A Private Day of History and Gastronomy with Insight Budapest and Taste Hungary

A Private Day of History and Gastronomy with Insight Budapest and Taste Hungary

BudapestFood4We 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.


BudapestFood1Your 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.


Budapestfood7A 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.

Andras Schweitzer Andras Schweitzer is senior lecturer at ELTE University, Budapest, focusing on contemporary political history. He holds a PhD in International Relations (2006, Corvinus University of Budapest). Besides his alma mater, he took courses on the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studied contemporary Hungarian history at the Eszterházy Károly Főiskola (Eger) and East-Central European history at the Central European University (CEU). He had worked for 17 years for HVG, Hungary’s leading political-financial-cultural weekly magazine („The Economist of Hungary”) as journalist and section editor producing and editing feature and news stories, interviews, reportage among them some award-wining ones. He covered a wide array of topics in- and outside of Hungary at conferences from Boston through Copenhagen and Nové Zámky to Seoul. His most recent articles appeared in The Guardian, in Hungarian Spectrum, in Intersections – East European Journal of Society and Politics, in The Hungarian Quarterly. He is a vice-chairman of the Hungarian Europe Society.
ZoltanZoltán Csipke Zoltán Csipke was born and raised in Los Angeles. After starting his PhD in History at the University of Liverpool in 2006, he moved to Budapest in 2007 for his research, where he has lived ever since. Zoltán’s research focused specifically on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and collective memory, with a wider interest in the Cold War. He formerly lectured at Eötvös Loránd University and the Balassi Institute, having also been a senior editor at the All Hungary Media Group, where he focused on Hungarian politics and Budapest nightlife. He can frequently be found wandering the streets of Budapest with his camera as he indulges in his hobby of cityscape photography or providing impromptu history lessons at a table with friends in one of the city’s cafés or ruin pubs.
RunaRuna Hellinga Runa Hellinga is a freelance journalist, writing for Dutch newspapers. She came to Hungary in 1989 when communism was just collapsing and the century’s most exciting political, economical and social changes were unfolding. From 1994, she spent a number of years in South Africa, covering the end of Apartheid in that country for the Dutch press. In 1998 she returned to Hungary as a freelancer, and has been living in the country ever since, first in Budapest and the last couple of years in the small Baroque town of Vác. In 2008 she wrote a book about Budapest, covering the city’s history and culture, but also the social and political developments from the times of the Romans until today. Together with her husband Henk Hirs (also a journalist) she organizes themed tours, covering subjects from Jugendstil architecture and the remnants of the Turkish occupation to the communist past. As a correspondent, she can also offer a lot of insight in recent Hungarian political and cultural developments. On request, she also organizes tours around special subjects like Hungarian literature or current social issues.
HenkHenk Hirs Henk Hirs is a Dutch radio and newspaper journalist who first came to Hungary in the summer of 1989, when the country was in the midst of pulling down the Iron Curtain. He has been reporting on its many ups and downs ever since,getting to know the people, their turbulent history, their various cultures and their impossible language in the process. Between 2006 and 2010, he was editor in chief of Business Hungary, the monthly magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary. After living in Budapest for many years, in 2008 he moved with his wife, Runa (also a distinguished journalist), to the lovely little Baroque town of Vác close to the Hungarian capital. Suddenly, he got to know “the other Hungary” of gracious suburban town life. He has published several books on the country, among them a tourist guide which he updates yearly. He is also the co-author of various Dutch-language blogs on current events and tourism developments.
CsabaCsaba Tibor Tóth Born and raised in Szeged, Csaba acquired a distinguished interest in the history of his country quite early on, finishing his BA studies in 2010 at the University of Szeged, with a double major in history and cultural anthropology. On the cultural anthropology track, he finished a thesis on the beginnings of Hungarian Jewish Folklore in the 1890’s, then he expanded on with this topic at Central European University, where he achieved a MA with Honors in 2011. In order to study Jewish history and culture in a broader context, Csaba went through a second Masters program at the University of Southampton, UK in 2012. He currently works at Budapest’s Holocaust Memorial Center in as a guide and educator, while regularly blogging in Hungarian about the country’s history and daily politics.


What's included:
Included are several tastings at the market, including a variety of local cheeses, cured meats, and pickled vegetables. Afterwards there will be a shared meal of traditional dishes, a tasting of several cakes, and one to two more tastings (depending on the day). Drinks which will be tasted include Unicum and three nice Hungarian wines. Come hungry!


Groups of over 10 should contact us at [email protected] in order to get a special rate for their party.

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