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Katalin - Budapest (Hungary) private tour guide

My name is Kathy, I am a private tour guide in Budapest, travel guide for Hungary. I am a driver guide for sightseeing tours, and I also guide walking & bicycle tours. I am also a tourist guide for Jewish Budapest. Regular city-tour or customized tours, you will discover that Budapest and Hungary are more beautiful than you’ve thought!

I still feel enthusiasm and love for my exciting carrier. I was born and raised in the capital, Budapest, and I have been exploring its nooks and crannies since childhood. I would like to share my discoveries with you and show you the Hungary that has luckily emerged from behind the Iron Curtain… 

Visitors are usually astonished by the splendid beauty of bustling Budapest, and the contrasting peacefulness of the Hungarian countryside. While showing you ”the best of” Hungary, I will tailor your tour to your particular interests. I’ll show you the life of average Hungarians. I’ll show you how we live, where we relax, eat and shop, things you won’t see on a package tour…

See some of my special tours : Budapest Train Tour, Walking Tour in Pest, Handicraft village Szentendre

Having worked for many Danube Cruise Companies as local Budapest guide, I realised the need for Pre – and Post-Cruise Tours in Budapest and Hungary.

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Sightseeing tour in the park, Budapest, Hungary

Visit Budapest, you will like it!

All my Budapest tours can be done by car, or by bicycle, and also, using public transport and walking. If we go to the Hungarian countryside, my car, an Opel Astra, takes 4 people.  I organize tours for groups as well. If it is a group tour of several days with hotels, restaurants, coaches and entertainment, I can collablorate with my friend and partner, Suzanne 

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Hope to see you soon in Hungary!

  • May 19/12 Our family of three had a lovely day in Budapest with Katalin. She arrived promptly and showed us all the sights. We chose a driving tour as this fitted in with our needs. The day was beautiful and sunny and Katalin was very friendly. We enjoyed the children’s railway and spectacular views over the Danube. Lorraine Canter, New Zealand
    Thank you Katy for the marvelous tour today !

    You colored this cold winterday for me.

    Some pictures I took … including the ones with you included and some other nice shots from your beautiful Budapest!

    You are a wonderful person!

    Warm regards. (2011 March)
    Lieve
    Jul 31/11 Katalin is a lovely guide and person. Her guiding is very informational yet simple enough for anybody to understand. She gives information in a way that all of us will remember for a long time to come. We would recommend her for young and young at heart alike. We had immensely enjoyed our day with her. Rita Bengyel, Hungary
    Katalin: I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful bicycling experience bicycling with you along the Danube. There were three additional bicycling opportunities on the AMA cruise and I took one of the trips a few days after cycling with you. The other ride I did was about 22 miles (36 km) and it ended in Melk. There were about 15 participants on this ride and we actually rode about as fast as the boat did – of course they were going upstream. Wendy and I hope you and your family wi…David and Wendy Epstein
    Kathy,

    Laura and I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you showing us Budapest.

    We had a wonderful time in your city and certainly enjoyed all that you showed us.

    We hope you are doing well and wish you and your family the best.

    Please stay in touch.
    Don and Laura

    Hi Kathy, just wanted to say it was nice meeting you on our AMA cruise (Amabella) with Rachel. My wife Sharon is the one who lived 2 streets from you in Moncton, on Humphrey St. We had a great time visiting Budapest and you were a great tour guide. I will certainly recommend you to anyone going to Hungary, especially Budapest. You did a super job!! If you ever get back to our area again, please let us know. Thanks again and hope to meet again someday, 

    Bob and Sharon Blake from Canada, 2013 fall
    May 30/11 I cannot express enough my satisfaction with what Katalin provided me with in this tour. She customized it based on my interests. In addition to seeing and learning about the places everyone needs to see, she helped me enjoy the city’s local flavors: from taking a nap in the park to sipping coffee in an off-road cafe in the old city to taking me to a local market. She did it all with a fun, and friendly attitude. So, for everyone who wants to experience Budapest at its best, I highly r…Farida Kbar, United States
    Dear Cathy

    Just to say thank you for making our day in Komarno so interesting and successful. We enjoyed your company and insights into life in Hungary.

