Discover the best of Budapest with Margaret Island!
Discover the best of Budapest on a spectacular ride and let yourself be amazed by its elegant architecture, great monuments, picturesque riverbanks and bridges, the historic Castle and the stunning hilltop views. In addition to this great experience explore Margaret Island and enjoy the spectacular Musical Fountain show.
We start the tour with a ride along the Pest riverbank to enjoy the amazing view of the Buda Hills, the bridges, the Castle and the Citadel. Drive along Budapest Champs Elysee the elegant Andrassy Avenue with the Opera House and the beautiful 19-century palaces than visit Heroes square – the largest square of Budapest – with the Millenial Monument erected in 1896 to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars. Take also a short tour in the neighboring City Park and view the Zoo, the Great Circus, the Amusement Park, the Szechenyi Bath, and the Vajdahunyad Castle. From here we drive to Margaret Island the green oasis of Budapest remarkable for its flower gardens, fountains, waterfall, historical ruins, zoo, swimming pools and much more. Here we switch the scooters to bicycles and explore the island on a one hour tour. During this tour, you will also enjoy the spectacular Musical Fountain show the most popular attraction of the island. After the tour on the island, we take a scenic ride on the spectacular riverbanks with fabulous views of the Parliament, the Danube bridges and nearly all the famous Budapest landmarks. After the flat riverbanks, we discover the winding roads of the Buda hills. We drive first to Buda Castle and stop at the iconic Matthias church and Fisherman Bastion located on the hilltop where you will also enjoy a fabulous view. Following a short tour in the cobbled stone, alleys flanked with historic buildings take a downhill ride along the castle walls on the other side of the hill. Pass by the famous Gellert Bath and the Rock Chapel built at the hillside and start exploring the Gellert hill. Upon arrival to the hilltop, take a short walk to the Citadel and the Liberty statue and enjoy the stunning view of Budapest.
- 4 hour live guided tour with great photo stops
- Budapest Champs Elysee the Andrassy avenue with the Opera House and the beautiful 19-century palaces
- Heroes Square with the Millenial Monument and the City Park
- Scenic ride along Budapest spectacular riverbanks
- The historic Buda Castle with the Matthias church and the Fisherman Bastion and the stunning view
- Gellert Hill with the Citadel and the Liberty statue and the fabulous view of Budapest
- 1-hour bicycle tour on Margaret island with a spectacular musical fountain show
Rabbit or Leper Island?
Who are the 3 official inhabitants of the Margaret Island?
Why Margaret bridge was built not to be straight?
How had a river been lost in the city?
What is that ghost building on the most expensive ground of the Buda Hills?
What made Elvis Presley to name a square named after him?
Get to know all this and listen to more stories on this tour.
Tour duration: 4 hours
Driving distance: 28 km
Difficulty level: medium
Tour type: public
APT-OCT 10 AM
Check-in 15 min prior to departure time
Budapest Scooter Tour office 1053 Budapest Vámház korut 10 (the office is inside the courtyard of the building)
Advance reservation required
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.
Located at the foot of Gellért Hill, this Art Nouveau style hotel has been an important landmark in Budapest for more than 80 years. The building also houses the world-famous Gellért Baths, offering indoor and outdoor bathing. Built between 1912 and 1918 and inspired by the Vienna Secession, the German Jugendstil, Art Nouveau from Belgium and France and traditional Hungarian designs like Zsolnay mosaics, the Gellért is the most photographed spa in Hungary.
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.
Thre Liberty Statue of Liberty (Szabadság Szobor) -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.
This World Heritage Site is the oldest neighbourhood of the city. It's unique atmosphere with beautiful ancient buidings such as the Mathias Church, The Fishermen's Bastion, The Royal Palceis, silent courtyards, twisted, narrow cobblestone streets and superb views make it the most important architectual 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.
Fishermen'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 with the core structure of the present-day palace. During the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the palace gave home to lavish ceremonies symbolizing peace between the dynasty and the nation.
The 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.
Andrassy Avenue -Budapest Champs Elysee
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 Millenium Underground
The first subway line in mainland Europe that still in use and it runs along Andrássy Avenue was opened in 1896. In 2002 t was added to he World Heritage Sites.
The Opera House, considered to be among the best in the world. 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 of 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 at the north side of the square. The Kunsthalle (Hall of Art), an exhibition hall for the contemporary arts, is at the south side.
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.
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.
Margaret Bridge (Margit híd), the second oldest permanent bridge to span the Danube after the Chain Bridge, shines again in its former glory following recent renovations. Originally built between 1872 and 1876, the bridge has a unique design, as it connects Buda and Pest with Margaret Island.
Margaret Island is the green oasis of Budapest with flower gardens, historical ruins, musical fountains, swimming pools and much more that makes it the most poular outdoor location of the city. In the Middle Ages, Margaret Island was called the Island of the Rabbits, simply because there were many rabbits there. The island received its current name after Saint Margaret (1242–1270), the daughter of King Béla IV, who lived in the Dominican convent on the island. King Béla IV vowed to raise his daughter as a nun if Hungary survived the Mongol invasion. Ruins of this 13th century Dominican church and convent can still be seen.
The Musical Fountain
The Musical Fountain is the most well known and absolutely free attraction of the island. The fountain operates from April till end of october with regular daily musical shows starting on every hour from 11 am till 10 pm. At showtime, the water shoots 10 m high into the air to the rhythm of the music, a mixture of classical and pop music, and at night it is illuminated by alternating coloured lights. Regular show duration is 10 minutes except the last and most spectacular 55 minute show at 9 pm.
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.
St. Stephen's Basilica
It took more than 50 years to build the Basilica, the largest church in Budapest. 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.
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 finnish at Budapest Scooter Tour office at 1053 Budapest Vámház korut 10. The office is inside the courtyard of the building.
50 scooter with safety helmet
3-rd party liability insurrance
English speaking tour guide
Radio with a headset
Services indicated in the tour programme
Meals, drinks, admission tickets are not included only if explicitly specified in the tour programme
Valid Photo ID (EU citizens only) or passport (Non EU citizens)
Valid driver's licence
50cc: Car or Moped licence
125cc: Motorcycle licence EU A1 or international equivalent
50 cc scooters are only for 1 person, it is forbidden to carry a passenger
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 HUF 150.000/ EUR 500. Damage is calculated according to the price list available at the office.