Discover the Untold Stories of Women in Budapest’s Castle District: “Lace and Chocolate”

Lace and Chocolate

Join a captivating walking tour through Budapest’s historic Castle District, “Lace and Chocolate,” which shines a spotlight on the women who shaped the 20th century amidst the storms of history. This unique tour, starting from the Palota Info Palace Visitor Center in Hunyadi Courtyard, offers an exclusive glimpse into the lives of women who lived, loved, and left their mark in the Royal Palace and its surroundings.

Celebrate Women’s History in the Heart of Budapest

While the Castle District’s narrative often echoes with tales of rulers, statesmen, generals, soldiers, and architects, this tour brings forward the stories of women—from the societal elite to those born without titles—who made the Castle District their home.

Key Takeaway

“Lace and Chocolate” is not just a historical tour; it’s a journey into the personal tales of women who navigated life during the turbulent 20th century, from hosting lavish balls to breaking codes during World War II.

Why You Should Join the Tour

A Different Perspective on History

Discover the untold stories of women who became residents of the Royal Palace due to historic events, those who were born there, and many who set up their homes in its vicinity. Learn about a wide array of remarkable women, including a stunning actress who inherited a media empire, the owner of a luxury palace visited by the world’s most famous fashion dictator, and a baroness who mastered the “sweetest profession” despite her aristocratic upbringing.

A Journey Through Time and Space

The walk takes you from the Royal Palace to the heart of the Castle District, uncovering how these women faced their destinies, often leaving the Castle Hill against their will. The tour ends with a special treat—a heavenly cake recipe that has never been shared before, revealing why on the tour itself.

Practical Information

  • Starting Point: Palota Info Palace Visitor Center – 1014 Budapest, Buda Castle, Hunyadi Courtyard
  • Ending Point: Szentháromság Street 7
  • Duration: 120 minutes

Good to Know

  • This is an outdoor program recommended for individuals aged 12 and older.
  • The tour begins promptly at the scheduled time; late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
  • The tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions, including rain.
  • The path involves navigating cobblestone streets, stairs, and narrow passageways, so it’s not accessible for individuals with mobility issues.
  • Wearing suitable footwear is advised for comfort and safety during the walk.


Q: Who should attend “Lace and Chocolate”? A: This tour is ideal for anyone interested in women’s history, the social history of Budapest, or those looking to explore the Castle District from a fresh perspective.

Q: What should I wear? A: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended due to the cobblestone streets and the need to navigate stairs and narrow passageways.

Q: Will the tour be canceled in case of bad weather? A: The tour will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Embrace the Legacy of Women in Budapest’s Castle District

Lace and Chocolate” offers a unique opportunity to explore the Castle District through the stories of women who lived through the 20th century’s defining moments. It’s a celebration of their resilience, contributions, and the indelible marks they left on Budapest’s history. Join us to uncover these hidden narratives and celebrate the women who helped shape the Castle District.

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