Budapest Historic Cafes Small-Group Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10am and 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    Café Gerbeaud
  • Return Details :
    Muvesz Cafe on Andrassy BoulevardBudapest, Andrássy út 29, 1061, Hungary
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Wander amongthe masterpieces of Hungarian architecture from the golden age of 19th and early 20th century caf house culture as well as poets, artists and writers who created the most remarkable pieces of Hungarian literature.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Our 3 hour walk starts at Vorosmarthy square, in the heart of the city. Our first cafe already gives us a deeper insight into the ambiance of Imperial Budapest. The Gerbaud with its exquisite interior, and more than 100 years of history, served as a central social hub for both tourists and locals during the late 19th century.

From Gerbaud we take the tram by the Danube to the Central Cafe, a space so dignified that it epitomizes what the cafe house culture really meant during the 19th century pinnacle of the Habsburg Empires economic and cultural power. The scenery, the delicate decor, the delicious meals, the delightful desserts and refreshing drinks give us a full taste of the atmosphere of a bygone cultures social rituals.

Next (and within walking distance), we move the Museum Caf, in operation since 1885. Prominent clientle were regularly entered in the guest book, now a historical document, including the names of many Members of Parliament, distinguished writers, and famous Hungarian actors. The lavish walls are covered in tiles from the world-famous Zsolnay porcelain works. Another unique feature is the grand 19th century Venetian Mirror.

After yet another short walk, we come to the Urania Cafe on Rakoczi street, which houses the oldest Film Theatre in the city, and which is famous for its lectures given by prominent intellectuals before large audiences of Budapest cosmopolitans.

From here we will walk towards Blaha Lujza tr, on the big boulevard to reach our next sight, the elegant New York Cafe, one of the most beautiful Cafe Houses in the world. We end our walking tour sitting down for a coffee and cake in the Muvesz Cafe on Andrassy Boulevard, near the Opera House, hoping to catch a glimpse of the citys celebrity actors and actresses, who regularly patronize the venue during their rehearsal breaks from the nearby Budapest Broadway.

Inclusions

3 hour guided walking tour

Art historian guide

Exclusions

Price of refreshments, cakes and coffees selected at various cafes

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

  • 14-Oct-2016

    This was our third tour in Budapest, so perhaps the comparison with the other tours was a factor, however there are far better organized tours in the city for much less money. Our tour was exclusively walking, it did not include the tram referenced in the write-up. Not a huge deal in and of itself, but one problem on a list of many. Our guide was a recent graduate who said this was one of her last tours, which may also have been a factor. In all fairness, the tour is a literary and history tour, our particular tour focused almost solely on the political history of the area, and barely touched on the literary history. One journal, one editor and one poet were mentioned by name, otherwise literary figures were referred to only as 'the writers.'

    This was the only tour we have taken through Viator where stops at businesses were clearly not coordinated ahead of time. Our tour guide was asking permission to access local businesses as she went, which is unusual in our experience. We ended up touring her campus, while the locations she pointed out were interesting, again they had nothing to do with literature. We then went into an apartment complex the guide said she had a code for, even though we specifically voiced concern with the unscheduled stop to a private building. The tour was scheduled for three hours, we left after two due to the general awkwardness of the ongoing negotiations.

    If this was advertised as a socio-political history tour and locations were pre-arranged better with the local businesses, this would have been a fine tour. However as a literary tour, my husband and I were hoping to learn more about the specific authors and poets who called Budapest home, which this tour did not provide.

  • 21-Jul-2016

    Anet was my tour guide. Excellent English and very knowledgeable and passionate about her Cafes - definitely part of the historical Budapest! We walked and walked but the weather was perfect, adding to the wonderful tour!