15 Best Budapest Tours & Experiences 2020 - Local Guides

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Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour of Budapest
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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30 EUR

Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour of Budapest

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Zigzag with me across the city and learn how the Hungarian secret police (ÁVO) tried to honeytrap, blackmail, and compromise Western diplomats and their Hungarian contacts during the dark days of communism. Feel the history that’s still with us behind the renovated façades and trendy shop windows.
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30 EUR
Danube Cocktail Cruise in Budapest
Tour ∙ 1.5 hrs
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26 EUR

Danube Cocktail Cruise in Budapest

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Booked by 69 people!
There’s no better way to experience the beauty of Budapest than cruising on the river Danube while enjoying a refreshing cocktail!
Booked by 69 people!
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26 EUR
The Legendary Vampires of the Castle Courts (Histories, Myths and Legends)
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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20 EUR

The Legendary Vampires of the Castle Courts (Histories, Myths and Legends)

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This tour takes you to the charming and most intimate places of the city of Budapest: the Buda castle courts. A journey into the dark history of XV and XVII century, with stories of Battles, Vampires and Myths that lie between fantasy and chilling truth.
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20 EUR
Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
Tour ∙ 6 hrs
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106 EUR

Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest

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Sample the gastronomic delights of Hungary during a 2-hour market and food tour with a local guide at Budapest’s largest and oldest indoor market. After the tour head to our lovely apartment on the Buda side for your private hands-on cooking class.
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106 EUR
Hungarian Home Cooking Class in Budapest
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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78 EUR

Hungarian Home Cooking Class in Budapest

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Join us and learn the essence of Hungarian cooking. Our hands-on cooking class is a great way to experience Hungary in a unique and delicious way. Take your taste buds on a gastronomic journey by preparing some of the best dishes Hungary has to offer.
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78 EUR
Budapest Greatest Hits Full Day Tour
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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110 EUR

Budapest Greatest Hits Full Day Tour

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A full day tour which combines 101 things in Budapest that you need to see (and taste) before you leave. Must-see sights, good food and a friend who’ll take you everywhere.
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110 EUR
Budapest Chocolate Museum Visit & Tasting
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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24 EUR

Budapest Chocolate Museum Visit & Tasting

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Calling all chocolate lovers! Visit Budapest’s beautiful Chocolate Museum, taste special Hungarian chocolates, and have a go at making your own. This is a wonderful tour that the whole family will love, and is packed with…chocolate!
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24 EUR
Danube Dinner Cruise with Live Music in Budapest
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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54 EUR

Danube Dinner Cruise with Live Music in Budapest

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Set sail with our unforgettable Dinner & Cruise, explore Budapest from the magnificent Danube and taste the traditional Hungarian gastro specialities.
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54 EUR
10€ Danube cruise with welcome drink
Tour ∙ 1.5 hrs
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10 EUR

10€ Danube cruise with welcome drink

Spend your afternoon on a memorable Danube Cruise and enjoy the Pearl of the Danube panorama! You will meet with your fellow travelers at the heart of Pest, at the Danube Palace.
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10 EUR
Danube Bend Tour with a Private Guide and a Ferry ride
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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67 EUR

Danube Bend Tour with a Private Guide and a Ferry ride

The Danube Bend trip includes a visit to three unique coastal cities, all with special, private guided walking tours. You can learn everything you want to know about the region’s great culture and the amazing art heritage.
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67 EUR
Danube Bend Tour: Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre
Tour ∙ 8 hrs
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50 EUR

Danube Bend Tour: Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre

Visit Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre, the three most beautiful cities in the Danube Bend. Enjoy the picturesque sights in all settlements and get acquainted with the Hungarian history along the "Blue Danube". Have an unforgettable boat tour back to Budapest.
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50 EUR
Retro Panoramic Sightseeing With Russian 4x4
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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20 EUR

Retro Panoramic Sightseeing With Russian 4x4

Historical, breathtaking panoramic tour of Budapest. Your tour begins with the cities two most spectacular bridges and will take you from Budapest's past into the present.
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20 EUR
Budapest to Vienna One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour
Tour ∙ 10 hrs
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75 EUR

Budapest to Vienna One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Visit Eszterházy Palace, Tata Castle and the towns of Sopron and Győr on your way from Budapest to Vienna. This small-group bus tour gives you the chance to see more than you could imagine in one day!
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75 EUR
Budapest to Bratislava One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour
Tour ∙ 10 hrs
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75 EUR

