Budapest Travel Guide

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General Information

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The purpose of your stay in Budapest is essential for the information you need in advance or during it. I collected unique information for different reasons of your stay for the most comfortable stay.

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  • Budapest Sightseeing

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    A marvelous city like Budapest is packed with exciting sights and historical buildings. Find your way to the top attractions and the best sightseeing tours to show you the capital of Hungary from the best side.

  • - Budapest Sights & Attractions
  • - Sightseeing Tours in Budapest
  • - Budapest Tour Guides
  • Restaurant Reviews

    Budapest Restaurants


    Going out in the evening for a nice dinner or a few drinks in a bar? Here you find the best rated restaurants and bars in Budapest sorted by style and also a lot of information about the Hungarian cuisine.

  • - Top 10 Restaurants
  • - Top 10 Bars
  • - The famous Ruin Bars
  • Budapest Clubs & Nightlife

    Budapest Clubs


    The nightlife in Budapest is vibrant and without adequate knowledge and information on where to go you will be lost. Find the best clubs by genre, the coolest bars and information about the nightlife.

  • - The Top 10 Clubs in Budapest
  • - All Bars in Budapest
  • - Budapest Sex & Erotic Guide
  • Budapest Sightseeing – Tours, Guides, Attractions

    Budapest is a very historical city with many influences from other countries and cultures. Let it be the Turks who invaded Hungary or remember the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy which brought a lot of tradition from the West to Budapest and the rest of Hungary. Not only the influences from other cultures makes Budapest interesting but also historical buildings, the Hungarian traditions and of course the food make Budapest one of the hotspots in Europe for holidays. Budapest is very often rewarded and listed in for example “Top 10 Travel Spots in Europe” or “Best capitals in the World” and so on. As there is so much to see and to do in Budapest you might not be able to stuff that all in the time you are visiting I think you will need guidance with attractions and sights to see, tours to take or tour guides to book for guided group or private tours.

    Recently added Attractions in Budapest

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    Budapest Eye

    The Budapest Eye is one of the newest attractions in the capital of Hungary. The giant Ferris Wheel located in the center of Budapest gives you the perfect view over the roofs of the Pest side with sneaks to Buda as well. For 2.400 HUF you get a beautiful view over Budapest including famous attractions such as the famous Andrássy út, the Basilica or the Budapest Castle District. The fee is valid for 3 rounds with the Budapest Eye including some stops on the top but overall the time seems to fly. During the Sziget Festival the Budapest Eye is…

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    Great Synagogue Budapest

    Budapest is a city rich in Jewish history and has a large and well established Jewish community with one of the largest jewish populations in Eastern Europe. This is highlighted by the magnificent Central Synagogue or as some call it the Great Synagogue which is the largest synagogue in Europe, the second largest functional synagogue and the fifth largest in the world. The Synagogue is located on Dohany street which is located in the heart of Budapest in district 7 and is considered the centre of Neolog Judaism. The Synagogue has a very rich history and was built in 1854…

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    Holocaust Memorial Budapest

    Hungarian history is very rich but also has some dark eras; the Hungarian Holocaust being one of the darkest of those eras. The Holocaust Memorial Center is dedicated to paying tribute to the victims of the Hungarian Holocaust. The complex is vast and includes a synagogue, museum, a glass memorial wall which is found in the courtyard and which is inscribed with more than 500 000 names of the victims of the Hungarian Holocaust in order to pay tribute to the huge loss of life. The main purpose of the glass memorial wall is to ensure that the countless innocent…

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    The Aquincum Budapest

    The old civilian town Aquincum is a definite must see for any tourist visiting Budapest as it is situated on ancient roman ruins. From the first century BC to the fifth century AD Western Hungary was part of the Roman Empire and it was called Pannonia. Pannonia’s largest town was Aquincum which many say is the ancestor of Budapest. Today, It gives tourists an insight into the extremely rich history of the city. It was situated on the North-Eastern borders of the Pannonia province within the Roman Empire. Back in the roman era it was originally settled by a Celtic…

