Julia's 'Hammer&Sickle tour' gave us a whole new perspective on the city. It was a perfect cocktail of history, architecture, captivating stories, fun facts and personal memories. We absolutely loved her sense of humour up to the very last second of the tour :)
Carolyn SandisonUnited States
I can not imagine having a tour guide better than Julia! We learned so much about the history and important places to see in Budapest. Julia not only knows her history, but she is a very pleasant woman to be around. And she has a great sense of humor. Julia was punctual. She kept us on track so that we could visit and see all of the places she had in mind for us. Yet we never felt rushed. Then, as a bonus, she sat down with us afterwards and marked more important destinations on a map. Great recommends!
Sunny PillowDallas, TEXAS, United States
We had a delightful day with Julia. Her love of her city and knowledge of the food scene was very evident. Helped us avoiding tourist traps when buying souvenirs too!
Sheryl RentzUnited States
Julia was great. We walked throughout the city to the Jewish ghetto and then throughout the ghetto. She was informative, interesting and enjoyable. The great synagogue, cemetery and museum were moving especially with Julia's commentary.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Sheryl, it was nice to meet you and to introduce you the Jewish Quarter of Budapest. Kindest regards, Julia
Stuart ParkerUnited States
Julia is an excellent tour guide. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Hungary. She explained things carefully and in a very organized way. We would recommend her because we think any tour she does would be a wonderful learning experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Stuart, it was a pleasure to be with you and to show you around my beautiful Budapest. Have a wonderful rivercruise! Kindest regards, Julia
Nancy CherryUnited States
Julia was a fantastic tour guide. Our group of 8 would highly recommend her to anyone coming to Budapest.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Nancy, it's so great to see that you all enjoyed touring the Jewish Quarter with me. See you next time when you're in Budapest. Kindest regards, Julia
Pamela MartinUnited States
Julia was a wonderful guide. She was very informative about the history of Budapest becoming 800 to the present day. She took us to many important places that showed this history in greater depth. We really felt we had a greater understanding of this country. We also went to some really fun places that again showed more of the history, like the Ruin Bar. Thank you for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Pam for your kind words, I really hope you feel you made the most of your short stay in beautiful Budapest. See you next time! Kindest regards, Julia
Mary Dolores CattersonUnited Kingdom
Julia is a very informative and knowledgeable guide. She is very personable and good company. This is a very interesting tour which, given the sad history, Julia handles sensitively. Highly recommended. Gary & Dolores
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A big thank you Dolores, it was a pleasure to be with you and to introduce you the Budapest Jewish Quarter and its history.
Mary Dolores CattersonUnited Kingdom
Very enjoyable day trip outside Budapest seeing the interesting towns of the Danube Bend. Julia is a very knowledgable and informative guide. She is extremely pleasant and sensitive to the wishes and needs of her clients.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dolores, I’m happy to have had the chance to meet you and to take you to the Danube Bend. It’s great to learn that you enjoyed the tour. Kindest regards, Julia
Judy HowellUnited States
Julia was wonderful! She met us promptly at our cruise ship and took us on a great tour of eating Hungarian food along the way! We walked the large market tasting and talking as we went. We wound our way through coffee shops, pastry shops, restaurants, and even a new soup take-out joint! We were shown a local grocery store with treats! Who knew we would all like the varieties of sausages and paprika?! We ended up on a rooftop bar drinking traditional drinks! It was a great tour of food in Budapest!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Judy, I’m very pleased to see that you enjoyed the tour and the great Hungarian delicacies. Kindest regards, Julia
Gail SpencerUnited States
Julia was quick to reply to all emails I sent prior to our excursion. She was waiting for us when we got off the ship and she was easy to find. We toured the city in an air conditioned van and on foot. She introduced us to areas on both the Pest and Buda sides of the river. She gave us information that would benefit us on our 2 and half more days in the city. She advised us on public transportation and checked opening hours of places we wanted to visit. I felt I was touring with a long time friend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Gail, showing you around Budapest was a wonderful experience. Kindest regards, Julia
Dwain DeetsUnited States
Our guide adapted to an unexpected situation. My camera had broken shortly before the tour. As I planned to shop for a new camera the next day, my guide said, "we will take you to a shopping mall, and I will help you purchase a new camera." We did without loosing too much time. My guide also found a place, as we visited a one of the tour sights, to charge the new battery. The overall tour was great, and I no longer had to worry about purchasing a new camera at a business that didn't speak my language.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dwain, it was a pleasure to meet you and I’m happy I could help with your camera purchase. Hope to see you soon in Budapest. Kindest regards, Julia
Nichole McCollumWashington, DC, United States
My husband and I booked a private "communism" tour with Julia on July 9, 2018, which we really enjoyed! Julia met us in the lobby of our hotel and we spent a half-day walking around the city seeing the sights related to the communist period. Julia grew up in Budapest in the 80s and 90s so she provided very interesting insight about the communist period and the transition to democracy. Julia speaks fluent English and was a very engaging guide. Would definitely recommend this tour to a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nichole, I’m very happy to see that you enjoyed the tour and I hope you’ll keep nice memories from my beautiful Budapest. Kindest regards, Julia
Armi TurekUnited States
Julia is very knowledgeable and accommodating. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Armi, I’m happy to see that you enjoyed touring Budapest with me. Kindest regards, Julia
Jeffrey S.United States
Great tour. Julia is very knowledgeable and gave interesting commentary.
