First let us share some technical information
In Hungary this year from April 30th -May 1st there’s a 2-day- bank holiday. Banks, post offices, offices, large stores and malls will be closed. Tourist attractions will be open. All our free walking tours go as normal. There will be colourful programmes, events, concerts called “majális” in Hungarian in many parks and parts of the Budapest and the country.
Now a little history about this day
The first of May is a national public holiday in many countries worldwide, in most cases as “Labour Day”, “International Workers’ Day” or some similar name – although some countries celebrate a Labour Day on other dates significant to them, such as the United States, which celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday of September.
The 1st of May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. In that year beginning on the 1st of May, there was a general strike for the eight- hour workday. On the 4th of May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb. The police responded by firing on the workers. The event lead to the death of eight and injury of sixty police officers as well as an unknown number of civilian killed or wounded. Hundreds of labour leaders and sympathizers were later rounded-up and four were executed by hanging, after a trial that was seen as a miscarriage of justice.
May Day has been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups. May Day is one of the most important holidays in communist countries such as the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and the former Soviet Union countries. May Day celebrations in these countries typically feature elaborate workforce parades, including displays of military hardware and soldiers.
In 1955, the Catholic Church dedicated 1 May to “Saint Joseph the Worker”. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers and craftsmen, among others. During the Cold War, May Day became the occasion for large military parades in Red Square by the Soviet Union. It became an enduring symbol of that period. On this day it’s a good idea to join some of our free walking tours on communism if you are interested how we used to celebrate this day during those times. See you soon!
In the past few years Budapest evolves like crazy. New bars, restaurants and cafés are popping up all around town, you can stop on any given corner and point out at least one brand new place. In an up and coming city such as Bp. there ought to be a lot of different kinds of entertainment, and one of the most popular of these are escape rooms. You can find them all around the downtown, they come in different themes, sizes, languages, and levels of difficulty. Continue reading
When you’re in the middle of your Budapest sightseeing and you’re walking around the city centre of Pest, you can easily bump into the Erzsébet (Elisabeth) square and the Akvárium klub. This place has been one of the most popular cultural centres, concert venues and clubs in our capital. It’s hard to miss it with its pool on the level of the ground and its colourful open-air terrace under the level of the ground. Continue reading
If the topic is football, there are three kinds of people: those who love to play and watch, those who prefer the game only on screen, and those who don’t even want to talk about it. Well, we have a super secret for the last group: bubble football will 100% sure change your mind about playing! If you have some free time, don’t miss out on trying bubble football in Budapest! Continue reading
It doesn’t matter if you’re on a trip with your friends or on a family holiday to Budapest: a beer bike tour is fun either way, even on special occasions like team building parties or bachelorette nights! From afar it probably seems like beer bikes are floating islands of freedom and happiness, which is true… partially. They definitely have some rules to follow, and there are other tips you probably want to know about before renting a bar that rolls – and rocks, obviously. Continue reading
March, 30th GOOD FRIDAY – BANK HOLIDAY
On Good Friday as it is the law the stores and malls are closed on this day. Smaller seven-eleven stores, restaurants and cafes should be open as usual.
Museums and thermal baths – No closures – normal opening hours
Dohany Synagogue is closed.
Grand Central Market is closed
Opera tours are operating (2.00pm, 3:00pm,4.00pm, 5.00pm tours in English and Spanish, 3.00pm, 4.00pm, 5.00pm tours in French and Italian)
Parliament is open.8:00am- 4:00pm.
Street vendors sell Easter souvenirs and traditional Easter snacks around the center. Continue reading
We love spring because the weather gets nicer after the cold winter, trees become greener and flowers start blooming, but there is another reason why we like this season: the Budapest Spring Festival. Continue reading
You’re walking around the streets of Budapest and it’s the 15 th of March. There are people everywhere with red-white and green Hungarian flags in their hands or pinned up on their coats, commemorations, celebrations are going on everywhere, most of the shops are closed and you wonder why. Let us tell you! Continue reading
There is something special happening on the Hungarian countryside in February. Read on for more details about the ‘Busójárás’! You must know about Carnival, a Western christian and Greek Orthodox festive season that typically occurs in February or early March, before the liturgical season of Lent. Carnival normally involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus and a public street party, and people wear masks and costumes. But have you heard about ‘Farsang’ or ‘Busójárás’ which takes place on the Hungarian countryside (on the south, close to the now Croatian and Serbian borders), in a city called Mohács?