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    Megyeri Bridge Budapest

    A city divided into two by the Danube river, Budapest, is truly a city of bridges. With eight major bridges spanning the Danube there are many different designs and architectural styles for bridge lovers. The most modern of these bridges is found at the most Northern point of the Capital city of Hungary and it is called the Megyeri Bridge, previously known as the Northern M0 Danube Bridge. It is a cable-stayed bridge connecting Buda (the western side of the city) to Pest (the eastern side of the city) and is truly aesthetically breathtaking. It is Hungary’s fist cable-stayed bridge…

    Recently added Tours

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    Danube Party Cruise Budapest

    Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday you have the unique chance to join the Danube Party Cruise ship in Budapest and combine a unique sightseeing experience with party, flirting, dancing and drinking. From 11 at night you will ship up and down the river Danube for 1,5 hours and view the UNESCO World Heritage protected “Banks of the Danube” by night while having drinks and dance on deck with friends and those who might be in future. This is an ideal party or tour to start into the vibrating Budapest Nightlife which kicks off after midnight only. It is magical to…

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    Cocktail & Beer Cruise Budapest

    This Cocktail & Beer Cruise is a great opportunity to explore the city on a boat during a Budapest River Cruise while having some refreshing drinks with friends and maybe soon-to-be friends. Next to a selection of cocktails or a beer you will be offered a unique experience to explore the city from its center, the river Danube. The Banks of the Danube are a UNESCO World Heritage site so you will see a lot of great sights and attractions of Budapest during this cocktail & beer cruise. This cruise is a very good opportunity to start the evening and…

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    3 Hour Budapest Bus Tour

    The 3 Hour Bus Tour through Budapest starts from the beautiful chain bridge and will first pass the Parliament building and cross the river Danube via the Margaret bridge to reach the Buda side. You will now drive up to the Castle District and stop for a short walk to visit the main attractions such as the Matthias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion from which you will have a spectacular view over Budapest to take pictures. After hopping back on the bus you will be drive by bus back to the Pest side and cross the Elisabeth Bridge to watch the…

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    Coffee Cruise on the Danube

    The Coffee & Cruise tour along the Danube shore offers you a great opportunity to see the historical sights among the Danube including the Bank of the Danube which in itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within 1 relaxing hour accompanied with a cup of coffee, tea or a beverage you can enjoy the beauty of the capital of Hungary and the river Danube by daylight. Also you will be served little snacks to eat such as nachos chips, bread and dripping and bread with a Hungarian speciality – “Körözött”. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to spend an…

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    Symphony Concert with Cimbalom

    A concert of the Danube Symphony Orchestra is an experience no music lover should miss when visiting Budapest. A symphonic orchestra accompanied by a traditional folk instrument is quite unusual outside of Hungary, but get a ticket for one of their concerts and you will hear Mozart, Liszt or Gershwin with a twist. The Danube Symphony Orchestra is accompanied by the cimbalom, or hammered dulcimer. Adding a folk instrument to classical favorites has a long tradition in Hungary, dating back to the 19th century. The Danube Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1961. Since then they have given many performances in…

    Budapest Reviews – Restaurants, Bars, Clubs

    Over the years living in Budapest I have visited more than 100 restaurants, 50+ Clubs and many bars as well as Cafés, pubs and much more. I started BudapestAgent as a kind of diary of the places I have visited and by now it is a really large selection of spots that I have reviewed. Some are hotspots ever since, many have closed down already and as I am trying out many new places the list gets bigger and bigger. The past years the restaurant scene in Budapest has developed towards multinational, higher standards restaurants with a lot of good cuisines, brilliant chefs and places with very nice interior. Read along the latest reviews I have written and check more places via the top menu.

