Discover the great landmarks of 19th-century Budapest and get an insight into Hungarian history.
Discover the historic Pest renowned for its great 19th-century architecture created during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and get an insight into Hungarian history by viewing its imposing monuments. Take a look into Pest’s historic Jewish Quarter and view 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, dominated by the Millennium Monument, a national pantheon of great Hungarian kings, and learn about the 1000-year Hungarian history in a nutshell. Take a tour through the neighboring City Park home to the Zoo, the Great Circus, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and Vajdahunyad Castle. Enjoy a guided tour inside St Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church in Budapest decorated with stunning artwork (subject to opening times and the admission fee is not included), and marvel at the stunning view of Budapest from its lookout below the dome. View the majestic palace of the Hungarian Parliament building, one of the gothic-revival masterpieces in the world then visit the Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial, and the memorials on Kossuth and Liberty Square and learn about Hungarian freedom fights and the turbulent 20th-century history of Hungary overshadowed by two world wars, the Holocaust and the communist dictatorship. At last, marvel at the landmarks of the Pest Danube Riverfront; the Chain Bridge, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Four Seasons Hotel, and the astonishing view of Buda Castle perching on the other side of the Danube.
- Take a look into the historic Jewish Quarter and view the Dohany Street Synagogue the largest synagogue in Europe
- Drive through the World heritage Andrassy Avenue and view the Opera House
- Visit Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Monument, and learn about Hungarian history in a nutshell
- Take a tour through the City Park home to the Zoo, the Great Circus, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and Vajdahunyad Castle
- Enjoy a guided tour at St Stephen's Basilica the largest church in Budapest and marvel at the stunning view of the city from its lookout below the dome
- View the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building
- Visit the Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial and the memorials on Kossuth and Liberty Square and learn about Hungarian freedom fights and the turbulent 20th-century history of Hungary
- Marvel at the Chain Bridge and the great landmarks of the Pest Danube Riverfront.
Admission tickets are not included in the tour price
St Stephen’s Basilica general opening times and admission ticket prices
*MON: 09.00-16.30 TUE-SAT: 09.00-17.45 SUN: 13.00-17.45
Admission to the inner area of the Church: 2000 HUF /4 EUR
Panorama lookout & Treasury 3200 HUF/8 EUR
Combo ticket (Church interior, Panorama lookout & Treasury) 4500 HUF /12 EUR
*Opening times can change due to public holidays religious events and weddings which affect the published tour schedule.
Tour duration: 4 hours
Driving distance: 15 km
Difficulty level: easy
Tour type: private tour
Private English-speaking guide
Morning Tour 1 APR-29 OCT MON-SAT 10 AM
Afternoon Tour 1 APR-29 OCT MON-SUN 2.30 PM
Check-in: 15 minutes before the published tour departure
Budapest Scooter Tour office 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.
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
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 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
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’ 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 provides a great escape from the bustle of the city. The 1896 Millennium Celebrations took place here, leaving many attractions behind.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 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 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.
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 (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
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
- 50 cc gas scooter (passenger on 50 cc scooter is not allowed by law, 125 cc scooter eligible to carry a passenger for a surcharge and subject to availability)
- Safety helmet, gas, 3-rd party liability insurance, Intercom radio with a headset
- English-speaking tour guide
The tour does not include meals, drinks, and admission tickets only if explicitly specified.
Valid driver's license
50cc scooter: Car license or Moped license
125cc: Motorcycle license EU A1 category or international equivalent
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