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free walking tours in budapest

Ready to be amazed? Budapest will do just that, and our walking tours will help you enjoy the ride! Come join our free walking tours in Budapest and learn the story of the Hungarian capital city!

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Our free walking tours in Budapest

Jewish Quarter Tour

The story of Budapest can’t be told without its rich Jewish history: the pinnacle at the beginning of the 20th century, and decent to darkness in 1944. The Jewish Quarter has always been the coolest part of the city.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Budapest after sunset is even more beautiful (if that is possible!).
When specific buildings, or parts of buildings, are illuminated, they look very different than in daylight. Especially by the river, where the grandest structures are situated (the Parliament, the Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge, etc). If you like taking photos, there is no better tour!

Duration: 2.5 hours

What are you getting ?

  • A chance to check out the top sights in Budapest and learn about Hungary and Hungarians
  • Recommendations about what else to do, how to get around, where to eat, where to party, etc.
  • A chance to meet other travelers, exchange tips and experiences, and make new friends
Join our free walking tours in Budapest and make new friends
Dohany street Synagogue, one of the symbols of Budapest. Check it out on one of our free walking tours!
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About Us

Welcome to Budapest, the city unlike any other. The Danube River divides it into two completely different parts: Pest, with its majestic boulevards and avenues, and Buda, with stunning views from its hills. For centuries, the two stood alone, together with a third (the oldest) part: Obuda. Finally, in 1873, these three cities united, and Budapest was born. Our walking tours will tell you the extraordinary story of this city and show you the most beautiful and interesting parts.

Budapest Stories was born out of love for this fascinating place. Our guides are all locals who have lived here most of their lives. The story they tell, you won’t hear anywhere else. They live and breathe Budapest, know all the stuff that is going on, and will give you tips that will make your visit unforgettable. Come join our free walking tours in Budapest for a journey through the past and present of this magnificent city. We’ll check out many of the top sights in Budapest.

 

Why visit Budapest?

Budapest has so much to offer, you will always find something to explore. A rich culture, fascinating history, beautiful sights, and friendly locals. Join our free walking tours to find out more!

Stunning Architecture

Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, known as the "Paris of the East" and "Pearl of the Danube".

Rich History

On the crossroads between East and West, Budapest has so many stories to tell and memories to keep.

Delicious Food

Hungarian food is rich in flavors and a real treat for the tastebuds—not so much for a figure!

Amazing Nightlife

Budapest knows how to party; just visit one of the ruin bars in the "Party District".

Free Tour Concept

Free tours as a concept are getting more and more popular every day. The idea is simple: don’t charge people a fixed amount of money upfront, but let them tip, at the end of the tour,  depending on their budget and, most importantly, how much they enjoyed the tour. That way, everybody can join our free walking tours in Budapest, and guides are eager to do the best job they can. So, everybody wins!

Really liked the tour and the information we got; interesting and sometimes even surprising! The atmosphere was nice and it felt personal, because of the interaction and interest of the guide in the participants. I would recommend the tour

George was very enthusiastic and polite. He loved interacting with people and knew the city inside out. We extended the tour by half an hr and covered much more than expected. He was so kind to walk us through all the ruin bars and knew so much about each one of them. He even shared his personal stories which was delightful. I highly recommend him to someone who really wants to know the Jewish culture, history, and their role in shaping Hungary. Absolutely loved the tour!

George was such a fabulous tour guide! He was so kind in wanting to get to know each and every person on the tour so that he could tailor it to our preferences. It was an extremely hot day but George took extra care to make sure any stops were in the shade with somewhere to sit. He was incredibly knowledgeable with an extremely large English vocabulary. We were very impressed with his tour and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a more detailed look into the history of Budapest, especially it’s Jewish Quarter.

“George is lovely, knowledgeable & approachable, whose passion for his home town is evident. I went on this tour after being in town a few hours. George gave hints & tips for tourists followed by a tour which showed off the sights and the historical knowledge of this amazing city. Finishing with what to do next and recommendations 🙂 Thanks George”

FAQ about Budapest
What is the best time to visit Budapest?

Spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) offer pleasant weather, while the summer can be hot and crowded. December offers festive Christmas markets.

Is Budapest safe?

This is one of the questions about Budapest that is asked very often. Yes, Budapest is a very safe city, especially in districts 5, 6, and 7, where tourists mostly congregate. Crime rates are generally very low, but you should be cautious and apply common sense, like you should everywhere.

How long should I stay in Budapest?

Budapest has a lot to offer. It’s a gorgeous city with many things going on, culturally very rich. To get a feel of the place you need three days, to fully appreciate it stay at least for a week.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Budapest?

Yes, credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. However, it’s good to have a little bit of cash for small local vendors and markets. Cash is also good if you want to bargain about the price. Hungary is part of the EU but doesn’t use the euro yet. Most shops will accept payment in euros but have bad exchange rates, so you should always pay in forints (Hungarian currency). You could buy forints before you arrive in Hungary, but you risk getting old, expired banknotes. To avoid the hassle of going to the bank to exchange those, it’s better to do it when you arrive (but, like everywhere else, don’t change cash at the airport or the train station because the exchange rates are bad).

Which sights should I visit indoors in Budapest?

There are two main sights to consider if you want to go inside: the Parliament and the Great Synagogue. The Parliament is the most important building in Hungary and is as beautiful inside as it is outside. The Great Synagogue is unique and very beautiful as well. Both sights offer tours,  well-organized and informative. Tickets for the Parliament tour should be purchased well in advance because they’re very busy and often sold out.

Parizsi Udvar and New York Cafe are great places to grab a coffee and enjoy incredible interiors. If you want to visit New York Cafe, be ready to wait in line; it’s an insanely popular place. If you love opera, the Budapest Opera House is a must. You could take a tour, but go and check out a performance if you can get a ticket.

How do I get around Budapest?

Budapest has a very efficient public transportation system consisting of buses, trams, metro, and even ferries (not in the winter). The best places to buy physical tickets are metro stations. You can get single tickets (you need a different ticket for every ride, even in the metro-be sure to validate a ticket before you enter any means of transportation!) or passes of different lengths, which you can use for unlimited rides during a certain time period. There is also the app Budapest Go that you can download and purchase tickets.

On the other hand, Budapest is a very walkable city. Bike sharing with MOL Bubi is a convenient option, as well as scooters.

What traditional Hungarian dishes should I try?

Be sure to try goulash (a hearty soup/stew), lángos (deep-fried dough topped with different things), and chimney cake (a sweet pastry). Don’t forget to sample Hungarian wines and pálinka (fruit brandy).

Is tipping customary in Budapest?

Almost all restaurants in Budapest have a service charge between 12 and 15 percent. Keep that in mind when you are looking at prices and check the exact amount. If you want to tip after that, you can.

Other places, like bars or cafes, include a service charge less often. It’s always good to check that. If there is no service charge, tipping between 10 and 15 percent is customary for a good service.

What are the opening hours for shops and attractions in Budapest?

Most shops in Budapest are open from around 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with some larger stores staying open later. Attractions like museums typically operate from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with some closing on Mondays.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Budapest?

Yes, Budapest’s tap water is safe to drink.