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Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

1. Budapest: Classic Buda Castle Walking Tour

Your tour begins at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church - built in the splendid Gothic style of the 15th century. Next to the cathedral you can admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building. After a pleasant walk on the old cobble-stone streets, leave the residential district to travel to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes. Walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace. From the royal terraces you can enjoy the the most stunning views of the other side of the city across the majestic Danube River, with full views of its main bridges: Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, and Liberty Bridge. After walking back from the Royal Palace, explore the other side of the castle. From the medieval walls you have an excellent view towards the Buda Hills - the western part of the city with its forests and nature parks. Your tour later ends at the tour starting point at the Holy Trinity Statue, in front of the Matthias Church.

Budapest: Half-Day Hiking Tour in the Buda Hills

2. Budapest: Half-Day Hiking Tour in the Buda Hills

Get off the beaten path and relax in nature on a hiking tour of the Buda Hills. Meet your guide in front of Széll Kálmán tér metro station. After taking public transport from the meeting point, the hike starts on the slopes of Normafa, where you’ll get the first amazing views of Budapest from above.  Follow trails through the woods and ascend gradually through the hills to the famous viewpoint, the Elizabeth Lookout Tower. Admire the splendid views, then continue to a small cave that is safe to explore. After passing an abandoned limestone quarry, you’ll reach the extraordinary Tündér-szikla (fairy cliff). Descend the hills and take a bus back to the city, where your tour will end.

Underground Cave Walk into Budapest's most famous caves

3. Underground Cave Walk into Budapest's most famous caves

Spending the day cave-exploring is one of the lesser known ways to enjoy Budapest. This tour is for for those who want something more active and less touristic than museums and ruin pubs. Join us and discover the most characteristic caves of Budapest, nestled within the beautiful Buda Hills, 35-40 minutes from the city center. Follow professional English-speaking guides, members of the Hungarian Caving Association. With their guidance you will have access to some parts of the caves where most of tourists can’t enter. We will visit two caves both of which are equipped with pavement and artificial lighting, although there are some ladders to climb. Their distance from each other is 800 meters and our visit will cover 500 meters in each caves. Both caves have a special thermal origin caused by an up welling of warm mineral rich water from a deep level, unlikely to the word’s most caves which are mostly formed by solutional activity via down flow of water. Our first site is Szemlő-hegyi Cave, also known as the underground flower garden of Budapest, as the mineral-laden waters have created forms such as cauliflowers, pea stones and popcorn, with walls of mineral deposits that are unique to Europe. Because the caves enjoy a steady temperature of 10 degrees Celsius with pure - dust and allergen free - air along with 100% humidity, the lowest level of the cave is succesfully used to heal respiratory problems. An interactive exhibition about caves and an outdoor rock exhibition with an educational trail makes the experience even more colourful. As there is no underground connection between the two caves, we will take a pleasant pavement walk of about 10-15 minutes to the Pál-völgyi Cave. Marvel at the longest cave system of Hungary, around 32 kilometers, known for its lofty passageways and great difference levels. Here, find stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations and glittering calcite crystals. Experience the famous Theater Hall, renowned as an echo chamber with impressive acoustics. Finish your tour with a peek at the quarry from one of the caves many hidden exits. Both caves have a cafeteria, so you can have a coffee-pause or refreshments in Szemlő-hegyi Cave, or after the tour you can chill at the moody beer terrace of the Pál-völgyi cave.

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What people are saying about Buda Hills

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 94 reviews

An absolute joy from beginning to end. Definitely the highlight of our Budapest trip. Not only was the hike full of breathtaking panoramic views but also fascinating historic points of interest. Although the hike and its surroundings were stunning, what really made the walk was the knowledge and enthusiasm of Laszlo. Laszlo had vast knowledge of the natural area, and would interject with short interesting anecdotes and facts. We also stopped for lunch, which was a delight itself, and carried on up to several panoramic viewing towers. Lazslo also took some great photos of us throughout the hike, which he emailed to us later that evening. If you only have a few days to spend in Budapest, make sure you book a day with Laszlo. You will not regret it.

The tour guide was one of the best tour guides that my wife and I ever had she was incredibly informative professional courteous and knowledgeable. After the tour or I felt like I had a firm grasp of the history of Buda Castle and the events that took place there both historically and currently. I would highly recommend this tour.

This tour was a great introduction for us in Budapest. Our guide Dalya had an in depth knowledge of the history of Hungary. The afternoon was paced well and she answered questions thoroughly.

Kaitlin tour guide is very knowledgeable and friendly some good pictures taken. History of Budapest was interesting

It was a very nice, informative, and fun experience. Let's do this again. Thanks