4 hours

If you only have a half day to discover all the main sights of Budapest, let me show you what Buda and Pest have to offer to you. I would like to invite you for a 4-hour Budapest sightseeing walk around the marvels of my city.

Budapest has always been a fantasting melting pot of different cultures, and I’m ready to show you all its different shades. Let me introduce you the architecture, the history and the culture of Budapest and its people.

First, we will take the 130-year-old Millennium underground, the second oldest subway in Europe to the monumental Heroes square. I’ll take you to the City Park, I’ll show you the fairy tale Vajdahunyad Castle and the famous Széchenyi bathhouse. We return to the city center, we’ll see Andrássy avenue and the main foyer of the State Opera House. I’ll show you the St. Stephen’s Basilica and will also show you the most amazing view over the Pest side from around the dome of the Basilica (96m high).

We’ll cross the Danube river on the 170-year-old Chain Bridge and we’ll continue our walk in Buda. We’ll walk through the imperial Castle Garden Bazaar to the top of the Castle hill, so that I can show you the Baroque Royal Palace. You’ll discover the medieval old town including the richly decorated Matthias church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Let yourself be amazed by the unique view over my beautiful city listed among UNESCO World Heritage sites.

INCLUDED Tour guiding in English
NOT INCLUDED Entrance fees

Food, snacks

Public transportation tickets

All the above tours are private tours for you and for your family and friends only. The prices are for a group of maximum 4 people. Please let me know if you need a quote for more people.

Would you please contact me if you experience problems with your booking or if you’d like to book a tour on a day when I’m not available.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 36 reviews
April 20, 2023

We did 2 walking tours with Julia through Budapest. She is great. We explored both sides of the river the day we arrived and did parliament and the jewish quarter the next morning. She is so friendly and knowledgable and easy to be with and talk to. She taught us how to use all forms of public transport as we used every form of transportation while touring with her as this maximized our ability to see so much when we were with her so we were comfortable using the metro, trams and buses to get around when we were on our own. A good tip she taught us is that they sell a group ticket for the public transportation at the machines in the stations and that they sell an unlimited pass for 24-48-72 hours. Don’t hesitate to book a tour with Julia!!

March 22, 2023

We had an amazing tour with Julia!! She showed us so many beautiful sites and we learned so much about the rich Budapest history – it was fun, enjoyable and educational. Julia, having lived in Budapest her whole life, has so much to share. I wish we had scheduled more time with Julia – and yes it was that good!! I highly recommend Julia to anyone traveling to Budapest. This was a business team building with colleagues and friends but would be excellent for friends and families!

May 31, 2022

Julia was the perfect blend of knowledge, personality, and enthusiasm. WE LOVED IT!
If you have never been to Budapest, just go with what she recommends – it will give you a lot of the history, landmarks, and you will learn the layout of the city, recommendations for restaurants and sight to see. Highly recommend !

April 24, 2022

Julia was the perfect guide for our party of four. A great tour planned with interesting insight and info to keep us all engaged

September 29, 2019

Budapest was amazing because Julia took us all over for two days. Places we would have never found. She was extremely knowledgeable and u can feel the love for Budapest. She did have to put up with my shopping stops but I learned from previous trips if u see it buy it so I did. We also enjoy climbing towers and we had her come with us I think we pooped her out lol I highly recommend her and you need to book her early She will always be part of my memories of Budapest. She has a fabulous fun cheerful personality you can tell she loves taking tourists through Budapest , book her. She is the best !!!!!!

September 22, 2019

We didn’t have much time to see Budapest, so we did what we often do under such circumstances, and hired our own private guide.

Julia was perfect. Not only did she show us the major sites of Budapest, but she put them in an important social, cultural, and historical context for us. This is exactly what we need in a guide. She was always warm and clear clear, and always interesting. We highly recommend her.

March 26, 2019

Une matinée de 4h avec Julia,une matinée de bonheur. Notre guide nous fait partager l’amour de son pays et de sa ville,avec beaucoup de qualités.Julia n’est pas seulement un guide qui nous fait visiter les sites magnifiques,c’est aussi un témoin de l’histoire de ce pays. Son humour au travers de succulentes anecdotes ne cache pas son l’émotion qui se dégage de son cœur.Que dire de plus sur son personnage,si sympathique,dynamique,compétente ,si disponible pour des conseils éclairés et pourtant si sensible et humaine. Julia est la personne qu’il vous faut pour une découverte passionnante de Budapest. Respectons ce grand pays,respectons son histoire pour comprendre le monde d’aujourd.hui. Comment vous remercier Julia !!

January 13, 2019

A 4-hour tour that was as perfect as it could be.
Julia took us to all the places we wanted to as well as hidden gems.
She is funny and informative. We highly recommend her to all that want to make the most out of their trip.

