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Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

1. 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.

Budapest: Buda Castle Private Walking Tour

2. Budapest: Buda Castle Private Walking Tour

Perched on the left bank of the Danube River, the Castle District of Budapest is the hilly, older section of the city, full of stunning architecture from the medieval to the baroque. On this 3-hour walking tour around Buda Castle (Royal Palace), you will journey back to the 13th century, and explore the golden period of the 15th century. The Ottoman invasion, the Habsburg period, and the battles of 1944-1945 all had a significant effect on the architectural feature of the district. From the walls - the most strategic position in the city - you can gaze out at one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world. Admire the most popular attractions, such as Matthias Church on Holy Trinity Square and the Fishermen's Bastion. The tour can be extended on request, with a visit to Watertown, the narrow area of twisting streets between the Danube and Castle Hill.

Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

3. Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

Escape the hustle and bustle of Budapest on a full-day tour of Lake Balaton’s northern shores. Following a pick-up from your hotel in the city center, transfer to the historic city of Veszprém, home of Hungarian queens and the famous Herend Porcelain Manufactury. Since its founding in 1826, the luxury, hand painted porcelain producer has served aristocratic customers throughout Europe, including Queen Victoria and Princess Kate. Next, stroll around the popular yachting town of Balatonfüred. See 19th-century villas, such as Horváth House, Jókai, Vaszary, and Blaha Villa. Take a walk along the Tagore Sétány promenade, named in honor of Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali polymath who was treated in Lake Balaton in 1926. Go to the Kossuth Thermal Spring at the State Hospital of Cardiology that put Balatonfüred on the map. Visit a wine museum to learn about wine’s new frontier, and see the handsome mansion of Széchenyi Castle in nearby Nagycenk. Discover the scenic beauty of the Tihany Peninsula (now on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites), and see the 11th-century Benedictine Abbey on a steep winding road.

Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

4. Budapest: The Fabulous Danube Bend Full-Day Tour

Get to know the area of Hungary called the Danube Bend, on a full-day tour from Budapest. Visit Esztergom, the once-upon-a-time site of coronations in Hungary. Admire the treasures of the Primate Church of Hungary, and the first royal palace of the Arpad dynasty. Continue to Visegrád, to see the medieval fortress and the Renaissance palace of King Matthias. Enjoy the picturesque and Mediterranean-like atmosphere of Szentendre, home to numerous galleries and painters. Take a walk along the the narrow street of Szentendre, where you’ll have the option of visiting a gallery or the Marzipan Museum. See the Serbian Catholic Blagovestenska Church and the Main Square with its Serbian Cross. There’s also the option of stopping for lunch on the banks of the Danube River in Visegrád at an atmospheric, open-air restaurant. The cost of lunch is not included in the tour price.

Budapest: Danube River Views Bike Ride

5. Budapest: Danube River Views Bike Ride

Ride along Budapest's streets by bicycle on an innovative and entertaining jaunt around the Hungarian capital. Cycle along the banks of the River Danube and cruise along Andrassy Avenue; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out the magnificent St. Stephen's Basilica. View Liberty Square and the Parliament building, then cross the Margit Bridge to Buda on the river's west bank. Learn about the history of Buda, a site of several sieges and conquests during the Ottoman expansion which almost decimated the city's population completely. Pass the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the Elisabeth Bridge, which both hold fascinating stories of their own! Zip over to Clark Adam Square, the famous Hotel Gellért, and the Rudas Thermal Baths. Then cycle to Pest across Elisabeth Bridge and discover Pest downtown. The tour concludes back at Andrassy Avenue, where you can visit the majestic 19th-century Hungarian State Opera House; one of the era's most celebrated examples of European architecture. This 3-hour cycle tour is an excellent way to get a taste of the Hungarian capital's highlights before venturing out on your own to explore.

Castle District & Pest Driving Tour with Danube River Cruise

6. Castle District & Pest Driving Tour with Danube River Cruise

You'll be picked up from your hotel as you start your tour of Budapest. Drive pass the House of Parliament, and take the Margaret Bridge over the Danube River to the Buda side of the city. Your first stop is in the charming old town Castle District. Here you'll visit the Matthias Church, which is over 700 years old, and the Fishermen’s Bastion, before and driving up to the Gellért Hill Citadel. This vantage point offers spectacular view of Budapest. Next, you'll head to the Pest side of Budapest, and drive through the downtown area. See the Central Market Hall, and Synagogue, before continue on to World Heritage listed Heroes’ Square and the City Park. Driving down grand Andrássy Avenue, pass by the Opera House and the St Stephen’s Basilica. After your city tour of Budapest, board the boat for your Danube River Cruise, for a 1-hour trip on the river to see UNESCO-listed World Heritage views of Budapest from the water. Sit back and sip a complimentary drink while the sights of Hungary's capital glide by.

