Why I love Budapest
“I love Budapest for all the right reasons – architecture (especially Art Nouveau), romance (particularly the views from the bridges) and sticky apricot jam – and some of the wrong ones, too (killer pálinka (fruit brandy), rickety trolleybuses, and checking out bodies in the Turkish baths). When I first came to Budapest, I was bowled over by an often sad but confident city whose history seemed too complex to...” Read More
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Private Walking Tour: Budapest and Hungary's History
Take an in-depth historical walking tour of Budapest with a private guide and see key locations and cultural artifacts from Hungary’s communist era. Your expert guide will explain Hungary’s turbulent recent history–from the rule of Big Brother to the fall of the Iron Curtain. Visit the area surrounding the Hungarian Parliament Building and hear stories about WWI, WWII, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Walk along the streets of Budapest and stop at a private exhibition space to get an idea of daily life under communist rule. Your private guide will meet you at your central Budapest hotel to start your 3-hour historical walking tour of the city. Journey back in time to glimpse what life was like during Hungary’s communist era, and get a fascinating overview of the political history of Hungary as a whole. Your expert guide will share stories about life behind the Iron Curtain–how kids were raised and families lived, where and how people traveled, the difficulties in getting a passport–and many other revealing experiences.Learn the story of Hungary’s actions during WWI and WWII, and about the new communist government that took power after WWII. That government’s heavy-handed leadership style led to a revolt against the government and the Soviet policies it embraced, culminating in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. You’ll follow your guide through streets where important protests, speeches and marches of the revolution were held. At Liberty Square, you’ll find the city’s last remaining tribute to the former Soviet Union. The area surrounding the Hungarian Parliament Building is another important landmark; here bullets were fired and subsequent actions contributed to the civilian revolt. Hear about the communist politician Imre Nagy, who refused to follow the orders of Moscow and was executed for treason post-revolution. You can visit a private exhibition that features items from Hungarian home life, displaying the extensive reach of propaganda in communist Hungary. You can check out the collection of communist-related items such as red and blue passports, registration books for party members, pins, medals and currency. During your tour, you'll stop at a local cafe for pastries and coffee, tea or mineral water and enjoy further discussion with your guide. At the end of the three hours, you’ll gain an understanding of recent Hungarian history and how the last century’s events have shaped present day Hungary. Your tour will end in central Budapest and you can choose to continue exploring at your leisure.
Budapest to Istanbul
From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, get on the train from Budapest to Istanbul – definitely the road less travelled, but absolutely a worthy adventure to take. Over 13 days, you’ll explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, “Dracula’s Castle” in Transylvania, and much more – all accessed via comfortable trains. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration off the train, you'll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.
Explore Central Europe
Home to some of the world’s most celebrated cultural touchstones, Central Europe was built for exploration. This nine-day adventure crosses four countries and makes stops in four of Europe's most fascinating cities – Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. Connect with the past at a brewery in medieval Český Krumlov, and by walking along the Berlin Wall with a historian. Make some special memories against a backdrop rich with art, music, and history.
Budapest Bike Tour
Budapest's original and most renowned biking tour is an innovative, entertaining and relaxing way to see most of the city sights in an intimate way through grand roads and bike pathways. Your private guide will lead you across Budapest and its history, full of UNESCO World Heritage sites before heading out on your own to explore. Numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group biking tour of Budapest, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.
5-Day Sightseeing Tour from Budapest to Vienna
Travel the picturesque route from Budapest to Vienna on this round-trip five-day sightseeing tour! As you explore these cities, admire beautiful landmarks on the Danube River and soak up the sophisticated atmospheres. You’ll spend four nights in comfortable 3-star or 4-star hotels (your choice), both of which include breakfast. Start in Budapest, capital of Hungary and ‘the Pearl of the Danube’, and end in Vienna, capital of Austria and ‘the City of Dreams’. On this tour, see the best of these cities, which are home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful architecture and rich histories.
Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour by Bus and Boat
Explore the beautiful and historical city of Budapest, much of which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a hop-on hop-off tour! Sightsee at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus, as well as a boat route on the Danube. You can hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the 28 stops to see Budapest’s top attractions, including Heroes’ Square, Margaret Island, Budapest Citadel and Hungarian State Opera House.