Explore the historic Buda Castle District and Gellert Hill topped with the Citadel and the Liberty Statue and admire the most astonishing panoramic views of Budapest.
Explore the historic Buda Castle District, the oldest part of the city perching on the 80-meter-high Castle Hill. Before driving up to the hilltop view the Neo-Renaissance Castle Garden Bazaar an ornate structure that closes the Royal Palace gardens on the Danube riverfront, the Chain Bridge, the Castle Tunnel, and the Funicular. Visit the 700-year-old iconic Matthias Church which was the main coronation church of Hungary during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and take also a tour inside the church decorated with stunning artwork (subject to opening times and admission fee). Visit Fisherman’s Bastion, the most famous lookout in Budapest reminiscent of a fairytale castle, and enjoy an astonishing view of the city. Take a tour through the cobblestone streets of the Castle’s medieval dwelling quarter and view the remnants of the medieval St Mary Magdalene Church. Walk around the courts of the Royal Palace, the former residence of the Hungarian kings adorned with fountains and statues. View the Carmelite Monastery the seat of the Hungarian Prime Minister and Sandor Palace the seat of the Hungarian President where you may even see the changing of the guards (subject to availability). Drive to Gellert Hill, the most famous vantage point of the city. View the iconic Gellert Bath and the Cave Church inspired by the Lourdes Grotto located at the foot of the hill then drive up to the hilltop and view the Citadel and the Liberty Statue and admire the unparalleled view of Budapest.
- Explore the historic Buda Castle District the oldest part of the city
- View the Neo-Renaissance Castle Garden Bazaar, the Chain Bridge, the Castle Tunnel, and the Funicular
- Visit the 700-year-old iconic Matthias Church and take also a tour inside the church
- Visit Fisherman’s Bastion the most famous lookout in Budapest
- Take a tour of the Castle’s medieval dwelling quarter and view St Mary Magdalene Church
- Visit the Royal Palace the former residence of the Hungarian kings
- View the seat of the Hungarian Prime Minister and the Hungarian President and watch the changing of the guards
- Explore Gellert Hill, the most famous vantage point of the city, view Gellert Bath, the Cave Church, the Citadel, and the Liberty Statue, and admire the unparalleled view of Budapest
General opening times MON-FRI 9.00-17.00 SAT: 9.00-12.00 SUN: 13.00-17.00
Admission to the church: 2000 HUF / 6 EUR
Tour duration: 4 hours
Driving distance: 15 km
Difficulty level: easy
Tour type: private tour
Guide: Private English-speaking guide
APR-OCT: MON-FRI 10 AM and 2.30 PM SAT 10 AM
NOV: MON-SAT 10 AM
Check-in 15 min before the tour start
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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.
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.
Castle Garden Bazaar
Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár) a recently restored neo-Renaissance building on Buda riverfront was built in 1883 according to the plans of one of Hungary's great architects Miklós Ybl.
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 the 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.
St. Mary Magdalena Tower
The tower was part of the 13-century Gothic church. During the Turkish occupation, this church was only allowed to use for the Christians and was shared by Catholics and Protestants.
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.
The Citadel (Citadella), the fortress on the top of Gellert Hill was 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.
Liberty Statue (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.
Probably the most elegant bridge in Budapest was named in honor of Queen Elisabeth, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I. 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)
50 cc scooter with safety helmet
3-rd party liability insurance
English speaking tour guide
Intercom radio with a headset
Services indicated in the tour programme
Meals, drinks, and 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 a maximum of 500 EUR/ 200.000 HUF.