Witness traditional and classical artistry in Danube Palace before setting out on a buffet dinner cruise.

• View song and dance by Hungary's finest performers.

• After the show you'll be escorted to the dinner boat.

• Optional hotel pick-up and drop-off available.

• E-tickets are sent straight to your mobile device.


Please find a dinner menu, the concert program and other details further down the page.

About The Gala Concert & Dinner Cruise:

Make a date with this one-of-a-kind spectacle during your trip to Budapest. The gala concert combines elements of Classical, Operetta, Hungarian Folk and Gypsy music, creating an event that's as dynamic as it is exhilarating. One of Hungary's most renowned classical music ensembles, the Danube Symphony Orchestra leads each performance. They're accompanied on-stage by professional ballet dancers.

The concert also features a performance by one of the leading talents from Hungary’s national 'Virtuoso' talent show, and operetta performances by soloists from the Budapest Operetta Theatre. Additionally, you'll get a taste of Hungarian folk culture through traditional folk song adaptations performed by an authentic Gypsy ensemble.

After the concert join a 1.5-hour river cruise on a heated and air-conditioned ship. Here you'll enjoy a buffet dinner consisting of Hungarian and international specialities, vegetarian foods and many different delicious desserts. The ship's panoramic windows let you admire the nighttime beauty of Budapest while you eat. After dinner you can enjoy the view from the open upper deck.

event_seat Select A Seating Category:

When booking your gala concert you'll be asked to select a seating category; these are listed 1 to 3 and will determine where you are seated during the show. Each category is explained below:

  • Category 1: Rows 2-11 (front section), closer to the stage, though just behind the VIP row.
  • Category 2: Rows 1-7 (back section).
  • Category 3: Rows 8-10 (back section).
  • VIP: Row 1 (front section).

Click/tap here to view a downloadable map of Danube Palace's seating arrangement.

today Season | 2019 Show Dates:


schedule Schedule Of Events:

  • 19:30: Arrival at the venue (Danube Palace).
  • 19:45: Hostesses escort you to your seats in the theatre.
  • 20:00: The first part of the performance begins.
  • 20:45: Intermission. Grab a drink at the bar or chose from a selection of Hungarian souvenirs.
  • 21:00: The second part of the performance begins.
  • 21:45: The end of the performance - hostesses will escort you to the dinner boat.
  • 22:00: Boarding and departure. You will be offered a welcome drink upon boarding. The buffet dinner will be served once everyone is seated.
  • 23:20: Cruise ends. Hostesses will be happy to call taxis on request. These will be waiting to take you back to your hotel when you leave the boat.


place Danube Palace Address:

  • 1051, Zrinyi Street 5. Budapest.
  • Check-in at the Hungaria Koncert desk inside the building.

hourglass_empty Duration:

  • Concert & Dinner Cruise: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes each.

Dinner Cruise Menu:

Cold Entrees:

Spiced cottage cheese cream and traditional greaves cream.


Alföld style goulash with small dumplings.
Vegetable cream soup (during spring-autumn).
Cold fruit soup (during summer).

Warm Main Courses:

Mini stuffed cabbage.
Traditional chicken leg 'Paprikasch'.
Roasted chicken breast with basil-cheese sauce.
Spicy pork rib with thyme and mustard sauce.
Roasted sea fish with Chardonnay sauce.

Garnishes & Vegetarian:

Grilled polenta with feta cheese.
Grilled vegetables.
Homemade dumplings with spinach and mustard-mushroom sauce.
Steamed jasmin rice with corn.
Hash-brown potatoes.
Steak potatoes.


Fresh seasonal salads with dressings.
Italian pasta salad.
Caesar’s salad.
Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise.


Home-made strudel.
Somló style sponge cake.
Mini tarts.
Dessert variations Európa style.
Season fruit basket.

Gala Concert Program:

Part 1:

Hector Berlioz: Rákóczi March (Orchestra).

Zoltán Kodály: Intermezzo - from the Opera Háry János (Orchestra).

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No. 5. (Orchestra with cimbalom solo).

Béla Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances (Orchestra).

Jules Massenet: Thais - Meditation (Kiss Zoltán, Orchestra).

Ferenc Erkel: Palotás - from the Opera Hunyadi László (Orchestra).

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. (Orchestra with cimbalom solo).

- Intermission -

Part 2:

Franz Lehár: Eva-Waltz (Ballet Ensemble).

Emmerich Kálmán: The Czardas Queen - "Dasist die Liebe".

Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow - Medley (Orchestra).

Franz Lehár: The Merry Widow - "Grisetten Lied und Kan-Kan" (Ballet Ensemble).

Grigoraş Ionică Dinicu: The Nightingale (Gypsy Band).

A Csitári Hegyek Alatt - (Hungarian folk song by gypsy band).

Vittorio Monti: Csárdás Czardas (Gypsy Band).

Emmerich Kalman: The Devil-rider - Palotás (Orchestra & Ballet Ensemble).

Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza - "Komm mit nach Varazdin".

Johann Strauss Jr: Long live the Magyar! Op. 332. (Orchestra).

Emmerich Kálmán: Countess Mariza - "Braunes Mädel von der Pussta" (Ballet Ensemble).

With Danube Symphonic Orchestra and Ballet Ensemble of Budapest Operetta Theatre.

Select your ticket type(s)

Helpful ticket usage instructions are listed below.

Important Information & Usage instructions

Upon booking your Gala Concert & Dinner Cruise you will receive an electronic ticket voucher immediately via email. Exact usage instructions vary depending on your ticket type:

• WITHOUT Hotel Pick-Up:

Print or present your ticket voucher on a mobile device to staff at the Hungaria Koncert desk inside Danube Palace. You should arrive at the meeting point at least 30 minutes before your concert is due to start. Note that the time stated above is the time the show starts. You should check-in 30 minutes before this time.

- Seating categories are explained in the 'Downloads Tab' above.

• WITH Hotel Pick-Up:

If you choose the hotel pick-up and drop-off service then a chauffeur will drive you straight to Danube Palace. At the end of the dinner cruise they will return you to your hotel from the mooring station. Please provide a mobile number during the booking process, then email your hotel name and address plus booking reference to info@cityxplora.com.

On the day of your concert check-in with hotel reception 30-40 minutes before the performance is due to start. This is so the chauffeur has a direct point of contact from which to collect you more easily.

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