From Trabant city tours to Funicular and flying experiences, there are plenty of unusual ways to see Budapest
Forgo the crumpled map and sore feet and try an alternative sightseeing experience on your next visit to Budapest. From a trip around the city in a communist era car, to a helicopter ride over the Danube at sunset, these alternative tours of Budapest are some of our favourite ways to see the city.
During the communist era, the distinctive Trabant was the most ubiquitous car in Budapest. Manufactured in East Germany, a few of the cars can still be spotted today and provide a novel way to get around the city. Rent-A-Trabant offers sightseeing opportunities in these characterful vehicles, as well as other add-ons including bespoke Trabant tours and trips to Hungary’s winemaking region.
A romantic way to see Budapest, a helicopter tour over the city at sunset is sure to be a highlight of your visit. Sip on a glass of Hungarian sparkling wine before you take to the skies and enjoy unparalleled views of the city as the sun fades over the Danube. Admire the scene as lights begin to twinkle across the city’s major landmarks, including the historic Buda Castle district with its charming cobbled streets and turrets, which you can appreciate away from the crowds.
Budapest Castle Hill Funicular has been in operation since 1870, when it was only the second funicular railway to open in Europe. Unfortunately, the original funicular was destroyed in World War Two, but it was painstakingly rebuilt in the same traditional style following the war, and is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet the tram at the end of the Szechenyi Chain Bridge to ascend to the top of the famous Castle Hill and explore the Royal Palace and Sandor Palace. Admire the stunning views as the tram climbs up the hill, but the highlight is certainly the breathtaking vista at the top, which includes the Chain bridge and Hungarian Parliament.
Enjoy exploring the streets of Budapest in a fun and original way courtesy of a Segway tour. Suitable for all ages (trailers are provided for children under five), the experience is accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and there are a wide variety of tours to choose from. Whether you want to explore peaceful Margaret Island or discover Budapest’s famous Jewish Quarter, the tours showcase many different sides of the city. Additionally, visitors can also book private tours for a more personal experience.
Intersected by the majestic Danube River, Budapest can easily be explored by water. Historically a key trading route for Hungary and its neighbouring countries, the river now offers visitors a fantastic way to see the city and many of its most famous sights. Pass under the Chain bridge – one of the world’s first suspension bridges – pass by St Stephen’s Basilica, the impressive Buda Castle and Margaret Island, the religious centre of the city during Medieval times. Whether you choose an elegant private excursion, a cruise accompanied by opera music and Hungarian folk dancers, or a journey on the Riverride (Budapest’s amphibious bus), touring the city by boat is an unforgettable sightseeing experience.