These 6 Experiences Show Budapest’s Most Famous Sights in a Fresh Light

Take a dip in Budapest’s world-renowned Széchenyi Baths
Take a dip in Budapest’s world-renowned Széchenyi Baths | © Carmen Gabriela Filip / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

All it takes is a little outside-the-box thinking to experience Budapest’s most popular attractions as never before. Culture Trip’s handpicked tours and experiences offer a novel take on the Hungarian capital’s key sights.

With so many iconic landmarks – including the Neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament and Baroque Revival-style Széchenyi Baths, to name just two – it can be tough to get an original take on Budapest. Culture Trip’s curated selection of experiences include putting your camera skills to the test on a photography tour and uncovering the city’s Communist history. These innovative tours and activities guarantee a unique perspective and unforgettable memories of your time in the Hungarian capital.

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Budapest has one of Central Europe’s largest Jewish communities, and this four-hour walking tour spotlights its rich Jewish cultural and culinary heritage. With a food-loving guide, explore the old Jewish quarter, a Jewish ghetto in World War II and now a hip neighbourhood. Admire the Neoclassical streets, see Dohány Street Synagogue and WWII memorials, and taste Hungarian-Jewish staples such as flodni (apple, walnut and poppy-seed pastry). Enjoy a Jewish lunch and finish with a kosher pálinka (fruit brandy) at a trendy ruin pub. This walking tour is limited to eight people for a small group experience.

2. Budapest Hammer & Sickle Tour With Café Stop – Communist Times, 56 Revolution

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Journey through Hungary’s fascinating Communist history on this in-depth historical walking tour of Budapest. Over the course of three hours, your expert guide will immerse you in Hungary’s turbulent past filled with victories, failures and struggles, from the rule of Big Brother to the fall of the Iron Curtain and everything in between. Visit the area surrounding the Hungarian Parliament Building and hear stories about WWI, WWII, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the collapse of the Soviet Union as you walk the streets of Budapest and visit a private exhibition hall to see glimpses of daily life and witness the Communist propaganda people once lived under. Go back to the good old times when we drove Trabants, drank spirits at work, lived in block flats, stood in Banana Lines, had two passports, coupon books, no TV on Mondays and no freedom of speech. Experience the build-up to 1956 uprising, follow the marches, relive the battles, hear the stories!

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A three-hour photo tour through historic Budapest is a great way to get a feel for this vibrant city on the banks of the Danube. The tours are generally very small, so you’ll have plenty of hands-on instruction and one-on-one time with the photographer.

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Experience Budapest’s alternative culture and underground art on a small group cultural walking tour. Learn about Budapest’s street art, architecture and graffiti scene. You’ll uncover Budapest’s fascinating underground cultural life on this small group walking tour, and see hidden places like the synagogues in the Jewish quarter. The tour also visits street art galleries and fashionable coffee shops and bars. 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.

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This tour starts at the entrance of the museum, at the chocolate fountain. Every guest takes a delicious sweet, holds it under flowing chocolate and eats it. In the Rákóczi Knighthall, we spend time looking at the Rákóczi paintings and we taste a special Hungarian chocolate.

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

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All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

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