7 Course Budapest Dinner Cruise with Folklore and Operetta Show

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Get a new Hungarian adventure by visiting Budapest dinner cruise with Operetta and Folklore show.


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~ 2,5 Hours budapest cruise
Candle-lit dinner
Welcome drink
Live folklore and operetta show
Private table



Departure place:

1051 Budapest, Jane Haining Rakpart, Dock 11.

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Budapest Cruise & Hungarian Folklore Show

Get a new Hungarian adventure by visiting Budapest dinner cruise with Operetta and Folklore show.

Budapest, the capital city of Hungary hides marvelous sights and events for curious tourists. As a matter of fact, according to the findings of the European Best Destination (EBD) tourist organization Budapest has become the best European destination in 2019. About 77% of the votes came from foreign people, Americans, Germans, French and Italians. This is an exceptionally high rate of which Hungary, especially Budapest, can be really proud; and the city is continuously making an effort to keep its popular image.

Now you can believe that a Budapest cruise on our luxurious catamaran will give you an unforgettable experience while staying in Budapest. What could a complete Budapest river dinner cruise service offer for you? What we will guarantee each evening is amazing, – since we organize the operetta and folklore show on board from every Monday to every Sunday of the whole year – providing a 7-course candlelit dining and the performance showed by talented folklore dance teams and outstanding musicians of gypsy music gained talent by playing all over the world.

In addition, it is worth gazing at the impressive architectural, cultural and historical building by cruising such as welcoming the Hungarian Parliament, clinking with a glass of champagne on the bow of the vessel, kissing your lover and taking a perfect selfie. Enjoy how beautiful the Chain Bridge lit up, crossing the Margaret Bridge reaching the greenery Margaret Island. Even look at the Gellért Hill and Buda Castle, actually, each statue and sight might be seen on board from one perspective sitting in one comfortable chair by an elegant and romantic Budapest river cruise.

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During the 2,5-hour cruise, you will have the possibility to get the above mentioned 7-course dishes.

Of course, our catering service is always paying attention to someone suffering from an allergic or sensitive reactions to ingredients the foods include. That’s why they will prepare your special food on request.

If you do not know much about Hungarian cuisine, here is some important information to keep in mind. Traditional Hungarian dishes are usually hot and spicy such as the world-famous goulash soup. Beside salt much paprika and pepper are used during preparation of the meals that generally give an excellent flavor. Usually sour cream is used with meat dishes, like stuffed cabbage or stuffed paprika are served with sour cream and fresh bread. Some dishes are greasy and fattening, though, for instance ‘pörkölt’, or stew, but it is definitely worth trying once with pickles.

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While toasting to all nice events happen in the future, enjoy listening to Hungarian folk songs like “Csárdáskirálynő”, “Marica grófnő” or “Cigányszerelem” performed by our talented artists.

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The magical Hungarian music

Many people love the Hungarian music rich in themes, tunes and several shades: happy, spectacular, colorful, energetic etc. Talented singers in the foreground while violin, contrabass and cimbalom players in the background together make an unforgettable special mixture of music that you have never heard elsewhere. Cimbalom, a stringed instrument is commonly used in Central-Eastern Europe. Its trapezoidal wooden body stands on four legs and has metal strings stretched across its table-like top. Franz Liszt introduced its modern version as an orchestral instrument.

Hungarian operetta is a unique genre; both music and subject matter are light. Its genre is cheerful, life-affirming. Imre Kálmán and Ferenc Lehár were the two most famous authors of these masterpieces. Their music is quite catchy. The titles of some world-famous pieces are Csárdáskirálynő (The Czardas Queen), Vígözvegy (The merry widow), Marica grófnő (Countess Maritza), Víg cimborák (Happy mates) etc. The merry widow piece was even performed on Broadway in America.

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Traditional Hungarian folk dance types

The old style Hungarian folk dance types are The maiden’s round dance, Herdsman’s dances and Stick dance, Lad’s and Leaping Dances. The modern ones appeared in the 18-19th centuries are Recruiting dance (verbun) and Csárdás. The most well-known dance is the Csárdás which is eventually a couple dance. It starts slower but becomes quick and rhythmic in the middle.

The maiden’s round dance is performed only by young women who walk around and form circles while singing traditional folk songs.

Herdsman’s dances and Stick dance is performed by men using drums, shawms, bagpipes or even a real stick, the dance with sticks is also called ‘hajdútánc’.

Recruiting dance was born during the time of the Austro-Hungarian army with the purpose of recruitment. It is only performed by men.

The most popular folk dance style of the Hungarian culture is the ‘ugrós-legényes’, that is, the Lad’s and Leaping Dances. What you can see here is that men perform a solo dance in front of their group. This dance includes several jumps, heel-clicking and running.