Budapest City Tour by Bike

7. Budapest City Tour by Bike

There is no better way to see the city's beautiful sites and learn the history of Budapest than by bike. Spend a relaxing day touring both sides of the Danube with a small group and familiarize yourself with the best of what the city has to offer. Meet at the Cityrama office, very close to the parliament building, for a brief introduction before heading out to explore the city. While crusing around the city you will visit some of the capital's most historic sites including the parliament building, the Castle District, Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, and the Labyrinth of Buda Castle. Continue on towards Alexander Palace and the Royal Palace. Once in Pest, bike to Gresham Palace, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, St.Stephen’s Basilica, and Liberty Square . On route to Heroe’s Square you will pass by Andrassy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. Notable spots along this street include the Opera House and the House of Terror which commemorates the two main oppressive regimes in Hungary, fascism and communism. The tour ends downtown after our final stop at the city park.

Budapest: Private Walking Tour of the Castle District

8. Budapest: Private Walking Tour of the Castle District

Meet your guide in the historical Castle District, your private guide will lead you along the area’s cobbled medieval streets to see the main sights. The guide will bring the past of this fascinating area to life, relating stories and legends of the Castle District, and showing you hidden areas that are often overlooked on other tours. You’ll gain an insight into the historical events that have shaped the Castle District over the centuries. Learn how the area was originally laid out and built, and how it has been used over the centuries by many different cultures. See the Royal Palace, the Presidential Palace, Disz Square, Holy Trinity Square, Hess András Square, and the Fisherman’s Bastion. You’ll also have the opportunity to see inside Matthias Church, and hear about its interesting past. There will be a coffee break with a traditional Hungarian pastry along the way.

From Bucharest to Budapest: Four Day Guided Tour

9. From Bucharest to Budapest: Four Day Guided Tour

Spend four memorable days on this guided tour from Bucharest to the capital of Hungary, Budapest. Witness where Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture intersects. Haunt Dracula's castle. Enter the heart of Transylvania, Sighisoara. See the Alba Carolina Citadel, and so much more. Leave for Sinaia in the morning and find Peles Castle, one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Enter next into the Bran Castle, better known for the haunting tale of Dracula. Explore the lively city of Brasov afterward, with a guided walking tour. Set off to the ancient UNESCO heritage site of Sighisoara, where Vlad Dracula was born. Arrive in the evening in Sibiu, Romania's most fascinating medieval city. Be enchanted by its superlative palaces and magnificent squares. Visit the historical city of Alba Carolina, known for its picturesque views, the citadel, and its museums. Find the Gothic Corvin's Castle and take in lovely sights. End the day at Timisoara, named the European Capital of Culture in 2021. Leave Romania to reach the extraordinary Hungarian capital, Budapest, dropped-off right at your hotel in the surrounding area of the city.

Budapest: Private Walking Tour in the Pest Side

10. Budapest: Private Walking Tour in the Pest Side

Get a perfect insight into Budapest's history, development, and main attractions. Visit Heroe's Square, a UNESCO World Site, Millenium Monument, City Park, Andrassy street, Szechenyi Bath, St. Stephen Basilica, Budapest Eye, Dunacorso Promenade, and Downtown of Pest. Hear great stories of a great city from your guide and after visiting St. Stephen Basilica, head up to a terrace to admire the views and take great photos of the 360-degree panorama of Budapest.

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What people are saying about Budapest

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Guides and bus drivers spoke good English and could also speak German. As soon as we left Vienna there was something worth knowing about the sights we passed, and later about Austria and Hungary. Since we only had a small bus, there was 1 pee break on the 3-hour journey. After we stretched our feet in the park behind Heroes' Square, we drove up to the Castle (Buda) with the Hungarian guide, also here during the trip a lot of information, and then made a small tour to the Fishermen's Bastion. After that we drove back down to Pest and had 2 hours of free time. We were shown a restaurant for lunch, but it was not compulsory. I ate in Langos town instead. During free time, one can go shopping or see a sight on their own. I recommend St. Stephen's Basilica.

Judit is a local guide in Budapest who showed us the beauty and history of the city. She is excellent hence we are going for another visit this year.. The team ( apologies ,the mames slipped my mind )who brought us to Budapest are professionals , friendly and approchable. They ensure that we are comfortable in the van and stops for breaks are planned and timely. we had a wonderful time and brought home loasds photos despite the weather

Great day trip! Budapest is beautiful and you get to see a good amount for only visiting for a day! Our tour guides were excellent. They give you a good amount of breaks and free time as well!

Atilla was a great tour guide with extensive knowledge of the area and the city. It was a great way to see the area and lots of beautiful buildings and interesting historical monuments

Nice excursion. The Budapest guide is very professional and knowledgeable about her subject. Showed broad command of both languages (Spanish and English) and good treatment.