1 miles from downtown
Not so little Buda. This district is dominated by Budavári Palota, a mammoth medieval palace complex. Zip up Castle Hill on the old-time funicular, and stand atop the castle walls to capture sweeping vistas of the Danube River and Pest beyond it. In the high-class Vár area, hop from upscale bar to classy restaurant like you’re modern-day royalty.
Places to stay from $20 a night
2.1 miles from downtown
Buda’s “Hill of Roses” is highly affluent. During the Turkish occupation, roses were planted all over these hills. Now it’s home to filmmakers, celebrities, and a new generation of Hungarian movers-and-shakers. Renowned for its open meadows, dense forests and sweeping views of the Danube, it’s also a prime spot for romantic evening walks.
Places to stay from $11 a night
05. Belváros - Lipótváros
0.1 miles from downtown
Here’s the recipe for Lipótváros - take a genteel neighbourhood; add a litany of uniform neo-classical buildings, a splash of art deco and voilà! You’ve got the historic heart of Budapest. It’s the centre of the finance industry and government. St. Stephen’s Basilica and Freedom Square are all a stone’s throw from each other.
Places to stay from $8 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
Learn the “Hungarian Dances”. The WestEnd City Centre is a mad shuffle to rival Brahms’ famous ditties - pram-wielding dads push through the crowds, friends converse loudly in the food hall and fashion fiends dart from shop-to-shop. It’s an upbeat introduction to an area famed for commerce, as well as the green grounds of City Park.
Places to stay from $6 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
An up-and-coming residential area. The Great Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagóga) attracts crowds by the droves. Yet youth culture is slowly colonising Erzsébetváros, as “ruin bars” – dining areas built between abandoned buildings – increase in popularity. Unless you’re in the mood for crowds, skip the exceedingly hip Szimpla restaurant and dine at low-key Ankert.
Places to stay from $5 a night
0.9 miles from downtown
Józsefváros is a canvas for the city’s artistic community. This petit neighbourhood of urban parks and charming squares is dotted with cultural institutes like the National Museum and the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. At nightfall, it’s the best place to cut a rug – the Art-Nouveau inspired nightclubs here rank among the best in town.
Places to stay from $11 a night
1.2 miles from downtown
Ferencváros’ Palace of Arts is worth a deep-dive. An amalgam of modern and classical design elements, it’s a venue where Hungarian culture is celebrated in play, opera and theatre. See the Palace’s famed pipe organ, or venture to the Great Market Hall for 1001 cuisines – it’s where you’ll see the area’s students and young profs on any given afternoon.
Places to stay from $7 a night
It’s easy to see why people fall in love with Budapest. From the eclectic architecture and revitalizing thermal baths to the endless bowls of goulash and all-night “ruin bar” parties, this city always has something to do.
The 1640-foot wide Danube River splits the city into two parts – Buda and Pest. Take a boat tour to get an up-close view of all the landmarks lining the riverbanks, or just cross one of the 8 bridges for a more panoramic view. The Chain Bridge will take you to the grounds of Buda Castle, a huge baroque-style complex dating back to the 13th century. Walk or take the short funicular ride to the top of Castle Hill and check out historic monuments like the Hungarian Parliament Building and St. Stephen’s Basilica, a huge domed church that shimmers when lit up at night.
After all that walking, taking a dip in one of Budapest’s thermal baths is the perfect way to relax and recharge. Choose between Széchenyi Baths and Géllert Spa – both feature indoor and outdoor temperature-controlled pools and massage services.
No trip to the capital of Hungary would be complete without experiencing its exciting nightlife and amazing food. You can find all the best bars and restaurants in District VII— the city’s old Jewish Quarter—where the nightlife fun doesn't stop till dawn.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.04|
|Average weekend price||$76 per night|
|Average weekday price||$82 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Budapest a beautiful city on the Danube river. Very good public transport, Bus 100 from airport brings you into city centre. Busses, trams and underground enable you to travel easily around city. good selection of restaurants.
In our opinion, waiters in the restaurants and generally people providing services, could be much more pleasent and kind. We experienced few situations in which their behaviour was quite rude. Food was very delicious.
We went to two ocal football matches at Kispest Honved and Vasas where it was very friendly drinking in local bars . Transport was brilliant and cheap trams buses suburban trains and cheap . Food was very good , trying several restaurants , try goulash soup . Felt very safe on streets , visited Buda castle very interesting and a great view of the city . The Central Market is very interesting with loads of local favourites . The New York cafe is a grand coffeee house , well worth a visit.
Budapest is a beautiful city full of old world charm and modern conveniences. I personally think it is underrated as a tourist location, but living nearby, I actually prefer this. Budapest does not have the crowds of many other more "popular" European cities. The public transportation system is great. There is no need for a taxi, even from the airport. There is food, shopping, sightseeing, night life, and a lot of history to explore. Bring your walking shoes and expect a good stay. Budapest can provide a slow relaxing stay, strolling along Margret Island, or visiting a thermal bath, or the busy life of tourism going from historical sight to historical sight, with beautiful views around every corner.
Miniature dimensions of the apartment. Terribly noisy environment, busy 6-lane road under the windows, poorly fitted leaky windows. Unbearable noise 24 hours a day. Entrance areas to the apartments very dirty, broken. Unpleasant accommodation.
A very beautiful city with a good transport system. Good place for photographers, particularly in the evening when the street lights are coming on. Lots of cafes and restaurants and my favourite was Mazel Tov, a Jewish restaurant. My partner who is Hungarian, said their food was the best he had during our stay. Many historic places to visit, and we went to a lovely organ recital in Saint Stephen’s Basilica. And don’t forget to walk across the bridges, a lovely way to sightsee. I think the only thing I would avoid is eating too many delicious cakes and pastries!
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