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Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

1. Budapest: Hungarian Chimney Cake Workshop

Discover how to prepare Kürtőskalács, a traditional Hungarian chimney cake, at a workshop in Budapest. Prepare one of Hungary's favorite foods which are made from sweet dough, formed into strips, and then are wrapped around a cone and rolled in sugar. After a short introduction, be guided through the entire process of preparing an authentic chimney cake. Start by making the sweet dough from scratch. Receive tips and tricks which help with the baking process. See how the sugar stuck on the cake caramelises and forms a shiny, crispy golden crust. Once the baking process is finished, cover the cake with different flavors, such as ground walnut, powdered cinnamon, chocolate sauce, or similar.  At the end of the workshop try your delicious creation, and receive a certificate of completion with your name as a memento of your experience.

Budapest: Market Tour and Hungarian Cooking Class

2. Budapest: Market Tour and Hungarian Cooking Class

Immerse yourself in the culinary scene of Budapest and visit the central Great Market Hall to experience the everyday hustle and bustle of life in the city. Learn the history of the market and purchase all the ingredients you will need to prepare an authentic Hungarian 3-course meal. Avail of the services of hosts who are passionate about food in the comfort of a private apartment. At the end, tuck into the delicious Hungarian meal you prepared, served with drinks, including some local wine.

Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

3. Budapest: 6-Hour Private Tour to Szentendre

Visit the historic town of Szentendre on a half-day sightseeing tour from Budapest, traveling by air-conditioned vehicle for up to 6 people. Home to Serbians and Bulgarians in the Middle Ages, the town has been populated for well over a millennium, and in Roman times was known as Ulcisia Castra (Wolf Castle). Today it is home to some beautiful Orthodox churches, including the mid 18th-century Blagovestenska Church, built by Greek settlers. You will also see the baroque Cross of Fő tér (Main Square), and the Serbian merchant houses of the winding streets that surround it. Full of bohemian bars, bookshops, galleries and atmospheric restaurants, in the summer Szentendre plays host to many open air festivals, while Christmas is a time to browse for handmade crafts as you sip mulled wine at the open air Christmas Market. On almost every corner you will find something worth taking a picture of, or a shop selling unique souvenir items, from paintings to graphics offered by artists working on the street. Or if you prefer, you can explore the ceramic art of Margit Kovács in the expansive Margit Kovács Museum just off Fo tér. Lunch and dinner can also be arranged on request.

The Matyóland: visit Mezőkövesd

4. The Matyóland: visit Mezőkövesd

Discover the highlights of Mezőkövesd in the heart of Matyóland on a full-day tour from Budapest, and learn about the Matyó people, who can be traced back to King Matthias of the 15th century. Matthias raised the status of Mezőkövesd during his reign, and today the town is awash with women wearing blouses, fabrics and aprons colorfully embroidered with flowers based on old patterns. Visit the Matyó Museum to admire some of these traditional costumes through the ages, along with artifacts of furniture and crafts. Discover the original Matyó homes of the Hadas district, where the streets retain a 19th-century atmosphere. In the old cottages, local folk artists offer a view of what it is like to be a Matyó. One of the highlights is the Zsóry Health and Open Air Bath, where the sulphuric waters are a healing 72 degrees, helping those suffering from arthritis and rheumatic diseases, and claimed to help alleviate gynaecological problems. Every year Mezőkövesd organizes a range of cultural programs, such as the food benedictions of the 3-day Matyó Easter Festival. Zsóry Festival in July boasts dozens of concerts, while at the end of August, Zsóry Riding Days features spectacular hurdle jumps as the main event.

From Budapest: Private Herend Porcelain Tour

5. From Budapest: Private Herend Porcelain Tour

It is not just by chance that the most famous rulers of the 19th and 20th century, such as Queen Victoria, Hungarian King Franz Joseph and his wife Queen Elisabeth, Alexander von Humboldt, Nikolas II of Russia, and Lady Diana, all fell in love with Herend porcelains. One of the most famous and favored patterns still in was named after Queen Victoria, and a Herend porcelain tableware set decorated with the 'new Victoria pattern' was given by the Hungarian Government as a gift to Kate and William's wedding, The three main attractions in Herend are the Porcelain Museum, the Mini Manufactory and the Coffee and Porcelain Shop. At the Herend Mini Manufactory, one can see the fascinating process of how the heavy mass of kaolin clay becomes fragile porcelain, and how the craftsmen shape, decorate and paint the material. You can follow step by step the birth of the beautiful masterpieces of Herend Porcelain. The tour in the Mini Manufactory starts with an interesting short movie about the story of the Herend factory from 1826 to the present day. After the Mini Manufactory, you can visit the Herend Porcelain Museum, where you will receive an overall picture about the colorful product range of Herend porcelain over the last 180 years. The Manufactory has a capacity of producing more then 16,000 various forms, around 4,000 patterns and their free variation. This means it is equivalent of 64 million various products. Finish your tour in the shop, delivery with insurance is available worldwide, and take a good coffee or tea, of course from a Herend porcelain cup.

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Would really recommend giving this class a go to anyone visiting Budapest, especially if you're already looking for a chance to try chimney cakes (even more satisfying to eat knowing you made it yourself!) Upon our arrival we were greeted by Lily (hope the spellings correct) who was incredibly friendly and offered us complementary coffee which was devine. The class itself was very informative into the history of the chimney cake. She was incredibly patient and encouraging to us first timers, we were nervous at first having not done anything similar before, but under her instruction we made some delicious chimney cakes! The certificate we got was such a nice touch and we were delighted with it. Overall the experience was brilliant and we would 100% recommend it to anyone visiting Budapest!!

Our host was very kind and welcoming. You meet at a locally owned chimney cake shop and downstairs they have a small classroom allowing for an intimate learning area. She was patient and helpful. You get the opportunity to make 3 cakes yourself, and choose several different flavors to roll your cake in. At the end she shares the recipe and how to make them at home. Lots of fun, especially if you love sweets.

A fun experience. We made 3 chimney cakes and there were 3 flavours available. I recommend going hungry, the cakes are best enjoyed fresh. But you do get take away bags to pack the remainder in.

This is a great idea for a chill day. You can spend your morning before walking around the city doing some fun baking. This was fun, easy, and most of all delicious! Would highly recommend

Absolutely wonderful both my daughter and I loved it. Szuper volt én meg a kislányom nagyon jól éreztük magunkat. C'était excellente moi et ma fille on a bien amusé et c'était très bon.