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Kossuth Lajos Square: Our most recommended tours and activities

Budapest: City Center Walking Tour

1. Budapest: City Center Walking Tour

Discover the most iconic locations in Budapest on this walking tour of the inner city of Pest. Start your stroll in Marcius 15 Square and admire the Gothic Medieval cathedral of the Great Blessed Lady. Walk along the Duna Corso river promenade and enjoy the beautiful view over the Danube, its bridges, and the Castle of Buda on the opposite side. Pass by the spectacular dance palace Pesti Vigado, and see the historical Gerbeaud Cafe in Vorosmarty Square. Take a stroll through Elizabeth Park and see Budapest Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. After a short walk, you will arrive at one of the highlights of the tour: St Stephen’s Basilica, with its monumental dome and colonnade.  Continue through the traditional pedestrian streets of the city and see the cute statue of Mr. Safe who will definitely make you smile. Next, arrive at Liberty Square where you will learn about Budapest's traumatic past as a center of Nazi occupation and Communist oppression.  Finish your tour in Kossuth Square and admire the sights surrounding the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. Hear stories of dictatorship and the 1956 revolution. Afterwards, you can pay a visit to the poignant Shoes on the Danube Bank monument or enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river.

Budapest: 1956 Revolution Memorial Private Tour

2. Budapest: 1956 Revolution Memorial Private Tour

Discover one of the most significant periods in Hungarian history by learning about the Revolution of 1956. With your guide, explore sites of historical significance and learn about the communist era of Hungary. Historians still argue what to call the events that were triggered by a peaceful solidarity rally of Hungarian students with the Polish people on October 23rd, 1956. It has been described as a rebellion, revolt, uprising, popular uprising, revolution, counter-revolution, or War of Independence. Visit the site of Bloody Thursday in Kossuth Lajos Square, Budapest. Little is known about the exact numbers of revolutionaries who were killed, but it ranges between 22 and 1000 or so people. See the former party headquarters of the Hungarian communist government. Make a stop at the statue of Imre Nagy the Prime Minister of Hungary, and leader of the Revolution, who was executed for treason in 1958 by Soviet forces. Visit Bem Square where 200,000 Hungarian students protested against Soviet rule in 1956 followed by a coffee in the iconic Bambi café. Go to the statue of revolutionary Sándor Petöfi a focal point where political gatherings took place in 1956, and still do to this day. See the building of the Hungarian Radio, one of the epicentres of fighting in 1956 - it was from here revolutionaries begged for help from the world.

Budapest: Inner City Walking Tour in German

3. Budapest: Inner City Walking Tour in German

Discover the most iconic locations in Budapest on this walking tour of the inner city of Pest. Start your tour with a stroll through Elizabeth Park and see Budapest Eye, the largest Ferris wheel in Europe. After a short walk, arrive at one of the highlights of the tour: St Stephen’s Basilica, with its monumental dome and colonnade. Continue through the traditional pedestrian streets of the city and see the statue of Mr. Safe, which will definitely make you smile. Next, arrive at Liberty Square, where you will learn about Budapest's traumatic past as a center of Nazi occupation and Communist oppression. Finish your tour in Kossuth Square and admire the sights surrounding the majestic Hungarian Parliament building. Hear stories of dictatorship and the 1956 revolution. Afterwards, pay a visit to the poignant Shoes on the Danube Bank monument or enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river.

Budapest: Life Under Communism Private Tour

4. Budapest: Life Under Communism Private Tour

Take this tour and transport yourself back to the previous century for an amazing, interactive presentation of everyday life in the 1960s and through to the late 1980s. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for history buffs, this educational tour will provide an overview of how the system worked and will give a first-hand picture of life back then contrasted with the changes of the past fifty years. Apart from entering this retro world, your skilled guides will highlight how decades of communism have impacted Hungary and the remnants of those bygone years that remain today. The program is conducted by Annamaria and Miklos and starts at Bambi Eszpresszó, a symbolic meeting place of the 1980s.

Budapest: Inner City Private Walking Tour of Pest

5. Budapest: Inner City Private Walking Tour of Pest

We will start in front of the Hungarian Parliament Building. We will walk through Liberty square (Szabadság tér) to St. Stephen's Basilica - (visit ot the church upon request, entrance fee in 2022 1200 HUF/person). We will continue to explore the historical centre of Pest: Andrássy Avenue, the Opera House, Liszt Ferenc square, the magnificent building of the Hungarian Academy of Music, Király street, Erzsébet square, Vörösmarty square and the famous Váci street.

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What people are saying about Kossuth Lajos Square

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 110 reviews

Our tour guide was Veronica, and we really enjoyed the places she took us, as well as her detailed knowledge of Hungarian and European history. She could answer any questions we had, and was genuinely excited about showing us around the city.

The guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the walk very interesting. It gave us a good overview of the city and helped us learn our way around and also gave us ideas on other things she suggested we visit.

Excellent introduction to landmark moments of local history, and also a good way to remember the highlights of Hungarian and European history relevant to the objectives seen during the tour.

A good and informative guide but for someone from central EU or some knowledge of EU history this could be a bit redundant but there is still enough trivia.

Great tour for a high-level overview of the city's culture and history.