Interview: Miklós Molnár, Fungarian’s expert Budapest tour guide

Milkós Molnár

Anyone who watches Miklós Molnár walk from his Rákóczi Square apartment building to the nearby red-brick market hall may easily think that he’s a celebrity – almost every passerby offers warm greetings, or stops him to ask a question. Although Miklós was prominently featured in a recent episode of Britain’s popular “Travel Man” TV series with host Richard Ayoade, this isn’t the cause for his renown; Miklós has been an established member of the District VIII community for decades, yet his unique career has taken him around the world, and brought thousands of people from around the world to him.

VIDEO: Faces of Budapest – Miklós Molnár

Milkós Molnár

Budapest Local & Infinitum Films present Faces of Budapest, a series which tells the story of local people and the connection they have with their home of Budapest. Here is the latest episode, featuring teacher & tour guide Miklós Molnár from Fungarian.

Miklós is part of our Travel Massive Budapest edition, where we are showcasing some of the members within the tourism industry in Budapest. Fungarian teaches the Hungarian language to tourists, while also showing off the history, art and culture of Budapest on their tours. Join them for an enjoyable day exploring a beautiful city.


submitted by Karen MacKenzie – MCQI: CQP: MASQ: FCIPD: IRCA Principal Auditor, our returning visitor – may 25, 2015 Karen MacKenzie

Fungarian is a small team of language, history, arts and geography teachers dedicated to share the best Hungarian culture with travelers and visitors to Hungary. They named the company Fungarian because they aim to impart the language in a light-hearted way so that learning is a joy. They conduct their tours likewise to make them a memorable and fun event.

I first met Fungarian in 2013 when I decided after so many visits to Budapest to learn something of the language without engaging in long and involved language learning classes. I wanted something more like a friend to sit with me over a cup of really good coffee and cake and teach me the basics and that’s exactly what I got – down to some of the most delicious cakes (thank you Balazs).

Let us remind ourselves that behind ISO 9001:2015 sits the Principle No 1 – Customer Focus – The primary focus of quality management is to meet customer requirements and to strive to exceed customer expectations.

In an earlier example I described my experience of the Sofitel Chain Bridge delivering fully on this and outlining some of the actions taken by them to achieve this principle. I’m going to do the same with Fungarian but focus on difference actions that can be taken to achieve this underlying, sustaining principle – the actions I shall focus on this time are.

‘Plan, design, develop, produce, deliver and support goods and services to meet customer needs and expectations’.

I don’t know about you but I had an aversion to organised tours. You know the ones I mean – with the guide striding out before their group of sheet, umbrella raised in the air and shouting ‘with me, keep up’. I think the last time I engaged in such a tour was in Ronda in Southern Spain when I took my mother, aunt and uncle for a visit. How it rained, it ran in rivers down the cobbled streets and as the guide turned left shouting ‘keep up we are now visiting that church ahead…’ I turned right and shouted to my family group, ‘with me, we are going for coffee and warmth.’ And so we did. And so I like to do what I want on a tour.

I studied Budapest and designed my own tours which were very enjoyable and educational and fun. I stopped when I wanted, sat down when I wanted, jumped on the underground when I wanted, came back to the hotel for a foot massage when I wanted and then went back out. Can you imagine finding a tour company, who could provide the same experience but with accredited, experienced, knowledgeable, entertaining guides who make you laugh added in? No umbrellas, no groups if you don’t want to be in a group and a tour tailor made to your requirements – then imagine Fungarian. I now, pronounce to its Directors, Miklos Molnar and Balazs Eff, ‘I’d like to go to the famous coffee houses and learn about Budapest around the 1900s (at the height of literary and artistic success) and also learn about the political discussions and planning which took place in the Kaffe Haz. Then if you could throw in some up-to-date information on the political situation in Hungary now and give me some historical context on where Hungary is on its journey and also what it was like growing up under communism and advise me about using trolley buses and oh yes where are the best cake shops and what is the word for ‘how much? – and there you have it, Karen’s perfect tailored tour. My day spent with all of my needs and expectations met, nay exceeded and I had so much fun.

And how was that possible? It was not rambling and unstructured – Fungarian brought to me the outcome of their well-researched, planned, piloted, timed, tried and tested, adjusted tours – their product. What sits behind this seemingly ease of flow, is also the fact that the accredited guides are also all qualified teachers and this combination makes them an excellent resource to have with you as you explore Budapest on your own terms. I was able to visit the somewhat dubious, but interesting 8th district, which I would never have done on my won but I was so safe and had such an interesting time with Balazs (he’s the one who knows all the best cake shops).

And on top of this there is the flexibility of meeting where suits me or being collected from my hotel; of leaving me in the shopping centre, by design, to shop and make me own way home, or delivering me right back to my door, throughout all these gentlemanly guides looked after me. They also asked for my feedback, my views on all aspect of the tours and when I returned in 2015 I say some of my 2104 suggestions had been implemented – don’t you love it when you are listened to? A veritable feast of Deming’s Plan-do-Check-Act model of quality assurance in action.

Strolling Budapest, Hungary // Fungarian Walking Tours

written by – mar 15, 2015

It’d been on our minds for months – years, actually. For Dan, it had always been a dream to visit the city. George Ezra’s “Budapest” was even the song we choose for our wedding video. We had heard it was exotic, culturally diverse, and beautiful. So when I stumbled upon cheap flight with GermanWings a few weeks ago (by way of Stuttgart, not far from Heidelberg), I immediately booked tickets for a long weekend. It was a no brainer.

Learning Hungarian in Budapest

written by – mar 18, 2015

Magyar. If you’ve ever visited Hungary, you have certainly come across this word, whether written somewhere or pronounced by someone. It’s how the Hungarian people refer to their language, and trust me, it ain’t an easy one.

“Language is the road map of a culture”

Written by Rita Mae Brown

Nothing opens up a city more than knowing the local language. With Fungarian, you not only learn basic phrases and words, but our experienced staff will take you on an insider’s tour of the city’s most beautiful and interesting sights.

Whether you are in Budapest for a short or long term stay, your private Hungarian teacher will provide you with a cultural awareness of Hungary that will instantly make you feel like a local.

Just listen to what Planet D travel bloggers, Dave & Deb, have to say about their Fungarian experience!

5 ways to see the communist past of Budapest

Written by Nick Robertson – April 30, 2015

The proletariat of Hungary remains united in enjoying some time off every May 1st, for this is International Workers’ Day – and although this date is primarily observed here in the present as an ancient celebration of springtime fertility and maypoles, the holiday’s former co-option by the country’s Soviet controllers still leaves a strong impression on May Day over a quarter century since the regime change in 1989. In fact, traces of Hungary’s era under communism remain visible all throughout the country’s capital city – here are some prime places to observe Budapest’s collectivist history.

Ny inspiration: Tag til Europas billige storby

Written by – Sept 7, 2013

Budapest er en by med mange kontraster. Du kan opleve en helt moderne storby med elementer af kommunismen og art nouveau.

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