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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: 1.5-Hour Fun Segway Sightseeing

2. 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

3. 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 1-Hour Express Segway Experience

4. Budapest 1-Hour Express Segway Experience

There is lots to see in Budapest’s historical center. If you are on a tight schedule, this tour is perfect for you. Enjoy zipping around with a friendly tour guide who will show you around. The popular and lively Pest side of the city is located on the Danube’s west bank. The area’s popular historical sites, medieval houses, stunning architecture, and unique character are definitely not to be missed. Explore the riverside of the Danube, see St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Square of Liberty with its Ronald Reagan Statue, and more. Along the way, your informative tour guide will share interesting anecdotes and facts about Budapest with you. The tour is short, fun, and designed to leave you with pleasant memories of your time in Budapest. There will be plenty of great photo opportunities on this route, so a smartphone or camera is a must.

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Budapest: 2-Hour Walking Tour

5. Budapest: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the most iconic locations in Budapest on this walking tour of the inner city of Pest. Start your stroll in Marcius 15 Square and admire the Gothic Medieval cathedral of the Great Blessed Lady. Walk along the Duna Corso river promenade and enjoy the beautiful view over the Danube, its bridges, and the Castle of Buda on the opposite side. Pass by the spectacular dance palace Pesti Vigado, and see the historical Gerbeaud Cafe in Vorosmarty Square. Take a stroll through Elizabeth Park and see Budapest Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. After a short walk, you will arrive at one of the highlights of the tour: St Stephen’s Basilica, with its monumental dome and colonnade.  Continue through the traditional pedestrian streets of the city and see the cute statue of Mr. Safe who will definitely make you smile. Next, arrive at Liberty Square where you will learn about Budapest's traumatic past as a center of Nazi occupation and Communist oppression.  Finish your tour in Kossuth Square and admire the sights surrounding the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. Hear stories of dictatorship and the 1956 revolution. Afterwards, you can pay a visit to the poignant Shoes on the Danube Bank monument or enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river.

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Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

6. Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

Experience the beautiful and historic city of Budapest with a day trip on a comfortable tour bus from Vienna. Take a comfortable ride through the plains of western Hungary to the city of Budapest, located on the scenic banks of the Danube River. Take an informative tour of the Buda and Pest districts, learning about their historical and cultural significance of the Hungarian capital along the way. Admire the most famous sights of the city, such as the majestic Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of the city. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, a building inspired by the Palace of Westminster, and Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, Matthias Church, and enjoy a visit to Margaret Island as you learn the meanings of these diverse sights from your tour guide. At 17:00, return to Vienna and enjoy a drop off at your hotel.

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Budapest: Guided E-Scooter Tours

7. 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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Budapest: Comfortable 3.5-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour

8. Budapest: Comfortable 3.5-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour

Explore Budapest, the so-called "Paris of the East," on a comfortable on a brand new e-bike from the leading German manufacturer, Kalkhoff. First up, take in the full-length of the Andrássy Avenue passing the Hungarian State Opera House, the House of Terror, and arrive at Heroes' Square. You can be sure your guide will have all the stories along the way. From Heroes' Square, continue into City Park where you’ll be surprised by a fake castle and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest and most popular in the city. The trip continues with highlights like the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and the Jewish Quarter before diving into the downtown area.  See and learn about St. Stephen's Basilica, largest church in Budapest. In the heart of the financial district lies Liberty Square with a bloody history and a disputed Holocaust memorial. From here it is not far to the Hungarian Parliament Building, a landmark in Budapest. Next, reach the Danube River with a breathtaking view on the Buda side of the city. Cross Margaret Bridge using a nice bicycle lane and arrive at Buda and EuroVelo 6, an international bicycle way along the Danube River. Ride down to Batthyany-Square, take a picture of the parliament across the river, and continue to Széchenyi Chain Bridge, from where you will start to climb Castle Hill. Here the electric support of your bike will show its strength. Admire Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion before returning to the Shoes on the Danube Bank and passing the historical Rudas Bath. At Gellért Hill, see the famous Gellért Thermal Bath cross back to Pest via Liberty Bridge, the most popular bridge in Budapest. Do not miss the Central Market Hall and the Hungarian National Museum before you reach the Dohány Street Synagogue, the final stop on the tour before you return to the starting point of the tour.

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

9. 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: E-Bike Guided Tour and Castle Hill

10. Budapest: E-Bike Guided Tour and Castle Hill

Explore the beautiful city of Budapest in the most relaxed way possible, by E-bike. Follow your local, enthusiastic guide to some of the most famous sights in the city and learn interesting facts about each location.  Ride your bike to the Chain Bridge and climb up to the stunning Castle Hill, where you can experience incredible views over the city. Descend back down to the Danube and journey alongside the famous river. Spend some time on Margaret Island, before you visit the Hungarian Parliament Building. Travel to Freedom Square and admire St. Stephen's Basilica. Venture down Andrassy Avenue and view the Hungarian State Opera House and the House of Terror on the way. End your tour at Hősök tere, one of the major squares in Budapest, and spend some time in City Park before you return to the office. 

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Planning Your Visit

  • Opening times

    May 1 - September 30 from 8:00AM - 6:00PM (Monday - Friday); 8:00AM - 4:00PM (Saturday); 8:00AM - 2:00PM (Sunday).
    October 1 - April 30 from 8:00AM - 4:00PM (Monday - Friday); 8:00AM - 4:00PM (Saturday); 8:00AM - 2:00PM (Sunday).

  • Guided Tours

    The 50-minute, English-language tour takes place daily at 10:00AM, 12:00PM and 2:00PM. Tickets cost 2,520 forint (HUF), and it's advisable to book the desired time in advance online. Keep in mind that tickets are limited every day, and some days may be closed to the public due to official events. The starting point is at the Visitors Center at the end of Balassi Bálint Street.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Summer weekdays 8:00AM-6:00PM, winter weekdays 8:00AM-4:00PM, every Saturday 8:00AM-4:00PM, every Sunday 8:00AM-2:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult entrance and tour tickets are 2,520HUF, or just under $10.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Tours are provided by the staff and are the only way to see the interior, but check out our other tours of the area!
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from many hotels in city center!
  • Additional information

    • Buy your tickets at gate #10, then proceed to gate #12 for the tour.

    • Student concessions are available.

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What people are saying about Hungarian Parliament Building

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,639 reviews

Absolutely fantastic experience, don’t let bad reviews put you off, it’s worth every penny - the mrs LOVED it. Sure the portion sizes aren’t MASSIVE but it’s advertised as ‘a la carte’ so what do you expect? It certainly filled us up! The music was a nice touch and not at all too loud. Top tip would be to request a window seat near the bar end (which we were fortunate to get lucky with).

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!

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.