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Budapest sightseeing and scenic tour - with private driver

Exclusive, exceptional 4 - 8 hours tour in Budapest, offering fascinating historical and cultural information of past and authentic aspects of present life in Budapest

Trip via Danube Bend - scenic tour, excursion into Hungary's history - Esztergom, Visegrád, Szentendre
  • - Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in the European Union. It is the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre, sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary. In 2011, according to the census, Budapest had 1.74 million inhabitants. The Budapest Commuter Area is home to 3.3 million people. The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with an unification on 17 November 1873 of west-bank Buda and Óbuda with east-bank Pest.

  • - Budapest sightseeing route by taxi or minivan with 6 stops and walks - step by step - Gellért Hill - Citadel - Liberty Statue - Buda Castle - Matthias Church - Fisherman's Bastion - Széchenyi Chain Bridge - Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Gresham Palace - Central Market Hall - Hungarian National Museum - Dohány Street Synagogue - Andrássy Avenue - Heroes' Square - Millennium Memorial - City Park - Széchenyi Medicinal Bath - Vajdahunyad Castle - St. Stephen's Basilica - Hungarian Parliament Building - Danube Promenade - Vigadó Concert Hall - Vörösmarty square - Váci Street

Budapest Gellert Hill and Citadel

- 1. Stop and walk: Gellert Hill - Citadel - Liberty Statue

Budapest - Gellert Hill and Gellert Hotel with the Liberty Bridge

Gellért Hill is a 235 m (771 ft) high hill overlooking the Danube. Gellért Hill was named after Saint Gerard who was thrown to death from the hill. The famous Hotel Gellért and the Gellért Baths can be found in Gellért Square at the foot of the hill, next to Liberty Bridge

Citadel on the Gellert Hill in Budapest with the Liberty Bridge

The Citadel was built after the 1848–49 Hungarian uprising by the ruling Habsburg Austrians, as it was a prime, strategic site for shelling both Buda and Pest in the event of a future revolt. Gellért Hill also saw action in the Second World War and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, when Soviet tanks fired down into the city from the hill. There is a small military museum in the Citadel’s grounds.

Liberty Statue Budapest

- Liberty Statue or Freedom Statue is a monument on the Gellért Hill. It commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary. The 14 m tall bronze statue stands atop a 26 m pedestal and holds a palm leaf.

Buda Castle - Royal Palace

- 2. Stop and walk: Buda Castle - Matthias Church - Fisherman's Bastion

Budapest Hungarian National Gallery - Buda Castle, Royal Palace from the Pest side - Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings, and was first completed in 1265. In the past, it has been called Royal Palace. Buda Castle was built on the southern tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by what is known as the Castle District (Várnegyed), which is famous for its Medieval, Baroque, and 19th-century houses, churches, and public buildings. Bridge by the Castle Hill Funicular.
Budapest the Matthias Church with St. Istvan monument - Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in front of the Fisherman's Bastion at the heart of Buda's Castle District. According to church tradition, it was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015. The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. Officially named as the Church of Our Lady, the popular name Matthias Church.
Budapest Matthias Church with the Fisherman's Bastion - Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages.

Budapest Central Market Hall

- 3. Stop and walk: The Central Market Hall

Budapest Central Market Hall - Central Market Hall is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. The building was completed in 1896. It is located at the end of the famous pedestrian shopping street Váci utca and on the Pest side of the Liberty bridge. A distinctive architectural feature is the roof which was restored to have colorful Zsolnay tiling from Pécs. The area size of the building is 10,000 square meters, which is covered by steel structure.
Hungarian Food Te building was awarded with FIABCI Prix d’Excellence in 1999. The Central Market Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. Most of the stalls on the ground floor offer produce, meats, pastries, candies, spices, and spirits such as paprika, tokaji, túró rudi, and caviar. The second floor has mainly eateries and souvenirs.
Budapest Central Market Hall - Hungaricum, Salami, Hungarian Wine, Palinka, Paprika, Goos liver, Souvenirs, Food The basement contains a supermarket, fish market, and pickles. Not only do they have traditional cucumber pickles, but they also offer pickled cauliflower, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, and garlic. The market is closed on Sunday, opens at 6am on other days, and closes at 5pm Monday, 6pm Tue-Fri and 3pm Saturday.

