ABOUT ME


My guests often put questions about my personal life, for example
  • Where did I study at?
  • Where did I learn languages?
  • Why did I become a tour guide?
  • Do I work full-time or part-time? Am I an employee or a freelancer?

Let's see the answers to these questions, plus some other pieces of information about me…

I was born in 1980 in Pécs, in the south-west of Hungary, close to its border with Croatia. I was only a small child, when we moved to Budapest, so I grew up in the capital.

After primary school I attended the Budapest Lutheran High School. During my studies there I could spend a year in Bielefeld, Germany. Those 12 months were very decisive for my further life as after the school leaving exam (GCSE) I became a faculty of arts student of German language at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

In parallel with the first year of the university I conducted a professional tour guide course, and became more and more concerned with tourism. After four semesters and a lot of hesitation, I made my final decision: I chose tourism as my future profession. I left Eötvös Lóránd University and transferred to the College of Commerce, Catering and Tourism in Budapest to become a tourism and hotel management specialist. So in 2001 I was at the starting block again: there were four long years of study in front of me. I completed it in German. During my college years I worked more and more often with tourists as a professional tour guide, which I enjoyed very much. In 2003 there was a short detour in my life: I spent a year in Bavaria, Germany as a trainee in hotel management working for two hotels there (six months at each hotel). Although I liked that job, I was much more interested in guiding tourists so after returning to Hungary I went on that.

I graduated in June 2005 and since then I have been working as an independent, self-employed full-time tour guide in Budapest. A year later I successfully passed an additional exam which allows me to guide tourists in English, as well.

In the last few years I tried a lot of business forms, but finally I realised that the simplest one was the best choice for me, so from 2013 I have been running my private enterprise.

2014 brought very important changes in my life. Firstly, I got married. Secondly - as the number of the private tours in my enterprise increased rapidly in the last years - I decided to extend my services with a private car. I took the license so now - with my new Volkswagen Passat - I can offer private tours, transfers or journeys of all kind. Last but not least the most important information: since December 2014 I have been the proud father of my lovely daughter.
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Gergely Szabó
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H-1152 Budapest
Oroszlán u. 80. 1. em. 1.

Phone: +36 30 210 1337

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