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Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

1. Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

Get a local point of view on Budapest’s Christmas traditions and culture while seeing some of the inner city’s top sights. On this 2.5-hour tour, your guide will take you to two Christmas markets where you’ll find Hungarian handicrafts, trinkets, souvenirs, and local foods and sweets on offer. Along the way you’ll see the Opera House, Andrassy Boulevard, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Enjoy a guided visit to the basilica, and see the impressive Holy Right Chapel. You’ll have the option of admiring the holiday decorations inside the basilica and around the square. At the end of the tour there’s hot mulled wine waiting for you! Your guide will leave you in Vorosmarty Square, the site of the city’s biggest Christmas market, so that you can do some holiday shopping on your own.

Budapest: Guided E-Bike Tour

2. Budapest: Guided E-Bike Tour

Explore Budapest, the so-called "Paris of the East," on a comfortable on a brand new e-bike from the leading German manufacturer, Kalkhoff. First up, take in the full-length of the Andrássy Avenue passing the Hungarian State Opera House, the House of Terror, and arrive at Heroes' Square. You can be sure your guide will have all the stories along the way. From Heroes' Square, continue into City Park where you’ll be surprised by a fake castle and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the largest and most popular in the city. The trip continues with highlights like the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and the Jewish Quarter before diving into the downtown area.  See and learn about St. Stephen's Basilica, largest church in Budapest. In the heart of the financial district lies Liberty Square with a bloody history and a disputed Holocaust memorial. From here it is not far to the Hungarian Parliament Building, a landmark in Budapest. Next, reach the Danube River with a breathtaking view on the Buda side of the city. Cross Margaret Bridge using a nice bicycle lane and arrive at Buda and EuroVelo 6, an international bicycle way along the Danube River. Ride down to Batthyany-Square, take a picture of the parliament across the river, and continue to Széchenyi Chain Bridge, from where you will start to climb Castle Hill. Here the electric support of your bike will show its strength. Admire Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion before returning to the Shoes on the Danube Bank and passing the historical Rudas Bath. At Gellért Hill, see the famous Gellért Thermal Bath cross back to Pest via Liberty Bridge, the most popular bridge in Budapest. Do not miss the Central Market Hall and the Hungarian National Museum before you reach the Dohány Street Synagogue, the final stop on the tour before you return to the starting point of the tour.

Budapest: Jewish Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. Budapest: Jewish Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover at your own pace the old Jewish quarter of Budapest, known today as the festive but also cultural and artistic district of the city! The only thing you need to explore for 1 hour? Your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... During this 1h30 audio-guided tour, start your walk on the elegant Andrassy Avenue. Sometimes called the "Champs Élysées" of Budapest, it’s been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2002. Then discover the communist period of Budapest by passing in front of the House of Terror. You will then continue on your way along Andrassy Avenue where many must-see places, stories and anecdotes await you. You will pass the first Budapest Department Store, admire the magnificent City Opera House and walk along the Hollywood Boulevard of Budapest. Continue your journey by entering the Jewish quarter of Budapest to discover the largest Synagogue in Europe! You will understand why this district has nowadays lost part of its identity... You will pass by buildings such as the Monument of the Righteous or the Memorial Park which bear witness to the tragic history of the Jews in Budapest. You will then discover why today this district is especially known as a place for festivities and artistic and cultural events. You will learn for example the history of the famous ruin bars in Budapest! Many anecdotes will enrich your walk in the city. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the visit when you want, right where you paused. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates clear directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization feature will get you back on track in no time! customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of Castle district, at your own pace. As all good things must come to an end, you will finish your visit with the most famous ruin bar of the city: the Szimpla Kert. A unique place to discover absolutely if you come in the district.

Budapest City Discovery Tour

4. Budapest City Discovery Tour

Discover all the most important sights of Hungary's capital on this comprehensive tour. The best way to discover the city is by bus, and you will be amazed at how much you learn in just 3 hours. Along the beautiful banks of the Danube, Budapest is home to many architectural treasures. Visit the famous Opera House, known as one of the most beautiful in the world, Heroes Square, the St. Stephen's Basilica, and more. Take a walk through the Castle District and marvel at the most romantic pedestrian sector of Budapest. Here you will visit sites such as Buda Castle, St. George Square, and the historical residential section. Next, move on to Matthias Church, the 2nd-largest church of medieval Buda, constructed in a florid late Gothic style. At Fisherman's Bastion, view a magnificent panorama of the city from above, including Margaret Island and Gellért Hill. The 7 towers represent the 7 Hungarian tribes that settled in the Carpathians in 896.

Budapest: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour with a Local

5. Budapest: Private 4-Hour Walking Tour with a Local

Discover Budapest on a flexible private walking tour that can be completely tailored to your interests. Spend a half-day with your personal guide, who will meet you at your Budapest hotel at an agreed time. You can see hidden gems as well as the most beautiful sights of the capital, such as Heroes’ Square. You might choose to hunt for antiques, learn about the city’s architecture, or head off on a gastronomic expedition. Hear about the tumultuous history of the city and the nation. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and the beautiful parks. See the amazing Szechenyi Bath and the picturesque Vajdahunyad Castle. Travel by the first subway line in continental Europe and stop at the gorgeous State Opera House to hear some interesting facts and stories about the building. Admire the splendid architecture St. Stephen's Basilica, the 2nd-largest church in Hungary. See the sights of Castle Hill, such as the 700-year-old Matthias Church, and the Fisherman’s Bastion with its 7 towers and terrace overlooking Pest. Take a public bus from the Castle District and travel with your guide up Gellért Hill. Learn about the legend of Bishop Gellért, and the history of the Citadel and the Statue of Liberty. From the top of Gellért Hill you’ll enjoy a spectacular panorama of the city. After walking down the hill you’ll see the Art Nouveau architecture of the Gellert baths. Don’t miss the Great Market Hall, the largest indoor market in the city. Take advantage of this unique tour, seeing and doing what interests you most!

