The Budapest Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.4 km / 2.11 mi self-guided walking tour of the historic center of the city. It should take 3 hours to complete and ends near the start location.
Click here for this tourist scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You will also find here the complete list of locations on the itinerary.
What you’ll see
- Hungarian Parliament
- Shoes on the Danube
- National Academy of Sciences
- St. Stephen Basilica
- Hungary State Opera
- Pest Broadway
- A német megszállás áldozatainak emlékműve
- Memorial of National Cohesion
- Kossuth Lajos Square
- Love Locks Budapest
- Ferris Wheel of Budapest
- Szamos Chocolate Museum
- Liberty Square
- Danube River
- Széchenyl Chain Bridge
- and more!
This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.
The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 people – but is not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.
After purchase, to begin your hunt, you will need to be in front of Liberty Square, Budapest, Szabadság tér, 1054 Hungary, near the Arany Janos utca metro station. This is the start location.
Once there, stand outside and log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account and follow the instructions.
The history of Budapest begins in the Celtic period when the Romans established the city of Aquincum (89 CE). It becomes the capital of Pannonia until 200 when the Huns take control, then the Goths, and then the Lombards.
From 600 to 900, the Avars dominated the region. There are then two cities, Obuda, and Buda.
The Hungarian nation was founded in 1000 at the coronation of King Stephen I, a Catholic. He became St.Stephen. It is then that the city of Pest, on the other side of the river rises.
The Ottoman Empire took control of the region for 150 years as early as the 16th century. Charles V of Lorraine, a Habsburg and still king of a part of Hungary, reconquered the city in 1686.
Budapest suffered a great fire in 1723, followed by a major flood in 1838. The reconstruction of Buda, Peste, and Obuda began in the second half of the 18th century under Empress Maria Theresa (Hungary-Austrian Empire). Then, the 3 cities merged into one, forming Budapest.
The population of Budapest reached 730,000 in 1900. The end of the First World War caused the loss of 2/3 of the kingdom’s territory. The population of the metropolitan area rose to 1.4 million by 1930.
The desire to recapture the lost territories prompts Hungary to join forces with Germany at the end of the 1930s. As a result, 250,000 Jewish inhabitants of Budapest died during the Second World War.
Russia liberated the city and installed a communist government. A rebellion was attempted in 1956 to regain democracy but was quickly crushed by the Soviet Union. 20,000 are killed and 160,000 are exiled from the country.
Democracy finally returned in 1989 with the fall of the USSR.