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
Dates & Times
November – March 15:00 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
April – October 15:00 – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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.
Full Tour Description: Alternative Budapest Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours
You’ll start your Alternative Budapest Walking Tour in the city center. Though we quickly head away from the main tourist hangouts as we make our way into Budapest’s Jewish district. This is where the city’s alternative culture is really kicking off. And just like East Berlin after the fall of the wall, you’ll see that Budapest’s previously unloved districts are fast becoming hip and happening. So, while upmarket inner district rents can be outrageously high, here in the rougher quarters your average bohemian artist can find an affordable working space.
This tour covers a wide variety themes and topics. Most relevant of these includes graffiti and street art culture, the current political climate, fashion, noteworthy design and architecture. Oh… and the local music scene. Each tour route is different depending on what is happening in the city. On one tour you might visit a mixture of arts and cultural centers, along with abandoned synagogues and independent galleries. And on another day, the tour might have a completely different itinerary. You’ll explore community spaces, music venues and theaters. Furthermore we even find the time to stop for a coffee or beer in an art and coffee collective or a ruin bar mix community center/bike workshop/analogue photography gallery.
Ask Your Guide
Finally we conclude the Alternative Budapest Walking Tour in a great venue. Here you can all put your feet up and relax. You’ll be able to pick the brain of your guide for information on great places to check out during your stay in the city. Perhaps mainstream or historical, or for something more off-the-beaten-track.
Our Alternative Budapest Walking Tours are with small groups and generally have less than 15 participants. Consequently this makes them interactive and personal. Most of all it gives you plenty of chances to ask questions as you get to know your guide, who will be fully qualified and active in the city’s various areas of the alternative culture. In addition you can also hit them up for local tips and hints of where to go and what else to do.
Important notice: The Alternative Budapest Walking tour is subject to change at any time without notice due to the constantly changing nature of venues and activities. Though keep in mind that any changes made will be for the best interests of the guest in order to ensure that we are showing the freshest developments in this ever evolving scene. Please note that we respect and support the venues and communities that are part of our tours. To that end we expect our guest to reciprocate with good behavior.
English speaking guide with many stops for photos and questions.
Entry fees to sights and museums, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.