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Highlights and Secrets of Budapest Small Group Tour

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Robert
Quality Verified Registered on May 22, 2023

I was born in Budapest. Besides being a tour guide, I am a writer, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter. For me, stories represent the world and thus human understanding within it. That's why I am in love with Budapest, where the infinitely diverse facades, the musty walls of the historic castle district, and the spaces of modern communal areas tell mysterious and adventurous stories, just like the cobblestones beneath our feet, the facades above our heads, or the hidden pubs with their regular patrons. If you join me, I will not only show you the most beautiful and important sights of the capital city but also share some of the best stories it has with you.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Explore the the most beautiful parts of the city in a small group (a maximum of 20 participants) with an independent guide!

Welcome to Budapest!

 "The Pearl of the Danube" is a unique metropolis with the lush hills and forests of Buda, Pest with its inviting bars, diverse Jewish quarter, and vibrant nightlife, as well as the marvelous bridges connecting the two banks.

 If you come with me, you will have an unforgettable experience as we explore the history of Budapest in a small group together, from the Mongolian and the Ottoman occupation to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the two world wars, decades of communism, and to the present day, while marveling at the city's most beautiful attractions.

 Alongside the essential and magnificent stops, I will also share personal stories about my family, the adventures of my ancestors during communism, and the two world wars.

 I will show you hidden wonders known only to locals as well, the things that color our everyday lives.

 The tour covers Budapest's most important sights and attractions , such as:

  • Historical city center
  • Millennium Underground
  • St Stephen's Basilica
  • Statues of Budapest
  • Liberty Square
  • Parliament
  • Central Market Hall
  • Margaret Island
  • Shoes on the Danube Bank
  • Synagogue
  • Chain Bridge
  • Thermal Baths
  • Gellert Hill
  • Castle District

 As someone who engages in writing, human stories are particularly important to me. Therefore, besides the most exciting turning points in history, I strive to present human destinies in the storms of centuries. As a playwright, I will reveal Budapest's artistic side to you as well. As a screenwriter, I will also involve you in the surprisingly deep connection between Hollywood and Budapest , as you will have the chance to meet several real stars on my tour. You will also get to know some seriously fun facts !

 During the tour, while conveying historical and cultural knowledge, I will tell you about my favorite hangouts , and recommend great restaurants and pubs . I will share with you what I believe is worth doing in Budapest and what is not, where to wander off the well-known tourist path if you are truly curious about life in Pest.

Meeting point: in front of St. Stephen's Basilica. Look for the turquoise umbrella!

We will finish the tour at the Chain Bridge.

 Book your place now, hope to meet you soon!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Budapest, Szent István Bazilika, Szen...
    Budapest, Szent István Bazilika, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary
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    I will be in front of the stairs to St. Stephen's Basilica's main entrance. Look out for the turquoise umbrella!

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    Outside visit
    St. Stephen's Basilica

    We start our tour from St. Stephen's square. I will tell you about the beginnings of Hungary's history here. You will meet our ancestors and learn about the fantastic past of this place and the secrets of the Basilica as well.

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    Outside visit
    The Stars of Zrínyi street

    There are stars on both sides of Zrínyi street. They are not deployed for Hungarian actors. What could they be there for?

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    Outside visit
    The Fat Policeman

    Seemingly a policeman from peaceful times, this statue holds secrets.

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    Outside visit
    Stumbling Stones

    Learn about a worldwide memorial and Hungary’s role in the two World Wars.

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    Outside visit
    Monument to the victims of the German invasion of World War II

    A controversial monument itself, this stop tells the story of the current Hungarian Government, the Opposition, and the Jewish community in Budapest.

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    Outside visit
    The monument to the first open air Athletic Champhionship

    A monument to the first open air athletic world championship, a place to rest, and some personal family stories I share with you from the time of the German occupation of Budapest.

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    Outside visit
    Military Jail / Stock Exchange Palace

    This is the place where the deep connections of Budapest and Hollywood will be exposed to you. Get to know our most famous inventors.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Kermit the Frog

    A real surprise and a characteristic, bittersweet Hungarian story awaits you. Learn about a detective game.

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    Outside visit
    Adria Palace

    This building has ornaments with a front of a ship with a Meduse, representatives of different nations from different continents, anchors and shells on its front. What was its purpose? You may find all the answers to the secrets it holds.

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    Outside visit
    Memorial to the Soviet Heroes

    Learn about Hungary's tale in the decades of communism at the liberating Soviet Heroes' Memorial and a famous rockstar who became the saviour of Hungary and the sole person to change the course of Hungarian history.

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    Embassy of the United States of America

    Why are the trees so high here?

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    Outside visit
    Ronald Reagen Statue

    The story of the square and an another Hollywood star.

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    Outside visit
    National Treasury

    Learn about the secret of the National Treasury and why it is so hard to spot.

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    Outside visit
    Hungarian Parliament Building

    We will get to know a tale of one famous rockstar who wanted to buy the Hungarian Parliament. Also, you will learn everything about Europe's biggest Parliament when built, its history and the fun facts about it. The story of the millennial race between Budapest and Vienna.

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    Outside visit
    The Horse Riding statue of Count Gyula Andrássy

    A very important Hungarian politician's statue who helped a great deal in the Austrio-Hungarian reconciliation.

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    Shoes on the Danube Bank

    The tragic historical event when the Danube turned Red. A touching memorial. Learn everything you need to know about Buda and the Castle District.

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    Outside visit
    UNESCO World Heritage: the panoramic view from the Danube Corso

    We will finish our tour here, and I will explain everything to you about the kings and queens of Hungary, the Buda side, to which we have a panoramic view from here. This is the place where I recommend my favorite places to you, and answer all your questions the best I can do.

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    Outside visit
    The Chainbridge

    The secret of the lions on Chain Bridge. The baths of Budapest. The Gellért hill, the Liberty Statue, and one last farewell.

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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Ewelina 21 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
It was my first Free Walking Tour and I didn't know what should I expected, but it was so interesting, funny. Robert told us a lot of stories from other perspectives. I am so happy that I chose this tour, couldn't be any better.
Elena 20 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Great introduction to Budapest!
yuval 19 Jul 2024
Be'er Sheva

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
great free walking tour great robert
Alexandre 19 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
I really recommend Robert for touring Budapest! It was a great afternoon, he showed us the most important places in the “Pest” side of the city exploring the history, the first settlements in the region, 20th century and modern days! Very rich experience!
Martina 19 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
Robert is a vet nice guy who loves history and is able to make you feel in touch with his people and his country! Really recommended!!
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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
There is no minimum number of people 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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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