Gyde & Seek Opens for Tours in Budapest
Located at the convergence of Eastern and Western Europe, Budapest has been home to a who's who of ethnicities, political ideologies, and religions over the last two millennia. The result? A major European capital with mind-blowing stories to tell. The iconic cityscape and Danube River are incandescent (at dusk, the city actually glows).
Today’s Budapest is tech-savvy, locavorious, and wickedly satirical. Teeming with contemporary art, entrepreneurism, live music, and fashion, this modern metropolis continues to be deeply connected to Hungary’s last century of history. WW II, the Communist regime, and the fall of the Iron Curtain are watershed periods that have shaped the identity of today’s residents and their vision for the next century.
In a complex destination with so much to take in, an insider gyde will ensure that all the pieces fall beautifully into place. As a starter, we suggest taking time to learn about the city's broad spectrum of world-class architecture. Attila can take you from Gothic to Baroque at Buda Castle, followed by Art Nouveau in Pest. If you're feeling a little hazy on your Soviet satellite states, Dániel’s half-day political history refresher goes a long way, too. Gerda can help you understand Goulash Communism in context; she'll also shed light on the issues shaping Budapest today.
Budapest is a city whose minority populations are central to its story. Should you wish to delve into centuries of Jewish heritage, Anna can offer an overview of landmark synagogues and monuments (and as much Holocaust history as you can bear). Kata will share the narrative of Hungary's Romani Gypsy people—and even invite you to experience Romani art, music, or cuisine. If you're interested in learning about how urban gentrification is impacting these communities in the 21st-century, Daniel will show you how the city's architect-activists are meeting today's challenges with inspiring design initiatives.
Budapest's culinary scene is white-hot. The city is a delicious adventure—its Central Market Hall is worth exploring with a seasoned connoisseur (like Endre, who will make sure you learn the correct way to order your paprika sausage). Count on Levente for a taste of Budapest's artisanal beer revolution and Gabriella for a lesson in Hungarian, Turkish or Jewish caffeine (yes, Jewish coffee is a thing!).
Day trips beyond the city include everything from winery visits to traditional festivals to canoeing, cycling, and hiking. Judit can introduce you to your new favorite Hungarian wines and winemakers, you can discover the country's ancient lake district with Brigitta, or explore the Danube river by canoe with Péter. The Magyar countryside is magnificent—and irresistibly close at hand.
Budapest is more affordable than other major European cities, so you should plan to stay a bit longer and delve deeper. What are you waiting for?