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Buda Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Budapest: City Highlights Cruise with Welcome Drink

1. Budapest: City Highlights Cruise with Welcome Drink

Discover Budapest on a romantic sightseeing cruise along the River Danube. See the old buildings - depending on the time day - lit up and get the best views while sipping a complimentary glass of welcome drink (alcoholic/non-alcoholic). Climb aboard the boat at the pier at Dock 42 port next to Budapest's Szent István Park and receive your welcome drink upon arrival. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you cruise along the calm Danube River. See the stunning city of Budapest from a whole new perspective and admire the skyline. Sail down the river and marvel at passing monuments such as the National Parliament, Buda Castle, and the recently restored Várkert Bazár. Head to the open deck for perfect views of the illuminated Vigadó Concert Hall, or look at the floodlit monuments - depending on the time day - between the Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge from the comfort of the deck either with panoramic windows or open air. Naturally, you are free to change places at any time. (As Budapest uses the illumination to commemorate certain events(, like Earth Hour, Fight Against Breast Cancer, national events, etc.) therefore they might appear in different colours or can be dimmed at certain times.) The tour is not guided, experience the city more like a local - the boat functions as a floating coffee house or pub experience with its own bar available during the cruise. Feeling thirsty? No worries, treat yourself to another drink from the pub onboard or have a hot cup of coffee from the coffee house if you like. Finally, end your cruise sailing back to the pier with long-lasting memories and great pictures.

Budapest: Nighttime or Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

2. Budapest: Nighttime or Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

Get a different perspective on Budapest's landmarks with a sightseeing cruise at night or during the day. Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and check out other Budapest sights. During the cruise, pass under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges: the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elizabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Cruise by the Danube Promenade and take in Vigadó Square. See the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well as the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Purchase a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months.

Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

3. Budapest: Evening Cruise including Drinks and Live Music

Cruise under all 6 of the main bridges of Budapest and explore many historically and culturally important sites on this city cruise. Customize your experience with your favorite drinks by choosing the option that suits you, including wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks. The unforgettable atmosphere will be guaranteed by live salon music performed by three musicians from the award-winning Rajkó Folk ensemble. Often cited as one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Budapest is even more stunning from the river. The Buda side is made of a string of World Heritage sites stretching from the Chain Bridge to the Technical University, and includes the Gellért Bath, Mt. Gellért with its Freedom Monument and the Citadella, the Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion. On the opposite side of the river, you can marvel at iconic buildings such as the House of Parliament and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy drinks in the air-conditioned cabin and then head to the open-air upper deck to admire the panorama of Budapest by night. The performance also features a marvelous original Hungarian instrument, the famous “cimbalom”. The combination of string instruments and the cimbalom provides a uniquely Hungarian, unforgettable harmony and an outstanding atmosphere on-board. Wish to hear your favorite popular song in a whole new adaptation? During the performance, guests will have a chance to request their favorite songs.

Budapest: Buda Castle Cave Walking Tour

4. Budapest: Buda Castle Cave Walking Tour

Explore a part of the network of underground tunnels under Castle Hill with your guide. Learn more about the history and role of the cave tunnels and their geology. Admire the natural limestone and the manpower that went into creating this labyrinth cave system. Meet for the cave tour either at Trinity Square (Szentháromság tér) or for the shorter tour option at Dárda Street, where you enter the Buda Castle underground cave system. After a short introduction, you will start your tour and learn about the history of the labyrinth-like of the cave system which once served as wine cellars, bomb shelters, and even a medieval prison. Admire the natural limestone caverns and the 800-year-old man-made cellars in one of the most unique caves of Hungary. The tour is a journey through time during where you will be able to learn a lot about not only the geology of the Buda Castle but also about the combined work of man and nature throughout many centuries.

Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

5. Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Enjoy this daytime sightseeing cruise on the legendary blue Danube and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. Board the boat directly at the pier in central Budapest, and sip a drink of your choice. You can choose a glass of champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink, or mineral water along with a complimentary special Duna Bella lemonade. During the cruise, you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building, see the Buda Castle on the hill, and circle Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. In the summer, you can make an optional stop at the cool and green Margaret Island, if you like. You’ll receive a free map of the small island with recommended walking tours and information about sights to see. Afterward, you’ll board the boat for the return trip to central Budapest.

