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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 avoid the long wait in the queue at the entrance. Additionally, 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 rent or purchase. 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.

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

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

Simply pick up your card at one of the Budapestinfo tourist information centers and start exploring and using free public transportation. Some of the most popular 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 • Bartók Memorial House • Budapest History Museum – Budapest Gallery • Museum of Military History • Hungarian Museum of Trade and Catering • Museum of Óbuda • Goldberger Textile Industry Collection Some of the attractions that can be visited free of charge or with a discount: • Free visit of the Budatower • Pálvölgyi Cave • 50% discount at the Liszt Ferenc Academy, if you take a guided tour • 40% discount at the Duna Corso Sightseeing Boat through Budapest • 20% discount for a hop-on hop-off tour of Program Centrum • Free access to St. Lukács Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • 20% discount at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St. Gellért Thermal Bath, Aquaworld or the Rudas Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • 1 free ride on Zugliget Chairlift

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Budapest: Comfortable 3.5-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour

3. Budapest: Comfortable 3.5-Hour Guided E-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.

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Discover Budapest: 2 Hour Small Group Bike Tour

4. Discover Budapest: 2 Hour Small Group 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.

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Budapest: Private Full-Day Discovery Tour

5. Budapest: Private Full-Day Discovery Tour

Traverse 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 include Heroes' Square, the Széchenyi Spa, Vajdahunyad Castle, Andrássy Avenue, the State Opera House, the St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, and the House of Parliament. You will also have the opportunity to experience Chain Bridge, the National Museum, the Synagogue, and the old historical town of the Castle District throughout this comprehensive city tour. Stretch your legs at a number of sites and hop back in the vehicle when you've explored to your heart's content. 

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Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

6. 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.

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Budapest: Half-Day Private Car Tour

7. 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 alone, or 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, House of Parliament, Chain Bridge, National Museum, Synagogue, old historical town with tight streets of the Castle District, Fisherman's Bastion, Royal Palace, Matthias Church, and the spectacular view from the Gellért Hill (Citadel).

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Budapest: Legends and Mysteries Tour in Spanish

8. Budapest: Legends and Mysteries Tour in Spanish

Meet your Spanish-speaking tour guide in one of the most popular squares in Budapest, The Heroe's Square. Surrounded by numerous statues, learn the stories of the founders of Budapest. When night falls, this beautiful city is transformed into something darker, where the illuminated buildings draw sinister lights and shadows, like at the Vajdahunyad Castle. Hear about the city's witches, murders, popular myths, as well as the darker rituals that have taken place in Budapest. Visit City Park and Bagni Szécehnyi. Learn the origins of Danube River, the mysteries of Attila, the secret of Countess Elizabeth Báthory's youth, and the stories behind the Hungarian Pauline Order.

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Budapest: e-Bike Tour

9. Budapest: e-Bike Tour

Ride through Budapest on a comfortable premium e-bike. Follow your guide through the Castle District, past the Parliament building and St. Stephen's Basilica, and along Andrássy Avenue. Start your e-bike tour by riding up to the Citadel on the Gellért Hill. Take in views of the city before continuing to Castle District. See Budapest’s monuments, Matthias Church, the Buda Castle, and views of the Parliament building and St. Stephen's Basilica from the towers of Fisherman's Bastion. Cross the Danube for a closer look at the Parliament building and a ride along the 2.5 km long Andrássy Avenue. Pass the Opera House before stopping at Heroes’ Square. Before crossing the Danube, see the Vajdahunyad Castle and the famous Széchenyi Spa. Bike through Margaret Island, and ride along the Danube before returning to the starting point.

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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 Szechenyi Thermal Bath

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based on 6,626 reviews

We booked this to orientate ourselves at the beginning of our mini break, and to give us some background on Budapest. The tour was great and a very small ‘small group bike tour’ as we were the only two on it, which was great. The pace of the tour and the balance of cycling and stopping to chat about the area etc was perfect and we learnt a lot about Hungary and Budapest from our guide.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and tailored our visit to our must see sites. This was a fabulous taster of things to see in Budapest and an unique of seeing these.

It was the highlight of our trip. We loved it!!! We had a lot of fun, using the booths to change clothes is recommended..., finally, not to be missed.

Wonderful experience, we were priviliged to see a lot of the biggest attractions. The tour guide was great.

Great experience but the Palinka tour only opens at 5pm.