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See the "Locals'" Budapest

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Today, a few words from our Hungarian guide András, a lifetime resident of Budapest, who we feel really embodies the spirit of ToursByLocals. András understands that while landmarks and monuments look good on postcards, the most vivid travel memories come from discovering the heartbeat of a city.

If you would ask me how to get a deeper knowledge about Budapest, I would definitely give you the advice to go and see some places most tourists never get to see.

Most European cities have castles, palaces, big churches, some have bridges and rivers too. Even though Budapest has some really beautiful and memorable landmarks, my strong suspicion is that these are not necessarily the attractions a conscientious tourist would remember the most.

Well-traveled and global-minded travelers have a deeper appreciation for the local places: places where they can get a better understanding for the city, places where the real Budapest can be found. These hidden treasures characterize Budapest probably even more than the major attractions. I believe that the city’s heart beats at these kind of sights. It’s why I’ve created a special day for travelers that reveals the city’s truly hidden treasures – those rarities which are only known by locals – and then, only the locals in the know!

The places on this tour are quite simply some of my favourite hidden spots, unique places that I’ve taken a lifetime of exploring to discover. (Obviously, there is not an official list of interesting hidden buildings, squares, gardens, pubs…this is my own research!)

So what can you expect? A guided tour including:
• A charming and little known neighborhood in the inner city…
• An unusual but ornate facade of a secessionist building…
• A unique ruined pub in the Jewish district…
• A hidden passage…
• A small museum with beautiful and rare art nouveau furniture…
• A hidden coffee house with incredible frescos…
• A roof terrace in Pest with an amazing panorama
• A retro/communist pub…
• Remains of the former Jewish ghetto walls...
• The most important of the 19th-century aristocratic palaces in Pest, where the rooms and salons evoke former noble splendour of the Hungarian aristocracy.

So, the solution is quite simple: leave the beaten track, join the
Hidden Treasures Tour and find the gems where Budapest shows its most interesting side!
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