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Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

1. Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen's Basilica

Visit St. Stephen's Basilica in the heart of Budapest and delight in an outstanding classical concert. The venue itself is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, but this is not all that will be breathtaking during the evening. Listen to excellent artists performing the best of the best in classical music. Choose from 3 different concerts and 4 different seating categories, depending on your preferences and budget. The program for the concerts, depending on the day, is the following: Requiem: • W. A. Mozart: Requiem in D minor k 626 • I. Introitus - Requiem • II. Kyrie • III. Sequenzia - Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Rex Tremendae, Recordare, Confutatis, Lacrimosa • IV. Offertorium - Domine Jesu • V. Sanctus • VI. Benedictus • VII. Agnus Dei • VIII. Communio - Lux Aeterna Ave Maria Air Alleluja I: • J.S. Bach - Toccata, Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Sonata di Chiesa • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Largo from winter • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • C-M Widor - Toccata from the Organ Symphony No. 5 Op. 42 No. 1 • F. Liszt - Ave Maris Stella • T. Albinoni - Adagio • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • W. A. Mozart - Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate Ave Maria Air Alleluja II: • J.S. Bach - Air • G. F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah, Rejoice • T. Albinoni - Adagio • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Winter • H. Purcell - Dido and Aeneas, When I am laid in Earth • Ch. Gounod - Ave Maria • G. F. Handel - Xerxes, Largo • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • Vivaldi - Violin Concert G Major • C. Franck - Panis Angelicus • J. Sibelius - Impromptu • J. Massenet - Thais Meditation • W.A. Mozart - Requiem, Lacrimosa, Alleluja from Exultant, Jubilate

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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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Organ Concert in St. Stephen's Basilica

3. Organ Concert in St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica is one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of Budapest and is the venue for the organ concert. The arias of the program are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous and talented concert and oratorio singer in Hungary. He received the Liszt Ferenc prize, Merit of Art and the Kossuth Prize. Flute performance is added to the concert as well, it is played by Eleonóra Krusic who had been playing many times and in many orchestras in Hungary and abroad during the last years.  Program Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Fantasie in F minor K 506 Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): Pietà Signore Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio Liszt Ferenc (1811-1886) - Camille Saint-Saёns (1835-1921): Legend in A major (St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds) Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Prayer of Fiesco from opera Simone Boccanegra Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Polonaise, Minuet and Badinerie from Suite in B minor BWV 1067 Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 I Category ticket - row 1 to row 6 II Category ticket - row 7 to row 16 III Category ticket - row 17 to row 26

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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 1-Hour Express Segway Experience

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: St Stephen's Basilica Tour with Tower Access

8. Budapest: St Stephen's Basilica Tour with Tower Access

Meet your English-speaking tour guide in front of Saint Stephen's Basilica and start your guided tour inside the church. Built in the 2nd half of the 19th century, it is one of Budapest’s highlights, known for its monumental dome and beautiful Neo-Renaissance architecture. See the mysterious relic the Holy Right, the naturally mummified right hand of the first Hungarian king Saint Stephen who ruled the country in the 11th century and converted Hungarians to Christianity. Learn about the 1000 years old Christian history of a proud nation. Enjoy a guided tour inside the church to see its rich interior covered with real gold and decorated with many frescos and sculptures made by the best local artists of the late 19th century. Then, take an elevator and continue your guided tour to the panoramic terrace around the dome, an amazing lookout point above the whole of Budapest. After the guided tour you can use your ticket to enter the treasury and history exhibition of the basilica which you can explore at your own pace. If the church cannot be visited because of an unforeseen special ceremony, you will be compensated with a guided tour in the treasury and history exhibition where you will learn about the history of the building and about Cardinal Mindszenty the brave leader of the Catholic church who was tortured and imprisoned during the Communist regime.

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Budapest: Comfortable 3.5-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour

9. 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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Budapest: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

10. Budapest: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

See the most important sights of Budapest during this 4-hour-long tour. The program is recommended for those who only have a short time, or want to explore the city alone and just require an orientation. During such a city tour, you can decide what you want to see more thoroughly, where you want to go back to or you can simply measure the distances.   Highlights in the tour include Andrássy Avenue, the State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, the House of Parliament, the Chain Bridge, and the Central Market Hall.

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What people are saying about St. Stephen's Basilica

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based on 273 reviews

The bike was fantastic...David was just the best guide...thank you we had 2 lovely Texas girls with us..we were even a half an hour late couldn't find the meet up..they made such an effort to catch us up thank you

Wonderful experience, we were priviliged to see a lot of the biggest attractions. The tour guide was great.

Really good fun. Had a very good tour from Arrash. Would definitely recommend for anyone visiting Budapest.

This concert was really worth it. Very good musicians and very good soloists.

Concert was exactly on time. Beautiful place and excellent performance.