We are thrilled to team up with the culinary and wine experts at Taste Hungary to offer a special full-day experience of guided walks devoted to introducing Budapest’s history along with its distinctive cuisine and delicious wines. First your Taste Hungary’s culinary expert takes you on a 4 hour (10AM-2PM) annotated journey through scrumptious traditional Hungarian dishes, wine and sweets, then your Insight Cities historian builds on your new feel for the the city’s food culture (and helps you walk it off!) with a 3 hour introduction to Pest’s history as the financial, cultural and religious center of modern Hungary.
Your culinary experience begins in Central Market Hall, one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular indoor markets. Your Taste Hungary guide helps to reveal the culture of Hungarian gastronomy, cluing you in to its startling abundance of ingredients (most local and seasonal). Sampling all along the way, you’ll discuss the building, the overwhelming food displays, the distinctive habits of eating and drinking in Hungary, and just what it is that Hungarian home cooks do with all of that pork fat, paprika, and goose liver. From there, we will visit a few more places in the surrounding neighborhoods. We will visit a butcher shop where you sample several staple Hungarian dishes for lunch, and then a traditional patisserie to try some of the elegant cakes for which Hungarian bakers are known. By this time you’ll be ready for a glass (or three) of wine. This portion of the tour will conclude with a wine tasting session in which we will taste three quintessential Hungarian wines (with cheese pairings) and get an introduction to Hungarian wine regions, varietals, and styles.
A fine coffee or tea will boost your transition to the history walk. Beginning in front of the Parliament at Kossuth Square, your Insight Cities historian helps you to appreciate how bustling Pest became the opulent political, financial and religious center of the newborn Hungarian nation in the second half of the 19th century. The construction boom included the huge new Parliament, extravagant palaces for the Stock Exchange and banks, an immense new basilica, an impressive new Synagogue, the Andrassy út – an elegant boulevard modeled after the Champs Elysée in Paris –, the first subway on the European continent, the Opera house, a river promenade, theatres and city parks. We take in and discuss these buildings and sites as well as Freedom Square, St Stephen’s Basilica, and many of the beautiful art nouveau buildings for which Budapest is famous, ending at Heroes Square, where in 1896, Hungarians celebrated the 1000 year existence of their kingdom. This combined 7-hour guided experience provides you with an introduction to Budapest that beautifully nourishes both body and intellect.
Note: When ordered as private walk, you can customize times and–if preferred–take the history walk before the culinary excursion.