Michael H.United States
Julia is an extremely knowledgeable guide, and passionate about Budapest. She conveys the beauty, history, tragedy, and vitality of the city in an unforgettable way. The very poignant aspects of our Jewish walking tour were balanced by her enthusiasm, humor, candor, patience, and her incredible insight. Julia is a truly outstanding tour guide, and I can't imagine a better way to be charmed by Budapest!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, it was wonderful to be with your family and to show you around the Jewish Quarter of Budapest. Thank you for your kind words!
Dale CominskyUnited States
We had the most wonderful tour with Julia! To start with, she is very personable and warm so we felt comfortable immediately! Julia is very knowledgeable about all things Budapest and shared so much information with us; from Jewish history to overall Budapest/Hungarian history to life in Budapest today. We walked alot and felt invigorated with every step! Julia was open to our every request & took us to a few off the beaten path places. It was our pleasure to share such a memorable day together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for sharing your review, I’m really pleased to see how much you enjoyed the tour. I hope you’ll keep nice menories of Budapest.
Jackie YamauchiUnited States
Julia was fantastic. We spent 4 quality hours learning all about the Hungarian Freedon Fighters (my name for the tour). Julia could answer any question we ask, not only about Budapest, but also Hungary in general. One thing we especially liked is Julia's obvious love of her country and her city, it's contagious! Her personal insights added a lot to the tour. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A huge thank you for your kind words, I’m very happy I had the chance to meet your family and to introduce you Budapest and its communist past. Have a wonderful time in my beautiful city!
Barry VasboeUnited States
Excellent tour with interesting historical information along with site seeing. Best tour from "tourbylocals" that I have been on.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, it was a pleasure to show you around beautiful Budapest.
Robert DaileyUnited States
Our group hired Julia for two days, the first being the Danube Bend, which I already reviewed, and the second day touring Budapest and vineyards outside Budapest. Again the attention to our interests and her dedication to see that even the smallest request were not only met but exceeded make for an unforgettable experience. Julia is knowledgable, personable, and yet open and an instant friend. Wonderful guide, highly recommended. Thanks again, Julia. You made our trip. Robert D and group
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, I'm happy that I had the chance to meet you and to show you the hidden gems of the city that I love. Kindest regards, Julia
Robert DaileyUnited States
Julia worked with my wife and me and another couple to custom plan our full day Danube Bend excursion. The experience could not have been better. From prompt pick up at our hotel to even the smallest details Julia exceeded our expectations. Her knowledge of and passion for her home country were evident throughout our time together. We HIGHLY recommend Julia and will request her services again should we visit Budapest in the future. Thanks, Julia, you were the high point of our trip. Robert D and group
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much it was an honor to be with you and to introduce you the Danube Bend. I'm very pleased to see that you enjoyed the experience. Kindest regards, Julia
Mark SpeakerUnited States
My wife and I travel frequently and have had experience with guides all over the world. This was our first time in Budapest and the 8 hours that we spent on a walking tour with Julia greatly exceeded our expectations. Her knowledge of Hungarian history and culture was extensive. She made the history and features of the places that we visited come alive, and our day flew by quickly. Her knowledge and friendly demeanor, as well as her sensitivity to our needs made her an outstanding guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mark for your kind words, I’m very pleased that you enjoyed the tour, it was a great pleasure to show you around Budapest.
Sandy WallisUnited States
Julia was absolutely fantastic. We did the Art and Architecture talk - my husband and I and 18 year old daughter. Julia's tour was fascinating - we learned so much from her both in terms of art and architecture, but also in terms of Budapest's rich history and current political climate. It changed the way we enjoyed Budapest from that point forward, because we just looked a little more closer and with more understanding at everything around us. One of our favorite events of the whole trip! Book this!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy that you all enjoyed touring with me. It was a pleasure to show you around and I hope you’ll keep great memories of my beautiful Budapest.
Nina KingUnited Kingdom
Julia was fantastic! We were provided a perfect day in Budapest complete with history, lots of fun and great food. Thank you for a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the great view, I’m really happy I had the chance to introduce you my beautiful city.
Julia nous a accompagné dans sa ville qu'elle sait parfaitement valoriser. un tour rapide dans cette grande ville sans s'attarder sur les choses que l'on peu découvrir soit même. accueillante , souriante , Julia nous a raconté avec beaucoup de détail et de passion l'histoire de son pays et de sa ville. sans elle nous n'aurions certainement pas imaginé se qui ce cache derrière les magnifiques monuments de cette ville surprenantes. Nous aurions aimé découvrir un peu plus les choses insolites, backstage.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Merci beaucoup, je suis tres heureuse d'avoir eu la chance de vous présenter ma belle Budapest.
Budapest was the highlight of our time in Europe and that is largely due to the two days we spent with Julia. Julia's knowledge of the history, architecture, wine, food, her willingness to share her personal experiences and incite into current political and social challenges facing her city and country was what made our time there so enjoyable and rewarding. We asked a lot of tough questions :) Julia was understanding of our groups needs and flexible to make sure we got the most of our time together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tim, Thank you very much for your kind words! It was a pleasure to meet you all and to show you around my beautiful Budapest. I’m very happy that you enjoyed the tours and that you’ll keep nice memories from my city. Again, the pleasure was all mine. Kindest regards, Julia