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Budapest Grand Walk

Budapest Basilica

Travel revolves around food and and wine for us. But we are the first to admit that there is much to love about Budapest beyond the cafés and the wine bars. We encourage all travelers to Budapest to devote plenty of time to exploring life in the the maze of inner city streets, the elegant late-19th/early-20th century villas on the grand boulevards, the bridges connecting Buda and Pest, and the beautiful Danube promenade which cuts through the center of town.

Walking is the best way to explore Budapest, and the only way to truly discover the details hidden amongst the city’s streets. This four-hour grand walking tour, led by an experienced local guide, visits a mix of many of the city’s major sights and lesser-known ones which we believe should not be missed. Focusing on the history of the city and the country, this tour covers a large area of the city, squeezing in many places of interest (and lots of information). Think of it as an advanced level introduction to Budapest. We’ll begin in the Pest Palace district with a glass of sparkling wine, as we get our bearings. In this neighborhood we’ll see some stunning buildings (many of which have seen better days) including the Hungarian National Radio Building (which was an important site during the 1956 Revolution) and the National Museum. Many buildings in this neighborhood were once aristocratic palaces. We’ll briefly check out the neighboring Jewish District, and see the Grand Synagogue (Europe’s largest!), the Gozsdu udvar complex, and bustling Király utca. In addition to seeing grand public spaces such as Kossuth tér, Szabadság tér, and Heroes’ square, we’ll see grand and eclectic architecture such as The Postal Savings Bank building (built by Ödön Lechner, the Gaudi of Hungary), the Academy of Sciences (founded by statesman Count István Széchenyi), buildings on Andrássy út such as the Opera and the Ballet Institute, among many others. We’ll see monuments including the heartbreaking Shoes on the Danube Holocaust memorial and the Soviet Monument. You’ll also learn why there is memorial to characters such as a US major, and Ronald Reagan. We’ll hop on continental Europe’s oldest metro line (so we can cover more ground), and we’ll also stop for a coffee break at one of our favorite cafés. Budapest has layers of history, and this tour will reveal them through the telling of the stories of the buildings and streets, as well as the important players in Hungarian history from kings, dictators, and freedom fighters to architects, writers, and politicians.


SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Culinary Walk. Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)! 

Learn—Hear about Hungary’s 1,000 year-long history, Budapest’s colorful past, the stories behind many of the city’s most important sites, Hungarian culture, and daily Budapest life.
Experience—Your tour will be like visiting the city with a smart (and fun) local friend who can give you the inside scoop on the city’s history, people, customs, and social scene. You’ll get a good overview of the city, which will prepare you to delve in further if you have more time (or will tempt you to return if your visit is a short one).
SeeYou’ll visit Pest highlights including lesser-known corners of the Pest Palace district, Oktogon, Andrássy út, Heroes’ Square, the Opera, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Liberty Square, the National Bank, the old Stock Exchange Building, Parliament, Kossuth Square, the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, the Hungarian Academy of Science, and the Chain Bridge. Discover old buildings—from those which are a bit dusty or still scattered with war-time bullet holes, to those which have been renovated to the highest standard. They are all full of personality and deep history.
WalkWear comfortable shoes! You’ll walk about 3 miles, starting in Pest’s Palace district, making a circle up to Heroes’ Square, and ending up next to the Danube (in sight of the Buda Castle).  

This tour is available most days of the year, starting at 3pm (with the exception of a few national holidays).

$65 USD per person ($30 per child) for a small-group tour (for a group size of 2-6 people)
$95 USD per person for a private tour (for a group size of 2-6 people)

For larger groups please contact us for a customized price proposal. 

The Details
• Four-hour tour (if you have someplace to be afterwards, please let your guide know at the beginning of the tour as it can stretch on for more than four hours if you are not in a rush)
• Begins at a central location in Pest (exact location details will be provided upon booking)
• We’ll take a coffee break during the tour (one coffee/drink is included)
• Tour is led by an experienced local guide
• Prepare for lots of walking (and wear comfortable shoes!), as this tour is a thorough tour of our capital!
• Our list of hand-picked favorite Budapest eating and drinking spots will be emailed to you after you book the tour!
• This tour can be booked as a small group tour (which means minimum of two guests and maximum of six guests) or a private tour
• Customized tours can also be arranged. If you have a preferred neighborhood or theme, please tell us about it and we’ll try to make it happen.
• The tour includes a few short trips on public transportation (including the continent’s oldest metro line!)
• If you’d prefer less walking we can book a private vehicle for an additional charge.

SPECIAL OFFER! We recommend pairing this tour with our Culinary Walk. Book the two experiences together and receive a 10% discount on both (discount will be automatically applied during the booking process)! 

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