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Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

1. Budapest: Széchenyi Spa Full Day with Optional Pálinka Tour

Book your full-day ticket to the Széchenyi Bath in advance and take advantage of complimentary tasting of Hungary's famous spirit "pálinka" on an optional guided tour inside the Pálinka Museum. The Széchenyi Bath is the largest thermal spring bath complex not only in Budapest but in Europe as well. It was built in 1913 in a Neo-baroque style. At the time it opened its baths were private, having separate steam baths for men and women, as well as different public baths for men and women. In 1927, the spa complex was expanded and today it comprises 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools. After its expansion, the thermal artesian wasn’t adequate to supply the spa, so a new well was drilled. The second thermal spring dates from 1938. Towels and swimsuits are available for purchase only, no rental. Please note that swimsuits that cover the entire body are not permitted. During your visit, blow off some steam at the pools of Széchenyi Spa (built-in 1913.), which is Europe’s largest healing bath with its 15 indoor, and 3 grand outdoor pools. Pools are of varying temperatures, between 18 to 38 °C (64 to 100 °F). The complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and a steam bath. Afterward, discover a hidden gem in the city center to taste some Hungarian pálinka (spirits; non-alcoholic drinks are also available). Differently from whiskey or vodka, pálinka is made exclusively from different sorts of fruits and has an aromatic smell. Inside the Pálinka Museum's interactive exhibits, you will learn about its birth, tradition, and history. That’s why Hungary's Pálinka Act of Parliament exists which regulates and protects the production and quality of palinka.

Budapest: Light Art Museum Admission Ticket

2. Budapest: Light Art Museum Admission Ticket

Step into the modern Light Art Museum to become surrounded by colorful lights and optical illusions. Visit one of Budapest's most unique attractions and browse through a large collection of contemporary artworks. Immerse yourself in a fascinating, interactive, and vibrant space. Discover exciting installations and ground-breaking artworks in a fabulous hall that used to be a popular farmers' market. Come up close with a wide range of contemporary, historically significant, and modern art pieces. Bring the whole family along and be mesmerized by an exquisite selection of light artworks, projection mapping, immersive spaces, and site-specific installations. Snap amazing photos of unique pieces by pioneer light artist László Moholy-Nagy and op-art icon Victor Vasarely.

Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

3. Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

Skip the lines and head straight to the security check with a guide to start your tour of the Great Synagogue. Visit the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard, and the Jewish Museum. Honor Holocaust victims at the Emanuel Tree in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park. Take a guided tour to hear about the history and architecture of the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world, as well as the fate of the Hungarian Jews before and after WWII.  Then use your ticket to enter the Hungarian Jewish Museum next to the Synagogue. Admire its red and yellow brick facade combining Romantic style with Moorish elements. 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.

Budapest: Communist History Tour with House of Terror Option

4. Budapest: Communist History Tour with House of Terror Option

Travel back in time to the 45-year long Communist period in Hungary under Soviet military occupation with one of these two exciting guided tour options. Choose the walking tour option to go on a guided walking tour of the Budapest city center and visit the Budapest Retro Museum. Enhance your experience by choosing the option of the House of Terror. Meet your guide and begin a historical walk from the Parliament to the Budapest City Center. Start from the magnificent Hungarian Parliament, where you will see dramatic monuments, including the one commemorating the many victims of the red dictatorship.  Continue to Liberty Square, where you will find the Soviet Liberation Memorial, the last Communist monument of the city in its original place. Hear about and see sites from the Hungarian anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.  See the famous windows of Budapest, where Hungary's anti-Communist Catholic Church leader Cardinal Mindszenty spent the many years of his exile. Explore the ventilation channels of a secret underground nuclear bunker built in the years of the Cold War. After the walk, be invited to a 1-hour guided visit in Budapest Retro Museum. This unique collection displays street views, typical vehicles, the astronauts of the Soviet-Hungarian space flight, real interior home designs, and thousands of objects from the period of the 1960-1980. The museum is arranged over 3 floors in a fun and interactive way. Dress as a Communist comrade, or you can try to be a TV news presenter of the time. Choose the option of the House of Terror and uncover the secrets of the former seat of AVO State Protection Police (the local version of the Soviet KGB). See how it was faithfully restored to commemorate the many victims of the most brutal period of Communist dictatorship of the 1940s and 50s.  Follow your guide to learn about Hungary from WWII through Nazi rule to Soviet Communist occupation. Among others, you will see many documents of the life and economy of the 1950s, interrogation and torture rooms, the office room of the dreaded director, and the "Justice room" of political show trials. Head to the basement, where a part of the original prison cells were faithfully restored. View the various special rooms, a "wet cell", a "foxhole," a detention cell, a torture chamber and an execution room with gallows.  The last part of the exhibition shows the 1956 revolution against Soviet occupation and Communist rule, and its consequences, the retaliation and mass emigration. Finally, visit the Hall of Tears commemorating the victims, the Perpetrators' Wall, and the memorial of Soviet troops leaving Hungary.

Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

5. Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

Start at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church. Admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building.  Head to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes and walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace.  Walk back from the Royal Palace, and 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.  After the guided walking tour enjoy a few minutes break in the entrance hall of the Hospital in the Rock Museum. Receive a skip-the-line ticket from your tour guide and who will help you to join your scheduled visit to the museum. This will be the most exciting part of your tour. Have a 1-hour guided tour in the "Hospital in the Rock" WW2 underground bunker museum. This place used to be a secret military hospital hidden deep down below the Buda Castle. The hospital is part of a system of natural caves and tunnels, that stretches over nearly six miles. The museum that is located in the old rooms of the hospital was established to preserve its rich history.  See many rooms exhibiting hundreds of lifelike wax figures and showing you the story of the underground hospital, that was then turned into an atomic bunker during World War 2. Follow your guide through the tunnels of this place and get a feeling of what life during these times, especially as a wounded soldier must have looked like.

Budapest Grand Half-Day Jewish Heritage Tour

6. Budapest Grand Half-Day Jewish Heritage Tour

The first part of the Grand Tour includes the whole Essential Tour (Dohány Street Synagogue, Jewish Museum, Martyrs’ Cemetery, Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, Tree of Life, Heroes' Temple, Jewish Center). After a break, continue your walk through the Jewish Quarter, on the streets of the former Ghetto, which hosts synagogues, monuments, kosher restaurants, and kosher shops. While your guide tells you important facts and local stories of this area, you also get basic information about Budapest. During your journey you will visit the Memorial Park dedicated to Carl Lutz, who is also known as "Hungary’s Schindler”, then you pass by the famous Gozsdu Passage. The third station of the Synagogue Triangle is the Kazinczy Street Synagogue (interior visit), which is one of the largest operating orthodox synagogues in Europe, built in art-nouveau style. At the end of the tour, you have 2 options: you can accept the invitation to have a cake in the glatt kosher Fröhlich confectionery or you can receive 10% discount in the glatt kosher Carmel restaurant.

Jewish Heritage Guided Walking Tour in Budapest

7. Jewish Heritage Guided Walking Tour in Budapest

See the most beautiful monuments of Budapest's Jewish district on this 90-minute guided walking tour. First, your guide shows you the most important chapters of the Hungarian Jewry’s history and the Elizabethtown. Meanwhile, walk on the streets of the so-called Pest Jewish Quarter, and explore the "status quo ante” Rumbach Street Synagogue (outside visit). As the highlight of the tour, visit the Dohány Street Synagogue (interior visit), which is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. You also get a local guided tour in the Jewish Museum, where you get acquainted with the Hungarian Jewish heritage trough a unique collection of art pieces from Hungary and Eastern Europe, and the rich tradition of Judaism, its holidays and everyday life.A separate room commemorates the Hungarian Holocaust.  Beside these you will visit the Martyrs’ Cemetery, the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park with the Tree of Life and the Heroes' Temple (outside visit). After the tour it is possible to visit the Jewish Quarter Exhibition in the Goldmark Hall and the Family Research Center.

