Historical Budapest

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Budapest

GPS-directed

Remote Tour Included

2hrs

2km

Our tour will take you through the historical and cultural center of Budapest. It begins on the gorgeous Andrássy Avenue, passing through the picturesque Heroes Square. From there, it continues towards the infamous Széchenyi Bath, ending at the iconic Vajdahunyad Castle. On our walk, you’ll have a delicious taste of the city’s history and unique features, including the nationwide Millennial celebrations that have shaped 19th century Budapest.

Avoid the Crowds

Allows you to explore without having to be shoulder-to-shoulder in a large tour group

Created by an exceptional local tour guide

Written by a long-time Budapest guide and journalist

GPS Directions

Easy-to-follow GPS directions to get you from one point to the next on your tour

Highlights include:

Heroes Square, Millennial Monument, and Vajdahunyard Castle

Remote Tour Included

As with all our tours, a remote tour is included that can be enjoyed from home

Itinerary

Historical Budapest

  1. House of Terror - Nr. 60 Andrássy Avenue has been the headquarters of two organizations that each supported a terror regime: fascism and communism. The building, called the House of Terror, now serves as a Museum, portraying Hungary under both periods, and serves as a memorial to their victims.
  2. Ferenc Liszt Memorial Museum - One of the previous homes to the Hungarian Academy of Music, this building granted an apartment for its founding member and professor, the internationally famed composer and pianist, Ferenc Liszt. That apartment today serves as a commemorative museum exhibiting the maestro’s personal belongings.
  3. Andrássy Avenue - This avenue is a 19th century, 4 km long road connecting Pest side’s historical center with Heroes square. We will discuss its design and the underground running below, but also take note of a deceased resident of the Avenue here: Hungarian composer and pedagogue, Zoltán Kodály.
  4. The Postal Museum - On a side street of the busy Andrássy Avenue, the Postal Museum is actually found in a culture center building operated by the Post Horn Foundation. The unlikely museum inside offers rare artifacts in connection to post and telegraphy as well as a peak into the 19th century building.
  5. Heroes Square - Heroes Square is one of the main attractions of Budapest, and a perfect place to discuss the 1896 Millennium and the celebrations in connection with it. We also take advantage of our view of the central statue and learn about the Holy Crown of Hungary portrayed there.
  6. Millennial Monument - The main sight of Heroes Square is this statue complex portraying 14 major figures of Hungarian history. We’ll discuss who they represent, including why certain ones are no longer part of the monument.
  7. Gundel Restaurant - A hundred year old iconic restaurant, which was operated by the culinary dynasty: the Gundel family. The birthplace of various now common Hungarian recipes and anecdotes, Gundel is often frequented by royal guests and international stars. Gundel is A hundred year old iconic restaurant,. The birthplace of now common Hungarian recipes and anecdotes, Gundel is often frequented by royal guests and international stars.
  8. The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden - An over 150 year old Zoo, The monumental buildings of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden tell a rich history on when its architectural design was created, how it survived two world wars, and what its connection is to an amusement park and a bathhouse. An over 150 year old Zoo, The monumental buildings of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden tell a rich history including how it survived two world wars, and its connection is to an amusement park and a bathhouse.
  9. Széchenyi Bath - The largest and most popular thermal bath of Budapest, Széchenyi bath offers a great view while discussing the origins of thermal baths and medicinal water in Hungary, as well as the history of this over hundred year old bathhouse. The city’s most popular thermal bath. We’ll discuss the origins of thermal baths and medicinal water in Hungary, as well as the history of this over hundred year old bathhouse.
  10. Vajdahunyad Castle - The picturesque Castle complex is a blend of architectural styles mixed from 21 existing Hungarian buildings. We will discuss its origins, its connection with the Millennial, but also take note of one of its mysterious permanent residents: the statue of the anonymous chronicler.

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