BUDAPEST – pt 1 – historic Buda – NEW CONTENT for 2017

Budapest only became a single city in the late 1800s so it’s very easy to divide a series of walking tours into the historic Buda side with its medieval castle… modern day National Gallery … the fabulously restored Nicholas Church … and the wonderful views over the city from the Fishermen’s Bastion. Tour 1 takes us gently down the hill past one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, past the changing of the guard, and eventually down to The extravagent Gelert Baths and the Rock Church. Guide no 2 is around the centre of Pest across the Danube with the totally over-the-top Hungarian parliament building ( modelled on Westminster but much grander !) and lots of quality Art Nouveau architecture – and not forgetting the huge and impressive main city market hall. Do have some lunch at one of the stalls up there. We’ll also be taking a boat trip under the Chain Bridge and along the Danube. The third of my Budapest tours is out along Andrassy Avenue – a stylish thoroughfare almost as grand as the Champs Elysees and with monuments to Hungarian history at its eastern end. This is also where the tragic 1956 Hungarian Revolution against the Soviet Union began. We’ll also find out about Frans Lizst and ride the charming 19th century Millennium underground line past the Opera House and one of Budapest’s great, ornate coffee and cake houses…these guides run to a little more than twenty minutes each…