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Best of Pest Private Tour

Type Private tour
Destination Budapest
Category Budapest Tours
Duration 4 hours
Dates & Prices
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Discover the great landmark buildings of 19th-century Budapest and get an insight into Hungarian history.

Discover the historic Pest featuring the great landmark buildings of 19th-century Budapest created during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and view the imposing monuments commemorating the most determining events of Hungarian history.

Take a look into Pest’s historic Jewish Quarter and visit the Dohany Street Synagogue the largest synagogue in Europe. Drive through Budapest’s Champs Elysees the World heritage Andrassy Avenue and view the Opera House. Visit 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 Hungarian history 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 Stephen’s Basilica the largest church in Budapest. You may also take a look inside the church decorated with stunning artwork (subject to opening times and admission fee). View the Hungarian Parliament building one of the gothic-revival masterpieces in the world and visit the memorials on Kossuth Square and Liberty Square and the Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial and learn about the most determining Hungarian freedom fights and the turbulent 20th-century history of Hungary overshadowed by two world wars, the Holocaust and the communist dictatorship. View the landmarks of the Pest Danube Riverfront; the Chain Bridge, the National Academy of Sciences and the Four Seasons Hotel and enjoy an astonishing view of Buda Castle perching on the other side of the Danube.

Tour highlights

  • View the Dohany Street Synagogue the largest synagogue in Europe
  • View the World heritage Andrassy Avenue and the Opera House
  • Visit Heroes’ Square Square and the Millennium Monument
  • Take a tour of the City Park view the Zoo, the Great Circus, Széchenyi Thermal Bath and Vajdahunyad Castle
  • Visit St Stephens Basilica the largest church in Budapest
  • View the Hungarian Parliament Building
  • View the memorials on Kossuth Square, Liberty Square and the Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial
  • View the Chain Bridge and the landmarks of the Pest Danube Riverfront.

Admission tickets are not included in the tour price
St Stephen's Basilica admission 1200 HUF / 3 EUR

Tour Specs
Tour duration: 4 hours
Driving distance: 15 km
Difficulty level: easy
Tour type: private tour
Guide: private English speaking guide

Schedule
MON-SAT at 10 AM & 2.30 PM (APR-OCT)
Check-in 15 min before departure time

Meeting Point
Budapest Scooter Tour office 1053 Budapest Vámház körút 10 (the office is inside the courtyard of the building)

 Tour Map

 

Great Market Hall
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.

Liberty bridge
Liberty bridge

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.

Giant Arch
Giant Arch

Here, at the edge of the old Jewish quarter stands a fascinating building. The enormous brick building with its vaulted arches encircles the square known as Madách tér, continuing inwards on both sides. It is claimed that the giant arch of this mammoth building was originally intended to be the gateway to another grand avenue, which would have run parallel to Andrássy út and the neighboring Király street. However, this avenue was never constructed. The plans were ready and approved by 2nd of June 1914 and that did not prove to be the best of timings. Only a month and a half later the First World War got underway, and the plans for Elizabeth Avenue were locked away for the next 15 years. Then, as some of the neighbouring buildings were demolished, great plans were drawn again. This time, things looked much more promising. In 1937 the avenue’s grand opening, this enormous brick building was erected, and more construction work was to follow. But fate intervened once again, in the form of another world war. And this war brought heavy destruction with it, after which reconstruction was needed much more than a new avenue. Though the plans remained in effect for more than a decade, nothing actually was done to move the project forward. Finally, in 1957, new city plans were drawn and this time the plans for this other grand avenue were left out. Today only the grand opening remains as a worthy memento of the great plans.

 Rumbach street Synagogue
Rumbach street Synagogue

The synagogue was designed by Otto Wagner a leading architect of the Viennese Secession. It was built in Moorish style and known also as the Small Synagogue.

Dohany street Synagogue
Dohany street Synagogue

Dohany Street Synagogue is among the most beautiful in the world. This monumental building, built in the Moorish style, is the largest functioning synagogue in Europe, and the second-largest in the world after the Temple Emanu-El in New York. It was designed by the renowned Viennese architect Ludwig Förster

Memorial Tree
Memorial Tree

The memorial tree stands in the cemetery garden behind the Great Synagogue, where approximately 2,000 Jewish martyrs are buried. It stands as a reminder to all that, in December 1944, this was the location of the Budapest ghetto, into which 70,000 people were crowded, robbed of their possessions and their rights. The weeping willow, which is the work of sculptor Imre Varga, was erected by the Emmanuel Foundation in memory of the Jews who died in the ghetto, or who were deported or murdered. Each leaf of the tree bears the name of a victim.

Heroes's square
Heroes's square

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 & Vajdahunyad Castle

City Park
City Park provides a great escape from the bustle of the city. The 1896 Millennium Celebrations took place here, leaving many attractions behind.

Vajdahunyad Castle
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.

Szechenyi Bath
Szechenyi Bath

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.

Andrassy Avenue & The Millenium Underground
Andrassy Avenue & The Millenium Underground

Andrassy Avenue
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.
Millennium Underground
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
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.

St. Stephen's Basilica
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.

Parliament
Parliament

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.

Shoes on the Danube bank memorial
Shoes on the Danube bank memorial

The 60 pairs of rusty iron shoes, spread almost invisibly across a small section of the Danube bank, in the shadow of the magnificent Parliament building, is probably the most humble, yet the most moving memorial of Budapest. It commemorates the thousands of Jews, shot into the Danube by the Arrow Cross party military men in 1944-45. Hungary was aligned with Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Although since the beginning of the war, the rights of the Hungarian Jews were restricted in many ways, they were initially safe in Hungary. It had been all changed by 19 March 1944. Sensing that Hungary was considering leaving the Axis, the Nazi German troops occupied Hungary. Led by Adolf Eichmann, the Nazis and their Hungarian collaborators began rounding up the Jews. In a few months, almost half a million Jews were deported to the death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Following an unsuccessful attempt of Governor Miklos Horthy to withdraw Hungary from the war, in October 1944 he was removed by a coup, organised by the Germans, and the Nazi Hungarian Arrow Cross party, led by Ferenc Szalasi, took control over Hungary. During the party's 5 month rule more than 70000 Jews were deported into various concentration camps, and the remaining 70000 were relocated into a closed ghetto near the Great Synagogue. Thousands of Jews were taken from this ghetto to the Danube riverbank and subsequently murdered by the Arrow Cross party military men. Before they had been shot into the river, they were forced to remove their shoes, as it was a valuable commodity during the war, which their murderers would then sell, or use themselves. Shoes on the Danube memorial, created by film director Can Togay and sculptor Gyula Paurer was erected in April 2005 in memory of the thousands of victims, killed here in 1944–45. The memorial features 60 pairs of period-appropriate shoes cast in iron, anchored to the stone embankment pointed towards the river. The different sizes and styles show that no one was safe, not men, women or children. People come to light candles and lay flowers alongside them every day, showing its real meaning; remembrance.

Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge

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.

Buda Castle
Buda Castle

This World Heritage Site is the oldest neighborhood in the city. Its unique atmosphere with beautiful ancient buildings such as the Mathias Church, The Fishermen'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.

Elisabeth bridge
Elisabeth bridge

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

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
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

What's included:
50 cc scooter with safety helmet
Fuel
3-rd party liability insurrance
English speaking tour guide
Radio with a headset
Services indicated in the tour programme

Exclusions
Meals, drinks, admission tickets are nt included only if explicitly specified in the tour programme

Requirements
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

Liability
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.