Budapest: History of Sissi Era Private Tour

6. Budapest: History of Sissi Era Private Tour

Dive deep into Budapest's history and embark on a journey of stories with your local guide. See a mix of highlights and sights such as the Elizabeth Bridge, Opera House, and Matthias Church. Relive one of the most important historical events in Budapest and the impact from then to now. Your guide, an expert on the subject, will keep you entertained while you gain insights you won't find in any history book. Your local guide will make you feel like you are taking a trip into the past that has shaped the city we see today.

Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

7. Budapest: Private City Tuk-Tuk Tour & Boat Cruise

This tour takes you to see the famous sights of Budapest, such as the Andrássy Avenue, old Jewish District, Gellért Baths, Citadel, Castle District, Margaret Bridge and the Government District and Parliament. Your tuk-tuk driver is also your personal guide, so sit back and enjoy his stories and insights as he takes you on a tour catered to your interests, temperament and pace. Every tuk-tuk is equipped with a tablet to give passengers access to PocketGuide, the audio tour application. Other sites on this tour include the Hungarian State Opera House, Heroes' Square, Széchenyi Spa, Great Synagogue, Petite Paris, Great Market Hall, Liberty Bridge, Philosopher's Garden, Castle Garden Bazaar, Chain Bridge and Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. Following the Tuk-Tuk tour, enjoy a 1-hour and 10-minute boat tour along the River Danube. Relax and watch as the city's sights float by.

Budapest: Danube River Views Bike Ride

8. Budapest: Danube River Views Bike Ride

Ride along Budapest's streets by bicycle on an innovative and entertaining jaunt around the Hungarian capital. Cycle along the banks of the River Danube and cruise along Andrassy Avenue; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out the magnificent St. Stephen's Basilica. View Liberty Square and the Parliament building, then cross the Margit Bridge to Buda on the river's west bank. Learn about the history of Buda, a site of several sieges and conquests during the Ottoman expansion which almost decimated the city's population completely. Pass the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the Elisabeth Bridge, which both hold fascinating stories of their own! Zip over to Clark Adam Square, the famous Hotel Gellért, and the Rudas Thermal Baths. Then cycle to Pest across Elisabeth Bridge and discover Pest downtown. The tour concludes back at Andrassy Avenue, where you can visit the majestic 19th-century Hungarian State Opera House; one of the era's most celebrated examples of European architecture. This 3-hour cycle tour is an excellent way to get a taste of the Hungarian capital's highlights before venturing out on your own to explore.

Budapest: Segway Sightseeing Tour

9. Budapest: Segway Sightseeing Tour

Discover everything Budapest has to offer on this Segway tour of the Hungarian capital. Begin the tour with a 20 to 30-minute orientation session in front of the office in the big open square. Practice moving about on your Segway until you feel comfortable enough to go out and conquer Budapest. Hop on your Segway and head toward inner Pest for fabulous views of the stunning Buda Castle District. Glide from the starting point to stunning sites like St. Stephen's Basilica, Parliament, Liberty Square, the Hungarian State Opera House, Heroes' Square and the Grand Boulevard of Andrassy with its tree-lined avenues. See all of these things and much more in a unique and unforgettable way!

Budapest: 3-Hour Walking Tour of Pest with a Historian

10. Budapest: 3-Hour Walking Tour of Pest with a Historian

On this amazing 3-hour walking tour, discover the essence of Pest, the Eastern and younger side of Budapest. Learn about the history of Pest, about the different mentality of Pest and Buda residents, and receive an account of how is it to live there today. Your guide is not afraid to answer any question and enter any topic about Budapest and Hungary. Explore the inner city of Budapest and visit various places including the Danube Promenade, the Art Nouveau splendor of Gresham Palace, the historic Academy of Sciences, the cobblestones of Zrínyi street, Saint Stephen's Basilica, Andrássy Street, Hungarian State Opera, and the Millenium Underground. Discover 1000 years of Hungarian history at Hero's Square. Visit St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest's largest church inside (entrance ticket included).

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Tour guide very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of Budapest. Bikes were easy to use and the e-assist very helpful in climbing some of the steeper hills. Tour included all the main attractions/sight seeing spots. Highly enjoyable

Fun, informative and highly recommended tour of Budapest. Great route and the guide was really knowledgeable. Only negative was bikes have no suspension, so ride was a bit hard on some of the rough road surfaces.

Oliver was a great guide. He gave us a great insight into the history of Budapest and was very kind and considerate to all our group. We would recommend this company and Oliver to anyone coming to Budapest

Our guide was knowledgeable and led us through our tour , answering all of our questions and ensuring we were safe throughout. Felt unhurried and was such a good introduction to Budapest

Oliver was very patient with an in-experienced bike rider. He went overtime by 30 mins because of this. He took us to a nice place near the castle for cake. He shared a lot of history.