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Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

1. Budapest: The Great Synagogue Skip the Line Ticket

Skip the line and head straight to the security check to start your visit of the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and the second-largest in the world. Built in 1859, it is one of Budapest’s highlights with its red and yellow brick facade combining Romantic style with Moorish elements. Take a guided tour to hear about its history, architecture and the history of the Hungarian Jews before and after WWII.  Then use your ticket to enter the Hungarian Jewish Museum next to the Synagogue. Learn about the life of the Jewish people in Hungary through everyday objects.  See the famous Emmanuel Memorial Tree in the Synagogue's backyard. Admire this magnificent weeping willow's small metal leaves engraved with a name of a Holocaust victim and plaques honoring non-Jewish rescuers.  Then, finish your visit the graveyard in the backyard of the Heroes’ Temple, the burial site of those who died in the ghetto during WWII.

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Budapest: House of Terror Guided Tour

2. Budapest: House of Terror Guided Tour

Visit the House of Terror, built in memory of the victims of the fascist and communist dictatorships in Hungary, with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the dark events that took place here at the helm of the Hungarian secret police. Gain a better understanding from Hungary's complex political background through the exhibits focusing on the 1950s and the brutality that followed the 1956 uprising. Meet your guide in front of the entrance of the building, which was once the seat of AVO (State Protection Authority). Walk through the museum together and learn about Hungary during WWII and the Nazi rule then leading to the Soviet Communist occupation. Th exhibits demonstrate how everyday life was organised under the terror of Communist secret police, how their staff members were recruited, how the general elections were falsified, how the propaganda machinery worked, and all political opposition was oppressed. Next you will see the main interrogation and torture chamber of the building, which remained untouched since the 1950s despite the multiple reconstructions of the building. See many documents of the life and economy of the 1950s: the food quota ticket system, the practice of compulsory deliveries and terror against the peasantry. The exhibition leads you to the office room of the dreaded director of the State Protection Authority, with his original desk restored. Go through the "Justice room" to see the process of politically organised show trials against people who were declared enemies of the regime.  The most horrific part of the building is the basement, where a part of the original prison cells were faithfully restored. See the various special rooms: a "wet cell", a "fox hole", a detention cell, a torture chamber and an execution room with a gallow. The last part of the exhibition shows the 1956 national revolution against Soviet occupation and Communist rule, and its consequences, the retaliation and mass emigration. Finally, you will see the Hall of Tears commemorating all of the victims, the Perpetrators' Wall and a memorial of the Soviet troops leaving Hungary in 1991.

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Budapest: 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Budapest: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the most iconic locations in Budapest on this walking tour of the inner city of Pest. Start your stroll in Marcius 15 Square and admire the Gothic Medieval cathedral of the Great Blessed Lady. Walk along the Duna Corso river promenade and enjoy the beautiful view over the Danube, its bridges, and the Castle of Buda on the opposite side. Pass by the spectacular dance palace Pesti Vigado, and see the historical Gerbeaud Cafe in Vorosmarty Square. Take a stroll through Elizabeth Park and see Budapest Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. After a short walk, you will arrive at one of the highlights of the tour: St Stephen’s Basilica, with its monumental dome and colonnade.  Continue through the traditional pedestrian streets of the city and see the cute statue of Mr. Safe who will definitely make you smile. Next, arrive at Liberty Square where you will learn about Budapest's traumatic past as a center of Nazi occupation and Communist oppression.  Finish your tour in Kossuth Square and admire the sights surrounding the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. Hear stories of dictatorship and the 1956 revolution. Afterwards, you can pay a visit to the poignant Shoes on the Danube Bank monument or enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river.

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Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

4. Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle

Start at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you walk around the magnificent Matthias Church. Admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament building.  Head to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes and walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace.  Walk back from the Royal Palace, and explore the other side of the castle. From the medieval walls, you have an excellent view towards the Buda Hills - the western part of the city with its forests and nature parks.  After the guided walking tour enjoy a few minutes break in the entrance hall of the Hospital in the Rock Museum. Receive a skip-the-line ticket from your tour guide and who will help you to join your scheduled visit to the museum. This will be the most exciting part of your tour. Have a 1-hour guided tour in the "Hospital in the Rock" WW2 underground bunker museum. This place used to be a secret military hospital hidden deep down below the Buda Castle. The hospital is part of a system of natural caves and tunnels, that stretches over nearly six miles. The museum that is located in the old rooms of the hospital was established to preserve its rich history.  See many rooms exhibiting hundreds of lifelike wax figures and showing you the story of the underground hospital, that was then turned into an atomic bunker during World War 2. Follow your guide through the tunnels of this place and get a feeling of what life during these times, especially as a wounded soldier must have looked like.

