A private orientation walk of downtown Pest.
Separated by the Danube River, Budapest consists of the former settlements of Buda and Pest. Led by a scholar and resident of Budapest, we explore the expansive history of the thriving Pest side of the river on this 3 hour private experience. We start at the beginning of Pest’s history and discover the Contra-Aquincum, ruins of old Roman fortifications, and the Inner Parish Church, the oldest building in the city. We then continue on in time on a path next to the Danube, which provides fantastic photo opportunities and ample opportunity to admire and understand the architecture and urban development of Pest. Along the way, we pass by the Chain Bridge and delve into the development of the Hungarian identity and contemporary politics, exemplified by the re-naming of public space and areas of the city, including the monuments in Freedom Square. Our time together will provide a timeline for the development and changes in Pest, as well as a further understanding of contemporary current events and politics, and the history from which these modern-day issues emerged. We finish our time together at St. Stephen’s Basilica, near the Central European University, a symbol of post-Soviet education and a movement to the future.