Discover the great landmarks and the most astonishing panoramic views of Budapest on our signature tour!
Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world thanks to its privileged geographic position on the two banks of the river Danube dividing the city into two major parts Buda and Pest which are connected with elegant bridges. Pest is renowned for its great 19th-century architecture created during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Buda is famous for its historic castle and its astonishing panoramic views. On this tour, you will see the greatest attractions of both Buda and Pest and you will also enjoy the most astonishing views of the city. Budapest Grand Tour is our signature tour that we recommend to all first-time visitors.
In the first part of the tour, explore the Pest side renowned for its great 19th-century architecture created during the Austro Hungarian Empire. Drive through Budapest’s Champs Elysees the World heritage Andrassy Avenue and view the Opera House. Vist Heroes’ Square, the largest and most imposing square in Budapest, view the Millennium Monument the national pantheon of great Hungarian kings and learn about the 1000-year history of Hungary in a nutshell. Take a tour of the neighbouring City Park and view the Zoo, the Great Circus, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and Vajdahunyad Castle. Visit St Stephens Basilica the largest church in Budapest and the Hungarian Parliament building one of the gothic-revival masterpieces in the world. In the second part of the tour, explore the Buda side famous for its medieval castle and astonishing panoramic views. Take a tour through the cobblestone streets of the historic Buda Castle perching on the top of Castle hill. Visit the 700-year old iconic Matthias Church and enjoy an astonishing view of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion the most famous lookout in Budapest. Drive up to the top of Gellert hill, the most famous vantage point in the city, view the Citadel and the Liberty Statue and enjoy an unparalleled view of Budapest.
- Drive through Budapest’s Champs Elysees the World heritage Andrassy Avenue and the Opera House
- Visit Heroes Square and the Millennium Monument and learn about Hungarian history in a nutshell
- Take a tour of the City Park and view the Zoo, the Great Circus, Széchenyi Bath and Vajdahunyad Castle
- Visit St Stephens Basilica the largest church in Budapest
- Visit the Hungarian Parliament Building one of the Gothic-revival masterpieces in the world
- Take a tour through the cobblestone streets of the historic Buda Castle
- Visit the 700-year old iconic Matthias Church
- Visit Fisherman’s Bastion the most famous lookout in Budapest
- Visit Gellert hill the most famous vantage point of the city, view the Citadel and the Liberty Statue and enjoy an unparalleled view of Budapest
Tour duration: 4 hours
Driving distance: 25 km
Difficulty level: easy (morning tour) / medium (afternoon tour)
Tour type: public
Guide: live English speaking guide
MAR-NOV at 10 AM APR-OCT 10 AM & 2.30 PM
Check-in 15 min before departure time
Budapest Scooter Tour 1053 Budapest Vámház körüt 10 (the office is located inside the house courtyard )
Great Market Hall
The spectacular Great Market Hall is a good source of Hungarian products. You can also make it a pit-stop for a quick bite of traditional Hungarian food when touring the city. Shop with the locals for sausages, meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and pastries. Fancy bottles of Tokaji, a variety of paprika and handicrafts are also available.
Originally named after Emperor Franz Joseph today called Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) was built between 1894 and 1896. Opened in the year of the Millennium and was officially completed when Emperor Franz Joseph inserted the last silver rivet into its iron structure. The top of each of the bridge’s pillars is decorated with a 'Turul' bird, the mythical bird of Hungary.
Andrassy Avenue & The Millenium Underground
This elegant avenue, recognized as a World Heritage Site, is often referred to as Budapest's Champs-Elysées. It is also called cultural avenue, as the Opera House, Pest's best theaters, the Academy of Music, and many museums are either on the avenue or just off of it. Andrássy Avenue is great for walks alongside the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings or people-watching in one of the many cafés.
The first subway line in mainland Europe, the Millennium Underground in Budapest, opened in 1896. The line is still in use and it runs along Andrássy Avenue. In 2002 the Millennium Underground was added to the World Heritage Sites.
Hungarian State Opera House
The State Opera House, considered to be among the best in the world. It was built in the 1880s and stands as one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe.
Heroes’ Square is the largest and most impressive square in the city. The Millennium Monument standing in the middle of the square was erected in 1896 to commemorate the 1000-year-old history of Magyars. The Museum of Fine Arts is located on the north side of the square. The Kunsthalle (Hall of Art), an exhibition hall for the contemporary arts, is on the south side.
City Park & Vajdahunyad Castle
City Park provides a great escape from the bustle of the city. The 1896 Millennium Celebrations took place here, leaving many attractions behind.
The castle was built to show the various architectural styles of Hungary and has Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque parts. There is a boating lake next to the castle, which is turned into an ice skating rink in the winter.
