Castle Hill (Varhegy) Reviews
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we enjoyed this tour and would thoroughly recommend it - we did this tour after doing a hop on hop off tour of Budapest which allowed us to get orientated and would recommend doing this first to get your bearings - we were then able to see things in far Moore depth going into places that we had only seen from a bus- found the Guide to be very informative and very knowledgeable - the only down point was the climb to the top of the castle should be given the option of the rail or bus
Other than the rain which plagued the entire tour, it was a good experience. The tour guide (Julie) was very knowledgeable and more importantly, very personable. The tour started at the Opera and ended with spectacular views at Castle Hill.
We truly recommend this excellent tour of such a beautiful city with a first class guide. We visited all the important places of interest and were given plenty of time to walk around the lovely Heroes' Square and especially the very impressive castle where we even had time for a coffee break which is unusual on most city tours. We really enjoyed this experience and it represented great value for money.
Most enjoyable evening. Coach picked us up at our hotel and returned there after the show but on the way back took in a quick tour of the city including the castle and city llights. The show was good with a band playing tlight classical and folk music plus a very good folklore dance group. Typical Hungarian food and plenty to drink.
Excellent excursion, especially with Viator 50% discount. Be prepared, there is a LOT of walking, but educational, and from a knowledgeable guide. 2 trips on Metro included. Only problem was that the temperature was in the 40s, so by the time it came to scale the castle walls, I decided a visit to a Spa was the better option. Thoroughly recommended.
Good almost great tour. Well worth taking. Guide knowledgeable, but not as personable as other viator guides. Be aware that the tour includes subway rides and a strenuous though not impossible climb to the castle district.
I recently had this tour, 20th June, 2011....turned up at Deac Terr and had to ask a few people hanging around if this was it, I would suggest a badge or something for the tour guide. Anyway, great tour, very knowledgeable guide, great value for money since it was 1/2 price, but I did notice if you turn up and offer to pay, it is the same price £7.50, approx 2200huf.
The tour is a wlking tour, quite a lot of walking and some steep steps up to Castle Hill, comofrtable shoes is recommended.
My only negative is that the tour was 2.5hours and not 3.5hours as stated and the guide seemed to be in a bit of a rush to get away instead of staying and chatting, however there is plenty of opportunity throughout the tour to ask questions, advice or recommendations.
Overall, good value for what it is. If your fitter I would definitely recommend the cycle tour instead, Pest is completely flat, until you get to Buda where the climb to Castle Hill would be ermmm sweaty! :-)
Good way to hit te highlights of the city without too much walking so worth taking if you are short on time. The guide was fun and informative but there was not enough time spent in the castle district especially when we were taken to a souvenir shop for 20 to 30 minutes when we could have been viewing more vistas or areas of historical importance. If you have the time do the sights on your own with maybe a free walking tour of Budapest for some hisotry.
Hotel pick-up was actually on foot not as stated by coach. Coach was a freezing cold mini-bus. All bar two people were English speaking but 75% of time German was spoken- so much so that at Castle area all English speaking guests wandered off to do their own thing. Very disappointing. We were sorry we had paid in advance as we certainly would not have paid on the day. This was not as advertised and we certainly will not book through Viator again.
This tour was fantastic! Since Budapest is a large city split by a river, it was an excellent way to see it all! Akos, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable with the history of Hungary and Budapest. He was very friendly, patient, and recommended a great restaurant for us to try authentic Hungarian food off the beaten path at an inexpensive price. Most of the tour is easy biking both in bike lanes on the streets and in parks. There were several resting stops along the way and we even got to try drinking thermal water. There is an intense bike ride at the end that goes up the cobblestone road to the castle which was the most difficult part of the entire tour. This tour was one of our favorite memories in Budapest!
We were picked up at our hotel and taken a few minutes drive to the tour bus, large minibus, very comfortable. The guide spoke in Spanish and English to suit all passengers, detailed description and good knowledge of her city and history. Toured Pest side first, viewing key buildings and then stopped for photos talk and viewed Schenenyi baths at Heroes Square. Then across the Danube at Erzsebet bridge to Buda side and after talk and viewing Royal castle time for photostop at Fishermans Bastion. A long stop then at Gellert hill viewpoint, maybe too long, would've liked time to look around Gellert hotel and thermal bath whilst on Buda side. Back across Chain bridge and back to base to find way back to hotel. Very enjoyable and good introduction to Budapest at the beginning of holiday to find way around and choose places to revisit.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I learned much more about the city and its landmarks than I anticipated. The end of the tour includes a long trek up stairs to the castle area, which isn't kind to all participants with lower physical abilities.
A very good tour! There were only two of us, but we got the best of the city, Heroes Square, the big churches, a walk up Castle Hill, a real feel for Budapest, and the afternoon free to go and explore inside what you have seen on your own, very good!
This evening was very good, and I will recommend it. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome and enjoy ourselves. On our way back, we stopped on Castle Hill to enjoy a nighttime view of Budapest - beautiful. Our guide told us as much as she could about the city and country. Excellent.
This tour was the classic combination of "good news, bad news". The tour itself was extensive, covering huge areas of both Buda and Pest. The guide was well-informed, and her English was excellent. Bike lanes on streets and sidewalks made getting around much of the city easy and convenient. But there were other places, where the tour went through very heavily trafficked pedestrian areas, where the pedaling was slow and difficult. It would have been easier to walk the bikes. It was in one of these that our guide lost one of the tour members, who found his way back to the start point two hours later. The tour also wrapped up with a very stiff climb up to Buda Castle. And the included lunch didn't come until almost 3 in the afternoon - which was a little tough for some of the older folks. The tour itself was great, but I would only recommend it if you're in pretty good shape. Bring your own GPS.
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