The tour starts in front of the Parliament at Kossuth square. At its inauguration in 1896, it was the biggest and most costly structure ever built in Hungary and, an investment which still shows. Massive and impressive from the outside and dazzling within, it is brimming with art contributed by nearly every famous Hungarian painter and sculptor of the time. (We will not go inside, as Parliament organizes its own guided tours).
Of course, we take in and discuss the other buildings and monuments on and around the square, then visit the most impressive Holocaust Monument erected on a bank of the Danube right behind Parliament to memorialize the thousands of Jewish citizens of Budapest (a fourth of the city’s community) tragically killed on that very spot in the last months of the Second World War.
Freedom Square is our next stop. It was originally built as the financial centre of the city and according to many it is the most beautiful square in town. There is a lot to see here: the huge stock exchange palace and the opulent buildings that still house several banks, including the Hungarian National Bank.
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- This 3-hour walk introduces you to Pest, the busy and lively centre of the city on the east bank of the river Danube
- Discover the Parliament at Kossuth square. Inaugurated in 1896, it was the biggest and most costly structure ever built in Hungary
- Take in the Holocaust Monument built to memorialize the thousands of Jewish citizens tragically killed in the last months of WWII
- Explore the huge stock exchange palace and the opulent buildings of Freedom Square