History Buffs' Budapest
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Hungary is at the crossroads of Europe. Because of its central location, the land was conquered by the Mongols, the Ottomans, the Hapsburgs, the Germans, and finally by the Soviets over the past 1000 years.

History Buffs' Budapest

This fierce history has left traces all around the city, which Hungarians have recorded for posterity. The Hungarian National Museum, the House of Terror, the Imre Nagy Memorial House, the Parliament, and the entire Castle district are footsteps from the past to the present for you to explore.

You can take a step back in time, in fact to many different times, in the Castle District With guidance from our local expert, you will walk along the path of history, starting from the time of St. Stephen, meeting King Bela’s Gothic era, and enjoying the flourishing Renaissance under King Matthias. You will see the damage from the Turkish times and Baroque beauty of the Hapsburg architecture. The damage caused by WWII and the destruction left by the Communists fade away as a new vision for the capital of Hungary, Budapest, emerges.

This tour includes a visit to The Museum of Military History, featuring a presentation about Hungary’s battles and wars of the past thousand years and stories of  the 32 major battles fought just for Buda Castle. And it was worth it!

House of Terror

Another special element is a private visit to the Hungarian National Archive which houses  official treaties, documents and the most important written historic remnants of the country. The tour continues in the Memorial House of Imre Nagy, the prime minister of Hungary who tried to resist the Soviets in 1956 against all odds. Nagy was killed and made a martyr of the Hungarian nation. His legendary November radio speech is still a byword for most Hungarians in spite of the lost revolution.

This tour concludes with a visit to the House of Terror and the Memento Park.

The Budapest for History Buffs Tour features:

  • Castle District
  • House of Terror
  • Imre Nagy Memorial
  • Matthias Church
  • National Gallery
  • Presidential Palace
  • 14th Century City
  • National Archive
  • Museum of War History