Controversial Budapest Walking Tour - Exploring the 8th district
Visit Rákóczi Square Market Hall, one of six original markets in Budapest from the late 19th century and try our favourite local street food. Give something back to the local community; a proportion of the proceeds from your tour fee will be donated to two inspirational local charities. Look up in wonder at a remarkable 18th-century Roman catholic church. Get the lowdown on the history of the ‘gypsy musicians’ of Budapest and see the memorial erected for them. Enjoy a drink with your friendly guide at an authentic, local bar. This small group tour is limited to max 12 guests.
per adult from
3 hours 30 minutes
What's included :
- Local, English-speaking guide
- Tasting of an authentic Hungarian street food
- A small gift of a local artist from the neighbourhood
- One drink (coffee, tea or soft drink) in a responsible café that employs people with disabilities
- One drink (spritzer, soda water with fruit syrup or plain) in a small bar at the end of the tour
- Entry/Admission - Rakoczi Ter Market Hall
What's excluded :
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
- Additional food and drinks
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Rakoczi Ter Market Hall, Rakoczi ter 7., Budapest 1084 Hungary
Our tour starts at Rákóczi Square, the heart of the once- neglected 8th District – now one of the most unique areas in Budapest. Our first stop will be Rákóczi Square Market Hall where your local guide will delve into the history of the neighbourhood and the reasons why it’s so wonderful and unique. You’ll also be able to get a sense of the district’s truly local vibe, as you wander around snacking on traditional street food.
Duration: 35 minutes
Stop At: Horváth Mihály square, Budapest, Horváth Mihály tér 2, 1082 Hungary
From the market, we’ll meander down the small streets of this fascinating neighbourhood and walk amongst the hauntingly beautiful, crumbling facades on route to Horváth Mihály Square, which is the starting point of the whole story of the 8th District. Here we’ll get to see one of the oldest and most remarkable Baroque churches in the city with a stunning interior that we’ll explore together.
As we walk towards our next stop we’ll see how old and new exist shoulder to shoulder, forming the identity of the neighbourhood, and telling the story of Budapest itself.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Budapest, Mátyás tér 14, 1084 Hungary
Mátyás Square is next on the agenda, a small square on the brink of regaining its original charm without losing all the wacky personality it’s always been known for. The square’s whimsical vibe is mainly due to the so-called ‘gypsy musicians’ whose presence is as normal here as it is in any classic restaurants you’ll find in the city centre. We’ll visit their memorial to get to know the most iconic members of this community, and learn about their historic role in Hungarian society. Then we will have the opportunity to stop for a drink at a very special café with a charitable mission.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Corvin Plaza, Futo utca 37-45, Budapest 1083 Hungary
Towards the end of the tour we’ll see two completely different but equally important parts of the district: the communist-era prefabricated housing of Szigony Street, and the relatively new Corvin Alley. The former dramatically changed the face of the whole country, and the story of the latter is just as exciting. Before we part ways, we’ll stop by a small bar for a drink among locals to cap off our tour of one of Budapest’s coolest and most interesting ‘hoods.
Duration: 45 minutes
Departure Point :Rákóczi Market Hall, Budapest, Rákóczi tér 7-9, 1084 Hungary
Departure Time :9:30 AM
Return Detail :Budapest, Corvin sétány, 1082 Hungary
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: A portion of the proceeds from your tour goes towards actively supporting two NGOs: Nem Adom Fel (meaning ‘Never Give Up’), which helps and employs people with disabilities; as well as Oltalom Charity Society, which helps the homeless, elderly, children in danger and refugees.
- Your tour also explores an off-the-beaten-track neighbourhood, which gives you a great opportunity to learn more about local life and culture.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognizes companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.