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Downtown Pest: The New Imperial Capital 1867-1914 Tour with a Historian
Availability: Everyday except Thursday
Duration: 3 hours
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  • Explore Pest, a bustling town on the east bank of the Danube river
  • See the enormous stock exchange palace and luxurious buildings in Freedom Square
  • Visit the Parliament at Kossuth square
  • Contemplate the Holocaust Monument
  • Witness the charming art nouveau buildings of Budapest
  • Walk through Andrassy Boulevard, a sidewalk for nobility
What to expect

On this tour you'll have the chance to walk through the center of Pest on the east bank of the Danube river. Its western neighbor, Buda, has always been the center of the royal power, but after the two cities united in the late 1800s, they rose up as the country's powerhouse in politics, finance, and culture.

Your tour will start outside the Parliament in Kossuth square. The building one of the largest and most expensive projects in Hungary and is still filled with amazing art. The tour will not go inside since the Parliament hosts its own tours, but you will be able to revel in the other architectural wonders surrounding the square. Afterwards, you'll visit the Holocaust Monument behind the Parliament, where the city's Jewish community (a fourth of the city population) was brutally murdered towards the end of World War II.

The tour will move on to the busy Freedom Square. It was originally constructed to be the financial center of the city and today contains several large and ornate buildings, such as the stock exchange palace and offices of various banks. The square also features statues of famous figures with amazing stories. There's one of Cardinal Mindszenty, who hid in the US embassy for 15 years to escape the communists. There is also the last Soviet monument...next to a statue of Ronald Reagan.

You'll move on to St. Stephen's Basilica, passing many gorgeous art nouveau buildings. You'll also get to see the Large Synagogue, the second largest in the world and an important monument to the Jewish population. Comprising a fourth of the city, the rich citizens of this group heavily contributed to the rapid development of the city. You'll be able travel on the Andrassy Boulevard, built for the city's nobility, and see the Opera House. Finally, your tour will finish at Heroes Square. Here, Hungarians celebrated their 1000-year existence in 1896.

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What's included
  • 3-hour guided walk
  • Historian tour guide
Where

Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Hungary

Meeting point:

Information Center to the right of the Hungarian Parliament.

When
  • Everyday excpt Thursday at 10 AM or 2 PM
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Provider
Insight Cities
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

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