Budapest: Pálinka Experience Showroom Tickets and Combos

8. Budapest: Pálinka Experience Showroom Tickets and Combos

Get an entry ticket to the Pálinka Museum in Budapest, see the exhibition and listen as your guide tells you about Hungarian drinks. Learn to drink like a Hungarian and sip on some Palika, Taste Hungary's famous pálinka (a traditional fruit brandy) while attending an interactive exhibition about the history of pálinka in Hungary around the world. With this ticket, see the exhibition and taste a small shot of this delicious drink. The museum is in the heart of Budapest, and its mission is to share pálinka with everyone worldwide. Or, if you'd like to try out more varieties of pálinka, select the tasting option to try 3 more types of pálinka. Made only out of Hungarian fruit, this drink can be made from pears, apples, plums, apricots, or cherries. During the tasting, a professional guide will teach you more about the drink and show you the right way to truly taste it. Get a taste of Hungary you'll want to take home with you.

Budapest Private 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

9. Budapest Private 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

Learn about the past and present of Jewish Budapest on a tour that will help you gain a better understanding of the city's Jewish heritage. During this 3-hour guided sightseeing tour you’ll see the most important Jewish monuments in the Hungarian capital and visit the world's second-largest synagogue. Take a walk with your guide through the former Jewish ghetto, visit the Dohány Street Synagogue, and tour the interior of the Jewish Museum. Afterwards you’ll see the famous Tree of Life, Temple of Heroes, and the Cemetery in the Jewish Garden. Following this short walk you’ll stop to enjoy coffee and cake at a local pastry shop, before the tour ends in the Jewish Quarter.

Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

10. Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

Visit the historic town of Szentendre on a half-day sightseeing tour from Budapest, traveling by air-conditioned vehicle for up to 6 people. Home to Serbians and Bulgarians in the Middle Ages, the town has been populated for well over a millennium, and in Roman times was known as Ulcisia Castra (Wolf Castle). Today it is home to some beautiful Orthodox churches, including the mid 18th-century Blagovestenska Church, built by Greek settlers. You will also see the baroque Cross of Fő tér (Main Square), and the Serbian merchant houses of the winding streets that surround it. Full of bohemian bars, bookshops, galleries and atmospheric restaurants, in the summer Szentendre plays host to many open air festivals, while Christmas is a time to browse for handmade crafts as you sip mulled wine at the open air Christmas Market. On almost every corner you will find something worth taking a picture of, or a shop selling unique souvenir items, from paintings to graphics offered by artists working on the street. Or if you prefer, you can explore the ceramic art of Margit Kovács in the expansive Margit Kovács Museum just off Fo tér. Lunch and dinner can also be arranged on request.

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The spa was absolutely amazing well with the money although a cabin to me is a room and actually they were just changing cubicles. The pools were so warm we didn’t even notice it was 2oC outside. The outside pool was the best one. There were multiple pools of different temperatures inside and saunas and steam rooms along with shower with scents in them with were lovely too . Food wise , not a lot of choice really probably better to eat before or after your experience .

Definitely worth a visit, we loved the outdoor pools and the sauna was lovely after being out in the cold. We booked a cabin which was handy but they are very small! I forgot my towel so ended up buying one there, cost about £19 but it’s good quality. I would definitely recommend getting there early, we arrived around 9:30 and the place was empty. By the time we were leaving it was packed. They also have hair dryers which is really handy.

Booked via app we didn't have to wait for ticket and shown voucher before security check. Entering the synagogue there are several signs relating to the language one prefers. Our Italian guide was very competent, knowledgeable and exhaustive. It was exciting and worth it for anyone who wants to know a piece of Hungarian Jewish history

A really nice place! It’s huge and even there are many indoor pools, the pool outside is the best. You can drink and/or eat something inside and there’s also a smoking area. You should take sandals and towel with you and I really suggest to rent a private cabin to keep your stuff safe.

Nice recommended maybe before returning home being very close to the airport!