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Budapest: Downtown Pest 3-Hour Historical Walking Tour

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Budapest: Downtown Pest 3-Hour Historical Walking Tour

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Let a historian guide you on a walk through downtown Pest, the busy and lively center of Budapest. Learn how Pest became the opulent political, financial, and religious center of the newborn Hungarian nation in the second half of the 19th century.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Visit the massive Stock Exchange Palace and the opulent buildings of Freedom Square
  • Encounter beautiful Art Nouveau buildings for which Budapest is famous
  • Travel along Andrassy Boulevard, an esplanade designed for the country’s nobility
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This 3-hour walking tour takes you through Pest, the downtown section of the city located on the east bank of the Danube River.  Start off in front of the Parliament at Kossuth square. At its inauguration in 1896, it was the largest and most costly structure ever built in Hungary. Massive and impressive from the outside and dazzling within, it is home to works of art that represent nearly every famous Hungarian painter and sculptor of the time. Admire the other buildings and monuments around the square. Visit the impressive Holocaust Monument that stands on the banks of the Danube River, right behind Parliament. The monument pays tribute to the many thousands of Jewish citizens of Budapest tragically killed on that same spot in the last months of World War II. Freedom Square is your next stop. It was originally built as the financial center of the city and according to many is Budapest’s most beautiful square. There’s much to see here, including the massive Stock Exchange Palace and the opulent buildings that still house several banks. See the statue of Cardinal Mindszenty, the head of the Catholic church in Hungary, who lived hidden for 15 years in the U.S. embassy, while on the run from the communists. Continue to St. Stephen’s Basilica, passing by several beautiful Art Nouveau buildings for which Budapest is famous. A bit farther on you’ll come to the second-largest synagogue in the world. It is a monument to the vital role that the city’s Jewish population and its wealthy bourgeois played in the development of the city. Travel along and under Andrassy Boulevard, an esplanade that was designed for Hungarian nobility. After a short stop at the Opera House, the tour ends at Heroes Square, where in 1896 Hungarians celebrated the 1,000­-year anniversary of the founding of their kingdom.
  • 3-hour guided walk through downtown Pest
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    Meeting point

    Café Smúz, Kossuth Lajos tér 18, 1055 Budapest

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    Fantastic, informative tour. Andras was a great guide! He took his time to explain things and answer questions. He was objective about the history and we enjoyed his account of buildings and people. Andras was easy to talk to and the time passed quickly. Highly recommended!

    October 1, 2022

    Zsofia was an excellent guide! She was very knowledgable and had great storytelling skills. 3 hours flew by so fast.

    September 27, 2022

    András was engaging interested good humoured patient proudly Hungarian and delightful to spend 3 hours with. His knowledge experience and English are phenomenal! We wanted to book another session but he was unavailable unfortunately. When we are next in Budapest we will only ask for him!

    April 25, 2022

    Product ID: 48986