Budapest

  • Budapest school trip
    Straddling the River Danube, Budapest is a stunning city and a fabulous destination for a school trip.
  • Budapest school trip
    Set atop Castle Hill overlooking the Danube, the Royal Palace is a must on a Budapest school trip.
  • Budapest school trip
    Heroes' Square, a natural starting point on any Budapest itinerary.
  • Budapest school trip
    Memento Park makes for a fascinating visit on a history school trip to the Hungarian capital.
  • Budapest school trip
    Lining the Danube, Budapest's Parliament Building was reputedly inspired by London’s Houses of Parliament.

 

Tim Knight provided excellent support throughout the planning stage, organizing everything we asked for and responding to changes to the planned itinerary. The freedom to devise the trip exactly as I wished was greatly appreciated. I would recommend using this trip as the basis for a history-themed offering to other clients. RG, University of Winchester

A city with a rich and varied history stretching back to Roman times, a Budapest school trip offers a fantastic range of sights to suit all educational interests.

Despite a tumultuous past including Mongol invasions, World War sieges and Soviet revolutions, Budapest is home to some beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Castle District and Heroes’ Square.

History is also reflected in the many types of architecture on show – the Neo-Gothic Parliament building and North African-inspired Synagogue (the largest in Europe) are just two examples of this. The Hungarian capital sits astride the Danube River, allowing visitors the chance to take in the sights aboard a relaxing boat cruise.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around the Hungarian capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Budapest school trip itinerary and budget.

Wombat’s Hostel – Situated in a 19th-century building, this is a modern, centrally-located hostel offering rooms and dorms (sleeping up to eight people) all with en-suite facilities. Breakfast is available, as is free W-Fi.

Budapest School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours are tailor-made to suit the requirements of each individual group. Previous excursions taken by groups have included visits to schools, factories, power stations and even a behind the scenes tour of a local hotel! Here is a suggested itinerary for a Budapest school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to Budapest. Transfer to hotel for three nights’ half-board accommodation.

Day 2 – Take a morning guided tour of the city, seeing all of Budapest’s main sites including Castle Hill and its Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion and St Matthias Church, in addition to St Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square, Parliament House and the Chain Bridge, a distinctive suspension bridge spanning the Danube and linking Buda to Pest.

This afternoon is spent visiting a site specific to your area of study. Art students might like to visit the National Gallery or the Ludvig Museum of Contemporary Art, whilst politics groups might prefer a visit to the impressive Parliament House (tours available when parliament is not in session).

Day 3 – Explore some of the fascinating history of the area on the Danube Bend tour. Your tour includes the former Hungarian capital, Esztergom, where you’ll visit Hungary’s largest basilica with its 72-metre-high central dome, in addition to the treasury.

You’ll then continue on to the medieval cidatel of Visegrád, famous for its castle, and finally to the artists’ town of Szentendre, where a tour of the Marzipan Museum is included.

Day 4 – Time for some last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Budapest before boarding a flight back to the UK.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Budapest.

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Popular Visits & Excursions

Heroes’ Square – Pays homage to Hungary’s great leaders, with a commemoration monument dedicated to the history of the Magyar tribes. You’ll also find the Museum of Fine Arts (currently closed for renovations) situated here.
Castle Hill – Towering above the River Danube, Buda’s Castle Hill plays host to some of the city’s most beautiful Baroque buildings including Matthias Church, the Royal Palace, National Gallery and Fishermen’s Bastion.
Hungarian Parliament Building – Reputedly inspired by London’s Houses of Parliament, this is one of the largest buildings in Hungary and certainly one of the most visually striking. It is home to stunning statues, paintings and the Holy Crown of Hungary.
Gellért Baths – Just one of the many baths supplied by the famous natural springs of the area, which have attracted many throughout the years, including Roman and Turkish settlers.
House of Terror Museum – A unique memorial to the victims of the Fascist and Communist dictatorial regimes of 20th-century Hungary, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in this very building.
Memento Park – An open-air museum dedicated to monumental statues and sculpted plaques from Hungary’s Communist regime, the Cold War’s largest.

Memento park image courtesy of Szoborpark.

 

St Stephen’s Basilica – Budapest’s largest church, this basilica is dedicated to the first Christian king of Hungary and took over half a century to build. Fabulous city views from the near-100-metre-high dome.
Great Synagogue – Once a major centre for Judaism, Budapest’s huge synagogue, the second largest in the world, was built to house almost 3,000 people. Today it stands as a poignant reminder of the tragic suffering of the Jewish community during the Holocaust.
Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitor Centre – Charts the history of this 200-year-old Hungarian herb liqueur. A tour includes a video presentation, a visit to the miniature bottle collection, old distillery and the cellar, containing some 500 oak barrels.

Elsewhere

Esztergom – The former capital of Hungary and seat of Roman Catholicism in the country for over 1,000 years, Esztergom’s soaring basilica is the largest in Hungary.
Visegrád – A small castle town on the Danube set between Esztergom and Szentendre.
Szentendre – Gateway town to the Danube Bend, set 19km north of Budapest, Szentendre is home to the Marzipan Museum and Museum of Micro Miniatures.
Audi Hungaria – Gain a fascinating insight into automobile and engine assembly with a tour of this car plant (weekdays only).