This 7 hour guided experience will introduce Budapest's distinctive cuisines and wines along with its history. The tour combines 4 hour journey through traditional Hungarian dishes and 3 hour introduction to Pest’s history.
What to Expect
First your Taste Hungary’s culinary expert takes you on a 4 hour annotated journey through scrumptious traditional Hungarian dishes, wine and sweets, then your guide builds on your new feel for the the city’s food culture (and helps you walk it off!) with a 3 hour introduction to Pest’s history as the financial, cultural and religious center of modern Hungary.
Your culinary experience begins in Central Market Hall, one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular indoor markets. Your guide helps to reveal the culture of Hungarian gastronomy, cluing you in to its startling abundance of ingredients (most local and seasonal). Sampling all along the way, you’ll discuss the building, the overwhelming food displays, the distinctive habits of eating and drinking in Hungary, and just what it is that Hungarian home cooks do with all of that pork fat, paprika, and goose liver. From there, visit a few more places in the surrounding neighborhoods. You will visit a butcher shop where you sample several staple Hungarian dishes for lunch, and then a traditional patisserie to try some of the elegant cakes for which Hungarian bakers are known. By this time you’ll be ready for a glass (or three) of wine. This portion of the tour will conclude with a wine tasting session in which you will taste three quintessential Hungarian wines (with cheese pairings) and get an introduction to Hungarian wine regions, varietals, and styles.
A fine coffee or tea will boost your transition to the history walk. Beginning in front of the Parliament at Kossuth Square, your guide helps you to appreciate how bustling Pest became the opulent political, financial and religious center of the newborn Hungarian nation in the second half of the 19th century. The construction boom included the huge new Parliament, extravagant palaces for the Stock Exchange and banks, an immense new basilica, an impressive new Synagogue, the Andrassy út – an elegant boulevard modeled after the Champs Elysée in Paris –, the first subway on the European continent, the Opera house, a river promenade, theaters and city parks. You take in and discuss these buildings and sites as well as Freedom Square, St Stephen’s Basilica, and many of the beautiful art Nouveau buildings for which Budapest is famous, ending at Heroes Square, where in 1896, Hungarians celebrated the 1000 year existence of their kingdom. This combined 7-hour guided experience provides you with an introduction to Budapest that beautifully nourishes both body and intellect.
- Tastings at the market including a variety of local cheeses, cured meats, and pickled vegetables
- Shared meal of traditional dishes
- Tasting of several cakes
- 1 to 2 more tastings (depending on the day)
- Drinks during tastings including Unicum and three Hungarian wines
Know Before You Go
• Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.
• Note: When ordered as private walk, you can customize times and–if preferred–take the history walk before the culinary excursion.