Regarding prices you can find all information on our website. As you would expect, there are lower prices guaranteed for children between 5 and 10 years old. Tickets can be purchased online where you can get extra discount as well or at Dock 11 personally (near Elisabeth Bridge). If you would like to book an own table for you and your beloved ones with a more intimate atmosphere and privacy, contact our colleagues to get a private sphere on board.

As you can see, during one evening you can gain insight into the life of the Hungarian capital city meanwhile consuming delicious meals, spending time with your family members and friends, also taking a short memory from the well-known Hungarian folk culture.

We wish program would give a memorable entertaining night for all foreign visitors once spending their holidays in our breathtaking town and in case having the next opportunity to travel, come and see us again.

Budapest Dinner Cruise with Hungarian Folklore Show

Traditional Hungarian Operetta songs and Folklore Dance in Budapest!

All countries have special and unique traditions of their own culture, which give the main characteristic features to a nation. Celebrating your country’s traditions helps you connect it with your own cultural and national heritage but getting to know another culture is more exciting and it is an important part when being abroad. Cultural diversity among even neighboring countries can appear, mainly in music, dance, arts, and crafts, gastronomy so let us say in everyday life. Therefore, we would like to introduce you this time the traditional Hungarian Operetta and Folklore shows presented by local experts on the board of one of our cruise and event ships.

What does Hungarian Folklore mean? Why is this Folklore Show different from any other? Why are foreigners interested in it so much?

Budapest Dinner Cruise Folkore Show

Hungarian folk music plays an important role in the culture of the Hungarians. It has always been with the Hungarian people for thousands of years now, thus it is an essential part of the Hungarian identity. From time to time it gets into fashion even more and lives its revolution throughout the whole country. This is due to the reason for example that famous local pop stars from the young generation mix their current music with the folk one, producing a very unique sound as a result. Or when hundreds of young people gather together on the bank of the river Danube doing a Hungarian folklore flash mob, - they folk dance together – which is extremely spectacular. Needless to say that these elements can highly influence the young school children to get to know the Hungarian folklore even more. Maybe that is why from nursery school (aged 4) children can attend to playful folk-dance classes, and this could be the reason for the numerous folk festivals organized across the country during summertime.

Base ticket Table by the window Drink package Drink package & Table by the window
€ 55 / person € 65 / person € 75 / person € 85 / person

The folk music of Hungary shows a bit of Asian melodies as well, (no wonders as ancient Huns are originated from Asia) and later on when various groups of Roma people (also known as Gypsies) migrated into the country from India bringing their own cultural styles which resulted in a rich heritage of dance and music. The music itself is made by several kinds of instruments, by some interesting ones for example whistle, flute, zither, cimbalom or pipe and on the typical ones as violin, cello, guitar. Using these various instruments give that special sound to Hungarian folk music.


As for the folk dance, there are some types for example couple dance, solo dance, solo men dance, round dance, jumping dance or csárdás (originated from the Hungarian word csárda which means pub). In this type male dancers are stamping with their feet in an “apart and together” direction, then they are spinning with female dancers, while the rhythm of the music is continuously changing from slow to quick, including very quick tempo.) This is one of the famous Hungarian folk dances of all. The nicely designed costumes worn by the dancers (especially by the female dancers) also belong to the folk dance and for the whole visual experience. Costume designs can vary depending on which part of the country that folk dance and music are from. But as a general feature, we can say that basically all types have embroidery on the garments in various kinds of floral motives. The skirts on the female dancers are just flying so beautifully when they are moving their hips to the sound of the music. Once it is worth seeing or even trying this dance.




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Hungarian Operetta is another kind of unique features of Hungary. It has some similar parts with folklore, yet it is different. These kinds of musical shows are mainly performed in theatres by professional actors and actresses in exclusive dresses. The plot usually tells a full story especially about love, often spiced with humor due to the miscommunication between the lovers. You can have a slice of the Hungarian Operetta as well if you decide to get on board with us since we have invited some famous Hungarian Operetta artists to perform the most famous songs from Hungarian Operetta musicals.

We are pretty sure that by this time you may have learned that Hungarian folklore and Operetta are in a special place in the Hungarians’ heart and as such you should not skip this experience while you are staying in Hungary. Luckily enough we are here to introduce you these cultural features of Hungary on a special cruise event night.

Our Budapest River Cruise company is the only provider who merges two different parts of how you can know more about Hungary. We organize Budapest Dinner Cruises with special live entertainments on the stage, such as our Budapest Folklore Show.


Burchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams, served with rocket salad

Burchée bites filled with a selection of traditional creams, served with rocket salad

Spring salad with honey-mustard dressing

Spring salad with honey-mustard dressing

Goulash Soup

Goulash Soup

Potato cream soup with carrot curl topping

Veal stew with Hungarian noodle dumplings

Veal stew with Hungarian noodle dumplings

Chicken breast slices with saffron risotto

Chicken breast slices with saffron risotto

Roasted trout almond coating on steamed green bean bed with mashed potato and dill sauce

Roasted trout almond coating on steamed green bean bed with mashed potato and dill sauce

Duck leg confit with buttery mashed potato served with steamed red cabbage

Duck leg confit with buttery mashed potato served with steamed red cabbage

Tofu with fresh salad

Tofu with fresh salad

Grilled Halloumi Cheese served with fresh garden salad

Grilled Halloumi Cheese served with fresh garden salad

Flan cake forest fruit ragout

Flan cake forest fruit ragout

Sesonal fruit salad

What can you discover during your Budapest Cruise?

Our Dinner cruise has a 4-course menu with a welcome drink, choosing sparkling wine or non-alcoholic version by arriving in the boat at the very beginning of the trip. The menu includes appetizers, soups, main dishes, and dessert, too. We are also taking care of our guests who are on a special diet, being a vegan or vegetarian or suffering from lactose or gluten problems will not cause any problem for us. Should you need any special food during the cruise you are kindly asked to get in touch with our staff before the dinner program. All of the dishes are prepared by an onboard chef and served by our friendly staff onto your table during a 3-hour river cruise.

Let us tell a few words about the four-course menu, itself. Well, to be very short it can be a traditional Hungarian or an international menu course, it depends on your choice. For the starter, you can either choose a light salad or some stuffed pasty baskets, for the soup you can have some vegetable cream soup, but you can taste the traditional goulash soup (believe us it is worth it). Then comes the main course, which is pretty exciting as you can choose from six different types of meals here. We offer typical Hungarian meals for example stew (known as “pörkölt” in Hungarian) which is diced meat (pork or beef) stewed on fried onion mixed with paprika powder – the typical Hungarian spice served with mashed potatoes and pickles. On the contrary, if you are not keen on tasting unusual meals, you will still find your choice as we also serve fish, chicken or duck meals, but vegetarian main courses as well.

Among the desserts there are fruity - and chocolate-based ones, again you can pick what you like the most. As you can see you will really need your stomach to be prepared for this night. And we have not mentioned anything about drinks so far. You can buy your dinner ticket with or without a drink package. The drink package includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well. Within the package, we can offer different types of selected wines from the famous Hungarian wine regions, red, white, rosé as well. We also serve sparkling wines and beers.

The non-alcoholic drinks can be mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee etc. Should you purchase a drink package, all of the drinks are available for unlimited times during the cruise. Surely without a drink package, our guests are not going to be thirsty. Further, shots are also available. We have a classic bar on board where you can select a drink from the drink list and pay it on the spot. Choose whatever is the most comfortable for you and then decide how to purchase your dinner ticket.

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The boat has two different levels, looking outside and having fresh air while you can dematerialize yourself and chill out with your family and friends. Our Budapest Dinner Cruise is able to assure you with great adventure and gives you an opportunity to create the best picture for your Instagram or Facebook.

The folklore and Operetta show has got two sessions. The first session is rather about music and singing. In this section, our guests are getting familiar both with the traditional Hungarian folk music and with the popular Operetta songs. The melodies are performed by Hungarian musicians and artists. The four-course menu is being served during this part so you will need to pay attention to your meals too besides you are listening to the songs. The second part is about folk dance. Professional folk dancers are joining us to introduce you the traditional Hungarian folk dances and to simply fascinate you.

We gladly give you a great night as an unforgettable experience you will never forget. Our Folklore Show will start in the second round of the program and take 50 minutes, where you can see the secret of the Hungarian Folklore dancers, listening to classical gypsy musicians on the stage. Our Folklore dancers during the Night River Cruise will teach you a few folklore steps after having the 4-course dinner to lose some weight picked up before.

Why can we guarantee exciting moments? If you gaze at the stage you will see culture and dance while you are listening to joyful songs in a peaceful area with the greatest city of the World around you. Continue your adventure and wonder the city on board by a Budapest river cruise.

Toast with a glass of champagne or of famous Hungarian wine to the amazing the panoramic view Budapest provides, including all beauties you must see once in your life. Enjoy being the part of our lifestyle; get some knowledge about our special traditions, unique culture that Budapest dinner cruise creates.

Have pleasure in talented musicians, folklore dancers live on board meanwhile exploring Buda Castle, the Margaret Bridge, Matthias Church, the well-known Hungarian Parliament, and Gellért Hill as the best way of sightseeing lit up at nights. Be part of millions of tourists too to visit us. Spend a romantic, elegant and relaxing sightseeing cruise far from the crowded city while having fine dining by Budapest river cruise.