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Budapest: Buda Castle Cave Walking Tour

1. 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: Buda Castle Vampires & Myths Evening Walking Tour

2. Budapest: Buda Castle Vampires & 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.

Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

3. Danube Bend & Szentendre with Lunch: Day Tour from Budapest

This full-day tour of the mighty Danube is ideal for people who want to combine history with nature and would like to enjoy some of the most beautiful countrysides in Hungary. You will see historic monuments and art memorials while your guide provides a lively narrative of Hungarian life. You will visit the 750-year-old Royal Residence at Visegrád where you will learn about life in the Middle Ages while enjoying spectacular views of the Danube Valley. At Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, you will pause at the largest cathedral in the country and see the burial sites of famous cardinals as you gaze across the water towards Slovakia. Cross the river and border into Slovakia to see the stunning view from the opposite side.  You will stop at an artists' village in Szentendre, a baroque city located where the Danube River meets the Pilis Mountains. Wander the narrow streets to soak up the magical atmosphere and catch panoramic vistas of the river. You will have time to visit some of the museums, such as the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, where the buildings and people are made of marzipan. Browse the shops of the village if you prefer, before the return journey to Budapest. Travel during the months of May through September and this will be on a magical boat cruise, a fitting way to arrive back in the city center. In case of low water levels, the return to Budapest will be by bus.

Budapest: Walking Tour of Buda Castle with a Historian

4. Budapest: Walking Tour of Buda Castle with a Historian

On this amazing 2.5-hour walking tour, get acquainted with the historical core of Buda, the oldest part of Budapest. Experience more than 1100 years of Hungarian history coming alive in front of you through your history buff tour guide's presentations, and learn all about the local significance of the Buda Castle: a district where thousands of people live and many more go for romantic strolls, enjoying the superb views and lights. You will walk through the winding alleys and experience breathtaking views from the ramparts. Be ready for the fascinating historical stories about Buda Castle from the Middle Ages to World War II.  Explore the whole complex of the Buda Castle District including the Royal Palace, Savoy Terrace, Matthias Fountain, Palace Gardens, Alexander Palace, the Hungarian Presidential Palace, Matthias Church, and get panoramic views of the Parliament & the Pest side from Fisherman's Bastion. As an added bonus to round off your experience, enjoy delicious coffee during the coffee stop.

Budapest: Grand Sightseeing Bike Tour

5. Budapest: Grand Sightseeing Bike Tour

Tour Budapest by bike on this guided sightseeing tour. See the city's landmarks as you ride along the banks of the Danube River. Enjoy the view from the Castle District in Buda and see Neo-renaissance down Andrássy Avenue. Meet your guide at the activity provider's office and hop on your bike to being your sightseeing tour. Ride down Duna Corso to the Chain Bridge and climb the Castle District in Buda to take in the stunning view of Pest. Descend to the Danube to ride along the river, chill out on the Margaret Island, and visit the House of Parliament, Freedom Square, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. After a ride on the UNESCO-listed Andrássy avenue to pass the Opera house and the House of Terror, reach Heroes' Square and the City Park, before going back to the activity provider's office.

Godollo: The Royal Palace of Gödöllő Ticket

6. Godollo: The Royal Palace of Gödöllő Ticket

Travel back in time through three generations of the Grassalkovich family as you pass through the rooms of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő, built in the 18th century. Get a glimpse into the Habsburg Dynasty and all its splendor.  Explore the royal palace as it was when residence to Empress Sisi and Emperor Franz Joseph. See for yourself why it was the couple’s favorite summer residence. The elaborate baroque furnishings, private chambers, and myriad paintings on display promise to take you back to the time of the monarchy. There was also a time in history when the palace had a secret side. Explore this at the end of your tour — it’s up to you to discover the mysteries.

