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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 Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours

2. Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours

Explore, visit, and taste the best of Budapest with the official city pass. Enjoy unlimited public transportation and free entry to more than 30 attractions included. Take a guided sightseeing tour of Buda and Pest, freshen up at St. Lukacs Thermal Bath, and enjoy discounts of up to 50 percent at attractions, cafes, restaurants, and shops. Museums that can be visited free of charge with the Budapest Card: • Hungarian National Gallery • Hungarian National Museum • Museum of Fine Arts • Budapest History Museum – Castle Museum • Memento Park – Statue Park Museum • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center • House of Hungarian Photographers – Mai Manó House • Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art • Budapest History Museum – Aquincum Museum • Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts • Vasarely Museum • Budapest History Museum – Kiscell Museum • Csopa Science Center Other attractions included in the Budapest Card: • Free visit at Budatower • Free visit at Pálvölgyi Cave • Free Official Budapest Castle Bus • Free Pest and Buda guided walking tours • Free admission to St. Lukács Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • Free ride on Zugliget Chairlift Discounted experiences with the Budapest Card: • 50% discount off the guided tours at Liszt Music Academy • 50% discount at St. Stephen's Hall - Buda Castle • 25% discount on Legenda city cruises • 25% discount at Hospital in the Rock - nuclear bunker museum • 20% discount at City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off • 20% discount at the Széchenyi Bath, Rudas Bath, Aquaworld Resort, Lupa Beach • 15% discount on door-to-door airport transfer by miniBUD • 10% discount at Dohany Street Synagogue • 10-20% discount at Molnár's Kürtőskalács, Halaszbastya Restaurant, Zsolnay Café, Parisi Passage Cafe, Cafe Astoria, Hard Rock Café Budapest Card 72 Plus With the Budapest Card 72 Plus, you’ll get access to the 100+ services included in the Budapest Card and: • Door-to-door airport transfers by MiniBUD airport shuttle • Danube river cruise with Legenda Duna Bella • Return ride on the Buda Castle Funicular • Admission to Matthias Church • Hungarian dessert (Molnár’s kürtőskalács)

Budapest: The Ultimate Late-Night Spa Party Ticket

3. Budapest: The Ultimate Late-Night Spa Party Ticket

Party with the perfect merge of the traditional and modern spa culture of Budapest at The Széchenyi Spa. Find a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the bars. Choose spa ticket options that work the best for you, so you can party how you like. Enjoy a selection of tickets that provide different options of change rooms, and locker spaces. Then, change into your party outfit to dance or swim your night away. Come by for an evening that starts at 9:30 PM and discover the Budapest nightlife and bath culture in the most unique way. Wrap up your evening at 2 AM feeling exhilarated from a relaxing, yet energetic experience.

Budapest: Guided City Discovery Bike Tour

4. Budapest: Guided City Discovery Bike Tour

Cycle through Budapest past the most important and significant sites of the city on this fun and relaxing half-day bike tour. Instead of overloading your mind with dates and numbers our tour guides will bring the city alive with interesting anecdotes and tales of Budapest. The tour will begin by bringing you to Szabadsag Tér (Liberty Square). Here you will see a huge monument remembering the Soviet Army. You will feel the spirit of revolutions, riots and history. The tour continues to the Hungarian Parliament, a huge neo-gothic building with 28 staircases, which are more than 20km long. From here you will get your first view of the beautiful Danube. Continue to Andrassy Street, the boulevard of Budapest where you will find the most beautiful buildings and exclusive shops of Pest. The tour will pass Nagymezö Utca, the Broadway of Budapest. This street is full of bars, clubs, and theaters, and we will advise you on the best places for a night out in Budapest. Next the tour will take you through Hôsök Tere or Heroes Square, then walk to the city park Városliget, where you will have the chance to relax in the Vajdahunyad Castle, with its gardens and green areas. When we hop on our bikes again you will see the world famous Szechenyi Thermal Bath, the Fun Park, and the Budapest Zoo. The tour will return to the Basilika through small winding streets where you will get a real sense of old Budapest. You will see old buildings, damaged during the civil war, and discover the hidden corners of this wonderful city. You will pass The Big Synagogue, Nagy Zsinagóga, which is the biggest in Europe.

Budapest: Guided Downtown Electric Bike Tour

5. Budapest: Guided Downtown Electric Bike Tour

Explore Budapest, the so-called "Paris of the East," on a comfortable on a brand new e-bike from the leading German manufacturer, Kalkhoff. First up, take in the full-length of the Andrássy Avenue passing the Hungarian State Opera House, the House of Terror, and arrive at Heroes' Square. You can be sure your guide will have all the stories along the way. From Heroes' Square, continue into City Park where you’ll be surprised by a fake castle and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest and most popular in the city. The trip continues with highlights like the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and the Jewish Quarter before diving into the downtown area.  See and learn about St. Stephen's Basilica, largest church in Budapest. In the heart of the financial district lies Liberty Square with a bloody history and a disputed Holocaust memorial. From here it is not far to the Hungarian Parliament Building, a landmark in Budapest. Next, reach the Danube River with a breathtaking view on the Buda side of the city. Cross Margaret Bridge using a nice bicycle lane and arrive at Buda and EuroVelo 6, an international bicycle way along the Danube River. Ride down to Batthyany-Square, take a picture of the parliament across the river, and continue to Széchenyi Chain Bridge, from where you will start to climb Castle Hill. Here the electric support of your bike will show its strength. Admire Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion before returning to the Shoes on the Danube Bank and passing the historical Rudas Bath. At Gellért Hill, see the famous Gellért Thermal Bath cross back to Pest via Liberty Bridge, the most popular bridge in Budapest. Do not miss the Central Market Hall and the Hungarian National Museum before you reach the Dohány Street Synagogue, the final stop on the tour before you return to the starting point of the tour.

