Do you know a Budapest walking tour guide?
Do you mean a person or a book or map? Rick's Budapest book lists both. firstname.lastname@example.org is the guy I've worked with personally, since he now guides our longer tours, as well as doing local work when he can.
These guys are really exceptional: http://www.beyondbudapest.hu/ Really fascinating tours.
For do it yourself try these guides: http://www.bigboytravel.com/europe/hungary/budapest/
The RS ordained guide, George F, works for these guys: http://mybudapesttours.hu/guide/ Don't know anything about them. I noticed on their website something that looked like cooking and that reminded of this wonderful woman (Agnes) and her market tour and cooking class: http://budapestcookingclass.com/
I have also used this gentleman for nearly 15 years now. He's very good, but a little pricy. Still when I have important guests he is my go to guy. http://www.guideinbudapest.com/
hi James and thank you. I know from reading other posts that you're Mr. Budapest.
I've never used his services, but I've heard Peter Polzcman on several of Rick's podcasts and certainly like his style. His website is here: http://budapestyourself.com/
Thank you Nancy. The truth is that unless you have a specific topic you want to dive into, that you don't really need a guide in Budapest. Its a large city but getting around is easy and is actually part of the fun of being there. That's why I like the Beyond Budapest group. They do a lot of quirky tours off the beaten path. A Jewish themed tour would be another one I might hire a guide for. Otherwise, get a good map and plan it out or use of the Big Boy walks.
For that matter, tell me where you are staying and how long you will be there, if you have any special interests, and I can recommend some order for things.
Hi James and thanks for the very kind offer.
We are only in Budapest for two full days.
On the first day, we will be visiting Matthias Church, and then crossing the river to visit the Dohany Street Synagogue,and later doing a curator-led tour of the Hungarian National Gallery. Otherwise, free and interested in eating at historically, culturally significant sites like the New York cafe, and seeing historically key neighborhoods in Pest. We do plan to visit the Gellert baths.
Very eager to hear your suggestions.
You are staying in Buda?
With dates I can see if anything special is going on.
yes, in castle district
Then you will be taking some long, long walking tours.... Given where you are staying, the fact that you have two days and the other things you have planned I think that will fill your time pretty completely. If I can give any advice it would be to get out in the evening and see the lights. Most dramatic from Pest looking towards Buda.
Just take one of the "free walking tours" that you can Google. Their certified guides work for tips, and are in every big city in Europe.
We went on the tour in Budapest and Prague, and they were very good guys.
Then take their Pub Crawl or Nightlife Tour that night. They'll take you to the really happening bars and/or restaurants that are very active--and priced right. You'll find the people on the night tour to be from all over the world and justifiable nuts.