Budapest Culinary & nightlife

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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), and complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and 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: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

2. 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 chicken paprikashHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

3. Budapest: Rudas Spa Wellness and Dining Experience

Spend a day at the 450-year-old Rudas Thermal Bath and relax in the warm thermal waters. Enjoy the spa facilities including the sauna area, a 42-degree thermal pool, an 11-degree plunge pool, as well as a panorama pool.   Then head over to the bistro and enjoy a delicious 3-course meal from the a la carte menu. Select the wine or champagne options to complete your meal with a drink.    Dine while admiring the stunning views over the Danube River and the cityscape. Enjoy this unique wellness adventure, in the heart of Budapest.

Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

4. Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

Wine, dine, and dance on this evening cruise along the Danube River. Take in spectacular views of Budapest and watch live entertainment, including a folklore performance and gypsy music. Enjoy your choice of a 3-course meal with champagne for a perfect evening out.  Begin your magical evening the moment you step aboard with a welcome glass of fizz. Alongside your dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free option available), stunning views are on the menu too.  See the inky-dark night and the unique riverscape. Marvel at the spectacular lighting of both the Buda and the Pest side that transform the capital at night. If you book the New Year's Eve Cruise & Party option, enjoy the following additions:-Welcome drink-5-course gala dinner-An abundant buffet dinner offered during the entirety of the cruise-Unlimited drink package (champagne, wines, beers and soft and warm drinks)-Live music-Dance show-Magician artist and illusionist show-DJ live entertainment-Party props including different funny masks-Midnight menu

Budapest: Original Pub Crawl with Open Bar

5. Budapest: Original Pub Crawl with Open Bar

Visit the best bars in Budapest on a wild night out in the city center, and discover the famous ruin bars along the way. The night includes a 1-hour open bar, drinking games, free shots, and VIP entry to one of the hottest clubs in the city! Meet interesting people from around the world as you join international party lovers on an exploration of Budapest’s nightlife scene. Your fun and helpful guides will show you the best of Budapest at night for a guaranteed great experience. Start the night with a 1-hour open bar. Then, visit several famous ruin bars with different themes. Enjoy free shots and special drink offers throughout the night, and break the ice with lively drinking games. Socialize with fellow travelers, get insider tips from your local guides, and have fun in the most extraordinary bars Budapest can offer. End the night with VIP entrance to one of the best clubs in Budapest, and dance the night away until the wee small hours of the morning.

Budapest: New Year's Eve Gala & Dinner Cruise

6. Budapest: New Year's Eve Gala & Dinner Cruise

Exquisite Budapest New Year’s Eve Cruise, magical, golden panorama, and a festive piano show guarantee the captivating, joyful atmosphere of this special night. Enjoy an outstanding dinner cruise in an exclusive and luxurious environment. Set sail and be greeted with a welcome cocktail, before feasting on a festive, 5-course dinner. Listen to an enchanting piano show that ensures the celebratory atmosphere of the cruise the whole night.  Enjoy a 5-course menu that offers plenty of choices for you to select from. Even if you prefer international or Hungarian taste you'll find the best options. Are you vegetarian or Vegan? No problem, the variety of dishes allows you to find your type even if you have a food intolerance. The 5-course menu consists of: Amuse-bouche Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing/Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams Soup: Hungarian Goulash Soup/seasonal Cream Soup Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles/Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil/Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce/Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion/Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis/Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce After the exquisite dinner, anchor in front of the floodlit House of Parliament until it clocks midnight and toast for an already fantastic New Year. The midnight champagne will be followed by one of the plenty of Hungarian traditions to have good luck, health, wealth, and of course, happiness for the next year.

Budapest: 3-Course Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show

7. Budapest: 3-Course Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show

Enjoy a 3-hour dinner cruise in Budapest along the Danube River. You’ll be served drinks or a 2, 3, or 6-course meal and enjoy the entertainment of 2 pianists in a unique Piano Battle Show. The hostess onboard provides commentary about the melodies played during the piano battle. The cruise begins under the Elizabeth Bridge on the Pest side. You’ll head towards the Margaret Bridge where the boat turns and cruises to the last bridge of the city. At this point, you’ll be able to see the National Theater and the Palace of Arts. From here, the boat turns once again and heads back to the starting point. During this cruise, you’ll have views of many monuments and landmarks, including the Hungarian Technical and Economic University, Eötvös Lóránd University of Science, the National Theater, the Palace of Arts, the University of Corvinus, Pesti Vigadó, the Ministry of the Interior, Kossuth Square, the Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Matthias Church, the Royal Palace, the Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Statue of Liberty. Dinner Menu: Starters: 1. Amuse-bouche 2. Buchée bites filled with traditional spreads Soups: 1. Hungarian Goulash Soup 2. Seasonal Cream Soup Main Courses: 1. Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce 2. Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil 3. Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion 4. Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles 5. Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad and balsamic vinegar Desserts: 1. Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce 2. Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis 3. Cheese plate The "Show with 3 Drinks Only" option includes 3 glasses of Wine or Beer or Prosecco or Soft drinks The 2-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Dessert The 3-course menu includes the following menu items: 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert The 6-course menu includes the following menu items: 2 Starters + 1 Soup + 1 Main Course + 1 Dessert + 1 Cheese Plate

Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

8. Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

Discover how to prepare Kürtőskalács, a traditional Hungarian chimney cake, at a workshop in Budapest. Prepare one of Hungary's favorite foods which are made from sweet dough, formed into strips, and then are wrapped around a cone and rolled in sugar. After a short introduction, be guided through the entire process of preparing an authentic chimney cake. Start by making the sweet dough from scratch. Receive tips and tricks which help with the baking process. See how the sugar stuck on the cake caramelises and forms a shiny, crispy golden crust. Once the baking process is finished, cover the cake with different flavors, such as ground walnut, powdered cinnamon, chocolate sauce, or similar.  At the end of the workshop try your delicious creation, and receive a certificate of completion with your name as a memento of your experience.

Budapest: 6-Course Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

9. Budapest: 6-Course Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show

On this Budapest dinner cruise in addition to our enthusiastic band of musicians, folklore dancers dressed in traditional Hungarian costumes guarantee your absolute comfort and diversion. Wine and dine with utter elegance and do not be surprised, that as the evening nears its end, you will start to feel like a local more and more. Our Budapest dinner cruise and folk show on the river Danube offers 3 hours of pure entertainment and . If you enjoy delicious meals and special, authentic and stirring activities, our folklore and operetta dinner cruise is just perfect for you. Lose yourself in the world of delicious meals, breath-taking panorama, fantastic spirit and traditional, colourful costumes while you are cruising down the Danube. 6 course menu: - Amouse Bouche; - Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing or Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams; - Soup: Hungarian Goulash Soup or Seasonal cream soup; - Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles or Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil or Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce or Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion or Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad and balsamic vinegar; - Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis or Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce

Budapest: Christmas Day Dinner Cruise with Live Piano Music

10. Budapest: Christmas Day Dinner Cruise with Live Piano Music

Cruise along on the Danube River on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and see the city sights bedecked in their festive decorations. Enjoy a welcome glass of champagne as you board the boat. Then, feast from a 4-course fine dining menu while 2 pianists battle in a unique piano show. Pass under the Elizabeth Bridge on the Pest side of the city. Travel towards Margaret Bridge, before the boat turns around and cruises to the last bridge in the city. Marvel at monuments, such as the National Theater and Palace of Arts. Relax as the boat turns around once more and cruises back to the starting point. See dozens of landmarks along the way, including the Hungarian Technical and Economic University, Eötvös Lóránd University of Science, University of Corvinus, Pesti Vigadó, and the Parliament Building. Admire Matthias Church and the Royal Palace from the water, along with the Fisherman’s Bastion and a replica of the Statue of Liberty. You will be enchanted not only by the amazing buildings of Budapest and the fine Hungarian tastes but by a fantastic piano concert too. After dinner, you can enjoy live piano music as the two pianists "battle" for supremacy. Enjoy a 4-course dinner and choose from 2 appetizers, two soups, six main courses, and two desserts. Vegans and vegetarians can also be accommodated. Starter: Spring salad with honey mustard dressing Buchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams. Main course: Beef stew served with homemade egg barely and pickles Marinated chicken breast slices served on a creamy risotto bed and truffle oil Baked cod fillet with sautéed vegetables and chive-mayonnaise sauce Duck leg confit with steamed red cabbage and cheesy potato casserole with onion Grilled cheese, fresh garden salad, and balsamic vinegar Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce.

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What people are saying about Budapest

Loved every second! The atmosphere was great, the tables were lovely, the food was absolutely fresh, tasty and plentiful and the musicians entertained in every genre with great repertoire. Thank you, we loved it

This spa is awesome, the circuits are well labelled and it’s a great experience to relax the muscles after walking so much. The food and service is also great, the staff is friendly.

Fantastic place, food and wine. We really enjoyed our tastings and we learned a lot about Hungarian wines. We had fun and met new people too.

Brilliant Experience, well worth the money. Do bring your own towels as they are not the cheapest to buy.

Amazing food and fabulous service in amongst the most amazing views. Relaxing and magical.