Come see a side of Budapest that tourists and even some locals pass by on this tour of alternative Budapest. Exploring with a local guide, you’ll get see emerging neighbourhoods where art and culture are just starting to blossom.
Highlights and Themes
- Explore with a small group and a knowledgeable guide.
- Lots of chances to ask questions and interact with the group.
- Get a unique look at Budapest’s districts usually unvisited by tourists
- Delve into industrial areas and gritty back streets and learn about Budapest’s thriving subcultures and recent history
- Explore the city’s lesser known districts by bike and cruise along the Danube
Dates & Times
1 April – 31 October 2017
14:00 – Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Absolute Tour Center – 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 (just behind the Opera House)
Adult: 34 €
Student: 32 €
Full Tour Description
This is a truly unique tour, that focuses on recent history and forgotten neighborhoods, rather than grand historical sights, and discussions about Hungary’s long history. This tour is perfect for curious visitors who want to get off-the-beaten-track and go home with a really unique insight of the city.
Without a fixed route, the tour instead follows the lead of a local expert on the alternative scene in Budapest – will use their knowledge to take you places that are really hip and happening in the city right now.
First off, we’ll start the day mural spotting in the buzzing 7th district where your guide will tell you about the vibrant street art scene that has existed in the city for the last few years. From here, we’ll head over to the 8th district, a place that many avoid on account of how run down it is. Despite the unloved feel, this is many of the city’s most innovative projects are coming to life, led by a new generation of entrepreneurs and artists.
We’ll check out a variety of squares in the area and your guide will talk about the area’s history and about some of the architectural you’re seeing. after which we’ll stop at one of the nearby cafe-bars for a little break so you can hear some stories from your guide and ask any questions you have.
We’ll follow up with a walk into Budapest’s 9th district, which runs along the riverbank and is home to some of Budapest’s cultural spots, including MUPA, the National Theatre and Ludwig Museum, all grand and photo-worthy sights.
Csepel, a former working-class part of the city, is up next, where you’ll get to explore yet another developing neighborhood. Here you’ll see an area of the city that once sat proudly separate from the rest of Budapest, powering its prosperity through industry. After this, you’ll take relaxing ride home along the river.
General themes covered on this tour tend to include recent history, grimey areas, gentrification, street art, industrialization and post-industrialization, youth culture, ‘high culture’ and the fate of abandoned buildings.
English speaking guide, bike hire and optional helmet included during the tour time. Stops for photos and refreshments. Stop for a coffee or other beverage and pastry included.
Entry fees to sights and museums, food and beverages except where noted, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.