Budapest City Walking Tour (3 Hours)
Beginning at the Hungarian State Opera House, youll hop on the metro for a quick ride out to City Park and Heroes Square. There youll see the impressive statues of Hungarys most important national leaders.
Walk through the park to Vajdahunyad Castle, constructed in 1896 as part of the Millennial Exhibition, which celebrated 1,000 years since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin. You'll also see thepopular Szechenyi Spa, Europes largest thermal bath, before taking the metro back into the city center.
From there, youll encounter the neoclassical structure of St. Stephens Basilica, one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest. Afterward, take a load off your feet in a Hungarian cafe, where you can relax with a hot drink and two delicious pastries included in the price of your ticket. Then, continue along the cobblestone streets towards Ferenciek Square and Vaci Street, a strip well-known for its trinket shops.
Youll then walk along the Danube Promenade, taking in the panorama of Gellert Hill and the Citadel, while snapping a photo of the Chain Bridge. Conclude your tour in the Buda Castle District, where you can take the last of your photos from the stunning lookout at Fisherman's Bastion.
Budapest History Walking Tour (3 Hours)
Your 3-hour walking tour begins at the Hungarian Opera House in central Budapest. Your guide initiates your trip back through time by discussing Hungarys role in World War I and II, as well as the 1956 Revolution against the communist government and its Soviet policies.
The Revolution of 1956 continues to be honoured every year on October 23, marking the culmination of the Hungarian quest for freedom. Your guide will take you through significant landmarks where protests, speeches, and marches took place.
Stop at Liberty Square for a glimpse at the citys final tribute to the Soviet Union. Additionally, hear stories about life behind the Iron Curtain how families lived, the great difficulties of travel, and many other interesting facts and anecdotes, from black markets to banana lines.
Travel to a private exhibition hall to study cultural artifacts and communist propaganda, such as red and blue passports, party member registration books, currency, and medals. Then, your guide takes you to the impressive structure of the Parliament building, where the first shots of the 1956 Revolution were fired.Learn about the important Hungarian figure Imre Nagy, a communist best known for defying the Soviet leaders in Moscow and executed for treason as a result. As your tour concludes in central Budapest, youll have a clearer sense of the last century of history that has shaped both the capital city and its country today.