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Buda Castle (Budai Vár) Tours

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Buda Castle (Budai Vár)
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Danube riverfront, the Buda Castle (Budai Vár), or Buda Royal Palace, is one of Budapest’s most photographed landmarks. The magnificent palace dates back to the 13th century, but has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times throughout history, most recently in a neo-baroque style.
 
The Basics
The grand dome and colonnaded façade of Buda Royal Palace is impossible to miss, and most Budapest sightseeing tours will include at least a photo stop. There are numerous ways to admire the palace: Explore the Castle District on a walking or bike tour, ride the Castle Hill Funicular, or sail past the structure on a Danube River cruise.
 
Three of Budapest's premier museums are housed in the Royal Palace—the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, and the National Library—while the gardens offer sweeping views down Castle Hill.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entrance to the palace and gardens is free, but admission fees apply for each of the museums.
  • Most museums and attractions are closed on Mondays.
  • The cobblestone streets around the palace are steep—wear comfortable shoes for exploring.
  • The museums at Buda Royal Palace are wheelchair accessible, but some areas of the gardens and grounds may not be.
How to Get There
The Royal Palace sits atop Castle Hill on the Buda side of the Danube. It’s possible to walk up from the riverside, but it’s a steep road; a far better option is to ride the Castle Funicular or take a taxi. The funicular departs from Adam Clarke Square (Clark Adam ter), located at the Buda end of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge.
 
When to Get There
The summer months of July and August are by far the most popular time to visit the palace—funiculars run every 10 minutes during this time but there are often queues, so make an early start to avoid waiting. During the holidays, the castle grounds hosts an atmospheric Christmas market.
 
Budapest’s Castle District
Set aside a morning or afternoon to explore the Castle District surrounding the palace, part of Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stroll around the medieval streets reveals a number of historic monuments, including the 19th-century Matthias Church, Vienna Gate, and the neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion. Admire the Matthias Well, a fountain with the figure of the young King Matthias as a hunter with his stag, and his beautiful beloved with her doe.


Address: I Szent György tér, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
Admission: Varies
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Budapest Danube River Evening Sightseeing Cruise by Legenda City Cruises

Budapest Danube River Evening Sightseeing Cruise by Legenda City Cruises

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View Budapest’s floodlit landmarks by boat on a Danube River evening cruise. Settle on the glass-enclosed vessel, and admire the cityscapes as you cruise by the UNESCO-listed riverbanks, glass in hand. Admire the Hungarian Parliament and Buda Castle district twinkling with lights, and sail under the illuminated Chain Bridge and other bridges. Your choice of Champagne, wine, beer, soda, or mineral water, Wi-Fi, and onboard film and commentary included.
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  • 1 hour
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Candlelit Dinner Cruise by Legenda City Cruises, Budapest

Candlelit Dinner Cruise by Legenda City Cruises, Budapest

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Experience the romance of the Danube River by night on this candlelight dinner cruise. Cruise past the city's many beautiful illuminated sites as you dine on a 4-course dinner, passing by the Chain Bridge, the Elisabeth Bridge, and the Hungarian Parliament along the way. Local musicians are also on board to add zest to the experience by performing live Hungarian music.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Budapest Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

Budapest Private Luxury Sightseeing Tour

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Budapest is full of UNESCO-listed monuments, architectural wonders, and lively markets, but visiting on a group tour means a fixed itinerary and less time to explore. Instead, maximize your time with a private tour by luxury vehicle and tick off attractions such as Buda Castle, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St Stephen’s Basilica, and the Central Market. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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$259.78
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Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional Drinks

Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional Drinks

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Sip and sightsee along the Danube on this evening cruise in Budapest. Choose from multiple cruise options to suit your preferences and admire the stunning views of Buda Castle, the Parliament House, and the Citadel. Additional drinks are available for purchase on board as the evening continues along Budapest’s sparkling panorama.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$9.90
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Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest

Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest

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Experience the beautiful sights of Budapest on a cruise along the Danube River. See famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, which connects the eastern and western sides of the city, as well as Buda Castle. On board you can enjoy wine and Hungarian sparkling wine and a buffet-style dinner included on the cruise, based on the tour option selected. Live music sets the mood as you glide past the capital city’s stunning backdrop.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Budapest All in One Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