If the weather turns freezing on a winter morning, what would make you feel better than a warm & delicious breakfast in a cosy restaurant or bakery? We have collected some places for you located in the heart of Budapest! Continue reading
It is not December yet, but our biggest and some smaller Christmas markets in Budapest have already opened their gates to visitors. If you are one of the those who cannot wait this part of the year when the smell of hot wine, chocolate and gingerbread flies across the whole city, you will be at the right place if you come to Vörösmarty square (the meeting point of our free walking tours) where the main Christmas market of Budapest has started. This one has been organized every year since 1998 and has become the favourite of thousands of us Hungarians and travellers, too.
From the 10 th of November until the 28 th of December you can find the Crafts Market open and from the same date until the 31 st of December you can fill you belly with delicious Hungarian (and non-Hungarian) food and sweets. At the Crafts Market Hungarian artists, designers, tailors, blacksmiths and so on sell their hand-made products, so do not miss it!
The Market on Vörösmarty square makes it a little harder to get to our meeting point, but you can find us every day at the set times next to the building of the Gerbeaud café, next to the stage and the Lion fountain. Before our free walking tours start, you can always find our guides in their royal blue jackets on the square. Come join us, do your Budapest sightseeing with our lovely guides!
If you are in Budapest in August, more specifically on the 20th, you might wonder what Hungarian people celebrate on this day… find it our from our blog article!
Our beloved, but sometimes boiling hot summer has arrived. Doing your Budapest sightseeing on our free walking tours is great, but after the tours you sure want to cool down somewhere, so let’s see some of the best beaches in Budapest where you can relax, have a drink, a bite and a good time.
It’s never early enough to start planning your summer. If you’re planning to visit Hungary and Budapest during this beautiful and warm season, you definitely shouldn’t miss some of our summer festivals! Let us introduce you to some of them. Continue reading
It’s that time of the year again when the Easter Bunny comes to visit us. But Easter is so much more than this in Hungary as well, let’s see what traditions we follow and what kind of food we eat during this spring holiday! Continue reading
In our previous article we started listing things to do in Budapest during this lovely spring and we still haven’t run out of recommendations. The Budapest Spring Festival is in full swing, moreover garden bars and open air street food places are waking up from their winter hibernation. Continue reading
So spring is upon us, the Danube is no longer frozen over, the flowers are blooming and the sun is a bit less shy than in the previous months. You surely want to go outside and enjoy the nice weather as well! But what are the best spots for your next sunshine walk or afternoon picnic in Budapest, you might ask? Look no further, here is a list of great spots you should definitely enjoy during this spring! Continue reading
If you only have a few days to visit a city, it is often difficult to choose between different sightseeing tours. Budapest is no different, offering lots of quality tours and entertainment options all year round – so here we are to help! We have put together a handy little guide to help you decide whether our walking tours are a good choice for you… and we trust they will be! Below you can find the main pros and cons of choosing a walking tour to see Budapest. Continue reading
After the mild winters of the last few years, the beginning of 2017 was a big surprise to everyone living in or visiting Budapest. Locals enjoyed the nostalgia of seeing the city covered in snow, and visitors often imagined they went too far and arrived in Syberia. The spectacular view of the frozen city inspired many photographers as well. Here are some of the highlights of this winter’s glacial views of Budapest!
So you are an avid fan of sightseeing and walking tours, and you just arrived to Budapest. Naturally, the first thing you do is find out about the different kinds of walking tours that go around the city. After all, that is how you stumbled upon this site!
When visiting a city as large as Budapest, the first thing that comes to the mind of any experienced traveler is making a list of must-see locations. Fortunately as you may already know, Budapest is divided in two parts by the Danube, Buda and Pest, making it easier for you to group your plans by location. This article will detail some of the top sights that you should visit on the Buda side of the city.
Dear Budapest visitors,
Here is our seasonal gift to all of you:
a little guide to the life and tours in Budapest during the holidays! Here you can find out if our tours start on a specific date, when to visit your favourite attraction, at what time
museums, baths and theatres will close, and other useful information such as the opening hours of food stores or the operating hours of public transportation.
Starting from now, our website will be home to a blog section. During our long history of operation in Budapest, we believe we have acquired a specific perspective on this city, its history and the life of its citizens, and we would like to share these insights with you. In here, you will find monthly articles about our tours, activities and the history, sights and points of interest in the city of Budapest.