Meeting point: All tours leave from Elisabeth (Erzsebet) square. We meet about 15 meters away from Budapest Eye Ferris wheel, in the shady park.
Length: 2-2.5 hours – covers about 3 kilometers
No booking is requested, just show up with a smile! However, groups of 8 or more people travelling together should register in advance!
This tour requires 1 short section metro ticket (costs 300 HUF, ~1 EUR)!
Groups more than 8 pax: we offer low cost private tours (booking is essential)
During this 2-2.5 hour long walking tour you can explore the famous Andrássy Avenue, also known as the Hungarian Champs Élysèes with our local guides. We admire the most elegant avenue of Budapest, its buildings, its symmetry, the neoreneissance and eclectic architecture, and hidden corners. The Avenue was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002 and was built a few years after the 1867 Compromise that the Austrian Empire made with Hungary. After the Compromise, the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy was born, and Hungary regained its (limited) state sovereignty and independence. The legal and institutional conditions of our country were rapidly established, and it was possible to develop an independent Hungarian economic policy; foreign capital flowed into a politically stabilized country.
Budapest became the capital of a state with nearly 20 million people, and it became the headquarters of the newly established civil administration, the seat of several national institutions and offices. This has created many new jobs and has launched large-scale public constructions. The Hungarian government consciously wanted to increase Hungary’s role, economic and political weight within the Monarchy. One of these efforts was Budapest’s development beside Vienna, the rivalry of the two cities started. In 1873, the formerly 3 different cities, Pest, Buda and Óbuda were united and Budapest as one city was born. In 1870, the Parliament passed the Law on new constructions in the Capital, which included the most important urban planning tasks of the following decades: building two new bridges on the Danube, construction of a small and great boulevard and the Andrássy avenue and regulation of both banks of the river Danube. A lot of Budapest’s grand monuments and buildings were built in this era, for example the Parliament, and they finished the Saint Stephen’s Basilica as well.
They also built the Heroes’ square and the Vajdahunyad castle that we see on this walk. The Heroes’ square is our grand monument to commemorate 1000 years of Hungarian history in Europe after the Hungarian land-taking in 896. On our way you can listen to stories from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, WW2, the Communist dictatorship after WW 2 and recent times as well. After walking along the Andrássy Avenue we finish this easy, about 3 km long walk in the City Park where you can check out the famous Széchenyi Bath, too!
Major sites visited
- The UNESCO World Heritage site Andrássy Avenue aka the Hungarian Champs Élysèes
- State Opera House
- Hungarian Broadway & Soho
- Oktogon square & the Grand boulevard
- House of Terror
- Heroes’ Square
- Vajdahunyad Castle
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- The Millenium Underground