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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.

Highlights

  • Introduction to Budapest’s established and expanding alternative culture
  • Small group tour
  • Visit a local artist’s studio and gallery
  • Learn about Budapest’s street art and graffiti scene
  • Explore districts rarely visited by tourists

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Budapest Art and Culture Walking Tour

Small group Budapest Art&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

Betty Jean S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Awesome tour. We were so lucky to be the only ones on the tour with Darius. We saw things that would have been difficult to do on our own. So informative and fun. Thanks Darius for sharing your knowledge of culture and art in Budapest and for the amazing conversations. Best tour I've ever taken anywhere. Very highly recommended.

David N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this tour and tour leader was great. Off the beaten tourist circuit and maybe not for everyone but we really enjoyed it.

Jason N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome tour, our guide was really experienced and happy to share many personal stories as well about the culture and history of the city. I loved in Budapest for a while years earlier and I found myself exploring parts I had never seen before.

Lesley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fabulous tour with charming Bogata who is knowledgeable on all Budapest street art and funky venues offering a stylish insight of evolving Budapest contemporary culture. I loved the visit to Massolit book store and cafe, the visit to Corvina and fab trendy cafe enjoying great company.

Thankyou Bogata, wishing you well in future ventures.

Lesley
Portsmouth. UK

Mr R C M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Informative, entertaining and relaxed from the start, this tour was exactly the combination of artsy insights into today's city life and welcoming orientation exercise on new and exotic streets I was looking for. And my guide, media designer Dareios brought massive charm, wry humour and jaw-droopingly good English to the mix. His smart commentary added an authentic, young-local-artist perspective to the more official line about contemporary culture and its commercial successes, and as I was lucky enough to be the only customer on the freezing January afternoon I took the tour, he asked how he could tailor it my interests, and even invited me for an excellent Hungarian craft beer afterwards in a deeply cool bar in District 8 I'll probably never be able to find again. 11 out of 10 for customer service and canny chat. Thanks D.

Miriam S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

My tour guide became a friend, ended up going to one of her gigs. highly recommended

Bader A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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

Desiree G

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 ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

Macarena W

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

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