Budapest: Guided Tour to the Hospital in the Rock & Castle
- Small group
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 3 hours
Booked this for our first afternoon in Budapest and it was an excellent - and fun - way to get our bearings. Our guide, Bart, was excellent and really accommodating. We were hungry before we took the tour but no time to get any food, so Bart took us straight to the Jewish Quarter to pick up a sandwich and coffees for our journey. It was a bright and sunny afternoon in early March so despite the sun it was pretty cold, but blankets were provided and we were wrapped up well so we were fine. We saw so much being in a “convertible” and outside rather than with a roof up; loved it! Bart made many stop offs for photos and viewings with guided info but to be honest he kept up a running commentary whilst driving so we really felt we learnt a lot about Budapest and it’s history throughout. He also booked us into Seasons Bistro for dinner and dropped us there at the end of our tour; great service from him and I’d highly recommend this private tour!
On arrival we were met in the tourist office by 3 of the most sullen girls I’ve ever come across. Not good as the first impression can make or break the whole day. A smile and pleasant manner go a long way. However, the tour was excellent as was Robert our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Hungarian history. The mini bus was comfortable and warm, which was great as it was a chilly day. Would recommend this activity when in Budapest. Just go straight on the bus though not via the tourist office.
Taxi pickup was great, tour was good although as our group was a mixture of English and German speakers the guide had to do twice as much talking, and I felt because of this we may have gotten less information. Free time at citadel and 1000yr statues was sufficient, castle and fisherman’s bastion could be 10 mins longer
Tour took us to some great spots, but it was a lot shorter and involved a lot less than I thought. I thought it was going to entail a lot more walking and talking, but it was more driving. Still got to see great stuff, but not really what I thought I was signing up for :\
Very nice tour with many interesting facts from very skilled guide. If you are coming for 2-3 days to Budapest, take it as a first thing you will do to orient yourself in the city. Many thanks to Gregory, he was a great guide!