According to Péter Eszterházy, one of the most famous contemporary writers, “The city is not always what guidebooks advertise”.
Uniquebudapest aims to show the faces of Budapest not advertised in guidebooks. During our city-discovery tours we enter hidden nooks, go off the beaten path, visit abandoned passages, villas in the shade and the masterly designed gardens surrounding them, apartment houses with a separate staircase for servants, hidden courtyards, odd statues. They might not be the most beautiful, but are definitely the most interesting. Places where the people of Budapest live their lives and you can witness the city’s everyday life. And of course, legends, stories, jokes, anecdotes about past, present and future- as we know them.
GOOD TO KNOW:
What connects a school in Budapest and the Manhattan project? Sometime around 1940, the Los Alamos Laboratory, known as „Project Y”, was conceived. The United States wanted to build an atomic explosive to counter the threat posed by the German nuclear development program...
Plenty of hidden treasures. Gateways for carriages, apartment houses with inner courtyards, tiny shops preserving their century-old beauty, squares and cafés evoking Parisian atmosphere, Art Nouveau palaces, passages being reanimated, cheerful statues. And a lot more, interesting and astounding sights...
The Castle is a separate quarter in the middle of the city. Beside her many winding streets, there used to be more than 285 wells underground, 13 kings paid their visit from 15 different nations...
Did you know that the flower pattern Jensen Button is wearing is actually a Hungarian folk motif? Did you know that Hungary had a flourishing perfume industry at the turn of the 19th and 20th century? Did you know that the first department store built in Budapest had an ice-skating rink on top?
What is Classicism or Modern architecture for other cities, is Eclectic style for Budapest. Undoubtedly, this style fits the city best – a bit of this, a bit of that, an idea from here and an example from there.
Budapest is the queen of the Danube. She would not exist without the river. The Danube has defined and pampered the city for a thousand years. The meeting of the river and the city is nowhere as intensive and beautiful as in the Pest city centre.
Connected to his 200th birthday in 2011, we put together a tour introducing our outstanding composer’s bonds with Budapest. We visit the places where Ferenc Liszt lived, stayed, gave concerts or prayed.
Once upon a time there was a Jewish Budapest inhabited by more than two hundred thousand in its heyday. Many of them lived in a geographically well-defined area still referred to as the Jewish quarter.
Once upon a time there were the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Socialism, “the happiest barrack”, party congresses, politics, the victorious working class and “Stalin Baroque”. At the same time there was a parallel world – bakelite records, mini skirts, neon advertising, soda-water, the new Bauhaus – in other words, Budapest retro.
“Seen Budapest at night yet?” Thus began an old Hungarian hit. Our night-time wander and entertainment begins in Budapest’s Montmarte and Soho where, in addition to several restaurants and cafes, there are also small galleries and boutiques.
Culture, marvellous unknown stories at well-known places, cycle with us and we will show you the city the way you have never seen before…