If you fancy getting "off the beaten track" and seeing a side of Budapest that most tourists don’t get to, then this is the tour for you. We’ll take you through the fascinating yet unknown sections of Budapest not highlighted on your map.
Highlights and Themes
- Explore Budapest with a small group and a knowledgeable guide
- See secret gems not shown on tourist maps
- Unique and fun stories revealed
- Explore the world of the famous ruin pubs, such as Szimpla
- Check out hidden Art Nouveau buildings on secret streets
- Discover houses riddled with the bullets of the 1956 Revolution and hear the story of the chapterhouse that rescued Jewish refugees during WWII
- Learn to recognize the hidden and secret routes through the town
- Coffee break included
Dates & Times
April to October 14:30 – Monday, Thursday
The tour is not operating between 1 November and 31 March.
Absolute Tour Center – 1065 Budapest, Lazar street 16., located right behind the Opera House.
40 € Adult
38 € Student (with a valid student card)
20 € Child (up to 12 years)
Infants are free up to 2 years
Full Tour Description
Duration: 3-3.5 hours
On this unique tour we will take you “off the beaten track” through the fascinating, yet unknown areas of Budapest that are not highlighted on your tourist map. Along the way, you’ll discover hidden wonders, romantic narrow streets and squares with fascinating architecture, and you’ll also get to hear the stories behind them.
You’ll travel through areas of the former WWII ghetto and learn about the hardships of everyday life in the Jewish Quarter. You’ll also get to observe the lively ambience of the Gozsdu courtyard – several blocks of buildings linked by one common corridor which is home to many shops and pubs. And sneak previews of local workshops and design shops are also included in the tour.
One highlight of the tour is our stop at Szimpla, the original “ruin-bar” of Budapest, where we’ll take a quick peek inside. Also included is a taste of Hungary in the form of a short refreshment break.
After the break, we’ll explore the Rakóczi Road and it’s many sights and buildings including the oldest hospitals of Budapest, which has a tiny chapel inside as well. The tour will continue on through the Palace Quarter (different to the one on the Buda Hill) and you’ll be amazed by the contrast of what this section has to offer – you will find old buildings which still bear the scars of WWII and the revolution in 56′, many of which played a large role during those events, and newly reconstructed buildings which still resemble the original design. Next, the tour will venture further towards Kalvin Square.
Here, you will be guided through the university section decorated with open air cafes and lounges where the past and future great minds of Hungary use to learn and have discussions. Of course, at the same time, you’ll also get a glimpse of the everyday hustle and bustle of the city, and see where locals unwind at the end of their busy days.
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 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, many stops for photos and questions.
Entry fees to sights and museums, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.