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Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

1. Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

Enjoy this 1-hour evening 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. Sip 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 the Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. Once the tour has concluded, the boat will take you back to the pier in central Budapest.

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Budapest Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

2. Budapest Daytime Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy this 70-minute-long 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 the 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. Afterwards you’ll board the boat for the return trip to central Budapest.

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Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

3. Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

Skip the line and head straight to the security check to start your visit of the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world. Built in 1859, it is one of Budapest’s highlights with its red and yellow brick facade combining Romantic style with Moorish elements. Take a guided tour to hear about its history, architecture and the history of the Hungarian Jews before and after WWII.  Then use your ticket to enter the Hungarian Jewish Museum next to the Synagogue. Learn about the life of the Jewish people in Hungary through everyday objects.  See the famous Emmanuel Memorial Tree in the Synagogue's backyard. Admire this magnificent weeping willow's small metal leaves engraved with a name of a Holocaust victim and plaques honoring non-Jewish rescuers.  Then, finish your visit the graveyard in the backyard of the Heroes’ Temple, the burial site of those who died in the ghetto during WWII.

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Budapest: Sightseeing River Cruise

4. Budapest: Sightseeing River Cruise

Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and check out other Budapest sights on this sightseeing cruise. Cruise under some of Budapest's most famous bridges: the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elisabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge. Pass 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. Sip a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months.

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Budapest: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

5. 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

6. 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: House of Terror Guided Tour

7. Budapest: House of Terror Guided Tour

Visit the House of Terror, built in memory of the victims of the fascist and communist dictatorships in Hungary, with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the dark events that took place here at the helm of the Hungarian secret police. Gain a better understanding from Hungary's complex political background through the exhibits focusing on the 1950s and the brutality that followed the 1956 uprising. Meet your guide in front of the entrance of the building, which was once the seat of AVO (State Protection Authority). Walk through the museum together and learn about Hungary during WWII and the Nazi rule then leading to the Soviet Communist occupation. Th exhibits demonstrate how everyday life was organised under the terror of Communist secret police, how their staff members were recruited, how the general elections were falsified, how the propaganda machinery worked, and all political opposition was oppressed. Next you will see the main interrogation and torture chamber of the building, which remained untouched since the 1950s despite the multiple reconstructions of the building. See many documents of the life and economy of the 1950s: the food quota ticket system, the practice of compulsory deliveries and terror against the peasantry. The exhibition leads you to the office room of the dreaded director of the State Protection Authority, with his original desk restored. Go through the "Justice room" to see the process of politically organised show trials against people who were declared enemies of the regime.  The most horrific part of the building is the basement, where a part of the original prison cells were faithfully restored. See the various special rooms: a "wet cell", a "fox hole", a detention cell, a torture chamber and an execution room with a gallow. The last part of the exhibition shows the 1956 national revolution against Soviet occupation and Communist rule, and its consequences, the retaliation and mass emigration. Finally, you will see the Hall of Tears commemorating all of the victims, the Perpetrators' Wall and a memorial of the Soviet troops leaving Hungary in 1991.

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Buda Castle: History & Myths Evening Walking Tour

8. 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

9. 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 1-Hour Express Segway Experience

10. 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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What people are saying about Budapest

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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 ❤️

It was great! The view was fantastic. The drinks were great. The only problem was that the audio guide was too fast and I couldn't follow it properly. Maybe they should have shown some pictures of the monuments they were referring to on the screens.

Daniel gave a super tour bringing alive life in Budapest under communism. He was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. I can't say enough good things about him.

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.

I think it is the best activity you can do in this wonderful city.I recommend