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  • Location:Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Budapest Folklore Show and Danube Dinner Cruise

Soak up Hungarian scenery and culture with a 3-hour Danube dinner cruise and folklore concert. You’ll first enjoy over an hour of music and dancing at the Danube Palace or the Hungarian Heritage House with one of the most highly regarded folk ensembles in the country. Afterward you’ll take a cruise along the Danube, sipping wine and sampling a Hungarian buffet dinner. You’ll enjoy a sparkling view of Budapest’s panorama, which has rightfully earned its title as a UNESCO World Heritage site.


  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour folk show by either the Danube Folk Ensemble or the Hungaria Folk Ensemble and Orchestra
  • Soak up the historical settings of Danube Palace or Budai Vigado and be entertained by traditional Hungarian music and dance!
  • Take a 1.5-hour late night Danube River dinner cruise
  • Admire Budapest's UNESCO World Heritage-listed urban panorama, including the Buda Castle Quarter
  • Dine on a Hungarian buffet dinner and sip a glass of wine or beer as you admire the twinkling nighttime views

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What You Can Expect

Budapest Folklore Show and Danube Dinner Cruise

Budapest Danube Dinner Cruise

Your night out in Budapest will begin with performances from either the Danube Folk Ensemble or the Hungaria Folk Ensemble and Orchestra. Both groups began in the 1950s, with 30 artists comprising each ensemble. The choreography is based on traditional dances originating hundreds of years ago as an integral part of village life. As you take your seat in either the neo-Baroque Danube Palace (Duna Palota) or the Hungarian Heritage House (Budai Vigado), you’ll discover Hungary’s rich history in the music, dancing and costumes of the folk performance. Be prepared, though—it might make you want to get up and move to the rhythm!

Afterward, a guide will lead you to the romantic waters of the Danube where your late-night dinner cruise awaits you. Try some authentic Hungarian fare with the hot buffet dinner served on board, as well as wine, beer and Champagne to toast the beautiful view. Candlelight will set the mood indoors as you make your way past sites such as the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle and the Gellért Baths, all landmarks that contribute to Budapest’s celebrated UNESCO World Heritage-listed panorama.

The cruise lasts a little over an hour, and provides the perfect opportunity to view the glowing backdrop of the city at night. After your meal, take your drink to the fresh air of the upper deck to appreciate the scenery before the end of the tour.

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Sample Menu:
Cold Appetizer
Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream

Alöfld-style goulash with noodles
Vegetable soup with tarragon and noodles

Hot Main Courses
Mini stuffed cabbage
Meatballs in tomato sauce
Turkey cutlets with vegetables in parsley sauce
Csongrád-style pork slices in garlic sauce
Chicken paprika

Side Dishes
Boiled potatoes
Potato scones
Steamed jasmine rice with corn

Grilled polenta with feta cheese
Grilled vegetables

Corn salad in dill and yogurt dressing
Vinegary potato salad
Cucumber salad with sour cream dressing
Caesar salad
Seasonal fruit

Somló-style sponge cake pudding
Mini tiramisu cup
Blueberry fruit cream with chocolate sponge cake
Chocolate mousse
Homemade strudel

1 glass of Champagne
1 glass of wine, beer or juice
1 bottle of mineral water

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wow! Hungarians really know how to party! The cruise was dreamy and the food was some of the best I had during my entire holiday. Truly a night to remember. Thanks Budapest

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent, will be using your services again !!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Thank you, we really enjoyed the folklore show however we found the dinner was way too late for us. The music on the cruise was great! The meal was also delicious. We would recommend it to anyone, especially if they don't mind eating a hearty meal at 10.00pm. Thank you again. Keep the Hungarian folklore alive!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This performance was excellent and worth seeing while in Budapest. It was the highlight of the trip. Strongly recommend this offer to all visitors.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A must do if you go to Budapest. The performances were amazing, the dancers were really a joy to watch and the Danube palace is just a beautiful piece of history and art. The dinner cruise after was also an experience not to miss. Budapest at night is spectacular and the food really was delicious.

Steven G
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent show, followed by a dinner / evening on the Danube. Professional dancing and orchestra playing Hungarian music. It was a very enjoyable evening and comes highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fabulous !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This is a great gem. The dancing is fantastic and the musicians are awesome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved being introduced to the culture. Talented crew.

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