Budapest All in One Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

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Stretch your legs and see the sights on this Budapest walking tour. Your local guide leads you to the jewels of the city, including UNESCO World Heritage sites like Heroes’ Square, where iconic statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars sit, as well as the beautiful Buda Castle. Take a break with a delicious Hungarian dessert and a hot drink. This walking tour is limited to 10 people, keeping the experience intimate as you discover all that this incredible city has to offer.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Budapest Evening Sightseeing Cruise

Budapest Evening Sightseeing Cruise

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Cruise the Danube River in the evening on a sightseeing cruise through Budapest. With a beverage in hand, take in the famous sights of Budapest along the banks of the river, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  • 1 hour
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Full day private Budapest tour by car/ minivan

Full day private Budapest tour by car/ minivan

You can see the most important sights also of the Pest and the Buda side during this 8 hour long tour. This time is enough to explore the city more deeply and get a lot of information about Hungarian history, culture, arts, politics, gastronomy, people - and about anything what you want. Sightseeing by car is more comfortable and less tiring - and allows more time to spend in all places. If you are more in number than 3, I can arrange a minivan or a bus.
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  • 8 hours
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$168.07
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Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District

Night-Time Dark History and Vampire Walking Tour in Buda Castle District

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Spend 2-hours exploring the exterior of the Buda castle district by night and listen to gruesome historical facts and the bloody side of the Hungarian history in the XV-XVII century, and learn the myths of Vlad Dracula and Elizabeth Báthory, once your Storyteller will reveal the despicable actions of these two mad figures, all along with vampire stories of the 19° century. Note that Mysterium Tours does NOT craft typical guided tours for tourists, these are immersive storytelling experiences about legends, histories and tales not always associated with the building we stand in front of.
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  • 2 hours
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Budapest Private Walking Tour

Budapest Private Walking Tour

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Get an in depth look at Budapest’s attractions and contemporary culture on a four-hour walking tour. Your private guide conveniently meets you in your hotel lobby before you set off to visit the city’s most popular sights. Enjoy included traditional cake and coffee, before pre-paid public transportation takes you to Castle Hill. You set the pace and decide how much time you want to spend at each location.
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  • 4 hours
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$104.58
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Danube Cruise in Budapest

Danube Cruise in Budapest

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Take in the beautiful Budapest panorama on a sightseeing cruise along the Danube River. Snap photos of the Chain Bridge, Gellért Hill and more as you experience why this city’s landscape was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Multiple upgrade choices include options for a buffet lunch with traditional Hungarian dishes, an onboard winetasting session, and onboard winetasting session with round-trip transfers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry & Cafe Stop

Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry & Cafe Stop

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Admire the beautiful Buda Castle District on a walking tour in Budapest. Follow a local guide around the cobblestone streets and hear stories of the city’s rich history. See UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Royal Palace, as well as the lesser-known landmarks such as Sandor Palace. Be sure to capture pictures with family and friends from the panoramic lookout of Fisherman’s Bastion before you head out.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water

Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water

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See the best of Budapest by land and by water on a floating bus tour. Begin on the capital city’s streets, snapping photos of top attractions as you drive past St. Stephen’s Basilica, Buda Castle, and the Grand Synagogue. Then take a splash into the Danube, as your amphibious coach continues the tour along the river, passing landmarks such as Parliament, Chain Bridge and more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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A Half Day In Budapest With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Half Day In Budapest With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Venture deep off the tourist track and explore Budapest like a bonafide local during this exclusive insider’s walking tour. Discover little-known hotspots and local haunts that you’re unlikely to find in any guidebooks. Private guides are tailor-matched to each visitor, so you’ll be guaranteed a bespoke itinerary that revolves just around you. Upgrade to include transportation or food and drink options.
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  • 4 hours
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Budapest Hungarian Parliament Visit and City Sightseeing Tour

Budapest Hungarian Parliament Visit and City Sightseeing Tour

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See inside the Hungarian Parliament and check out Budapest’s highlights on this city tour. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the neo-Gothic Parliament and admire its chambers and crown jewels — the medieval ‘Holy Crown’ once worn by Hungary’s monarchs. Then, tour the best of Budapest, seeing the Margaret Bridge, Buda Castle district, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and more as you uncover the city’s history. Includes air-conditioned transport, Parliament admission, hotel pickup, and choice of morning or afternoon departure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private City Tour in Budapest with the interior visit of the Parliament -5 hours