Although it may look like a Baroque palace, Széchenyi Baths (Széchenyi fürdő) is the largest medicinal bath and one of the largest public baths in Europe. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the healing waters, or to take a few laps in the swimming pool. The Széchenyi is a favorite for both locals and tourists alike.
St. Stephen's Basilica
It took more than 50 years to build the Basilica, the largest church in Budapest. The building commenced in 1851 and the inauguration ceremony took place in 1906. The patron saint of the church is St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary. Visit the dome's observation deck for a beautiful panoramic view of Budapest.
The Parlament, a magnificent example of Neo-Gothic architecture, is just over 100 years old. It's the third-largest Parliament building in the world and is also home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels. Guided tours are available in different languages.
Chain Bridge was the first bridge to permanently connect Buda and Pest. At the time of its completion, Chain Bridge was considered to be one of the wonders of the world. Chief engineer Adam Clark completed the span in 1849. Crossing the bridge is just a short walk and no matter which direction you go, the view is beautiful.
This World Heritage Site is the oldest neighborhood in the city. Its unique atmosphere with beautiful ancient buildings such as Matthias Church, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, silent courtyards, twisted, narrow cobblestone streets, and superb views make it the most important architectural heritage and a top destination of Budapest.
The 700-year-old Matthias Church was the scene of several coronations, including that of Charles IV in 1916, the last Habsburg king. It was also the site for the great Hungarian King Matthias' two weddings, hence its name. The eastern gate of the church was built in the 13th century. Today, Matthias Church remains one of the city's most prominent buildings.
Fisherman's Bastion is one of the most fascinating sights on Castle Hill. Although fishermen from Watertown (Víziváros) reputedly defended this part of the city during the Middle Ages, Fishermen’s Bastion was built in the 1890s and it’s purely decorative. Today, it's a favorite lookout.
The Royal Palace
The first royal residence on Castle Hill was built in the 13th century, after the Mongolian invasion. Construction continued in the 15th century, following the marriage of King Matthias Corvinus and Beatrix of Naples in 1476. Many Italian artists and craftsmen accompanied the new queen, bringing the Renaissance style to Buda. The palace was completely destroyed when liberating Buda from the Turks. In the 18th century, a Baroque palace was built, which is identical to the core structure of the present-day palace. During the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the palace gave a home to lavish ceremonies symbolizing peace between the dynasty and the nation.
Gellert Hill (Gellért-hegy) offers some of the best panoramic views of Budapest. The hill was named after bishop Gellért (Gerald), who was thrown to death from the hill by pagans in the fight against Christianity in 1046.
At the top of the hill is the Citadel (Citadella), a fortress built by the Habsburgs after defeating Hungary's War of Independence in 1849. It was a prime, strategic site for shelling both Buda and Pest in the event of a future rebellion.
Statue of Liberty (Szabadság Szobor) - Budapest's Statue of Liberty stands on top of the hill, and she can be seen from all parts of the city. The statue was erected in 1947 during the Communist era. As Liberty had already become a symbol of the city, she was not removed unlike other Communist icons, such as the Red Army soldier who used to stand at her feet, allowing us to see her in her original surroundings.
Probably the most elegant bridge in Budapest was named in honor of Queen Elisabeth, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. The original suspension bridge was built at the end of the 19th century, but the damage sustained in World War II left the bridge beyond repair. Using the old pillars, a new bridge was built in the 1960s.
The Hungarian National Museum
The Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum) is the oldest public museum in Hungary. The museum's present building was built between 1837 and 1847, and it stands as a great example of Neo-Classicist architecture. Founded 200 years ago, the museum is dedicated to the history of Hungary and today it remains a symbol of Hungary's national identity. The permanent exhibition includes furniture, textiles, weapons, metalwork, and ceramics. One of the most valuable items is the Coronation Mantle (the Crown Jewels are on display in Budapest's Parlament).
Budapest Scooter Tour
All our tours start and finish at Budapest Scooter Tour office at 1053 Budapest Vámház körút 10. The office is inside the courtyard of the building
50 cc scooter with safety helmet,gas,3-rd party liability insurance
English speaking tour guide
Intercom radio with a headset
Services indicated in the tour programme
Meals, drinks ,admission tickets are not included only if excplicitly specified in the tour programme.
Valid passport or Photo ID (EU citizens only)
Valid driver's licence
50cc: Car licence or Moped licence
125cc: Motorcycle EU A1 or international equivalent
The tour participant drives the scooter at his/her own risk. The driver is liable for damages caused to the scooter at his/her fault up to maxiumum EUR 500/ HUF 150.000.