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Budapest: City Center Walking Tour

1. Budapest: City Center Walking Tour

Discover the most iconic locations in Budapest on this walking tour of the inner city of Pest. Start your stroll in Marcius 15 Square and admire the Gothic Medieval cathedral of the Great Blessed Lady. Walk along the Duna Corso river promenade and enjoy the beautiful view over the Danube, its bridges, and the Castle of Buda on the opposite side. Pass by the spectacular dance palace Pesti Vigado, and see the historical Gerbeaud Cafe in Vorosmarty Square. Take a stroll through Elizabeth Park and see Budapest Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. After a short walk, you will arrive at one of the highlights of the tour: St Stephen’s Basilica, with its monumental dome and colonnade.  Continue through the traditional pedestrian streets of the city and see the cute statue of Mr. Safe who will definitely make you smile. Next, arrive at Liberty Square where you will learn about Budapest's traumatic past as a center of Nazi occupation and Communist oppression.  Finish your tour in Kossuth Square and admire the sights surrounding the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. Hear stories of dictatorship and the 1956 revolution. Afterwards, you can pay a visit to the poignant Shoes on the Danube Bank monument or enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river.

Budapest: Classical Music Concert in St Anne's Church

2. Budapest: Classical Music Concert in St Anne's Church

Visit Saint Anne's Roman Catholic Church and listen to the world-famous compositions of artists such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi. Completed in 1761 by the Servite Order, the church retains much of its original design and is perfect for classical music performances. Listen to the excellent artists from the Danube String Orchestra and choose from the two different seating categories, depending on your preferences. The program for the concert is the following: • J. Pachelbel - Canon • A. Vivaldi - Gloria • T. Albinoni - Adagio • F. Schubert - Ave Maria • W.A. Mozart - Church Sonate in D major Ave Verum • Saint-Saens - The Swan • W.A. Mozart - Alleluja • A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn

Budapest: Inner City Parish Church and Tower Entry Ticket

3. Budapest: Inner City Parish Church and Tower Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in 2,000 years’ worth of history at the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, located on the Pest side of the Elisabeth Bridge. Enjoy the stunning views of the bridge from the church. Ascend the tower in a glass elevator and enjoy a 360-degree panorama from the top. Admire the church’s combination of architectural styles including Roman, Gothic, and Baroque. Learn about the legends surrounding the Contra Acquincum Fortress, which is said to lie beneath the church and was once a strategic point of the Roman Empire. Hear about the lives of iconic Hungarian historical figures such as St Gellért, who was thrown down in a barrel in the 11th century and was buried at the church. You will also learn about when the church was used as a mosque Turkish occupation of Hungary, and the building's numerous renovations and reconstructions since then.

Budapest: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

4. Budapest: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 Self-Guided Audio Tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Welcome to Budapest, the Queen of the Danube. There are many different landmarks to see in this beautiful city, including Heroes' Square, with its its iconic statue complex featuring the seven chieftains of the Magyars, and the fascinating House of Terror with exhibits related to the communist and fascist regimes in 20th-century Hungary. You will also see: The magnficent St Stephen's Basilica, with is superb stained glass windows and an interior full of splendid artworks The Budapest Opera house, one of the finest opera houses in the world The Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum The Hungarian National Museum The massive Central Market Hall Váci út Vorosmarty ter Szechenyi Istvan ter There are many fascinating sights to see in Budapest. There is something for everyone. Your tour. Your way.

All In One 3-Hour Walking Tour with Coffee Stop

5. All In One 3-Hour Walking Tour with Coffee Stop

Experience everything Budapest has to offer on this packed walking tour. The tour begins at the Opera House, then take a short ride on the Millennium metro to Heroes Square' and Budapest's city park. Once there you will learn about Hungarian history and culture through the line of kings displayed in chronological order. Then, walk through the park to visit Vajdahunyad Castle, a complex built for the World Expo in 1896. Afterwards, stop by Szechenyi Bath House to learn about the country's unique bathing culture. Hop back on the metro and stop by Andrassy Blvd. Next, continue toward Elizabeth Square and St. Stephen’s Basilica before taking a break in a café for a taste of Hungary’s most famous pastry. Once refreshed, take a trip toward the downtown area with a stop at Vaci Street and Vorosmarty Square. Finally, climb the steps up to the Royal Palace and walk through the old cobblestone streets toward the finishing point in front of the Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.