Budapest: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour with a Local

6. Budapest: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour with a Local

Discover Budapest on a flexible private walking tour that can be completely tailored to your interests. Spend a half-day with your personal guide, who will meet you at your Budapest hotel at an agreed time. You can see hidden gems as well as the most beautiful sights of the capital, such as Heroes’ Square. You might choose to hunt for antiques, learn about the city’s architecture, or head off on a gastronomic expedition. Hear about the tumultuous history of the city and the nation. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and the beautiful parks. See the amazing Szechenyi Bath and the picturesque Vajdahunyad Castle. Travel by the first subway line in continental Europe and stop at the gorgeous State Opera House to hear some interesting facts and stories about the building. Admire the splendid architecture St. Stephen's Basilica, the 2nd-largest church in Hungary. See the sights of Castle Hill, such as the 700-year-old Matthias Church, and the Fisherman’s Bastion with its 7 towers and terrace overlooking Pest. Take a public bus from the Castle District and travel with your guide up Gellért Hill. Learn about the legend of Bishop Gellért, and the history of the Citadel and the Statue of Liberty. From the top of Gellért Hill you’ll enjoy a spectacular panorama of the city. After walking down the hill you’ll see the Art Nouveau architecture of the Gellert baths. Don’t miss the Great Market Hall, the largest indoor market in the city. Take advantage of this unique tour, seeing and doing what interests you most!

Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

7. Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

This tour takes you to see the famous sights of Budapest, such as the Andrássy Avenue, old Jewish District, Gellért Baths, Citadel, Castle District, Margaret Bridge and the Government District and Parliament. Your tuk-tuk driver is also your personal guide, so sit back and enjoy his stories and insights as he takes you on a tour catered to your interests, temperament and pace. Every tuk-tuk is equipped with a tablet to give passengers access to PocketGuide, the audio tour application. Other sites on this tour include the Hungarian State Opera House, Heroes' Square, Széchenyi Spa, Great Synagogue, Petite Paris, Great Market Hall, Liberty Bridge, Philosopher's Garden, Castle Garden Bazaar, Chain Bridge and Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. Following the Tuk-Tuk tour, enjoy a 1-hour and 10-minute boat tour along the River Danube. Relax and watch as the city's sights float by.

Budapest: Full-Day Private Car Tour

8. Budapest: Full-Day Private Car Tour

Visit both the Pest and Buda sides of the city during an eight hour, full-day tour. With the added convenience of a private car that will transport you from place to place, you will have more than enough time to explore the city more deeply, and learn about Hungarian history, culture, arts, politics, gastronomy, and people. Avoid the tiring drudge of walking back and forth across the city and save your energy for exploring the sights themselves. Some highlights of the tour on the Pest side are the Millenium"s mamorial on the Heroes' Square, the Széchenyi Spa, Vajdahunyad Castle, Andrássy Avenue, the State Opera House, the St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, the Dohany street Synagogue and the Houses of Parliament. You will also have the opportunity tocross the river and visit the main sights of the Buda side like the old historical town of the Castle District, the Gellert Hotel and Baths and enjoy the amazing view from the top of the Gellert Hill. Stretch your legs at a number of sights and hop back in the vehicle and proceed to the next unique sight of Budapest. 

Budapest: Half-Day Private Car Tour

9. Budapest: Half-Day Private Car Tour

You can see the most important sights of Budapest during this 4-hour long tour. This program is recommended for those who have only a short time, want to explore the city later alone, but need an orientation. During such a city tour you can decide what you want to see more thoroughly and where you want to go back to. Sightseeing by car is more comfortable and less tiring and allows more time to spend in all places. The suggested highlights include Heroes' Square, Széchenyi Spa, Vajdahunyad Castle, Andrássy Avenue, State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, Houses of Parliament, Chain Bridge, National Museum, Synagogue, old historical town with tight streets of the Castle District, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, and the spectacular view from the Gellért Hill (Citadel).

Budapest: City Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

10. Budapest: City Park Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the City Park, the main public park of Budapest, known for its famous museums, its Széchenyi baths and its magnificent castle! The only thing you need to explore for 1h30? Your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... During this audio-guided tour of about 1h30, you will visit the famous Heroes' Square where you will discover the history of the city through its illustrious characters. From the first king of Hungary to the country's entry into the European Union in 2004, you will understand why this square offers an ideal setting to summarize the country's history. Admire around you the Art Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts of the city. Continue by crossing a charming bridge to reach the sumptuous Vajdahunyad Castle. Here you will learn about its history and admire a mixture of completely different architectural styles. Continue through the park to discover new stories and anecdotes. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the visit when you want, right where you paused. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates clear directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization feature will get you back on track in no time! customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of Castle district, at your own pace. Then enjoy a nice walk along the Danube and finish your stroll in front of the main covered market of the capital.

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What people are saying about Szechenyi Thermal Bath

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4.4 / 5

based on 8,911 reviews

We had such a fun day at the Thermal Baths, it’s definitely a must do if you have a full day, and want to sit and relax. There are lots of different baths to choose from, and they all vary in temperature. Favourite thing about our holiday, and good price for it!

Excellent experience . Nice staff . Clean !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!everything'’’’’’’ is amazing ……………….,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,’magical !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

Easy to redeem voucher at the counter. Didn’t do the tour and they never gave us the option at the desk so I don’t know what it’s about.

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

Mind blowing, music was gr8, lights, people sufficient drinks too... I had a blast