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One of the best ways to sightsee in Budapest is on a day tour or half day tour of the city. Tours of various itineraries are available, but they generally include major sights like the Parliament, Heroes' Square, the famous Chain Bridge, Fisherman's Bastion, the Opera House and Margaret Island, the city's playground. These tours can either be done on a coach, or by walking. You can combine the best of both worlds by doing the Budapest Segway tour, or travel the city by bike.


As the city is billed as the "Queen of the Danube", it will come as no surprise that Budapest sightseeing often includes a river cruise. These can be day trips, but evening cruises are extremely popular, and can include dinner or a walking tour. At night, you'll see Gellert Hill, with its many spectacular statues, lit up, as well as the Parliament and the city's bridges.

If one historical or cultural facet of this city's rich past draws your interest, then the chances are that there will be a tour to cater for you. The Hammer and Sickle Budapest tour includes the enormously popular Statue Park, which is where all the Stalinist public art was moved after the Communist era ended. The Historical Revolution Walking tour is also excellent, and is perhaps a more serious introduction to Hungary's turbulent history.

Of course, you might be more interested in drinking, eating and having a good time than learning! Hungarian wines are famous throughout the world, and you can join a wine tasting tour, that gives you the chance to try well-known wines like Bulls' Blood and TokajAszu over lunch. Dinner can include a folk dancing display and the chance to sample some authentic Hungarian cooking - Hungarian cuisine is arguably the best in Eastern Europe.

You also might just want to sample the legendary Budapest nightlife. In which case, an organised pub crawl may be just the ticket - Budapest sightseeing with a difference! You'll try the local beer, palinka and pick up plenty of tips about where to drink and where to avoid. It will be a memorable evening - unless you drink too many shots of palinka!

The Jewish Budapest Sightseeing tour includes a trip to the ghetto, where Jews were imprisoned during the Nazi occupation, and a trip to one of the city's synagogues. You'll also find out more about the history of Judaism in Budapest.

There's also a wealth of attractions within an easy day trip of Budapest. For anyone interested in Budapest sightseeing, the towns along the Danube Bend - Szentendre, Esztergom and Visegrad, are a must. Estergom and Visegrad have spectacular views and were key sites in Hungarian history, while Szentendre was a haven for Serbian refugees, before becoming an artists' colony - a Hungarian take on Montmatre.

Further afield, a trip to Lake Balaton allows you to combine sightseeing with beachside activities. Wine buffs will love a trip to Eger or Tokaj, while the fabulous baroque palace of Godollo is one of Hungary's top sights. The puszta is one of Hungary's most beloved national parks, and the birthplace of goulash, the national dish.

 
 

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