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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: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

2. Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

Your tour begins at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church - built in the splendid Gothic style of the 15th century. Next to the cathedral you can admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building. After a pleasant walk on the old cobble-stone streets, leave the residential district to travel to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes. Walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace. From the royal terraces you can enjoy the the most stunning views of the other side of the city across the majestic Danube River, with full views of its main bridges: Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, and Liberty Bridge. After walking back from the Royal Palace, 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. Your tour later ends at the tour starting point at the Holy Trinity Statue, in front of the Matthias Church.

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Budapest: 1.5-Hour Fun Segway Sightseeing

3. Budapest: 1.5-Hour Fun Segway Sightseeing

Your 1.5-hour Downtown Segway Tour starts with a training session. Your experienced tour guide will help you get used to the Segway and how to control it. Get the hang of it, and set off exploring Downtown, the historic district of the city. See attractions like the Hungarian Parliament, St. Stephen Basilica, Liberty Square, the Hungarian State Opera, the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, the 'Central Park' of Budapest's Downtown - Erzsébet square, and Chain Bridge. Glide along the waterfront, have fun, and enjoy your speedy Segway, pausing to take in stunning views of the Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion as well as the Chain Bridge. Tour is a private tour to keep the experience intimate as you glide past each historical site, hearing entertaining anecdotes and facts about the history of Budapest. Your guide will give you plenty of photo-ops, stopping frequently at the most instagramable spots, and they will introduce you to the most interesting stories about Budapest and even real Budapest experts will learn a lot.

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Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4. Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover Budapest on your own terms with a 24, 48 or 72-hour pass for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and see sights such as the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, and Chain Bridge. Explore the Citadel, and see the Jewish Synagogue, Memorial and Museum on Dohány Street. Add on a 1-hour cruise of the Danube River to enjoy panoramic views of the imperial city by day and night, including the vast Gothic Revival façade of the Hungarian Parliament Building complex. Explore both Buda and Pest, hopping off at any of the 31 stops along 2 different routes. Your ticket includes a fantastic discount booklet, that provides great discounts at some of the city's most popular attractions, as well as a free walking tour and bike tour.  Red Route Stops: Stop 1. St Stephen's Basilica Stop 2. Chain Bridge (Pest) Stop 5. Kalvin Square Stop 8. Opera Stop 9. Liszt Ferenc Square Stop 10. Heroes Square Stop 11. Keleti Railway Station Stop 19. Margaret Bridge (Buda) Stop 20. WestEnd Shopping Centre Stop 21. Parliament Yellow Route Stops: Stop 1. Andrassy Ave. 4 Stop 2. Chain Bridge (Pest) Stop 3. Marcius 15. Square Stop 4. Fovam Square Stop 5. Kalvin Square Stop 6. Corvin Plaza Stop 7. New York Palace Stop 8. Corinthia Hotel Stop 9. Liszt Ferenc Square Stop 10. Opera

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Budapest: 3-Hour Grand City Tour and Castle Walk

5. 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

6. 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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Buda Castle: History & Myths Evening Walking Tour

7. Buda Castle: History & Myths Evening Walking Tour

Away from the crowds of Pest, this informative and educational tour takes you to some of the charming, magical places of the city where Hungarian rulers once toiled deep into the night at the Buda Castle. Hear stories of cruelty and learn the despicable actions of Elizabeth Bathory, the bloody countess. You will also learn how the Romanian prince, Vlad Dracula ended up in the prison of Buda Castle. Join your Gothic-attired guide as they take you on a 2-hour walking tour of the city by night. Learn the history of Old Hungary where, according to legend, "vampires" were born and roamed the streets during this dark period of European history.

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3-Hour Orientation Walking Tour of Buda and Pest

8. 3-Hour Orientation Walking Tour of Buda and Pest

Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, taking in all the most beautiful views and sights the city has to offer. On the way you'll get an insider's perspective from a local guide who will answer any questions you might have. Discover the local culture of Budapest, and sample the historic delights of the amazing city. The walking tour covers sights such as Saint Stephen's Basilica, Elizabeth Square, Matthias Church, and Buda Castle, as well as the Royal Palace. While the tour is mainly on foot, you will also use the public transport to cross the Danube from Pest to the Buda side. Your guide will give you a highly personalized visit. Learn about the city’s long and often turbulent history, as well as its contemporary culture. Perfect for all types of traveler, including older and younger tourists, this is a fantastic way to experience this vibrant city.

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Budapest: Buda Castle District Exploration Game and Tour

9. Budapest: Buda Castle District Exploration Game and Tour

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around the Buda Castle district, the old side of Budapest, while playing an exciting mobile-based quest with your friends and family. Solve clues and discover the fascinating history of the castle and the beautiful attractions that surround it. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about the 150-year Turkish occupation of Buda while visiting the old castle walls. Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. See Budapest’s oldest Turkish bath, the tomb of an Islamic saint, and many more hidden places. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

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Budapest: 2-Hour Private TukTuk Tour

10. Budapest: 2-Hour Private TukTuk Tour

Let yourself get swept away on this drive through Budapest’s best-loved places. Start in the heart of the city, where small, winding streets hide a thousand secrets. Enjoy the view of Gellért Hill on the other side of the Danube River. Then cruise through the Tabán and arrive at Buda Castle, where you'll be able to discover both the palace and the castle bazaar. Your driver is also your personal guide — sit back and enjoy his stories and insights. You can set the pace according to your preferences and interests, resulting in an unforgettable experience. Whether you've already picked out some places to visit, you're looking for some suggestions, or you want a customized tour, your guide will be happy to help you discover the beauty and pleasures of life in Budapest. You will also have the opportunity to get off the TukTuk whenever you would like to take pictures.

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What people are saying about Buda Castle

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,754 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!

We had Delia as our private guide and we cannot say enough wonderful things about her! Not only was she extremely kind and well-informed, she was patient, accommodating, and extremely intelligent. Dalia new history of Budapest in debth, she eagerly shared all of her knowledge with us! we highly recommend her for any tour of Budapest ❤️

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!

Gabriel was a very knowledgeable, articulate and fun guide. He gave us a detailed and interesting tour. We highly recommend him for your castle district tour.