1. Hungary
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  3. Budapest

Budapest: Infamous 8th District Experience

Product ID: 247497
Get ready to go off the beaten path in Budapest. The 8th District is having quite a moment; once a no-go zone, this eclectic area has seen a serious resurgence in recent years and is well worth a visit with this tour.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Rákóczi Square Market Hall, one of six original markets in Budapest from the late 19th century
  • Give something back to the local community
  • Look up in wonder at a remarkable 18th-century Roman-Catholic church
  • Get the lowdown on the history of the local "gypsy musicians"
  • Enjoy a drink with your friendly guide at an authentic, local bar
  • Try some popular local street food
Full description
Your tour starts at Rákóczi Square, the heart of the once-neglected 8th District which is now one of the most unique areas in Budapest. Your first stop will be the Rákóczi Square Market Hall, where your local guide will delve into the history of the neighborhood. You will also be able to get a sense of the district’s local vibe, as you wander around snacking on traditional street food.

From the market, you’ll meander down the small streets of this fascinating neighborhood and walk amongst the hauntingly beautiful and crumbling facades en-route to Horváth Mihály Square, which is the starting point of the story of the 8th District. Here you’ll get to see one of the oldest and most remarkable Baroque churches in the city, including its stunning interior. As you walk towards your next stop you’ll see how old and new exist shoulder to shoulder, forming the identity of the neighborhood and telling the story of Budapest itself.

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 center. You’ll visit their memorial to get to know the most iconic members of this community, and learn about their historic role in Hungarian society. You will then have the opportunity to stop for a drink at a very special café with a charitable mission.

Towards the end of the tour you’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, with the story of the latter being just as exciting to listen to. Before you part ways with your guide, you’ll stop by a small bar for a drink among locals to cap off our tour in one of Budapest’s coolest and most interesting "hoods".
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tasting of an authentic Hungarian street food: lángos, sausage, or pastries
  • A small gift from a local artist from the neighborhood
  • A 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

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Important information
Know before you go
• Casual, comfortable shoes are recommended
• For your urban adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• This is a child-friendly tour, children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge
• A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Oltalom Charity Society to help them continue doing their good work in the city and local community
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Urban Adventures

Product ID: 247497