December 15, 2018

My wife and I spent 2 days with Julia on a 4 hour private city tour and a 6 hour walking tour of the city. Julie was the best; articulate, spoke perfect English (among other languages), extremely knowledgeable and a perfect guide. We felt we were being shown the city by a friend, eager to show us her beautiful city and explain its history and culture along with its politics. Julia even recommended a touring itinerary for us on our third day as she was unavailable (already booked). My advice is to book her early as she is highly recommended and sought after as a guide in Budapest.

October 8, 2018

Julia has been my guide on two different international projects I orgnaized in Budapest. One for HS students and one for adults. In both cases she managed to set the tours up to my specifications. She is extremely flexible and goes out of her way to meet your needs.
She is the only tour guide I have ever requested a second time in my over 30 years of traveling through Europe.
I will be contacting her for a third trip next fall!

June 4, 2018

Julia was amazing…her English was superb! We really enjoyed being introduced to the easy public transportation and food recommendations. She shared unique history including great stories that only someone from Budapest would know…we loved spending the day with her and highly recommend booking her!

May 13, 2018

Excellent tour with interesting historical information along with site seeing. Best tour from “tourbylocals” that I have been on.

May 3, 2018

Julia was an excellent guide (our tour was in English) and a lovely person who obviously loves her city. She was extremely knowledgeable and and showed us not only the highlights, but interesting parts of the city that you won’t easily find in guidebooks. She was also flexible to changes in our schedule, and adjusted the pace of the tour itself to accommodate all the members of our group (which included children).

April 24, 2017

Julia was an absolutely incredible tour guide! My mother and I were thrilled with her depth of knowledge about the various sites we went to in Budapest, as well as her organization, professionalism, and generally fantastic personality. We left all of the planning up to her and loved every minute. From the history to the Buda Castle to the current nightlife in Ruin Pubs, Julia knows Budapest through and through. Her recommendations for things to do beyond our tour, particularly places to eat, were also perfect – down to the strudel place she took us to at the end of our second tour day! In short, Julia is absolutely everything you want in a tour guide, and we could not recommend her enough.

January 17, 2017

I’ve been on personal tours in over fifty countries and I can honestly say, Julia is one of the very best. I think her four hour tour of Budapest was the best part of my three day tour. We used the metro and buses and saw all the highlights and, during my requested coffee stop, Julia answered all the questions I could possibly ask. Also, she is extremely personable and will add a funny story or two with each stop.I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her and, should I return to Budapest, will definitely take her food tour and her Jewish Quarter tour.

January 4, 2017

Wij hadden een heerlijke stadswandeling met Julia. Ze spreekt zeer goed Engels, kent de stad en de geschiedenis op haar duimpje. Zeer aangenaam gezelschap. Voor 100 Euro zijn we makkelijk 4,5 uur onderweg geweest en een fooi wilde ze niet aannemen.

October 21, 2016

Julia nous a fait découvrir sa ville de nuit à travers les monuments touristiques, les rues typiques et les quartiers animés mais aussi en dégustant quelques spécialités hongroises accompagnés de bons vins.
Le français est irréprochable.
Bravo !! Le tour était réussi elle a su captiver notre attention et nous faire passer un moment très convivial.
A peine quelques heures à Budapest et on s’y sent déjà comme chez soi grâce à Julia !
On recommande à 200%

October 3, 2016

Nous avons décidé de nous faire guider pour une visite privée accompagné de nos deux enfants de 8 et 12 ans par un guide parlant parfaitement le français. Nous avons ainsi rencontré Julia. Le challenge de Julia était double. A la fois combler la curiosité des parents et aussi savoir intéresser les enfants pendant toute une après-midi de visite (4 heures programmées). Et bien, la mission a été pleinement réussie. La gentillesse de Julia a comblé tout le monde. Nous avons tellement apprécié que mes beaux-parents ont ensuite aussi visités Budapest en sa compagnie. Merci Julia

September 17, 2016

Julia is so knowledgeable and a delight to spend the day with. She tailored the tour just for us. See you next time, Julia!

September 14, 2016

Julia was fantastic. She showed all the highlights of Budapest. Her knowledge of Budapest and it’s history was great. She made our tour very enjoyable. We would highly recommend Julia if you are planning a stay in Budapest. Thanks Julia.

September 13, 2016

Simply fantastic! Great personality and extremely knowledgable. We recommend her to anyone visiting Budapest. You could not be disappointed.

August 26, 2016

Julia, was one of the most informative and knowledgeable guide we have ever used! She has passion and a love of what she does. Great experience and value.

August 25, 2016

Julia was more than helpful as we toured Budapest. We usually have drivers for tours as I am not fond of public transportation normally. Julia’s ease with her utilization of public transportation (tram, metro, and bus) was incredible. She took us all over Buda and Pest in three long half days, with in depth explanations of the sites. She is top notch and I highly recommend her services.

