I was born and raised in Budapest, our capital city and now I live in Nagymaros, a small quiet town located in the Danube Bend just opposite Visegrád. And of course I consider myself very lucky 'cause I feel at home in Budapest just as much as in the Danube Bend. I am also extremely lucky and proud to have gained firsthand knowledge from historians and archeologists through my many years of studies.
And I'm here to share it all with you but beware: my passion can be contagious. :) There's so much to see and do in Budapest and in the Danube Bend so I've put together a list of tours offering the best of every city.
Buda and Pest have so much to offer it's hard to know where to begin. Even if you only plan to spend a couple of days in Hungary there are sights that shouldn't be missed eg. the Buda Castle District one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of the city with famous sights like the Matthias Church or the Fishermen's Bastion.
But if you have more time I'd suggest visiting the countryside: the Danube Bend is less than an hour away from Budapest & it's one of Hungary's most frequently visited regions blessed with breathtaking scenery and fabulous architecture of different historical eras. Esztergom and Visegrád offer hours of fascination for visitors curious about the country's rich medieval history, castles, palaces and churches not to mention the fine restaurants. Szentendre is a charming artistic little town perfect for art and wine lovers so is Vác which is famous for it's mummies and it's popular wine cellar where you can taste the famous Hungarian Tokaji, the Wine of Kings, the King of Wines as Louis XV of France called it.
Hungary is the place for legends and legendary sights - have you heard of Dracula? I'm sure you have. But did you know that he wasn't a vampire at all and that he was imprisoned in Visegrád? Do you know that Bela Lugosi who played Dracula in the classic 1931 movie was Hungarian? Do you know what Estée Lauder, Tony Curtis, Louis Cartier or Elvis Presley had to do with Budapest?
There are so many stories and so much to see that I can't wait to tell & show it all to you! :) Check out my tours and don't forget that all of them can be altered to suit your needs and interests. My -very much loved - job is to make your day special so join me on a trip to remember! :)
A Recent Review of this guide
Rita's extensive knowledge of the city's history as well as current developments meant we received an excellent overview of Budapest. The mix of walking the streets and catching public transport (including the fantastic old tube line) gave us a feel of being a local while continually learning about the interesting evolution of one of great cities of the world. Without a true local like Rita we would not have had the truly excellent experience that we did.
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