If you want to explore the side of Budapest that tourists and even some locals ignore, then this is the tour for you. Accompanied by 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, Lazar Street 16,
located right behind the Opera House.
34 € Adult
32 € Student
Full Tour Description
Duration: 5.5 hours
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. It’s a great chance for adventurous visitors to do the off-the-beaten-track thing 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 and show you things that are culturally happening right now in the city.
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 where many of the city’s young creatives and entrepreneurs are working on the most innovative projects to come out of the city.
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 styles on display, after which we’ll stop at one of the nearby cafe-bars for a little break and some optional refreshments.
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 rarely visited by tourists or non-resident locals and explore the working and abandoned factory complexes that were once the fire in Budapest’s engine before a relaxing ride home along the river.
General themes covered on this tour tend to include recent history, grimy areas, gentrification, street art, industrialization and post-industrialization, youth culture, ‘high culture’ and the fate of abandoned buildings.
Our bike tours run with small groups and generally do not have more than 15 participants. This makes them interactive and personal and gives you plenty of chances to ask questions and get to know your guide. You can also hit them up for local tips on where to go and what else to do.
We reserve the right to alter and change the tour program without prior notice due to construction, city closures for events, festivals and so on throughout the year.
English speaking guide, bike hire and optional helmet included during the tour time. Stops for photos and refreshments.
Entry fees to sights and museums, food and beverages except where noted, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.