We did the Downtown Pest tour with Andras a few days ago. He is extremely articulate and knowledgeable. And very flexible–he will tailor the tour to your particular interests. This was a great introduction to Budapest, its history and politics. Andras even took us on the metro for part of the tour and taught us how to get a pass, etc. If you like scholarly, in-depth tours, then you will like Insight Cities tours. Highly recommend Andras and Insight Cities tours.
Discover Budapest by Livestream:
Christmas Markets on the Danube
65 Min Virtual Tour
Parliament, Shoes on the Danube, Liberty Square
Budapest in the Belle Époque and 20th Century
FROM NOVEMBER 19-DECEMBER 30 OUR LIVE STREAM TOUR FOCUSES ON BUDAPEST’S FESTIVE CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND HOLIDAY TRADITIONS. YOU CAN EVEN PREPARE OUR FAVORITE HUNGARIAN MULLED WINE RECIPE IN ADVANCE (LINK HERE(opens in a new tab)) SO THAT YOUR GROUP CAN JOIN US IN A SEASONAL TOAST.
Join a seasoned guide for a live stream tour exploring Budapest’s sophistication at the turn of century, when the city was transformed into the second capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. You’ll take in the enormous Neo-Gothic Parliament, which attests to the city’s rise.
At the haunting Shoes on the Danube Memorial, you’ll discover the tragedies of Nazi occupation and the massacre of Budapest’s Jewish community. As we explore the sites of the 1956 Revolution (the first war to be televized globally), you also find out why the America’s King of Rock, Elvis Presley, is the conflict’s unsung hero.
Continuing along the banks of the mighty Danube, we view the iconic Chain Bridge and Buda Castle across the river with the elegant Buda Hills in the distance. For our conclusion, we’ll explore Liberty Square which houses the U.S. Embassy, the Soviet Memorial and the Ronald Reagan Statue, interweaving the conflicting regimes and influences crucial to Budapest’s modern history, while your guide answers all of your questions about Hungary’s multifaceted capital.
Discover the intrigues and ideas behind the creation of Budapest's extravagant 19th-century Parliament
Get a sense of Budapest's eternal divide around the Danube River, with urban, dynamic Pest on one bank and the residential, rolling hills of Buda on the other
Learn of Budapest's dynamic Jewish community and their tragic genocide during WWII at the Shoe Memorial
Conclude at Liberty Square, exploring the competing influences of the Soviet Union and the USA on Hungary throughout the 20th century
$165 (1-30 devices)
$195 (31-60 devices)
$265 (61-100 devices)
*Go on an unforgettable private virtual tour with friends and family!
Tour times are in CET (Central European Time). We’ll need to begin your tour one hour before sunset. Check Budapest’s sunset by date here.
From November 19-December 30, we offer illuminated EVENING tours of Budapest Christmas Markets.
How it works
You are emailed a special link to join the live stream tour after booking
Private tours: up to 1-30, 31-60, 61-100 devices
Our walks operate in almost any weather except the most severe. In the case of weather conditions that make our live stream impossible, we refund or reschedule according to your preference
What to bring
Curiosity and questions!
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For cancellations, 48 hours before your scheduled tour, Insight Cities offers a full refund. We cannot refund cancellations within 48 hours of a scheduled tour as we need to pay our guide.
Overview of Your Tour
You’ll take in the architecture of Budapest’s enormous neo-gothic Parliament, while stories of its creation attest to the city’s rise. You’ll learn the history behind the tragedies of the Nazi occupation and massacre of Budapest’s Jewish community at the haunting Shoes on the Danube Memorial, as well as the events of the 1956 Revolution (also known as the Hungarian Uprising and the first war to be televized globally). You will also find out why Elvis Presley is the conflict’s unsung hero.
You’ll continue along the banks of the mighty Danube and see the iconic Chain Bridge, Buda Castle across the river and the elegant Buda Hills in the distance. Explore Liberty Square and the U.S. Embassy, the Soviet Memorial and the Ronald Reagan statue, as regimes and the influences crucial to Budapest’s complicated history intertwine-and your guide answers all of your questions about Hungary’s multifaceted capital city.
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We took the “Downtown Pest: The New Imperial Capital” tour with Andras, who was very knowledgeable and full of wonderful anecdotes about his experiences growing up in Budapest. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in actually learning about the city from a local who is full of knowledge and insight. Definitely bring your camera and your curiosity!
After engaging Insight Cities for unforgettable tours in Vienna and Prague, we ended our trip with 2 more from the company. After 5 tours, we can easily recommend this company. The guides are superb. Hope to see them in more cities in the future.
Despite the rather damp and coolish weather, we had a very good walking tour and overview of the downtown area. Henke is a good communicator. He accompanied the other 2 people on our tour back to their hotel using the tram – nice man and good tour. I feel I learned a lot about the city, and some of the recent history of Hungary, in a few hours. Very informative tour.