Discover the highlights of Budapest by bike with a qualified historian guide, and get off the usual tourist path for a more alternative view of the imperial city. Pedal safely along dedicated bike paths in Buda (Castle Hill) and Pest (Vörösmarty Square).
What to Expect
Cycle the designated bike lanes of Budapest on a safe, half-day bike tour, and escape the chaotic traffic and tourist crowds of the busy city center. Go beyond the usual tourist attractions in the old centers of Buda (Castle Hill) and Pest (Vörösmarty Square), and discover more than you would on foot, while still traveling at a leisurely pace.
Start near Nyugati Station, built by the same company behind the Eiffel Tower and using the same techniques. Cycle past a remarkable Art Nouveau palace, and see the infamous former Soviet embassy where the fate of Hungary was decided in communist times. Arrive at Heroes' Square, built to commemorate the 1,000-year existence of the Hungarian Kingdom in 1896.
Pedal down Andrassy Street (the “Champs Elysée” of Budapest) and see grandiose palaces and the terrifying building where the fascist and Stalinist secret police interrogated political prisoners. Visit an aristocratic coffee house, before going into the old Jewish Quarter.
See the main Synagogue. Then, pass the National Museum, where the 1848 revolution against the Hapsburg Empire began. Watch the hustle and bustle of Market Hall, and marvel at the vegetables, meat, cheese, fish and other staples of Hungarian cuisine on display.
Cross the Danube to Buda, and cycle along the banks of one of Europe’s most famous rivers. Enjoy panoramic views of Castle Hill and the Fishermen Quarter, as well as the vast Parliament Building and Margaret Island. Stop to look at the Gellért Bath Hotel (the oldest Turkish bathhouse still in use), and admire its Art Nouveau architecture before going to the Chain Bridge and Bem Square, where the 1st big demonstration of the 1956 uprising against the Soviets started.
Cross the Danube again, via the Margaret Bridge and Margaret Island. Back on the Pest embankment, stop at the Holocaust Monument and pause to reflect on the thousands of Jews who were tragically killed in Budapest the last months of World War II. Look around Kossuth Square, in front of the Parliament Building and near Freedom Square, and see many interesting buildings, including the US Embassy, and sculptures of Ronald Reagan and US General Bantholz.
Know Before You Go
• The tour guides are all professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, or published authors