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  • Location:Budapest, Hungary
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Budapest Art and Culture Walking Tour

Discover a behind-the-scenes look at Budapest’s art culture on this 3-hour walking tour. You’ll explore the architecture, graffiti and street art with a local guide for a more intimate experience of this vibrant capital city. You’ll also visit the A38 Ship, an old cargo vessel that has transformed into a popular concert spot for locals. Along the way, make additional stops at cool coffee shops, street art galleries and bars and take a jaunt through the Jewish Quarter to spot hidden synagogues. 


  • Small-group cultural walking tour of Budapest
  • Discover Budapest's underground art and culture on a three-hour walking tour
  • See Budapest's Jewish district, and visit street art and photo galleries
  • Maximum of 20 participants ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Budapest Art and Culture Walking Tour

Small-Group Budapest Art and Culture Walking Tour

Shy away from the usual tourist stops on this 3-hour walking experience with a local guide, and get an inside look at Budapest’s alternative culture. You’ll first scout out the synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, hidden slightly from view. Next, head to some of Budapest’s most impressive street art galleries to immerse yourself in the underground art scene, before making a quick stop at a cool coffeehouse (own expense) and photo gallery.

Then travel to the place where the underground scene started, the former working-class districts that have since become the pulse of arts and culture. Learn the stories of how the art world kept alive under the communist leadership.

Then enjoy a walk over to the Buda side of the city, crossing the Danube along the way. There you’ll see the ex-Ukrainian vessel, A38, that has transformed into one of the city’s most popular spots for live music. Your guide will conclude your tour in front of the ship.

Please note: In an effort to visit the most up-to-date and exciting artistic venues, the itinerary details are subject to change. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Clear stories, very good languages and funny presenter with full knowledge of Budapest

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I really enjoyed this tour. Agnes was a very charming and knowledgeable guide. I liked that the stops showed various aspects of Budapest culture, providing us with places to revisit at a later date (which I did!). If you want to get a taste of cool places to see in Budapest then this is the tour!

Maram A
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very nice. Guide was friendly and new her information. Very lovely lady and beautiful sites.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

My boyfreind and I booked this a mere 24hours before and we received our confirmation quickly.

Antonia was our guide and is very much a local who doesn't only know Budapest art and culture, it is her lifestyle. You know this as during the tour she'll acknowledge local acquaintances and discus how she herself discovered the things she will show you.
I really wouldn't of understood/ noticed the significance of the things pointed out and really aren't in any guide books Trust me I bought 3 before my trip. The tour is based mostly in 7th district, the modern young hub of the city with a complex past.It is a walking tour and you'll stop for a drink on route which allows you a little time to explore the venue alone at your pace.

You must be into arts in some form to enjoy it,history and politics of course plays a part of the tour but you don't need to be well versed in it as she explains well and it is only really discussed in context of what is being shown. If you are interested in 'Hungarians opinion about ...' she's happy to oblige you. Her english is fantastic and was well understood by all the nationalities on the tour. The tone is friendly, relaxed and light hearted. Expect hipster havens, peeping in on local artists at work and the products of community projects. At the end of the tour she was very accommodating in offering us tips during our stay of events going on and places we might like based on our tastes.

The Tour will take your afternoon but you leave the guide with a feeling of understanding the modern Budapest and its arty inhabitants. More than worth the time and money.

Antonia Vai is also a fantastic musician and we were fortunate to be able to pop in on a gig which we thoroughly enjoyed.

- Mac

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

A really interesting tour, with a very welcoming and knowledgeable guide who clearly loved the city and wanted us, as visitors, to know more about its recent artistic history. A couple of pit-stops for coffee and mulled cider were much appreciated on a cold November afternoon! Would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great guide. Took her time to explain the street art we saw and really enjoyed our stop at a ruin bar and coffee shop. In addition, our guide made many suggestions for restaurants and other sights we might be interested in.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This tour was wonderful and our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We saw a part of the city that we would never have seen on our own. She took us to places that only a local would know about. Truly worthwhile. We had a very small group and they still honored the commitment.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This is a must if you are at all interested in the arts and culture. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Very enjoyable walking tour. The guide knew a lot about street art and was easy to understand. I also enjoyed seeing Szimpla and the A-38 ship. Both unique to Pest.

I look at graffiti and street art differently after taking the tour and learning some of the methods that the artists use.

I will definitely take the Berlin Tour if I get there next year.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Nice experience despite the hot weather. We saw places we would never have visited without the excellent guide. The following days, we were still checking grafitti all over Budapest. Great fun, strongly recommended, even for elderly people like us. We were not so much interested in the music ship at the end (made the trip a bit long) but that might have been a question of age.

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