Heroes' Square - Millennium Memorial

- 4. Stop and walk: Heroes' Square - Millennium Memorial

Budapest Heroes' Square - Millennium Memorial at night - Millennium Memorial the central site of the hero's square, as well as a landmark of Budapest, with statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century and other outstanding figures of Hungarian history. The construction of the memorial was started when the one thousandth anniversary was celebrated (in 1896), but it was finished only in 1900 and the square got its name then.
Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park - Vajdahunyad Castle is a castle in the City Park. It was built between 1896 and 1908 as part of the Millennial Exhibition which celebrated the 1000 years of Hungary since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 895. The castle was designed by Ignác Alpár to feature copies of several landmark buildings from different parts the Kingdom of Hungary. As the castle contains parts of buildings from various time periods.
Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park - Széchenyi Medicinal Bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Its water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C (165 °F). The bath can be found in the City Park, and was built in 1913 in Neo-baroque style. The depth of the thermal spring is 1256m, the temperature is 77 °C and it supplies 6.000.000 litres (1 585 032 US gallons) of hot water daily.

Humgarian Parliament Building - Budapest

- 5. Stop and walk: Hungarian Parliament Building - Kossuth Square

Humgarian Parliament Building - Budapest - The Hungarian Parliament Building is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest building in Budapest.
Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park - National Assembly is the parliament of Hungary. The unicameral body consists of 386 members elected to 4-year terms. The Assembly includes 25 standing committees to debate and report on introduced bills and to supervise the activities of the ministers. The assembly has met in the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest since 1902.
Budapest Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park - Holy Crown of Hungary was the coronation crown used by the Kingdom of Hungary. The Crown was bound to the Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen. No king of Hungary was regarded as having been truly legitimate without being crowned with it. In the history of Hungary, more than fifty kings were crowned with it. he Hungarian coronation insignia consists of the Holy Crown, the sceptre, the orb, and the mantle.

Budapest Danube Corso Promenade

- 6. Danube Promenade - Vigadó Concert Hall - Vörösmarty square - Váci Street

Vigadó Concert Hall - Budapest - Vigadó Concert Hall is Budapest's second largest concert hall. Although the acoustics are lacking, the building itself, designed by Frigyes Feszl in 1859, makes a bold impression along the Pest embankment. The Budai Vigadó is the home stage of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. The group having started in 1951 with Hungarian traditional dance and music.
Danube Promenade located from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the Erzsébet Bridge. - Danube Promenade - is located on the Pest side of Budapest, Hungary. On the bank of the Danube, this promenade extends from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the Erzsébet Bridge. In the midst of boxes of glass hotels is the eccentric Neo-Byzantine Vigadó Concert Hall. Behind the Vigadó is the local hub of the city, Vörösmarty square, and the traditional Gerbeaud coffeehouse at the pedestrian Váci street.
Budapest Café Gerbeaud - Váci street - Vörösmarty square - Café Gerbeaud situated at Vörösmarty tér 7 in the Budapest city centre at the northern end of Váci utca, is one of the greatest and most traditional coffeehouses in Europe. Váci street is the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous shopping street of central Budapest, Hungary. It features a large number of restaurants and shops catering primarily to the tourist market.

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Budapest sightseeing and scenic tour - with private driver Taxi max. 4 pax. Minivan max. 7 pax. duration
Budapest sightseeing 199,- EUR/car 299,- EUR/car approx.: 4 hours
Budapest scenic tour 399,- EUR/car 499,- EUR/car approx.: 8 hours

    - Driver: English, German, Hungarian speaking (no licenced guide, but very informative )

    * Lunch, entries - are not included in the price
    * Car for max. 4 passengers Mercedes E class station wagon
    * Car for max. 7 passengers Mercedes Vito or Viano minivan
    * Payment: CASH for the driver in EUR or HUF

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