    We took your advice and ate at Dio – excellent food and went to the bookshop where we bought the book by Imre Kertesz. It is called ‘Fateless’ in English.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday camping with your family.

    With our best wishes, 2010 August
    Linda and Max Caller
    Dear Katalin, I send you a few foto’s of our tour from Budapest. It was very nice. Special because of your guiding. We have enjoyded it all very mutch. Thank you for everything that you learnd us from Budapest. Perhaps you have received the foto’s also from my sisters or brothers? But for sure I send them also. with regards, Margaretha Enkt-Mors p.s. when we come back I send you a mail for beeing again our guide.Margaretha Enkt-Mors
    Katalin was a wonderful guide as per our passengers Mrs Kunda Vijayakar x 5 .The tour was excellent.They had a wonderful Budapest City Tour being informed all details about the places visited by them. They would like to refer her to their friends visiting Budapest.Erika Kar, India
    Kathy did an outstanding job! She is extremely knowledgeable about Budapest. She tailored our day to match exactly what we wanted to see. We highly recommend her. Donald Lehman, United States
    Dear Katalin, Thank you for an excellent tour this morning. Not only did we see everything we wanted to see but you also gave us a very informative commentary on life in Hungary and its recent history. We greatly appreciated your help and enjoyed your company. Here is the poem about St Elizabeth that Barbara mentioned; we hope you enjoy it. With best wishes, Bryan Bryan Payling, UK
    Just wanted to send a sincere thank you for the wonderful two days you spent with us. You brought the city to life and we know without your observations and knowledge we would not have understood a fraction of what Budapest really means. Your suggestions for “Must Sees” on our own time were excellent. Loved the Opera house tour (definitely a must), the Great Synagogue and Szabadsag ter though wish you had been there to educate us on its significance and its amazing buildings. Budapest may be a p…Malca Casiro, 2013 Aug
    Katlin was wonderful, even made reservations for concert in St. Steven’s Basilica, took me to interesting places plus the market, really enjoyed being with her, wonderful personality! Lewis Seiler, Louisville, KY, United States
    Jan 1/12 Katalin is very accommodating and professional. We enjoyed our tour with her tremendously. Definitely will recommend her to friends visiting Budapest. Jan 1/12 This is our 2nd tour with Katalin, we enjoyed her first so much, we arranged to have her take us to other places. Katalin is a very knowledgeable guide, and she goes out of her way to make our day trip a very memorable one. Thank you Katalin! Adeline Koo, Singapore
    Dec 5/11 Katalin is a wonderful tour guide. We did a full day tour of Budapest and it was fantastic. The day was rainy, a bit cold, and overcast and we were a family group ranging in age from 13 to mid 50’s – Katalin catered the tour to the weather and the various ages. She was friendly, full of tidbits of information, and gave us a good feel for the people, history, and culture of Hungary. I would recommend Katalin in a heartbeat. Beth Renstrom, United States
    Thank you for a very nice tour. I had an enjoyable and informative time with you and hope that you like the attached photograph.Edward L. Applebaum
    Kathy Is Absolutely Outstanding

    My wife and I have used guides all over Europe and Kathy is the best we have ever had. Her knowledge is outstanding… English is wonderful. Most importantly she will show you things about Budapest that NO one else even knows about. We highly recommend her.

