Gundel restaurant, the Vajdahunyad Castle, and many more attractions. The bus stops at the New York Café, Astoria, Chain Bridge (funicular), and then heads up Castle Hill, stopping within walking distance of the Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Buda Castle, and other historical sites. You can get off the bus at the Citadel, the highest point in Budapest, and at the Central Market Hall. Take a sightseeing river cruise, starting from Dock 6 at Vigadó Square in downtown Pest. Pass the imposing Parliament building and enjoy panoramic views, before stopping at Margaret Island. Continue to see the Castle District, comprising the Royal Castle, Matthias Church, and the Fisherman’s Bastion, located on Castle Hill. Then you’ll reach the Liberty Monument and the Citadel on Gellért Hill. The tour continues in a southerly direction, providing you views of the bridges of Budapest, the National Theater, and the Palace of Arts. On the return cruise you’ll see the universities of Budapest and the Central Market Hall. The Blue Boat Line cruise ends back at Vigadó Square. Enjoy a guided walking tour that covers most all of the main attractions in Budapest. This is a show-up tour, so there’s no need to book in advance. It starts at 12 PM every day from the front of the Basilica. On the hop-on hop-off buses you can listen to audio commentary in multiple languages.

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Budapest: 4-Hour Guided Bus Tour with River Cruise

4. Budapest: 4-Hour Guided Bus Tour with River Cruise

Enjoy our 3-hour live guided city tour with professional guides and then an unforgettable sightseeing cruise on the Danube. Your tour begins with a 3-hour Grand City Tour of Budapest. You will pass by the iconic Parliament building before crossing the Danube River by the Margaret Bridge. The coach will take you to the Royal Castle area on the Buda side, where you will enjoy a short walk to the Fisherman’s Bastion and to see the exterior of Matthias Church. Next, the tour continues up the Gellért Hill, where you will have a photo stop and time to take in the great views over all of Budapest. After this stop the coach will take you across the Elizabeth Bridge and along Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square. Pass by the Opera and St. Stephen’s Basilica on the way back to the Intercontinental Hotel - EUrama office where the bus tour ends in order to start the Danube cruise experience. The boat tour departs from dock 6 MAHART and includes 1 stop. Passing by the imposing building of the Parliament you can admire the panorama of the Margaret Island. The Castle District – the Royal Castle - the Matthias Church & the Fisherman’s Bastion are located on the Castle Hill, the Liberty Monument and the Citadel are on the Gellert Hill. Continuing the tour in the southern direction you can see the bridges of Budapest, the National Theatre, the Palace of Arts. Getting back you can see the universities of Budapest, the Central Market Hall. The tour ends in the city center.

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Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

5. Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

Start at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church. Admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building.  Head to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes and walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace.  Walk back from the Royal Palace, and explore the other side of the castle. From the medieval walls, you have an excellent view towards the Buda Hills - the western part of the city with its forests and nature parks.  After the guided walking tour enjoy a few minutes break in the entrance hall of the Hospital in the Rock Museum. Receive a skip-the-line ticket from your tour guide and who will help you to join your scheduled visit to the museum. This will be the most exciting part of your tour. Have a 1-hour guided tour in the "Hospital in the Rock" WW2 underground bunker museum. This place used to be a secret military hospital hidden deep down below the Buda Castle. The hospital is part of a system of natural caves and tunnels, that stretches over nearly six miles. The museum that is located in the old rooms of the hospital was established to preserve its rich history.  See many rooms exhibiting hundreds of lifelike wax figures and showing you the story of the underground hospital, that was then turned into an atomic bunker during World War 2. Follow your guide through the tunnels of this place and get a feeling of what life during these times, especially as a wounded soldier must have looked like.

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Budapest: Guided E-Scooter Tours

6. Budapest: Guided E-Scooter Tours

Enjoy the sights of Budapest in four different ways. See the Parliament or Buda Castle, take a grand tour of the city, or get a new perspective on Budapest with a sunset and night tour. Check out the Parliament buildings in the historic heart of the city on the Parliament Tour. Take in panoramic views of Buda and snap some wonderful photos. Explore the charming Castle District around enormous Buda Castle on the Buda Castle tour. See Mathias Church, enjoy the beautiful Fisherman's Bastion, and discover the historical atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the Grand City Tour to see both Buda Castle and the Parliament in one day, or go with the sunset and nighttime option to see beautiful Budapest at sunset from its two highest points at the castle and citadel.

