Off-Beat Budapest: The 7 Most Exciting Alternative Experiences in the Hungarian Capital

Budapest is packed with offbeat experiences and activities
Budapest is packed with offbeat experiences and activities | © Alpineguide / Alamy Stock Photo

Get a little off the beaten path in Budapest. Culture Trip’s curated list of unusual tours and experiences will help you discover a different side to the Hungarian capital.

Budapest may be full of history, but that doesn’t mean the city isn’t packed with quirky, offbeat experiences and activities to discover beyond the thermal baths for which it is known. Whether it’s exploring the labyrinthine network of caves underneath the Buda Hills, learning how to bake authentic Hungarian pastries or seeing filming locations from Hollywood blockbusters up close, Budapest boasts myriad alternative experiences for those looking to uncover.

Are you a film fanatic and want to walk through famous film locations? This private guided tour will take you around the locations that have been used in a number of films to depict a variety of other cities! Your local host will transport you to a plethora of different cities, locations and times during your three-hour tour.

This four-hour introduction to the world of Hungarian desserts is not just for those with a sweet tooth. On my pastry course I would like to share my family recipes. We bake sweet cakes and salty langos, some of which are really easy and others a bit more complicated, but we do everything together. At the end of the programme we have nothing more to do than to taste the result of our efforts. You can choose one menu from the following:

  • Menu A: Langos (deep-fried flatbread), baked pancake with cottage cheese cream, gerbeaud layer cake
  • Menu B: Langos (deep-fried flatbread), strudel (with filo dough), dobos cake

Easy Cooking Class Budapest With Market Walk

Learn about Hungarian culture and cuisine on this 4.5-hour cooking class and market walk. Visit one of Budapest’s historical markets with a guide before attending a class at a boutique cooking school. Prepare a four-course meal, taste an authentic fruit brandy called palinka and sip local wine. Vegetarian options are available if requested at the time of booking.

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