    Visited October 2012
    Lehmann
    Hi Katalin, You were our wonderful tour guide this morning for Buda and Pest.  We really enjoyed it and want to thank you again.  It was an educational and fun morning and early afternoon.  Here’s a photo I took of you and our GCT Program Director, Anja. Enjoy!! Mary Klopp, Stoughton, WI, USA -“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”Mary Klopp, USA
    Dear Katalin,   Attached are 3 pictures of you and my wife Lorraine taken on Aug 23; you gave me your business card.  This was a GCT Budapest City tour, Tatiana was our “yellow flag” PD. The next day we returned to St. Stephen’s to see the city sights from the dome walkway. Thanks for making our visit enjoyable,  and we hope you are well.  Paul and Lorraine Engelder, United States
    2012 Sept 4 Katalin is an excellent guide. She is very knowledgeable, accommodating and pleasant. Her tours of the Jewish Quarter and the Synagogue were very special. Raj Sivananthan, United States
    Kathy Laura and I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you showing us Budapest. We had a wonderful time in your city and certainly enjoyed all that you showed us. We hope you are doing well and wish you and your family the best. Please stay in touch. Montgomery, Texas, USA 2012 OctoberDon and Laura, Texas, USA
    Sep 17/11 Katalin was a wonderful host during my short stay in Budapest. She was prompt and extremely knowledgeable about the Hungarian history. I enjoyed my tour very much and I felt like I was sightseeing with an old friend. I only had a few hours between flights but Katalin made the most of my time and I feel that I got to see a lot of the city in the short time I had there. I look forward to returning to Budapest one day soon. Lisa Mcgee, United States
    Hello, here are pictures of you and your son on our tour 8/20/11, as promised.   You have a beautiful country.  Perhaps we will visit again some day.  Good luck on the future.   (that’s my wife Aurora with your son in one picture) Ed Chow, USA
    Hello Cathy….   I just wanted to say thank you again for making my trip to Felsovadasz very memorable.  As it turned out, it was more personal than what I expected.   I remember I asked you if I could get the name and e-mail address of the lovely recorder in Felsovadasz so that I might contact her in the future.  I would really appreciate that information.  I have attached some of the photos taken on that trip for you to keep.  Please tell Ballush (I hope I spelled that correctly) hello … Al & Jan Yenyo, United States
    Dear Katalin, Thank you very much for your superb guiding over the last few days. We really enjoyed ourselves and you told us so much about everything Hungarian. Please see attached photo taken outside the synagogue – we are hoping to arrange a trip in May 2011 and have emailed Great Days today to say that we want you as our guide. In case you have trouble identifying us our photo is emailed separately to you showing the jumper that you liked! We look forward to seeing you hopefully next year. K…Derek and Jean Bonham, United Kingdom
    Our guide, Kathy was wonderful. I would recommend her to anyone wanting a complete introduction to Budapest and wanting a satisfying tour experience. Fatima Weakley, United States
    Hi Kati
    We wanted to thank you for helping make our vacation such a wonderful experience. We
    had a great time in Budapest.  You were so helpful, well prepared and a pleasure to
    be with.  We particularly enjoyed you sharing your personal family stories with us.
    I've attached a few pictures we took with you....hope you enjoy!
    Don't forget --- if you're ever in New York--- look us up!
    Regards,
    Jane & Stuart Abrams
    Jane & Stuart Abrams
    Good morning Katalin…just wanted to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our day with you yesterday. When I get home or have a moment on the trip, I will definitely write a positive review on your webpage. We appreciate your tailoring our tour to cover just what we wanted to see and the fact that we never felt rushed at any one time. Just wanted to let you know we did go over to Gerbeaud’s for a bit of dinner and some ice cream and then took a walk over to the river to see the chain bridge a…Millilcent Mnookin, USA
    Hi Katalin, I wanted to send a HUGE thank you your way for the wonderful tour you gave us last Monday. We all agreed that it was the highlight of our trip and laid the groundwork for the rest of our stay. Other things we saw/heard/did the rest of the week all related back to some tidbit of information you gave us and helped us put it all in perspective. I was very sorry we didn’t get to see your son work on the Children’s Train. That is something for our next trip! Forgot to also say thank …Beth Renstrom
    Hi Katalin,

    I wanted to send a HUGE thank you your way for the wonderful tour you gave us last Monday.

    We all agreed that it was the highlight of our trip and laid the groundwork for the rest of our stay.

