Budapest in two days: Bumpy Buda + Flat Pest
See your guide: Katalin D.Day 1: Buda Driving Tour
If you like to go 400 years back in time, when there was no electricity and people walked with a torch and a knobstick at night…follow me in the old town streets of Buda Castle!
We take a stroll through Old Town's cobblestone streets and cosy little squares, highlighting the architecture and history, and learn the stories that go with them.
The tour begins in front of the National Achives, then we’ll see a stone-sister flying through a wall…at the 800 years old church ruins. Old canons greet us at the Military Museum. Among aristocratic palaces we’ll pass the Wedding Hall and some original, 500 years old dwelling houses.
Then comes the highlight: Matthias Church, the 800 years old Coronation Church of Budapest, and Fishermen’s Bastion with the Word-Heritage view.
Passing the best local Strudel-place in a hidden archway, we descend to the underground cave system of Buda: the Labyrinth. Several natural caves were connected here, creating a 7 miles (11km) long system.
Real bullet holes on the old Ministry of Defense wall: what was the role of Budapest in World War II?
The area of the Royal Palace is a surprising mixture of old architecture, beautiful inner courtyards, and fountains. If you like art and paintings, I recommend that we see the highlights of Hungarian Painting in the Palace.
Budapest, with the river Danube, has an incredible view from the Buda hills! I can see the astonishment on my guests’ face again and again, when they first see the panorama from Fishermen's Bastion, or Gellert hill. So I take you over to Gellert hill, too, and we say hello to the Lady – our Statue of Liberty - on top
Day 2: Pest Walking and Public Transport Tour
We visit Heroes' Square: spectacular monument in the City park, take the first metro line of the continent! in Andrássy Avenue with the Opera. We walk in the Pest side, in Budapest bank and administration district, on the spacious and green Liberty Square we can enter the Hungarian National Bank - pedestrian square with amazing architecture, beautiful art nouveau buildings, and the Embassy of the United States facing the last Russian Monument. . . I'll show you Saint Stephen's Basilica with 30 different kind of dazzling marble inside. If weather permits, we go up the dome and see the view. Rest in a café richly painted with old masters' stunning frescoes! I'll take you the most contradictory living memorial, and you will see the protest of everyday people who don't let any more pages be torn out of the Book of Hungarian History…
|Included:||Chauffeur-driven AC car on one day, guiding in English, pick up and drop off at your desired spot in Budapest. Suggestions and reservations for your free afternoons and evenings|
|Not included:||public transport tickets, food, drink, and any entrance fees. However, I usually treat my guests with a chimney cake or icecream...|