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Budapest City Lights Tour

Type Public tour
Destination Budapest
Category Budapest Tours
Duration 3 hours
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Take a scenic drive along the river Danube enjoy the great views of the most famous landmarks of Budapest the Parliament, the Saint Stephen's Cathedral, the world heritage Andrassy avenue with the Opera house, the Heroes square with the Millenium Monument, the Szechenyi spa and Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park. Admire the breathtaking panoramic views and city lights of Budapest from the most famous hilltop lookout points the Fishermen's Bastion in the Buda Castle and the Citadel on the top of Gellért Hill.

Tour highlights
Danube ramparts, world heritage Andrassy avenue with the Opera House, City park with Szechenyi spa, Vajdahunyad castle and Heroes square with the Millenium monument (photo stop) Parliament, St Stephen's Cathedral, Chain Bridge, Margaret bridge, Matthia's Church and Fishermen's Bastion in the Buda Castle (photo stop) , Citadel on Gellert Hill (photo stop).

Tour Specs
Tour duration: 3 hours
Driving distance: 25 km
Difficulty level: easy
Tour type: public
Availibility
 MAY-SEP at 7 pm

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

 

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.

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.

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.

The Whale (Bálna)
The Whale (Bálna)

This recently opened cultural center was constructed from a row of old warehouses by the river Danube covered by a whale shape special glass roof .

Rakoczi Bridge
Rakoczi Bridge

The Rakoczi Bridge is the most southern Danube bridge of Budapest. It was built in 1995 for a planned World exhibition that should have been held jointly by Budapest and Vienna. Although the World exhibition did not take place in the end, the bridge still had been built.

National Theater
National Theater

The modern building along with the next door Palace of Arts is the most renomed and newest cultural center of the city. An extravagant illumination makest even more attractive after dark.

Palace of Arts
Palace of Arts

The largest and one of the most renomed concert hall of Budapest. After dark it is beautifully illuminated along with the next door National Theater.

Kopaszi-gat (dike)
Kopaszi-gat (dike)

The popular dining spot and recreational area is located at the  Lagymanyosi bay a small inlet of the river Danube overlooking the National Theater and the Palace of Arts.. At the bayside there are dozens of restaurants and cafes with outdoor terraces

A38 boat music club
A38 boat music club

One of the most popular music and concert venue not only in Hungary but also in Europe.

University of Technology
University of Technology

The oldest university in Budapest established in 1782 . The eclectic style main building on the riverbank is one of the most remarkable buildings on the Buda side.

Margaret Bridge
Margaret Bridge

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
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.

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
Shoes on the Danube

Holocaust memorial of jewish victims killed by Arrow Cross fire in 1944

Hungarian National Academy of Sciences
Hungarian National Academy of Sciences

Was built at the Hungarian Golden Age after the War of Indepencedce in 1849

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.

Pest Danube Promenade
Pest Danube Promenade

The Pest Danube Promenade (Dunakorzó) extends between the Elizabeth Bridge and the Chain Bridge in Pest along the bank of the Danube on the Pest side. This location was always popular for promenading, especially in the 19th century. Back then the Promenade was home to several famous hotels such as the Ritz, the Bristol and the Carlton. Their cafés, overlooking the Danube and the Buda Castle were immensely popular. These days a new row of luxury hotels attempts to recreate the pre-war ambiance.

Pesti Vigado concert hall
Pesti Vigado concert hall

This beautiful oriental style building is an important concert hall of the city

Statue of St. Gellert
Statue of St. Gellert

Gellert hill was named after bishop Gellért (Gerald), who was thrown to death from the hill by pagans in the fight against Christianity in 1046.

Varkert Bazar
Varkert Bazar

Várkert Bazár ( bazaar)  is a recently restored neo-Renaissance building on Buda riverfront built in 1883 according to the plans of one of Hungary's great architects Miklós Ybl.

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.

Gellert Bath
Gellert Bath

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.

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.

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

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).

What's included:
50 or 125 cc automatic scooter
Safety helmet
Fuel
Compulsory 3-rd party liability insurrance
English speaking tour guide
Radio with a headset
Services indicated in the tour programme

Conditions
Valid Photo ID (EU citizens only) or passport (Non EU citizens)
Local address (hotel, hostel etc.)
Valid driver's licence
50cc: Car licence "B" or Moped licence "AM"
125cc: Motorbike licence  eligble to drive 125 cc scoter min EU category A1 or higher
50 cc scooters are only for 1 person, it is forbidden to carry a passenger

Deposit
Refundable cash deposit EUR 150 /HUF 45.000 or we can accept National Photo ID (EU citizens only) or passport (Non EU citizens)

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.

Tour with 125 cc scooter

125 cc scooters have better performance, higher speed. They are suitable for longer trips and eligible to carry a passenger. To select this option  you must hold motorcycle licence eligible for 125 cc ( min EU category A1 or higher)

10 EUR / Adult
Discount Passenger 125 CC

Select this option if  one or more of the booked participants will be carried as a passenger on your scooter. This option is only available if you book the tour with 125 cc scooter.

-10 EUR / Adult