My 18-year-old daughter and I decided to take a side trip to Budapest during a recent stay in Austria, and with only 30 hours in the city, we wanted to really maximize our time. András did a fantastic job customizing our day, which included touring around in a Trabant in the morning, lunching at his parents' house, and spending the afternoon visiting a winery in the countryside outside of the city. He was very professional and prompt in his e-mail communications prior to our arrival, suggesting that we might prefer the winery visit when he learned we are students of wine. We loved riding in the very cool Trabant and found Balázs, the owner/driver, really delightful company. It was a treat to be able to get out and walk around at our various stops in Buda and Pest and not have to worry about parking! We got kind of attached to that little car and were sad to see it drive off when that part of our tour was over. Lunch with András's mom and dad was not only really delicious, but the experience satisfied that part of us that loves to get past being tourists and see how people really live. They were so sweet and welcoming! We left feeling we had made new friends despite the language barrier (András was great at translating for us - it was never awkward). We could tell his parents genuinely enjoy meeting and feeding András's guests. Our trip out to Etyek to visit the Hernyák winery was of particular interest to us, as we got to see the Hungarian countryside and taste Hungarian wines with the winemaker. The meat and cheese plate we were served there was a tasty ending to our day. As András drove us back to Budapest to the train station, we asked him to help with our Hungarian wine pronunciation. Now that's a video! András is a warm, open, flexible, knowledgeable, interested and interesting guide with a fun sense of humor - a super companion for the day. We were very well taken care of, and will definitely tour with him again the next time we are able to get to Budapest!
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