Private City Tour in Budapest with the interior visit of the Parliament -5 hours

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Explore the highlights of Budapest during a private half-day tour that includes a guided tour of the monumental Hungarian Parliament Building. See landmarks in the Castle Quarter and Gellért Hill (Citadel), and check out Matthias Church, the Central Market in Pest, the City Park, and the largest synagogue in Europe: Dohány Street Synagogue. View St. Stephen’s Basilica and Heroes' Square before visiting the Hungarian Parliament Building.
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  • 5 hours
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Budapest Parliament Visit and 3-hour City Tour

Budapest Parliament Visit and 3-hour City Tour

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Explore the largest building in Hungary on this half-day sightseeing tour of Budapest with entry to the Parliament House. This excursion includes the price of admission, a guided city tour and pickup from your hotel. Over the course of the trip you’ll see the famous lookout towers of Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square and more. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the Holy Crown of Hungary while you’re inside Parliament.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$63.90
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Private City Tour in Budapest 4 hours

Private City Tour in Budapest 4 hours

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Discover the sights of Budapest on this private half-day city tour with a guide. Highlights include Heroes' Square, one of the city’s major squares; the Citadel; Buda Castle (admission included); and more. Also see the Hungarian Parliament Building in Kossuth Lajos Square. Be sure to provide contact information in case the driver needs to locate you.
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  • 4 hours
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$157.15
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2.5-Hour Budapest Highlights Guided Segway Tour

2.5-Hour Budapest Highlights Guided Segway Tour

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Round up Budapest’s sights with ease and learn to ride a Segway personal transporter on a private city Segway tour. Choose a departure time to fit your schedule and cruise around Buda and Pest’s landmarks without the inconvenience of walking, catching buses, or jostling with others in a large tour group. Ideal for travelers seeking a quick and fun overview of the city, the tour includes training, equipment, and photos.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$72.98
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Total Budapest Discovery: Full Day Sightseeing Tour Including Lunch

Total Budapest Discovery: Full Day Sightseeing Tour Including Lunch

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See, experience, and taste the best of Budapest on a 6.5-hour tour. Join your guide and travel through the city like a local (and free of charge) using the Budapest subway system. Enjoy a traditional and complementary lunch at a local bistro in the Castle district, then continue with sightseeing in Pest. After seeing the city's top attractions, end with a hot coffee and slice of Hungarian cake.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$130.26
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Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the top attractions in Budapest on a half-day sightseeing tour. Departing in either the morning or the afternoon, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to all the must-see spots in the city. You’ll pass the Hungarian House of Parliament set on the Danube, cross the yellow-hued Margaret Bridge and head over to the Buda side of the city for a peek at the Royal Castle.
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  • 3 hours
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$31.77
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101 things you have to see in Budapest - Full Day Private Tour

101 things you have to see in Budapest - Full Day Private Tour

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Discover the highlights and hidden gems of Budapest on a full-day private sightseeing tour.  Meet your guide at your hotel and set out to visit the city’s top landmarks, attractions, and beyond. The comprehensive itinerary can be customized based on the places and things that interest you. Taste typical Hungarian culinary delights at a street food stand, 19th century confectionery, and more. Leave with bespoke suggestions for the rest of your vacation.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$201.70
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Essential Walking Tour

Essential Walking Tour

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Explore Budapest on a walking tour that highlights the history and landmarks of the Hungarian capital. Your guide shares commentary as you take in sites including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle and Royal Gardens. You’ll also stop at St. Stephen's Basilica, Chain Bridge, Matthias Church, and Fisherman's Bastion on a tour that provides time for photos and conversation, and makes an ideal introduction to the city.
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  • 3 hours
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$30.93
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Budapest Small-Group Electric Bike Tour

Budapest Small-Group Electric Bike Tour

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Experience the sights and sounds of Budapest on a four-hour e-bike tour. Visit Freedom Square, Margaret Bridge, and more. You'll enjoy the thrill of seeing the city by bike and won’t get worn out thanks to the electric motor.  Your guide is with you every step of the way to narrate the tour and answer questions. Across the river, enjoy a break with complimentary cake and coffee, before continuing the tour.
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  • 4 hours
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$42.86
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