Alternative Budapest

Alternative Budapest shows visitors not the usual sights, monuments and historical landmarks that other tours show you, but takes you deeper, further and more underground. Our tours aren't about the past, they're about what's happening now.

Highlights and Themes

  • Introduction to Budapest’s established and expanding alternative culture
  • Small groups
  • Visit a local artist’s studio and gallery
  • Learn about Budapest’s street art and graffiti scene

Duration

3 hours

Dates & Times

November – March. 15:00 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

April – October.
15:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Meeting Point

1052 Budapest, Deak Ferenc ter 4. in front of the Lutheran Church (pale yellow), on the church steps

Conclusion point: Tour ends downtown, close to public transport links.

18 € Adult
17 € Student (with a valid student card)
9 € Child (up to 12 years)
Infants are free up to 2 years

Small Groups

Walking Tour

Tour Guide

Best Sights

Stops for Photos

Full Tour Description

Duration: 3 hours

Our tour starts in the center of the city but quickly heads away from the main tourist hangouts and stumbles into Budapest’s Jewish district, where Budapest’s alternative culture is really kicking off. Just like East Berlin after the fall of the wall, Budapest’s uncared for districts are fast becoming the places to be.

The tour covers a wide variety themes and topics – from Budapest’s graffiti and street art culture to current politics, relevant history and personal stories, to fashion, design, architecture & the local music scene. Each tour route is different depending on what is happening in the city, but you’ll visit a mixture of arts and culture centers, abandoned synagogues, independent galleries, community spaces, music venues, theaters, and make a stop for a coffee or beer in an art and coffee collective or a ruin bar come community center/bike workshop/analogue photography gallery.

All of our guides are fully qualified and active in various areas of the alternative creative scene in Budapest and you’ll end the tour in a great venue where you’ll be able to pick the brain of your guide for info on great places to check out during your stay in Budapest (both mainstream/historical and more off-the-beaten-track).”

Our walking 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 and hints of where to go and what else to do.

Important notice: Due to the nature of the tour and the places we visit, the tour is subject to change at any time without warning. Any changes will be made in the best interests of the guest, ensuring that we are showing you the freshest developments in this ever-growing scene. We respect and support the venues and communities that are part of our tours, and therefore good behavior from our guests is essential.

Inclusions

English speaking guide, many stops for photos and questions.

Exclusions

Entry fees to sights and museums, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.

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