    Restaurant Reviews

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    Fröccs & Barbecue Festival

    The Fröccs and Barbeque Festival in Budapest is a young gastro festival all about the Hungarian traditional Fröccs (Wine Spritzer) and all things that find place on a BBQ. The event in 2015 is held for the third time and will host again many exhibitors such as wineries, restaurants and of course many street food offers. Fröccs is the most popular alcoholic drink in the summer time and also Barbecue is very popular in Hungary so it is logical to combine these 2 into one festival. Not that there are no gastro festivals in Budapest with the Wine Festival or…

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    Palack Borbár

    Palack Borbár in Budapest is a great and very cozy wine bar on the Buda side with a fantastic view on the famous Gellért Hotel. In a friendly atmosphere and with great service Palack offers International and Hungarian wines with a large selection. Next to wines from different regions and countries you can get great food and snacks to go with your glass of wine. The location right next to Gellért Hotel usually could be seen as a potential tourist trap but that is not the case with Palack. During summer time it is possible to sit outside but also…

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    Restaurant Veranda Kopazsi Gát

    The restaurant Veranda in Budapest is located on the beautiful recreation area Kopaszi Gát, a popular destination for people from Budapest to enjoy their weekends out in the sun, runners and families. Among other restaurant such as the Vakvarjú Beach Veranda offers Italian food such as Pizzas, a large selection of Pastas and Salads, Antipasti as well as desserts including ice cream. The first time I went there I was not really impressed so that I was waiting with my review which has been in my drafts until today. However yesterday I went there again to give it another try…

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    Csalánosi Csarda Óbuda

    The Csalánosi Csarda in Budapest, to be precise in Óbuda, is a traditional Hungarian restaurant with an extensive menu of good Hungarian food such as soups, meat dishes of all kinds, vegetarian food, pasta and of course some desserts as well. Located on the beautiful Fő tér of Óbuda it is in between block buildings but near the Árpád bridge but in the very cute old town of Óbuda. The interior and atmosphere is really nice with a beautiful backyard which is perfect for summer days and also a little terrace in the front which you can see on the…

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    *CLOSED* Bubba’s Water Grill

    Bubba’s Water Grill in Budapest is a small street food joint and it is all about seafood. Located right at Déli train station it is not a regular place you pass as a tourist however many people commuting to Budapest probably pass it daily. The area is full of abandoned little shops with Bubba’s water grill as one of the only ones being in use. The location itself is great for commuters running through Déli every day however it is hard to convince yourself to go out to Bubba’s Water Grill in Budapest if you are coming from the other…

    For a quick choice without extensive browsing please find here some Top 10 Lists that might help you make your choice.

    Budapest Nightlife & Detox – Clubs, Bars and Baths

    The nightlife in Budapest is vibrant with clubs and bars spread all over the city. There are a few hotspots such as Liszt Ferenc tér, Ráday utca or Nagymező utca where the density of bars and clubs is higher however you can find nightlife spots in every part of the city. Locals say that the party on weekends rather takes place on the Pest side and that is true. All 3 above mentioned spots are located in the larger part of Budapest. Furthermore there are many events taking place in Budapest every year such as the Sziget Festival, which you shouldn’t miss, as well as one time events like concerts and performances.
    However after a long night out you might want to detox in one of the famous Thermal Baths which Budapest is famous for. With its many natural springs across the country Budapest was predestined for a spa and bath landscape and the Turks finally brought this bathing culture to Budapest and Hungary.

    Upcoming Events in Budapest

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    Daily: Cocktail & Beer Danube Cruise

    Daily Danube Cruise incl. Cocktails & Beers

    From 16:00 until 17:30

    Location: Danube

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    Christmas Markets in Budapest

    Enjoy mulled wine and kürtös kalács

    Location: Various Locations in Budapest

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    Christmas Chamber Concert + Dinner Cruise

    From 20.00 until 23.59

    Location: Danube Palace

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    Indoor Festival

    A winter music festival indoors

    Location: Hungexpo, Budapest

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    New Year's Eve in Budapest

    New Year's Celebrations

    Location: Various Locations in Budapest

    As there are many people coming for a party weekend trip and are interested in nightclubs and sex in Budapest I have written a small guide on what to take care of and what to expect during the weekend.

    Top 3 recurring Events in Budapest

    Thermal Spas & Baths in Budapest

    Bathing should be on everybody’s to do list once you are here as the options are great. Below are the 3 most famous and largest baths in Budapest.