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Discover Budapest: Private 3- or 4-Hour Tour by Car

7. Discover Budapest: Private 3- or 4-Hour Tour by Car

Enjoy a private guided tour of the stunning city of Budapest, and get to know the city’s secular history as you visit both the Buda and Pest sides. Begin the day in the city downtown, and cross the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to visit the hilly Buda side. Walk through the beautiful Castle District the Gothic-style Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Continue the tour with a drive up the next hill to the lush Gellért Hill, and admire the Citadel on the top before continuing the tour to the Pest quarter on the east side of the river. Visit the Central Market Hall to discover the freshest Hungarian food, and then continue on to the National Museum and the Jewish Quarter. Next, take the Andrássy Avenue pass by the fascinating State Opera House, stopping for a visit at the impressive Heroes' Square. Continue on with a walk through City Park, pass Vajdahunyad Castle, and visit St. Stephen’s Basilica. End the tour at the city center after a visit to Kossuth Square and the Hungarian Parliament. The drop-off point is your choice!

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Budapest: 3-Hour Live Guided Sightseeing Tour

8. Budapest: 3-Hour Live Guided Sightseeing Tour

Learn about 1,000 years of Hungarian history as you see the city's most important sites! This 3-hour guided city tour begins at the Chain Bridge. On the drive to the Buda side of the Danube, you’ll pass by the spectacular Parliament Building and cross the River by the Margaret Bridge. Your first stop is in the Castle District for a short walk to see the area’s main attractions. You’ll visit Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion, the perfect spot for enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding area. Following your visit to the Castle District, the tour continues with a drive to the Citadel atop Gellért Hill. You’ll marvel at the panoramic views of the city from here. You’ll then travel over the Elizabeth Bridge to the Pest side to see the famous Central Market Hall and Europe’s largest synagogue, followed by a drive to the city park. Along the way, pass the largest thermal spa in Europe and the Budapest Zoo, then stop at Heroes’ Square, where you’ll find statues of famed Hungarian kings and dukes. The tour continues from here down Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, passing the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica.

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Budapest City Sightseeing Tour

9. Budapest City Sightseeing Tour

Anyone hoping to experience the beautiful city of Budapest in a different way is sure to love this city sightseeing tour. With your knowledgeable guide leading the way, explore each of Budapest's most important historic sights and landmarks on a small-group tour. Delve into the city's many famous highlights such as the beloved and impressive Castle District, featuring the stunning Fishermen's Bastion and the grand Matthias Church. From there, visit Gellért Hill, home to the city's breathtaking citadel. Pass the renowned State Opera, the majestic Parliament building, St. Stephen's Basilica, and the city's synagogues along Dohány Street. While most conventional tours last for 2 to 3 hours, this unique tour can be extended to as you like, letting you explore more of Budapest's many points of interest, conveniently and hassle-free. Let yourself be carried away by the Hungarian capital's amazing history, culture, and architecture.

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Budapest Half-Day Tour: Life Behind the Iron Curtain

10. Budapest Half-Day Tour: Life Behind the Iron Curtain

Take a private full-day tour of sites in Budapest that memorialize Hungary’s time behind the Iron Curtain, and learn about life during that era. Visit the Citadella to learn about the siege of Budapest toward the end of World War II, which was the beginning of the story of the country’s occupation. Admire the Liberty Statue, or Freedom Statue, the huge monument erected in 1947 on Gellert Hill. The Liberty Statue was originally dedicated to the Russian troops, and with a pedestal 26 meters high and the statue another 14 meters it is probably the tallest of its kind in Europe. It’s now considered a universal symbol of freedom and is an important feature in the city’s panorama. You’ll also visit the Terror House, a museum dedicated to those who fell victim during the Communist era (audio-guide included). Other monuments that your guide will show you include statues of famous personalities of the era, including Marx, Lenin, and Ostapenko. The Memorial of the Hungarian-Soviet Friendship, and many others erected from 1945-1989, were relocated from the city to the open-air museum of Memento Park. The collection of 42 pieces includes the 6-meter-high statue of the Liberation Army Soldier as well. Finish the tour with a more joyful memory of the era with a ride on the Children’s Railway in the Buda hills. Originally known as the Pioneer’s Railway, it opened in 1949, operated by children aged 10-14 years.

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What people are saying about Gellert Hill

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,900 reviews

This was an amazing way to experience the beautiful Budapest at night! We loved the atmosphere in the boat, the live music and the delicious food. We took the 4 courses option, which includes: an appetiser, a soup, a main dish, a dessert and a welcome drink. We had window seats, which made the experience even more charming. Would definitely recommend!

Dalia gave an excellent tour. We had forgotten about the castle district part of the tour and we had already had a castle district tour but she made an excellent effort to find other things to tell us about that we hadn't already learned. The last hour of the tour of Hospital in the Rock was very interesting.

I couldn't recommend this experience enough. Food was fantastic, the musicians were talented and music relevant to the atmosphere. There was no rushing, very relaxed with amazing views up and down the banks of the Danube.

The candle-lit dinner cruise was a great experience — the service was excellent, the music was quiet enough to be able to enjoy the others’ company and the departure and arrival on time. Would highly recommend!

Food was delicious and music was enjoyable and relaxing. Nice scenic ride. We were a family of three.