Budapest: 2-Hour Private TukTuk Tour

7. Budapest: 2-Hour Private TukTuk Tour

Let yourself get swept away on this drive through Budapest’s best-loved places. Start in the heart of the city, where small, winding streets hide a thousand secrets. Enjoy the view of Gellért Hill on the other side of the Danube River. Then cruise through the Tabán and arrive at Buda Castle, where you'll be able to discover both the palace and the castle bazaar. Your driver is also your personal guide — sit back and enjoy his stories and insights. You can set the pace according to your preferences and interests, resulting in an unforgettable experience. Whether you've already picked out some places to visit, you're looking for some suggestions, or you want a customized tour, your guide will be happy to help you discover the beauty and pleasures of life in Budapest. You will also have the opportunity to get off the TukTuk whenever you would like to take pictures.

Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in Matthias Church

8. Budapest: Classical Music Concerts in Matthias Church

Visit the Matthias Church in the Buda Castle, right on Castle Hill and easily reachable from the city center of Budapest. Spend an evening at this outstanding venue and experience a magical classical concert. Choose from 3 different seating categories, depending on your preferences, and listen to excellent artists performing the best of the best in classical music. The program for the concert, performed by the Duna String Orchestra and solist Gabora Gyula on the violin, is the following: Program: J. Pachebel - Canon A. Vivaldi  - The four seasons, Winter (2nd movement), Gloria (Domine Deus) J.S. Bach - Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 (1st movement) G.F. Haendel - Water Music. HWV. 348. in F. major T. Albinoni - Adagio W.A. Mozart - Church Sonata in D major no. 4 KV 144 Saint-Saens - The Swan C. Frank - Panis Angelicus J.S. Bach - Air J. Massenet - Thais Meditation W.A. Mozart - A Little Night Music, Alleluja from Exsultate, Jubilate

From Budapest: Gödöllő Palace of Queen Elisabeth Tour

9. From Budapest: Gödöllő Palace of Queen Elisabeth Tour

Gödöllő is a town situated in Pest County, about 30 kilometers northeast from Budapest. This city is home to the Palace that was originally built for the aristocratic Grassalkovich family. Later Franz Josef, the Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, along with his wife Elisabeth, used the Palace as their residency. Enjoy a guided tour through this fascinating historical site with transportation from Budapest. Guests can see the greatest Baroque castle in Hungary. Enjoy an exclusive tour through the impressive interior of the Palace. The area of the permanent exhibition includes the grand staircase, the entrance hall, the little dining hall, pantry and the rooms of the era of the Grassalkoviches and Royal Family. After touring the interior, guests can take a walk in the Royal Garden seeing the pavilion and landscaped gardens. Afterwards enjoy a coffee or a tea at the palace café (extra charge). After having free time in the garden you’ll be transferred back to Budapest City Center.

Budapest: Heroes' Square and City Park Castle Tour

10. Budapest: Heroes' Square and City Park Castle Tour

Meet your English-speaking tour guide at the impressive Heroes' Square, the largest square in Budapest. Visit the Millennium Monument, commemorating 1000 years of Hungarian history. In front of the monument you will find the grave of the unknown soldier, and on the two sides of the square you will see the Arts Hall and the Fine Arts Museum. Next, head to City Park, the oldest public park in the world. Walk over a bridge to reach an island on the lake, home to the romantic Vajdahunyad Castle. In the inner courtyard of the castle you will discover some interesting public statues including that of Anonymus, the first history writer of Hungary. All around the courtyard there are copies of buildings representing different periods and styles of Hungarian architecture. You will also see a statue of scary Dracula as well as the copy of the Transylvanian castle tower where the real Dracula (Vlad Dracul the Impaler) was born. The tour ends at an amazing modern building, the nearby House of the Hungarian Music, Budapest's newest attraction, e real gem of organic architecture. As an option you can walk back with your tour guide to the nearest metro station. It is just 5 minutes walk next to the main building of the famous Szechenyi Baths, the largest thermal bath of Europe. After the tour you can enter the baths to try their magic effect, or you can take the subway from the station next to the baths to return directly to the city center.

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based on 419 reviews

This tour is fantastic! I couldn’t recommend it more. The tour guide was lovely and very passionate which completely made the tour! Would definitely recommend to anyone!

The guide was very funny and captivated our attention! It was very interesting the tour! Definitely recommend!

amazing experience. really interesting..the guide was lovely..I would recommend this

Absolutely fantastic! The tour guide was great, definitely would recommend!!

Noémie is a great guide who gives a lot of information