Budapest to Bratislava One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Visit the Danube Bend area, the Basilica of Esztergom and the small town of Győr on your way from Budapest to Bratislava. This small-group bus tour gives you the chance to see more than you could imagine in one day!
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75 EUR
Budapest Orientation Walking Tour
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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7 EUR

Budapest Orientation Walking Tour

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Discover the twin cities of Pest and Buda! See the monumental Saint Stephen’s Basilica, cross the Chain Bridge over the Danube River, visit Buda Castle and enjoy magical views on a 3-hour walking tour with an enthusiastic local guide.
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7 EUR

Customer feedback about Tours in Budapest

Rating 4.7 based on 75 reviews

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Feel the country, guided by an enthusiastic local!
Everything that is in the description on the website is true! The bus was there on time, there was room for luggage and ... it was comfy to ride in! Our guide was just amazing. You just had to like her from the beginning. She easily connected with all the guests and really made the people see the country. Even though the weather changed between light and heavy rain during the day, she was our sunshine on this day! We can highly recommend taking this trip!
Budapest to Bratislava One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Amazing Museum
We would highly recommend visiting this Chocolate Museum while in Budapest.Just an amazing place with so much history. Our tour guide was so welcoming and friendly. We had many tastings,made our own chocolate tart and had a wonderful sit down chocolate cake with drinks. We made our own way by public transport from the city centre and it was easy to find. Great experience and highly recommended.
Budapest Chocolate Museum Visit & Tasting
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Highlight of vacation
Guide - Andi Driver - Tamas I can't offer enough praise for this experience. This was a great day. I learned, laughed and never once felt bored. Hungary is a country I knew very little about and after this drive, I was left wanting more. Thank you so much for a wonderful day!
Budapest to Vienna One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour
5 star plus food adventure
Our trip to Budapest was an extended weekend spa hotel visit to the Hotel Gellert, not our first visit to this exciting city and on a previous visit we had seen that there was a Hungarian cookery class course, with a visit to the food market
Our spec from from Agnes was that we should meet up at the market at 09:00, where Andrew would meet us and guide us through the market while we bought all the ingredients for our pre-chosen courses, the cookery glass offers a large selection of traditional Hungarian dishes, all which are possible to make on the day course
We know the markert well, but shopping together with Andrew was a whole new market experience, learning about the traditional Hungarian ingredients, buying local and not foreign vegtables, what cuts of meat to get for the dishes that we had chosen, tastings with the stall holders, local cheeses and good advice on where to buy Hungarien salami and sausage, which evolved into a salami hunt through the market until we found Andrew’s recommended salami choice
After our market breakfast (don’t eat any breakfast before you go, the stallholders are very generous) we headed for the kitchen
After a short taxi trip we arrived across town where we would spend the rest of the day preparing our meals, the prepping started with a plum palinka...a good start...
We enjoy cooking and it was hands on from the start, with professional guidance from Andrew on how to prep, how much paprika to add to get the correct flavour and loads of good tips passed on from his grandfathers ‘tried and tested’ recipes
Our choice was, Goulash, chicken paprika, and cottage cheese pancakes, we prepped all the veg and meat and slowly started to prepare the courses, helped along with a glass or two of wine, lots of interesting chat and insider info on Budapest and Hungary
Andrew had check on everything and in no time the first two courses were ready, soft silky Goulash soup, with just the right bite, suculent chicken paprika in a rich sauce, we retired to the table to enjoy the results. For our pancake finish, we cooked crepes, with local cottage cheese, lemon and double cream
Old style cooking with old style flavour, which you can only learn from a professional cooking from the heart
We had an awesome day and returned to our hotel, together with our present of a Speatzie noodle maker, which we will have great use for after our fantastic day learning how to make the real thing, an absolute must for all foodies

Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
A great Hungarian experience!
Agnes was an exceptional guide. We started the day at the Central Market where we explored local foods and treats and then visited many of the stalls to learn about Hungarian crafts and products. We then returned to the first floor to gather ingredients for our cooking class as well as sampling some additional treats - from cherry bon-bons, to cottage cheese candy bars to savory strudels. Agnes also explained about the mushroom examiner at the market which was truly fascinating. We then returned to the flat where Agnes provided us with a wonderful atmosphere to cook. Agnes adjusted the menu to accommodate my sister's vegetarian requirements and still created a tasty and traditional menu. Throughout the afternoon, Agnes provided us with insights into Hungarian traditions from explaining the local liqueurs to names days. It was a fabulous way to spend a day in Budapest! I would highly recommend this tour and would do it again when I return to Hungary.
Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
Such an amazing time!
The home cooking class was so much fun. It was the highlight of my trip to Europe. I learned so much more than Hungarian cooking. I learned about the culture as well. I will be taking another class when I am back in Hungary.
Hungarian Home Cooking Class in Budapest
Knowledgeable and friendly guide
Great way to learn about Hungarian food and taste authentic local specialities. We used the knowledge we gained during the rest of our trip to avoid touristy food elsewhere.
2 hour Market & Food Tour - Central Market Hall Budapest
Great tour!
The tour was very interesting and thorough! One of the best tours I have ever been on. I felt very welcomed and would recommed this tour to anybody!
Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour of Budapest
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This experience was the highlight of a wonderful few days in this gorgeous city. From the minute we arrived in Agi's home we felt welcome and knew this was going to be a brilliant experience.

We were late (don't ask) but this didn't faze her at all, we were met with a glass of pulinka and canapes and after a short introductory chat we set to work. This was no impersonal industrial cookery school but the warm heart of Agi's home,In the 3 hours we were with her we made goulash soup, paprika chicken and Somloi Gluska for dessert. Everything was explained with lots of handy tips (we're both keen cooks but still picked up tips on when to season, how best to skin a chicken and so on) all accompanied with a very nice red wine. We then sat down to a long leisurely lunch when we chatted about the Hungarian way of life and learned about traditional customs and celebrations - so much more interesting than reading up on the subject!

When we left we were surprised with a lovely gift (wont spoil the surprise) and as soon as we got home we had copies of our recipes emailed to us complete with more handy tips.

This was a wonderful experience and one which we'd love to repeat both with Agi and in other cities.
Hungarian Home Cooking Class in Budapest
Great Afternoon
This traditional cooking has some interesting advantages, in that the ingredients are widely available and there aren't so many steps that you couldn't make this on a regular basis at home, eating well without taking so much time out of your busy schedule.

The class itself was great. Agnes is warm and inviting, and knows her history and culture as well as the actual aspects of cooking. She's as willing to help with the basics such as knife skills, important steps like tempering, as well as l learning the techniques of the dishes themselves. In addition to the actual food we were preparing, we got to sample local produce, and of course palinka.

Another nice feature is the location. It's actually not far from where my tourists will be staying and touring, but it's still a short walk away from the river on the Buda side. Most people never venture beyond the castle, so we had a nice, short work into the really beautiful neighborhoods at the start of the hilly area.
Hungarian Home Cooking Class in Budapest
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I have just returned from an amazing European trip with my hubby and our best friends and during our time in beautiful Budapest we booked a cooking class with Agi, as I have a small home-based food business in Australia (Canefields Kitchen) and wanted to learn how to cook some Hungarian food from the experts. Agi was on holiday so my friend Ros and I enjoyed a fabulous cooking experience with Agi's co-cook Andrew. It was a wonderful morning and we learnt so much about Hungarian food, culture and lifestyle. The class was held at Agi's apartment, that was easy to get to by the Metro, and was homely and comfortable to work in. The food was simple and delicious and we loved the commentary of Andrew who was a delightful young man with lots of interesting facts and information to share. The food was fun to cook and was very tasty. We also experienced the traditional drink Palinka and some very nice Hungarian wine.Thanks Andrew! we loved the whole experience. Deb & Ros
Hungarian Home Cooking Class in Budapest
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We had a short time in Budapest, but read so many wonderful things about the cooking class wee decided it was a "must do." We were not disappointed. Agi and Andrew took us on a wonderful tour of the market and introduced us to many of the items we would be using in the dishes. We noshed on items from the upstairs food vendors and shopped for groceries to complete our meals. This was wonderful because it gave us an opportunity to discuss items that could be substituted for ingredients not available for us at home. Once back at the apartment the fun began. Agi and Andrew were patient in their teaching allowing us to be fully hands on. We talked, laughed, cooked and then enjoyed a fabulous lunch together. Eat light before you meet at the market. If we have the opportunity to return to Budapest we will definitely take another class.
Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
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Great way to get from Budapest to Vienna
This was the first Side Trip for me and my wife. Were we looking for a way to get from Budapest to Vienna and see some of the sights in between. Side Trips was the perfect choice. They met us at the pickup location with a nice minivan, tour guide, and driver. Besides me and my wife, there were 3 other guests. The minivan was very roomy and comfortable. We made 4 stops on the way to Vienna. All of these stops were to quaint little towns off the beaten path that had few tourists but were very quaint with scenic views and interesting history. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The driver seemed to be a good driver who would drop us off near a good starting point then go park somewhere until called by the guide. It was everything we were looking for. We will certainly use Side Trips again.
Budapest to Vienna One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour
Fascinating and insightful
Ivan is a great guide - hugely knowledgable on the subject and has some fascinating stories to bring to life the cold war era as you walk around beautiful Budapest.