July 31, 2016

Julia was so great,she made time for our limited time in Budapest and seriously in the four hours we spend I learned all I needed to learn about Budapest and more.she is smart,funny, very knowledgeable and very passionate about her city….my husband happen to mention how much he likes pastries and gelato and she made sure to take us to her favorite places and there were great.
I can’t say enough how much we enjoyed our time with her,I will recommend her to all my friends,so if you want to learn and enjoy the sites in Budapest call Julia she will not let you down

May 1, 2016

This was my first experience with a private guide, but it won’t be my last. This is the only way to see Budapest. Julia was simply amazing. She not only showed us the sights, but she gave us an understanding of what it is like to live in Budapest. Her wealth of knowledge about the local landmarks, architecture, and culture was incredible. If you are considering coming to Budapest, I highly recommend having Julia be your guide. You will enjoy it as much as we did.

April 4, 2016

Having traveled all over the world and experienced the services of MANY tour guides, Julia is TOPS and highly recommended to others needing personalized services. There aren’t enough stars to capture my excitement over having the benefit of her knowledge and experience in helping me make the most of my short time in Budapest!!!!

February 28, 2016

Thanks to Julia who enriched our short stay in Budapest. Lovely warm personality with good historical and cultural background. A wonderful way to spend four touring the city and highly recommend Julia. Keep up the good work.

February 9, 2016

We booked the 4 hour walking tour of the city highlights and it was the perfect introduction to Budapest. Our guide (Julia) could not have been more welcoming, helpful, flexible or knowledgeable. She was a source of endless interesting facts and anecdotes and despite the cold, wet weather (February) she was always cheerful, amusing and charming. We particularly enjoyed hearing Julia’s stories of her family’s experiences during Hungary’s traumatic history of the 20th century. Her open and friendly nature left us with a wonderful impression of Hungary and its people.

January 8, 2016

Julia is an increditable guide, we had a 4 hour walking tour of her beautiful city. Even before we arrived her contact though email gave us the opportunity to let her know our preferred dates & time, everything was perfect.Julia even had transportation passes available for us the moment we walk out of the hotel lobby to catch the first tram.Julia’s knowledge and passion for the history of Budapest is extensive but not at all dull, very rich in detail & history. Very Highly Recommend!

December 7, 2015

Nous avons passé 4 jours à Budapest et avions pris une guide Julia K pour le 1er jour pour une durée de 4 heures. C’était l’occasion pour nous de mieux connaitre ce pays et de pouvoir voir l’essentiel.
Nous avons passé un excellent moment avec Julia passionné par l’histoire de son pays qu’elle a su nous transmettre avec émotion. Nous avons découvert un beau pays. Nous vous conseillons vivement cette visite guidée qu’il est impossible de faire sans guide.

November 30, 2015

This was our first time visiting Budapest and we didn’t know what to expect. We are a family of 5 with 2 teenagers and an 11 year old. We arrived mid afternoon on a Sunday and checked into our apartment. The next morning we met Julia for our tour and let me say it exceeded my expectations. Julia is extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable of Hungarian history and Budapest. She loves to talk about her culture and knows all of the good places to see. She could tell us the history of every landmark and statue. There was never a dull moment of our tour. Julia took us to a hidden coffee and pastry shop that only the locals know about. She also gave us advice on where not to shop because the prices are too high. She was also available after our tour via e-mail or text to answer any questions we had. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Julia is. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a quality tour of Budapest. Thanks again Julia ” Koszonom Szepen !” Scott

September 27, 2015

Julia made the trip informative, casual, and easy all at the same time

September 11, 2015

Julia Kravianszky was absolutely delightful. She was on time, was extremely knowledgable and professional. Her enthusiasm for her Beautiful Budapest was catching. Julia was able to not only share her love of the Architecture but the history of Hungary and Budapest. We were directed to wonderful places to eat and shop as well. I am definitely coming back to Budapest and doing more touring with Julia. Cheers, Maggie

August 30, 2015

From the moment I booked the tour, Julia’s professionalism was evident. Her excellent communication and advice, meant I immediately felt my tour had already begun.On meeting Julia, her enthusiasm for Budapest is so apparent, and this clearly translates through the passionate and knowledgeable tour of her beautiful city.
** Strongly recommend Julia as your next Budapest tour guide **

August 20, 2015

With just a short time in Budapest, my parents and I decided to look for a personal guide to show us the most we could see. Julia gave us 100% of what we wanted. Super personable and eager to give us the best tour possible. We never felt rushed and she always gave us 100% of her attention!! If you are looking for a knowledgeable guide please book through wonder guides!!! You will not be disappointed. Thank you Julia for making our stay super enjoyable!!!!

June 24, 2015

Julia is amazing! Book a tour with her! We were disappointed with our 1st impression of Budapest & Julia had us loving the city! She was prompt, organized and absolutely lovely. Julia knows Buda & Pest and got us everywhere with ease & had so much knowledge of the sites and of the history of the area. You will have a great tour with Julia and I HIGHLY recommend her! We would have paid double because of her lovely demeanor and professionalism.

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