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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). The complex covering 6220 square meters (67000 sq ft) also includes saunas and a 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: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

2. Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

Take a guided tour of Budapest's Great Synagogue to hear about the history and architecture of the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world, as well as the fate of the Hungarian Jews before and after WWII.  Skip the lines and head straight to the security check to start your tour of the Great Synagogue. Visit the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard, and the Jewish Museum. Honor Holocaust victims at the Emanuel Tree in the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park. Then use your ticket to enter the Hungarian Jewish Museum next to the Synagogue. Admire its red and yellow brick facade combining Romantic style with Moorish elements. Learn about the life of the Jewish people in Hungary through everyday objects.  See the famous Emmanuel Memorial Tree in the Synagogue's backyard. Admire this magnificent weeping willow's small metal leaves engraved with a name of a Holocaust victim and plaques honoring non-Jewish rescuers.  Then, finish your visit the graveyard in the backyard of the Heroes’ Temple, the burial site of those who died in the ghetto during WWII.

Budapest: Light Art Museum Admission Ticket

3. Budapest: Light Art Museum Admission Ticket

Step into the modern Light Art Museum to become surrounded by colorful lights and optical illusions. Visit one of Budapest's most unique attractions and browse through a large collection of contemporary artworks. Immerse yourself in a fascinating, interactive, and vibrant space. Discover exciting installations and ground-breaking artworks in a fabulous hall that used to be a popular farmers' market. Come up close with a wide range of contemporary, historically significant, and modern art pieces. Bring the whole family along and be mesmerized by an exquisite selection of light artworks, projection mapping, immersive spaces, and site-specific installations. Snap amazing photos of unique pieces by pioneer light artist László Moholy-Nagy and op-art icon Victor Vasarely.

Budapest: Cat Museum Budapest Entry Ticket

4. Budapest: Cat Museum Budapest Entry Ticket

Visit the Cat Museum Budapest and meet new feline friends as you explore the interactive art exhibition dedicated to cats. Admire works by a variety of local and international artists as you explore the exhibition with a hot drink, and take your time to pet the residents. Upon entry, receive your drink and first discover the lower level of the museum, which focuses on the theme of "Cats in the World". Admire playful re-imaginings of famous paintings’ where cats take center stage. See a variety of antique and contemporary depictions of cats. Upstairs, see a beautiful porcelain collection consisting of works by Zsolnay, Herendi, Hollóházy, and some international pieces. In the Jungle Room, learn more about the biological traits of cats and their various breeds. Enjoy a variety of interactive exhibits like the Egyptian Photo Wall, you can take a picture of yourself as a souvenir with some photo props and the selfie stand. In the Children’s Corner, the kids can make use of coloring equipment to draw and create their own cat-inspired art. You can also watch some short movie screenings and test your knowledge of cats with a tablet quiz. If you score high enough, you can choose a souvenir from the gift shop. Of course, enjoy plenty of time to get to know the resident cats of the museum. Take some time to pet and interact with your newfound friends in a calm and relaxed environment.

Budapest: Jewish Heritage Guided Tour with Synagogue Ticket

5. Budapest: Jewish Heritage Guided Tour with Synagogue Ticket

See the most beautiful monuments of Budapest's Jewish district on this 90-minute guided walking tour. First, your guide shows you the most important chapters of the Hungarian Jewry’s history and the Elizabethtown. Meanwhile, walk on the streets of the so-called Pest Jewish Quarter, and explore the "status quo ante” Rumbach Street Synagogue (outside visit). As the highlight of the tour, visit the Dohány Street Synagogue (interior visit), which is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. You also get a local guided tour in the Jewish Museum, where you get acquainted with the Hungarian Jewish heritage trough a unique collection of art pieces from Hungary and Eastern Europe, and the rich tradition of Judaism, its holidays and everyday life.A separate room commemorates the Hungarian Holocaust.  Beside these you will visit the Martyrs’ Cemetery, the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park with the Tree of Life and the Heroes' Temple (outside visit). After the tour it is possible to visit the Jewish Quarter Exhibition in the Goldmark Hall and the Family Research Center.

Budapest: Communist History Tour with House of Terror Option

6. Budapest: Communist History Tour with House of Terror Option

Travel back in time to the 45-year long Communist period in Hungary under Soviet military occupation with one of these exciting guided tour options. Choose the morning or the afternoon walking tour options which are identical for their first part as both tours start as a Communism-themed walking tour accross central Budapest. Meet your tour guide and begin a historical walk from the magnificent Hungarian Parliament, where you will see dramatic monuments, including the one commemorating the many victims of the red dictatorship. Continue to Liberty Square, where you will find the Soviet Liberation Memorial, the last Communist monument of the city in its original place. See the famous windows of Budapest, where Hungary's anti-Communist Catholic Church leader Cardinal Mindszenty spent the many years of his exile. Explore the ventilation channels of a secret underground nuclear bunker built in the years of the Cold War. Hear about and see sites of the Hungarian anti-Soviet revolution of 1956.  Choosing the morning walking tour option, after the walk be invited to a 1-hour guided visit in Budapest Retro Center. This unique collection displays street views, typical vehicles, the astronauts of the Soviet-Hungarian space flight, real interior home designs, and thousands of objects from the period of the 1960-1980. The exhibition is arranged over 3 floors in a fun and interactive way. Dress as a Communist comrade, or you can try to be a TV news presenter of the time. Choosing the afternoon walking tour option, enhance your experience with an additional ticket to the House of Terror Museum and uncover the secrets of the former seat of AVO State Protection Police (the local version of the Soviet KGB) as you visit the site on your own. See how it was faithfully restored to commemorate the many victims of the most brutal period of Communist dictatorship of the 1940s and 50s.  As a third option, select a guided tour in the House of Terror Museum. Follow your tour guide to learn about Hungary from WWII through Nazi rule to Soviet Communist occupation. You will be guided around the life and economy of the 1950s, interrogation and torture cells, the office room of the dreaded director, hear the stories and see the memories of mass deportations, labor camps and political trials, the brave 1956 revolution and its consequences, leading to the end of Communism in 1989.