From the beginning, Ivan had us hooked with tales of the people involved on both sides and how the various move and counter-move activities between the East and West played out - honey-traps, bribery and general coercion tactics.

If you are interested in a unique way to explore the city, absorb the history of the cold war and how it affected Budapest whilst having genuinely interesting conversations about people and politics (including the current state of European affairs (Brexit, Orban, popularism etc.) - you'll be in good hands with Ivan.
Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour of Budapest
Fun day touring the Central market and cooking Hungarian
We had a wonderful day with Agnes, our guide and chef. After meeting at the Central Market, she toured us through this huge market, showing us many things in the vendor's stalls that are not typical in the USA where we are from. She also bought us several prepared food items there, so definitely do NOT have breakfast before meeting with her. There was so much good street food there. Afterwards, we took a taxi to her apartment, where we prepared a full course Hungarian menu. She is a very good cook, and we had fantastic goulash soup, chicken paprika and apple cake. We learned also how to make spaetzle. Definitely would recommend this experience.
Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
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Wonderful experience at the chocolate museum
We loved our trip to the chocolate museum. We took a taxi from the city center. It was about a 25 minute drive. Our tour guide, Erika gave us a wonderful tour. We learned the history of chocolate in Hungary. There is a great display of chocolate packaging over the last hundred years. We got to make our own chocolate tarts. There were plenty of chocolate samples during the tour. The tour ended with tea and more samples of chocolate. The museum is located in a beautiful renovated residence. Erika was very knowledgeable it was a delight to take her tour. If you love chocolate you will enjoy this experience. Highly recommended!
Budapest Chocolate Museum Visit & Tasting
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The welcome from Agi and Andrew was amazing. They opened their home and instructions were superb. I was born in Budapest but never learned the fine art of cooking Hungarian foods. It was the best morning I have spent, I was instructed with clarity and much humour. English was spoken if required. I learned a lot and enjoyed the fruits of my labour. The food was delicious. Agi even sent me off with a bag of homemade paprika which I now use to impress my friends with my culinary skills. I would definitely go back...if you want the real home cooking experience do not miss this. Thank you Agi and Andrew.
Hungarian Home Cooking Class in Budapest
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Tourist Angel – Andrea Kevei
Imagine you are going for the first time and alone to Budapest and you find that one of your very good friends was born there and is willing to go with you and show you the sights, sounds and something of the culture of the place, then that is pretty much the the experience that you will get with Andrea Kevei. Her English is very good, her background knowledge is excellent, she asks what sort of things you think you would like to see/do, and sets up a programme to discuss and agree with you. However, she remains very flexible about arrangements throughout the time she is with you.

Budapest Orientation Walking Tour
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Now we're talking!! Tired of the excessively "touristic" spots? Take the class! I've been travelling around and was a little bit tired of castles, monuments, walls, churches, etc. and decided to take a break from all that and do something really "local". It was quite a surprise to get inside someone else's home, take a chair, chat and cook! It was worthy! They spoke good English (just in case you are like me, speaking one or maybe two words in hungarian). Now I will take back to Brazil what I've learned from Andrew and will try this at home...
Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
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We were on a cruise last week in the afternoon and it was lovely.We got the chance to see Budapest during the day and "night". The boat was nice and the stuff were kind and the drinks were yummi. The girls and reception were lovely, counting the fact that we were with a baby and lot of people don't tolerate well the breastfeading.I wanna thank you all, escpecially to the 2 tall girls who accompanied us during the cruise. I absolutely recommend this program to my friends it's enjoyable with kids.
Danube Cocktail Cruise in Budapest

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