Pest Walking Tour, Budapest

Separated from its western neighbor Buda by the magnificent river Danube, the eastern part of Bupadest, formally known as Pest, takes up almost two thirds of the Hungarian capital. Unlike hilly Buda, Pest is predominantly a flat plain with a pretty buzzing and bourgeois setting. It houses some truly magnificent architectural sights, including the Hungarian Parliament itself. In part, this is probably the reason why the Hungarians habitually refer to their capital city as simply "Pest". This walk invites you to explore some of the key attractions of this part of Budapest.
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Pest Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Pest Walking Tour
Guide Location: Hungary » Budapest (See other walking tours in Budapest)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: kane
Parliament Building

1) Parliament Building (must see)

The Hungarian Parliament Building is the official home of the National Assembly of Hungary. It is one of the oldest buildings of its kind in all of Europe. It is located in Kossuth Square, which rests on the banks of the Danube. It also happens to be the largest facility of any kind in the country.

In 1890, the country decided to erect this structure as a symbolic gesture of the country’s newfound political unity. The Hungarians held an international contest to decide who would be the...   view more
Shoes on the Danube Bank

2) Shoes on the Danube Bank

The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial in Budapest, Hungary. Conceived by film director Can Togay, he created it on the east bank of the Danube River with sculptor Gyula Pauer to honor the people (mainly Budapest Jews) who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gresham Palace

3) Gresham Palace (must see)

A more modern form of architecture can be found in the Gresham Palace in Budapest (also called the Gresham Palota). It is arguably the best example of Art Nouveau architecture in all of Central Europe. The building was finished in the early 1900s. Currently, the location is managed by Four Seasons Hotels on behalf of the Irish company, Quinlan Private.

A neo-classical palace actually stood in this place during the early 1800s. It was called the Nako House. In 1880, the Gresham Life Assurance...   view more
Vidago Palace (Concert Hall)

4) Vidago Palace (Concert Hall)

The Vigado Palace Concert Hall is a historic music center located along the shores of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. It was built from 1859 through 1864. The architect was Frigyes Feszl. The structure actually is a replacement for the original that was located there and was completely lost to fire during the 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution.

The palace represents one of the best structures in all of Hungary that was built in the Romantic style. From its main façade, which overlooks the...   view more
Váci Street

5) Váci Street

Váci utca (Váci street) is one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous street of central Budapest, Hungary. It features a large number of restaurants and shops catering primarily to the tourist market. Váci utca is one of the main shopping streets in Budapest. Among the retaliers located here are: Zara, H&M, Mango, ESPRIT, Douglas AG, Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Lacoste,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Great Synagogue

6) Great Synagogue (must see)

This famous historical spot is also referred to as the Dohány Street Synagogue. It is the largest of the Jewish houses of worship located in Budapest. The building was erected from 1854 to 1859. It was designed by the famous Viennese designer and architect Ludwig Forster.

The overall design is Moorish. It has two traditional tall towers that make the location viewable all over the city. You can also see the influence of Gothic, Romantic, and Byzantine art throughout this beautiful location....   view more
St. Stephen's Basilica

7) St. Stephen's Basilica (must see)

St. Stephen's Basilica (Hungarian: 'Szent István-bazilika') is the official home of the resident bishop for the Roman Catholic Church in Budapest. It is named after King Stephen, who was the first such monarch of Hungary. In fact, his mummified fist is housed as a reliquary here.

One could content that this church is one of the most important religious sites in Hungary. It is a significant tourist attraction. It also happens to be the 3rd highest building in the country. In...   view more
Hungarian State Opera House

8) Hungarian State Opera House (must see)

The Hungarian State Opera House is a located in central Pest on Andrassy ut. The building was designed by Miklos Ybl, who is perhaps one of the most famous 19th century Hungarian architects. It was officially opened to the general public on September 27, 1884.