    Other things we saw / heard / did the rest of the week all related back to some tidbit of information you gave us and helped us put it all in perspective.
    B. Renstrom, D. Leroy
    Dear Kathy – This is Marge Shanks. I am the petite blonde in Dr. McCann’s group that you toured this week in Budapest. I wanted to say thank you to you personally for such fabulous guiding that you provided to us. Truly wonderful! I enjoyed absolutely every minute. I can’t say enough about how excellent you were. I am trying to recall all the details and sayings that you shared so that I may write about them on my web site. My husband and I hope to come to Budapest again, perhaps next s…Marjorie Shanks, United States
    Sep 6/11 Katalin was very personable and provided us with a wealth of information. Marilyn Lantor, United States
    Jan 20/12 Very knowledgeable and informative without giving too many little details and dates. Kept a good pace and made sure all the areas we wanted to visit were completed. Recommend highly Gabrille Hamilton, United States
    Jul 19/12 Because of time constraints this was a short Jewish History tour which only took us to the main Synagogue before we were driven to the airport, but we would give Katalin 5 out of 5! Thank you again.Peter Flatter, United Kingdom
    Thank you for a very nice tour. I had an enjoyable and informative time with you and hope that you like the attached photograph. 2010 DecemberEdward L. Applebaum, M.D.
    Apr 9/11 Kathy met us as planned and off we went in her car. We were certainly impressed with her knowledge of the city and its history. We drove to a lot of the sites, the citadel, the old town of Buda, walked its streets, The Church, went over the chain bridge, past the Gellert Hotel and its baths. Getting a “lay out” of the city, before we were to explore it on our own the next couple of days. Then we went to the farmers market for some snacks at home. Thanks Kathy, Jeanette :) Jeanettte Behrens, United States
    Jul 13/12 Katalin has it all. She is knowledgeable, warm and flexible. I told her when we met that I was particularly interested in Art Nouveau architecture and she easily put in such buildings in our tour around Budapest. She has the ability to incorporate what we see with the Hungary’s history and main events and make it come alive before your eyes. I can give her my warmest recommendations and her guiding is one reason to return to Budapest. Monica Aa. Hansen, Norway
    Hello Katalin,

    Larry and I wanted to thank you for providing us with such a wonderful tour of Budapest during our brief visit.

    You are so wonderfully knowledgeable about the history and culture of the city.

    Thank you for showing us things that we never would have discovered on our own!
    Kristi
    Dear Kathy,

    This is Marge Shanks. I am the petite blonde in Dr. McCann’s group that you toured this week in Budapest.

    I wanted to say thank you to you personally for such fabulous guiding that you provided to us. Truly wonderful! I enjoyed absolutely every minute. I can’t say enough about how excellent you were.

    I am trying to recall all the details and sayings that you shared so that I may write about them on my web site. My husband and I hope to come to Budapest again, perhaps next summer. …
    Marjorie Shanks
    Sep 27/11 Katalin was SUPER!!! All the work she did with the recorder of Felsovadasz was outstanding. Information was already available and accessible when we arrived at the village. I got a lot more out of this trip than I actually anticipated, thanks to Katalin’s effort. I would recommend Katalin to anyone for any kind of trip they would like to take, I am positive they would not be disappointed. I like to think of Katalin now as a personal friend. She really made my trip to Hungary a very per…Alexander Yenyo, United States
    Dear Katalin Thank you very much for your superb guiding over the last few days. We really enjoyed ourselves and you told us so much about everything Hungarian.

    Please see attached photo taken outside the synagogue – we are hoping to arrange a trip in May 2011 and have emailed Great Days today to say that we want you as our guide.

    In case you have trouble identifying us our photo is emailed separately to you showing the jumper that you liked! We look forward to seeing you hopefully next year.

    Derek and Jean Bonham
    Jun 15/11 Kati was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. She was flexible and able to accommodate my sister who does not walk well. She has a very balanced and healthy view of Hungarian history. We would be glad to use her as a guide and translator again. Kenneth Köves, United States
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