Free Essential Budapest Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on December 21, 2021

Stroll through downtown Budapest with our insightful, professional local guides who'll show you all the must-see-sites and hidden gems of our wonderful and exciting city while telling you all about Hungarian heritage, and revealing not just curious facts but also the stories you won’t find in any guidebook.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

If this is your first visit to Budapest, we highly recommend this tour, because this is a perfect introduction to the city. We'll give you an insight into the basics of Hungarian history and culture, and reveal the mysteries of the Hungarian language and Hungarian cuisine. During the tour, we will show you the highlights of the city, such as St. Stephen's Basilica, the Danube embankment, the stunning view to the Buda Hills, Elizabeth Square with the Budapest Eye, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of course we won’t miss the most beautiful building of Budapest- the Parliament!


During the tour, we will also pay special attention to the attractions of Liberty Square, such as the Soviet Memorial, the German Occupation Monument and we even show you the entrance of a hidden nuclear bunker! We cover everything in the case of the Hungarian History from the Conquest, through the Ottoman Occupation, the golden age- the period of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, the First and the Second World War and we will talk about the Communist years of Hungary- just to help you to get an overview of the history of Hungary.


We start the tour at Madách Imre tér (square) and we will finish the tour in front of the Parliament Building.

During the 2.5 hour tour we will give you as many tips and recommendations as we can to make your time here as memorable as possible. 


All of our guides are locals, we know the city's most hidden corners, we have shared our knowledge with thousands of tourists and shown them the city's main attractions, don't miss this experience and discover the city with us!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Budapest, Madách Imre tér, Hungary
    Budapest, Madách Imre tér, Hungary
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    We meet at Madách Square (Madách tér) next to the Sissi statue. Please look for the blue umbrella there.

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    Outside visit
    sissi statue

    We start the tour at Madách Imre tér (square) where the Sissi statue is.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    St. Stephen's Basilica

    We check the largest Roman Catholic Church of Budapest

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Elizabeth Square

    Story of Sissi and we have a look at the Ferris Wheel

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Vörösmarty tér
  • 5
    Outside visit

    We check the amazing view to the Buda Hills from here

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    Outside visit
    Liberty Square

    We show you the entrance of a nuclear bunker, we tell you the story of the German Occupation Monument and we show you the Sovjet Monument

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Széchenyi Chain Bridge
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Hungarian Parliament Building

    And finally the most iconic building of Budapest is coming! :)

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Hungarian Parliament Building
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Shoes on the Danube Bank

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Mariona 01 Apr 2023

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
Genial con Marsi! Un tour con alguien de Budapest siempre es un punto extra. Además denotaba cierta sensibilidad por algunos aspectos. Un perfecto equilibrio entre aprender cosas y diversión. Muchas gracias!
Anne... 01 Apr 2023

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
Lara tells a lot of information in an amusing way. She knows a lot
Robert 01 Apr 2023

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Travelled in group - Mar 2023
We had an amazing time on Andor's tour! He is super knowledgeable and very funny! Andor gave some great recommendations for things to see do and eat after the tour. Highly recommend Andor's tour!
Amisha 31 Mar 2023

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Travelled in group - Mar 2023
I loved the tour with Zoli! Very funny and down to earth guide :) I found the historical stories very interesting! 10/10 would recommend!!
Shan... 31 Mar 2023

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Travelled in group - Mar 2023
I have done quite a few free walking tours around Europe. Regi was one of the best tour guide in my experience. The tour was informative and fun. She went out of her way and gave everyone her contact in case we need any help from a local even when the tour ended. That was super nice!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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