Architecturally speaking, it is built in the neo-Renaissance style; however, you will also notice some Baroque elements. The ornamentation includes some of the finest paintings and sculptures to be found in the city, such as the works...   view more
Pest Broadway

9) Pest Broadway

The Pest Broadway is a section of the city of Budapest that is best known for its theatres and music. It is located at the intersection of Nagymezo utca and Andrassy Avenue. (This is very close to the Budapest Opera). In this area, you can find the Moulin Rouge Night Club, the Ernst Gallery, and the Mano Mai House of Photography.

Along Nagymezo Street you can also find the Operetta Theatre, the Mikroszkop Cabaret, the Thalia Theatre, and the Tivoli. In modern times, the entertainment...   view more
Franz Liszt Square

10) Franz Liszt Square

Franz List Square is a very popular stop in Budapest. The location of anchored by the Academy of Music, but is also well known for its cafes and shops. On the corner of Andrassy ut 45, there is a place called the “Irok Boltja” in Hungarian. It means “Writer’s Bookshop” in English. You can find some of the best literary events in Budapest located here. It is definitely a meeting place for famous and not so famous writers, people who love to read, and even just the curious.

Two places...   view more
House of Terror

11) House of Terror (must see)

Located at Andrassy ut 60 in Budapest, Hungary is the so-called House of Terror. It is actually a museum proper, which houses exhibits that depict life under the fascist and communist regimes that dominated the political arena in Hungary during the 20th Century. In like fashion, it is also a memorial to the many people who died under those governments or were victims of torture and detention.

The official opening of the museum was on February 24, 2002. The facility is administered by Dr....   view more

Walking Tours in Budapest, Hungary

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Create Your Own Walk in Budapest

Creating your own self-guided walk in Budapest is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour on Andrassy Utca

Walking Tour on Andrassy Utca

Andrassy Avenue, recognized as a World Heritage site in 2002, is a fine boulevard in the city that dates back to 1870. The entire stretch is lined with cafés, restaurants, luxury shops and cultural institutions. The long, wide road that connects Downtown and City Park is lined with trees and renovated villas and palaces. At the City Park end is the Heroes Square where the most important national monuments are located.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Buda Walking Tour

Buda Walking Tour

The capital of Hungary Budapest is a relatively young city, resulted from an 1873 merger between Buda on the western bank of the Danube and Pest on the east. Set on a number of hills, Buda is the site of a grand Hapsburg palace with a detached, imperial air of old-time wealth. While in Buda, you can enjoy sweeping views of the opposite Pest, lying across the river, from the Fisherman's Bastion on Castle Hill or Gellért Hill to the south. Come on this walk and see these and other key attractions of this magnificent part of the Hungarian capital.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

Jewish Heritage Walking Tour

Over the centuries, the Jews of Budapest were many times expelled from the city and had to rebuild their homes and lives after it. Therefore, it is amazing to see how much they have re-created and many of it is still preserved even after the WWII and the communist regime. This tour covers some of the most important sites that provide an insight into the history and culture of the Jewish population in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Nightlife Tour, Part 2

Nightlife Tour, Part 2

This leg of the Budapest Nightlife Tour features more great establishments from the city’s diverse palette of venues offering entertainment after dark. Anything from high class adult entertainment and world class DJs sets, to drag shows, live comedy, an exclusive member’s only singles club, and more. Being a major international hub, Budapest packs a mighty punch when it comes to entertaining its many visitors as well as its locals.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Ruin Pubs Tour

Ruin Pubs Tour

A truly unique attraction to the city of Budapest, ruin pubs are thriving modern establishments that are located inside old abandoned buildings. The antiquity inherent in their architecture adds a certain character to these pubs. Inside the spots found on the Budapest Ruin Pubs Tour guests are treated to an assortment of entertainment opportunities, including hot DJ sets, live musical acts, film screenings, theatrical performances, and much more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Walking Tour Around Margaret Island

Walking Tour Around Margaret Island

Margaret Island on the river Danube is a popular recreational area. Stretching for around 2.5 km, this place was declared a public park in 1908. Beautiful landscaped parks, ancient ruins and various sports facilities dot the island. The island can be accessed by the Margaret Bridge on the south and the Arpad Bridge in the north. This is a quiet place to laze around and enjoy your day. Vehicular traffic is not allowed on the island and is pedestrian friendly.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

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