Budapest: Budapest Retro Interactive Museum Ticket

7. Budapest: Budapest Retro Interactive Museum Ticket

Enjoy a blast from the past with this ticket to the Budapest Retro Erlebnispark museum downtown Budapest and experience interactive time travel back to the Communist era. Discover a 3-story exhibition that takes you back to the decades before the change of the regimes in Hungary. Patrol in a real LADA police car from the eighties, or try out being a newscaster in the studio of the contemporary Híradó. See what Bertalan Farkas took with him into space and listen to contemporary jokes or cabaret in the phone booths. Make yourself a retro card with your own photo (available to purchase) and relax at the museum's Retro bistro where you can buy numerous retro drinks and dishes like the fried Debreceni sausage, eat a too-sweet punch mignon, and then wash it all down with a good Márka cherry or a Kőbányai beer. Be transported as you play some tunes on a a jukebox from 1971. Relive the memory of limo powder that no one put in the water and learn about the most retro summer drink, Bambi. Complete your trip down nostalgia lane with Turbo chewing gum and the rooster lollipop, or try the type of alcoholic jelly Bertalan Farkas took into space.

Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

8. Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

Start at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church. Admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building.  Head to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes and walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace.  Walk back from the Royal Palace, and explore the other side of the castle. From the medieval walls, you have an excellent view towards the Buda Hills - the western part of the city with its forests and nature parks.  After the guided walking tour enjoy a few minutes break in the entrance hall of the Hospital in the Rock Museum. Receive a skip-the-line ticket from your tour guide and who will help you to join your scheduled visit to the museum. This will be the most exciting part of your tour. Have a 1-hour guided tour in the "Hospital in the Rock" WW2 underground bunker museum. This place used to be a secret military hospital hidden deep down below the Buda Castle. The hospital is part of a system of natural caves and tunnels, that stretches over nearly six miles. The museum that is located in the old rooms of the hospital was established to preserve its rich history.  See many rooms exhibiting hundreds of lifelike wax figures and showing you the story of the underground hospital, that was then turned into an atomic bunker during World War 2. Follow your guide through the tunnels of this place and get a feeling of what life during these times, especially as a wounded soldier must have looked like.

Budapest Grand Half-Day Jewish Heritage Tour

9. Budapest Grand Half-Day Jewish Heritage Tour

The first part of the Grand Tour includes the whole Essential Tour (Dohány Street Synagogue, Jewish Museum, Martyrs’ Cemetery, Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, Tree of Life, Heroes' Temple, Jewish Center). After a break, continue your walk through the Jewish Quarter, on the streets of the former Ghetto, which hosts synagogues, monuments, kosher restaurants, and kosher shops. While your guide tells you important facts and local stories of this area, you also get basic information about Budapest. During your journey you will visit the Memorial Park dedicated to Carl Lutz, who is also known as "Hungary’s Schindler”, then you pass by the famous Gozsdu Passage. The third station of the Synagogue Triangle is the Kazinczy Street Synagogue (interior visit), which is one of the largest operating orthodox synagogues in Europe, built in art-nouveau style. At the end of the tour, you have 2 options: you can accept the invitation to have a cake in the glatt kosher Fröhlich confectionery or you can receive 10% discount in the glatt kosher Carmel restaurant.

Full-Day Private Trip from Budapest to Vienna

10. Full-Day Private Trip from Budapest to Vienna

Discover Vienna’s top highlights in just one day on this private, round-trip tour from Budapest. Meet your guide in the morning directly at your Budapest hotel, and set off in your private vehicle. After roughly 2,5 hours on the road, arrive in Vienna, and begin to explore. You’ll see the Schönbrunn Palace, the Vienna State Opera, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Imperial Palace, and much more. As you go, learn all about the city’s past from your guide.

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No problem with going with kids under 14. Get a cabin so changing is more pleasant as it is really crowded. You exchange your virtual voucher at the cashier at the entrance opposite the circus. The directions on the app wasn’t clear enough but customer service is excellent and clarified the logistics. The best pool is the one with the whirlpool in the middle. It’s bigger so a bit less crowded.

Beautiful thermal bath - we went an hour after opening which was perfect and not too busy. Highly recommend spending the couple extra dollars for a private changing room to store your things and change in. No need to pay for 2 cabins if you’re okay with sharing a changing room.

The tour is worth the time, we've done it twice. The skip the line ticket saves time, there's always a line to enter.

it is a must to do in Budapest. we enjoyed the spa and the view of the place, well organized

Unique experience!many pools for every taste!clean restrooms!