Hungary - Budapest
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To a first-time visitor, Budapest’s initial impression may come as a surprise. Here, in a seemingly peripheral region of Europe, in a small, former Soviet block country, you would expect to find something unremarkable, maybe even a bit grey and dull. And then suddenly you are in the middle of a grand, colourful world class metropolis, very much alive and filled with spectacular architecture, history and culture.
Green hills and a fairy tale castle look down on the Danube as it flows majestically through the middle of the city. Iconic bridges, grand avenues, monumental squares and palaces mix with romantic little streets and exotic baths. With its cafes, terraces and buzzling social life, it is hardly a coincidence Budapest has been dubbed the ’Paris of Eastern Europe’. Almost all of the inner city has been declared a World Heritage site. Add to all this a bizarre, incomprehensible, yet somehow beautiful language, and it makes for an exotic, even mysterious experience, right in the middle of Europe.
But there is more to it. True enough, Budapest may not be as perfectly presented as Western European towns - things do not always work as smoothly as in Switzerland, and you do not always get the obligatory smile when served. But it certainly is genuine, enchanting and intensely colourful. Maybe that is thanks to its position at the crossroads of so many civilizations for such a long time. Yet, it is not the intense diversity, but a smooth blending of cultures over centuries of continuous change which produces the eclectic mix where you find a touch of everything. Budapest has some of the Western modernity and sophistication, some of the raw intimacy and romance of the East, some of the lively mediterranean atmosphere, some of the exotic luxury of the former Ottoman and Byzantine empires, and even a bit of the brooding melancholy of the North. You have things to relate to, and things that are different. It is easy to make friends, if you want to, and just as easy to be left alone, if that is what you wish. Somehow it manages to retain a feeling of authenticity, so rare in today’s world. And if you find out a bit about its 20th century history, you’ll understand where Hungarians get their famous sense of irony.
So meet Budapest! Let us be your Guide@Hand and show you what an enchanting city experience you will have here.
"QUICK TASTE OF THE INNER CITY"
The Inner City Walk guides you through the most visited and compelling parts of the intriguing and multi-coloured world of downtown Budapest.
The walk takes you to the interesting world of one of Europe’s great avenues, Andrássy Avenue, reminiscent of Champs Elysee, stuffed with magnificent architectural solutions.
BUDA CASTLE WALK PART 1. - THE ESSENTIALS
This first part of our Castle walk guides you through the history and the most important sights of the castle area with its magnificent royal palaces, small, romantic medieval streets, the elegant Matthias Church and monumental edifices like the Fishermen’s Bastion, located, with amazing views, on top of a hill overlooking the whole of inner Budapest.
BUDA CASTLE WALK PART 2. - HIDDEN DETAILS
This second part of our Castle Walk guides you through the intriguing and often personal stories of its less visited, small and romantic Medieval streets and many of its most interesting people, inhabitants and visitors, past and present alike.
GELLERT PANORAMA WALK
If any, this walk is specially designed for the eyes, taking you towards the spectacular bank of the Danube, monumental squares, classic bridges and up to the amazing views of the Gellérthill.
GRAND CASTLE WALK
This walk guides you through the castle area of small, romantic medieval streets and monumental edifices, located, with amazing views, on top of a hill overlooking the whole of inner Budapest.
GUIDE@HAND and VODAFONE invites you to a short sightseeing tour: we will take Lewis Hamilton and you to see the most beautiful and iconic sights of Budapest.
OLD JEWISH QUARTER
This short walk guides you through the world of a run-down, yet atmospheric, almost forgotten, but now reviving little streets of the old Jewish district.
This walk guides you through the intriguing and multi-coloured world of downtown Budapest with classic bridges, magnificent palaces, inviting gardens and great views.
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