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Jewish Heritage Guided Walking Tour in Budapest

5. Jewish Heritage Guided Walking Tour in Budapest

See the most beautiful monuments of Budapest's Jewish district on this 90-minute guided walking tour. First, your guide shows you the most important chapters of the Hungarian Jewry’s history and the Elizabethtown. Meanwhile, walk on the streets of the so-called Pest Jewish Quarter, and explore the "status quo ante” Rumbach Street Synagogue (outside visit). As the highlight of the tour, visit the Dohány Street Synagogue (interior visit), which is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. You also get a local guided tour in the Jewish Museum, where you get acquainted with the Hungarian Jewish heritage trough a unique collection of art pieces from Hungary and Eastern Europe, and the rich tradition of Judaism, its holidays and everyday life.A separate room commemorates the Hungarian Holocaust.  Beside these you will visit the Martyrs’ Cemetery, the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park with the Tree of Life and the Heroes' Temple (outside visit). After the tour it is possible to visit the Jewish Quarter Exhibition in the Goldmark Hall and the Family Research Center.

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Budapest: Inner City Walking Tour in German

6. Budapest: Inner City Walking Tour in German

Discover the most iconic locations in Budapest on this walking tour of the inner city of Pest. Start your tour with a stroll through Elizabeth Park and see Budapest Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. After a short walk, arrive at one of the highlights of the tour: St Stephen’s Basilica, with its monumental dome and colonnade. Continue through the traditional pedestrian streets of the city and see the statue of Mr. Safe, which will definitely make you smile. Next, arrive at Liberty Square, where you will learn about Budapest's traumatic past as a center of Nazi occupation and Communist oppression. Finish your tour in Kossuth Square and admire the sights surrounding the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. Hear stories of dictatorship and the 1956 revolution. Afterwards, pay a visit to the poignant Shoes on the Danube Bank monument or enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river.

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Budapest Private 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

7. Budapest Private 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

Learn about the past and present of Jewish Budapest on a tour that will help you gain a better understanding of the city's Jewish heritage. During this 3-hour guided sightseeing tour you’ll see the most important Jewish monuments in the Hungarian capital and visit the world's second-largest synagogue. Take a walk with your guide through the former Jewish ghetto, visit the Dohány Street Synagogue, and tour the interior of the Jewish Museum. Afterwards you’ll see the famous Tree of Life, Temple of Heroes, and the Cemetery in the Jewish Garden. Following this short walk you’ll stop to enjoy coffee and cake at a local pastry shop, before the tour ends in the Jewish Quarter.

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Buda Castle: Private Walking Tour in German

8. Buda Castle: Private Walking Tour in German

Feel the historical atmosphere of the oldest district of Budapest. Walk along the Buda Castle District, see the major places of interest and explore hidden gems whilst hearing stories of Hungarian history. Begin your tour at the Holy Trinity Statue, from where you will walk around the magnificent Matthias Church. Admire the Fishermen's Bastion, a fantastic fairy tale structure offering the best view over the Danube, and the Hungarian Parliament building. Listen to many stories and legends about the history of this beautiful town from your German-speaking local tour guide. Leave the residential district to travel to the President's Palace and the Royal Palace complexes. Walk around the courtyards and fountains, and look at the proud guards outside the palace. Get stunning views across the majestic Danube River, with full views of its main bridges: Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, and Liberty Bridge. Explore the other side of the castle. From the medieval walls you have an excellent view towards the Buda Hills - the western part of the city with its forests and nature parks. End your tour at the starting point back at the Holy Trinity Statue, in front of the Matthias Church.

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What people are saying about Central Hungary

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 63 reviews

Dalia gave an excellent tour. We had forgotten about the castle district part of the tour and we had already had a castle district tour but she made an excellent effort to find other things to tell us about that we hadn't already learned. The last hour of the tour of Hospital in the Rock was very interesting.

Only my wife and I belonged to our group, so we received private guidance. The guide was quite professional and nice. Along with the tour, we heard a lot of historical information about Hungary. The cave hospital was an impressive experience. I recommend this trip.

Iva is very knowledgeable and being a local is very passionate about Hungarian and Budapest history.

Was great very insightful full and full of great information

Haunting but well worth visiting. Great informative guide.