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  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration:  Varies
Enjoy a Danube Symphony Orchestra concert at elegant Danube Palace in Budapest, choosing seats in the front or middle rows. Enhanced by a typical Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom, this concert gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy some of history's most famous classical melodies in Hungarian style. Upgrade to include a late-night dinner cruise on the Danube River, the perfect way to end your night. Sip Champagne and wine and savor a buffet meal in the romantic candlelight atmosphere as you view Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites such as the Buda Castle Quarter.


  • Ticket to a Danube Symphony Orchestra concert in Budapest
  • Enjoy a unique Hungarian-style concert in the intimate Danube Palace concert hall
  • Listen to famous classical works enhanced by a traditional Hungarian instrument, the cimbalom
  • Choose from two different seating categories to suit your budget
  • Upgrade to include a Danube River dinner cruise after the concert
  • Enjoy a buffet meal with Champagne and wine while enjoying striking nighttime views of Budapest (if option selected)

What You Can Expect

Danube Symphony Orchestra Cimbalom Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

Danube Symphony Orchestra Cimbalom Concert

Your evening concert takes place at Danube Palace, a splendid Neo-Baroque-style concert hall in Budapest. A host will direct you to your seat in the front or middle rows of the intimate theater for the start of the Danube Symphony Orchestra concert.

Formed in 1961, the Danube Symphony Orchestra has become a sensation throughout Europe, with a repertoire that covers almost every musical style, from Baroque music to modern music of the 20th century. What's unique about this orchestra is that they perform famous classical melodies accompanied by the cimbalom, a typical Hungarian instrument played by striking two beaters against a range of strings. You can only enjoy this type of sound in Hungary!

Every concert consists of two parts, between 40 and 45 minutes each (see sample program below). During the intermission, you can have a drink at the bar, purchase DVDs of the Danube Symphony Orchestra or browse Hungarian souvenirs.

Concert plus Dinner
A Danube River cruise is a great ending to your night in Budapest, whether you fancy a late dinner or a scenic setting for after-dinner drinks. At the end of the concert, a host will escort you out to Budai Vigadó to board a boat for your 1.5-hour late dinner cruise. Sip Champagne and wine or beer amid the candlelit atmosphere, and then enjoy a buffet dinner presented with a creative touch by an award-winning food sculptor (see sample menu below).

After dinner, make your way to the open upper deck for stunning views of Budapest's UNESCO World Heritage-listed urban panorama, a series of landmarks and monuments that illustrate the city’s history. You'll see the Buda Castle Quarter, the Chain Bridge (Clark Ádám Square), the Gellért Baths and Mt Gellért with its Freedom Monument before finishing back at Danube Palace. When you arrive at the dock, your host will be happy to call a taxi for you upon request.


Sample Concert
  • Berlioz: Rákóczi March
  • Erkel: Palotás from the opera László Hunyadi
  • Delibes: Coppelia – Tschardas
  • Bartók: Romanian folk dances
  • Haydn: Farewell Symphony IV Movement
  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
  • Kálmán: Devil-Rider – Palotás
  • Lehár: Gold and Silver Waltz
  • Liszt: Love Dreams
  • Folk-song adaptation: Under the Mountains of Csitár
  • Kodály: Intermezzo
  • Monti: Csárdás
  • Strauss: Long Live the Hungarians!
  • Strauss: Radetzky March
Sample Menu
First courses (buffet selection):
  • Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves (traditional creamy bacon sauce)
  • Alföld-style goulash with noodles (slow-boiled beef and vegetable soup)
  • Vegetable soup with tarragon and noodles
Main courses (buffet selection):
  • Mini stuffed cabbage
  • Roasted chicken breast with basil and cheese sauce
  • Spicy pork slices rib with thyme and mustard sauce
  • Traditional Chicken with paprika
  • Roasted sea fish served with Chardonnay sauce
  • Grilled polenta with feta cheese
  • Homemade spinach dumplings served with mustard and mushroom sauce
Side dishes and salads (buffet selection):
  • Fresh seasonal salads with dressings
  • Italian pasta salad
  • Caesar’s salad
  • Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise
  • Hash-brown or roasted potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Steamed Jasmin rice with corn
Desserts (buffet selection):
  • Home-made strudel
  • Somló sponge cake (layers of sponge and cream)
  • Mini tarts
  • Dessert variations Európa style
  • Season fruit basket
Drinks (one of each option available):
  • 1 glass of Champagne
  • 1 glass of wine, beer, juice or soft drink
  • Mineral water

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Easy to get to and a delightful concert. Highly recommend.

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