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Budapest Grand Tour

Type Public tour
Destination Budapest
Category Budapest Tours
Duration 4 hours
Dates & Prices
Depart date

Discover Budapest all must see sights and greatest panoramic views!
Discover all the must see sights and greatest panoramic views of Budapest on our signature tour that we recommend to all first time visitors. Your expert guide will give you a live commentary about history, culture and lifestyle during the whole tour and you will have also enough time to take a closer look of the most beautiful attractions.

We start the tour with a short ride along the riverbank with a spectacular view of the Buda Castle and the Danube bridges. Take a ride along Budapest Champs Elysee the elegant Andrassy avenue, view the Opera House and the beautiful 19 century palaces and 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 a short tour in the neighbouring City Park, view the Zoo, Szechenyi Thermal Bath and Vajdahunyad Castle than drive back to the city center and view the Saint Stephen’s Basilica the largest church of Budapest. After a short drive we take a stop at the magnificent Parliament the largest building of Hungary. If you are lucky you may even see the changing of the guards here. Cross the Chain bridge and start exploring the historic Buda Castle. View the iconic Matthias church and enjoy the spectacular view from the Fisherman Bastion. Take a short tour in the cobbled stone alleys, than stop at the Royal Palace and take a short walk to visit the palace courtyard and enjoy the magnificent view from the terrace. Our walk ends at the „White House” the official residence of the Hungarian President and if you are lucky you may even a see the changing of the guards here. At last we drive to top of Gellert Hill and take a final stop to view the Citadel, the Liberty Statue and to enjoy the breathtaking view of Budapest.

Stories
What is the building of Hungary that took the longest time to built?
What is the bastion that was never used in a war?
Do the lions of the Chain Bridge have tongues or not?
Which is the largest Burger King of Europe?
Which is the shortest railway of Hungary?
What is the largest invisible object of the city?
What made a bridge of Budapest listed in the Guiness book of records?
Which is that place in the city where even the British Queen used to go for shopping?
Get to know all this and listen to more stories on this tour.

Tour highlights

• 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
• Saint Stephen’s Basilica the largest catholic church of Budapest
• Parliament – the largest buliding of Hungary
• Buda Castle with the Matthias Church, the Fisherman Bastion and the Royal Palace
• Gellert Hill with the Citadel and the Liberty statue and the fabulous view of Budapest

Tour Specs
Tour duration: 4 hours
Driving distance: 25 km
Difficulty level: easy (morning tour) / medium (afternoon tour)
Tour type: public (with option to book as a private tour)

Schedule
MAR-NOV at 10 AM  APR-OCT 10 AM & 2.30 PM
Check-in 15 min prior to departure time

Meeting Point
Budapest Scooter Tour 1053 Budapest Vámház korut 10 (the office is located inside at the house courtyard )

 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.

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.
Millenium 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 he World Heritage Sites.

Hungarian State Opera House
Hungarian State Opera House

The State 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's square
Heroes's square

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.

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.

St. Stephen's Basilica
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.

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.

Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge

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.

Buda Castle
Buda Castle

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.

Matthias Church
Matthias Church

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
Fishermen's Bastion

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 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.

Gellért Hill
Gellért Hill

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.

Citadel
Citadel

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.

Liberty statue
Liberty statue

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.

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 finnish at Budapest Scooter Tour office at 1053 Budapest Vámház korut 10. The office is inside the courtyard of the building

What's included:
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

Exclusions:
Meals, drinks ,admission tickets are not included only if excplicitly specified in the tour programme.

Requirements
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

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 EUR 500/ HUF 150.000.