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 Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

7. 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: Inner City Walking Tour in German

8. Budapest: Inner City Walking Tour in German

Discover the most iconic locations in Budapest on this walking tour of the inner city of Pest. Start your tour with a stroll through Elizabeth Park and see Budapest Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. After a short walk, arrive at one of the highlights of the tour: St Stephen’s Basilica, with its monumental dome and colonnade. Continue through the traditional pedestrian streets of the city and see the statue of Mr. Safe, which will definitely make you smile. Next, arrive at Liberty Square, where you will learn about Budapest's traumatic past as a center of Nazi occupation and Communist oppression. Finish your tour in Kossuth Square and admire the sights surrounding the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. Hear stories of dictatorship and the 1956 revolution. Afterwards, pay a visit to the poignant Shoes on the Danube Bank monument or enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river.

From Budapest: Szentendre Bike Hire with Boat & Train Return

9. From Budapest: Szentendre Bike Hire with Boat & Train Return

Take a bicycle in the Jewish Quarter of Budapest and ride through the City Center to the Danube. Bicycle ways and small downtown roads are awaiting you. You pass the main sights of Budapest like St. Stephen's Basilica, the Financial District, and Liberty Square before reaching the Parliament. Enjoy the stunning view of the river bank. A safe bicycle way will lead you on Margaret Bridge to Margarete Island, the green lunge of Budapest. The island is closed for private car traffic and offers plenty of attractions. Cross the Island to the north and at Arpad Bridge, you can pass under the bridge to a bicycle way leading you to Buda and directly into Oldbuda. Expect a short ride on cobblestones in an amazing relaxed atmosphere. You will follow the signage of the Danube Bicycle Trail, Eurovelo 6 to Roman Beach. Famous recreational area for summer evenings & weekends for the locals. Restaurants and bars at the Danube. Depending on the water level beaches! Follow through a magic forest and pass Lupa-Lake, an artificial lake with crystal clear water. The entrance is from the south-western side. Swimming, waterskiing, diving, etc. An entrance fee is required. Continue on a newly built bicycle way to Szentendre, an idyllic city at the Danube Bank. Here you will also find beaches, bars, and restaurants. Park the bicycle at the river and take a walk in the pedestrian areas. On Weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun) at 17:00 hrs (5 p.m.) a boat leaves back to Downtown Budapest. Approximately 1-hour ride. Be prepared to arrive well in advance, in order to load the bicycles and get you a nice seat. The boat is only available on weekends and can be canceled because of water levels in the Danube. Alternatively, there is an excellent regional train connection to Budapest, Margaret Bridge, and Batthyany Square. The train takes bicycles as well.

Budapest: Family Friendly Private City Tour

10. Budapest: Family Friendly Private City Tour

City exploring with kids has never been easier! On this Budapest private tour, your family is in good hands, under your local guide's care. Embark on a journey where you'll get to see the city through your kid's eyes. Visit main highlights like The Great Synagogue, Buda Castle, and Vörösmarty Square, and discover hidden gems through a series of activities like treasure hunts and pop quizzes. Your kids will be able to learn about a new culture, language, and history, thanks to your local host's stories and knowledge. This tour is both entertaining and educational! The best part, this tour is for grown-ups and kids alike! Your local guide will explain every stop while ensuring every member of the family is taken care of. And with a local treat included for everyone, you can expect some happy faces and unforgettable memories of your trip to Budapest with your family.

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What people are saying about Inner City, Budapest

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 264 reviews

We did a morning walking tour of the Pest side with Zita, it was very interesting, she knows so much about the rich history of the country, it was a very interesting tour. We ended up booking a 2nd tour of the Buda Castle area with another guide Lena, which was equally great and so knowledgeable. Both tours were not rushed, enough time give to take pictures, ask questions and in small groups (we were 4 for the morning tour and 9 for the afternoon one) so much better than the other large grouped tours.

Bea was an amazing tour guide full of information and the city from it’s beginning up until it’s current state. She was open to questions and gave us great recommendations for place to visit to experience the culture and advice about the best routes by both foot and transport. The tour wasn’t too long or strenuous either. Would 100% recommend.

Lena, the guide that took the tour through the city was great. Saw all the interesting and historical spots. Great tour to get to know a bit of Budapest and to enjoy the vibe of the city. Can recommend.

Fantastic Tour! Veronika was very knowledgeable and she patiently answered all the questions during the tour! I highly recomend the Budapest tour if you ever visit this beautiful city. Thank you!

Super cool walking tour and amazing guide! Cheers!