Budapest: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

6. Budapest: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Get a perfect introduction to Budapest on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Cruise around in style, hopping on and off at the more than 20 stops along carefully designed routes. See the magnificent Basilica, the leafy and classical Andrassy Avenue, Chain Bridge, and much more. Listen to the audio commentary provided in 16 languages, visit the city's most famous landmarks, and join an optional walking tour of Pest. Experience Hungary's capital in all its glory with the Danube River cruise and witness Budapest from a different perspective. Ticket holders will also enjoy a guided walking tour through the stately Pest side of the city. All of the buses are air-conditioned during the summer and heated during the winter, providing you with the most comfortable and convenient way to explore Budapest.

Budapest: Buda Castle District Vampires & Myths Walking Tour

7. Budapest: Buda Castle District Vampires & Myths 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. Booking this tour you will be entitled to have 20% off on a similar tour in Krakow, Prague, Madrid...

Budapest: Premium Evening Cruise with Tokaj Frizzante

8. Budapest: Premium Evening Cruise with Tokaj Frizzante

Cruise through downtown Budapest on the Danube River and discover the Hungarian capital’s most important buildings while enjoying a glass of Tokaj Premium Frizzante or orange juice. Step aboard the fully refurbished sightseeing boat and soak up the modern yet classic décor that has retained the luxurious feel of the ’60s and ’70s. Find a seat that suits you best, stay cozy in the enclosed deck, or get some fresh air on the open terrace. Use your phone to scan QR codes under our boat tours to reveal information about the famous landmarks you see along the way. You can also purchase additional drinks from the stylish onboard bar. Take some fantastic photos from the water no matter what time of day you sail. Cruise beneath 6 of Budapest's bridges and admire views of notable buildings, including the illuminated Hungarian Parliament Building. Your tour finishes back at the meeting point.

Budapest: Downtown Budapest Cocktail Cruise Winter Edition

9. Budapest: Downtown Budapest Cocktail Cruise Winter Edition

Watch the sunset over Budapest on this river cruise along the Danube. Marvel at panoramic views of the city skyline at dusk as you savor three delicious cocktails.  Board the cruise and spend some time on the comfortable terrace or cool down on the air-conditioned lower deck. Warm up for a night out with a variety of cocktails. Spend the evening with your friends and family watching as the city lights up and the stars come out.

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

10. Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

Take a cruise on the majestic Danube River and explore Budapest from a different perspective. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and live folk music as you take in the city's sights and lights. Depart from the city center, board the Gróf (Count) Széchényi, the biggest vintage ship currently on the Danube. Marvel at its elegant wooden interior and designer carpets, the perfect setting for your travel photos. Make life-long memories as you sail along the river, taking in the sights. Admire the Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle and Citadel from the water. Relax and enjoy Hungarian specialties. Listen to live music performed by 4 members of the award-winning Rajkó Folk Orchestra. Listen to local and international favorites, and make sure to make a request for your party. The buffet dinner includes all the Hungarian must haves: Alföld style Goulash soupTraditional beef paprikash with homemade dumplingsHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

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Karen was an absolutely amazing guide! She was passionate and knowledgeable, and calm, despite missing Austrians, noisy children and drone attacks. she is worth her wait in gold and whoever hired her deserves a medal. I work in tourism management, so I've come across many great tour guides and Karen is one of the very best I have ever seen.

Really fun experience! We got 3 cocktails each, we ordered all of them at the start so it wasn’t a hassle trying to get the waiters attention as it’s super busy! Very nice views in the evening. The back of the boat is the perfect picture spot. Would very much so recommend this

Loved learning about the history of the buildings! Jonas was great and gave lots of information and answered any questions we had :)

Fantastic cruise. Well worth the money, we went in the evening and seeing everything lit up after walking round all day was lovely.

Not to be missed for anything in the world if you come to Budapest.