In this seven hour tour with private transport, your expert local guide will direct you to some of the most important historical and cultural sites of Budapest.
- Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city
- Visit the Great Synagogue, Europe’s biggest place of worship for the Jewish faith
- Stroll the leafy Andrássy út boulevard, passing by the Hungarian National Opera House
- Enjoy the buzz of Pest, a vibrant cultural hub on the eastern banks of the Danube
- Discover the significance of the monument at the heart of Heroes' Square
- Revel in the quietude of Buda and its characterful, storied streets.
- Find out what drove Buda and Pest to unify as one large capital city
- Discover Budapest’s stunning array of architectural styles, from Turkish era to Art Nouveau
- Admire the scale and finery of the Hungarian Parliament Building
- Admire the elegance of St Stephen's Basilica, a neoclassical cathedral
- Explore the importance of the Danube to Budapest since ancient times
- End your tour at Széchenyi Spa, a colour-rich bathing complex in Art Nouveau style
Origins of Budapest
Budapest is blessed with some truly superb, grand buildings in Gothic, Art Nouveau, Romantic, Neo-Gothic and Turkish era style: a pleasing mix of genres that draws millions of culture buffs to the city each year. The capital of Hungary is the administrative, cultural, economic, educational, financial and trade hub of the nation. The mighty River Danube, broad and sweeping, neatly dissects the city, with the old city of Buda extending into the hills on the west bank and Pest sitting in the lowlands to the east. As Hungary’s largest metropolitan hub, Budapest boasts more diversity in its ethnicity still, combined with the historical legacies of Asiatic conquer, Mongol invasion, Ottoman siege, German control and Soviet rule.
From Castle Hill to Heroes’ Square
Immerse yourself in the unique character of Budapest with its beautiful buildings, fairytale towers, storied streets, Hungarian culture, quirky communist-era sites and gritty spirit. Stroll some of the streets to access treasures best viewed on foot and journey via luxury transport to the city’s far-flung corners. Your expert local guide will provide a narrative to your exploration of Budapest’s most compelling historical and cultural sites.Visit Castle Hill, an elevated focal point of Budapest’s history that is home to some of the city’s most iconic medieval monuments such as the fairytale towers at the Fisherman’s Bastion and handsome Matthias Church with its royal connections. Prepare to be wowed by the sheer size and scale of the Hungarian Parliament Building, which boasts an eclectic mix mixture of architectural styles. It is here that the Crown of St Stephen, one of the most historically significant Hungarian treasures, is held on behalf of the nation.
The St Stephen’s Basilica, an elegant neoclassical cathedral named after the first king of Hungary, is the most sacred of all Catholic church in the country and took 54 years to construct, finally opening in 1905. Similarly impressive is the Great Synagogue, one of the largest places of worship of the Jewish faith in the world. In the Pest area of the city you will be able to admire the National Opera House, a temple of acoustic perfection, in a building of resplendent neo-Renaissance style. Nearby, find Heroes’ Square at the end of Andrássy Street, a neatly paved plaza built in the late 1800’s that is now topped with a monument to Hungarian conquest. Our final stop is the Széchenyi Spa, an Art Nouveau bathing complex of grand decor filled with hot bubbling pools, outside baths and whirlpools. The largest spa baths in Europe, the Széchenyi Spa boasts iconic status in Hungary and is used by people of all ages, including families, for bathing rituals in its spring-fed curative bathhouse. You are free to enjoy the spa at your leisure at the end of the tour (price not included).