Budapest Travel Guide & 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 located on the festival ground at Óbuda Sziget and you can take a ride there to have the best view on the festival. A great experience to view the festival from above which you usually only have on pictures. The Budapest Eye is 65 meters high so if you are afraid of heights most probably this is not the thing to do for you. The 41 gondolas with place for…

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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 by Ludwig Forster, it stands almost 44 meters tall, 75 meters long and 27 meters wide and is a prominent part of the many historic buildings which make Budapest such a unique city. The Synagogue is an example of the resilience of the jewish community as its original predecessor was destroyed in 1939 by the Arrow Cross Party which were sympathizers to the Nazi party. Furthermore, the Synagogue was used…

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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 Hungarians that were savagely murdered are never forgotten. Furthermore, the memorial wall also serves as a constant reminder of what hate can cause in order to ensure that it never happens again. The Holocaust Memorial Center contains both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibit is called from Deprivation of Rights to Genocide an is dedicated to the memory of the countless victims of the holocaust in Hungary. The exhibition…

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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 tribe called the Eravisci and it was used as a military base since it was part of the Roman border protection system called “limes”. The city gradually grew around the military base and became the capital city of Pannonia Inferior in AD 106 when the Romans reorganized Pannonia. The city continued to grow and by the end of the second century contained thirty to forty thousand inhabitants. Those inhabitants got…

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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 and is a big part of the M0 highway which is planned to go around Budapest. The bridge is made up of five parts and has a width of 35 meters and a full length of 1862 meters. Construction on the bridge took approximately two and a half years and it was opened to the public on September 13th 2008 with its official inauguration being held on the 30th of…

    Recently added Tours

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    Sunday Morning Hangover Tour through Budapest

    See a new face of the ruin bars! You thought ruin bars are equal to nightlife? It is time we showed you that there is really more the ruinbars than just drinking beers in the coolest designed locations ever. We’ll show you the charming morning faces of these bars, where jazz plays softly in the background, you can browse antique and retro objects that conjure up the past. Join a tour with a real local insider and expert who will handpick the best programs for your Sunday. You can taste the delicious products of local gardeners on the farmers market. Yes, you have heard right, you can buy tomatoes on the same spot where you got tipsy a few hours before in the night. We will offer you exquisite coffee to charge you full of energy at one of the best coffee places in town. Chill out with us in the nicest gardens and courtyards, see the synagogues, discover the amazing new–wave street-food culture and get a glimpse on local…

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    Budapest Ruin Pub Tour

    Visit the really legendary places and those tourists have never even heard of! This is not a pub crawl but a pleasant walk with a real insider where you chill out in and around these amazing bars.. Did you know that in Budapest ruin bars… … you can time travel into Hungary’s past with beers and wines? … you can buy artworks and homegrown vegetables? … you can understand the hungarian soul? Imagine Budapest in the early 2000s. Something is going on in the Jewish quarter: bars and cultural centres are opening in partially ruined buildings and courtyards. After a few years, they had an official name: Ruin Bars. After 10 years they have become an ultimate highlight in Budapest. Now they are the pulsating heart of Budapest, the gardens of creativity, cultural and civil hubs, the hidden artist caves, a mingle of everything what we love and what you will love about Budapest. Get to know the backstory of this incredibly interesting district with its former mostly Jewish inhabitants…

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    Wine Tasting & Danube Cruise in Budapest

    A great opportunity to start the evening, spend a refreshing afternoon on board! Be the part of a special „wine tasting” cruise, relax in the company of the most famous Hungarian wine selections. Hungarian wine culture and hospitality are well known all around the world, join us and we show you why! The spectacular view of the always vibrant Budapest will make your cruise more memorable (The bank of the Danube is the part of UNESCO World heritage). During the trip you can taste 7 different type Hungarian wines from variant organic wineries includes the famous Tokaj wine! The cruise lasts 1 hour 30 minutes, and our bar on board is open for the purchase of further Hungarian wines, Tokaj wines /other beverages. Between two sips from two different wines we offer you scones to have the taste better. We guarantee all the ingredients for having a memorable time! Price Includes limited (8 cl) tasting from 7 different types of Hungarian wine. Wine list to taste: Tokaji Furmint Grand Selection…

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    Budapest Boat Party Cruise

    Every Friday and Saturday you have the unique chance to join the Budapest Boat Party Cruise 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 see the Danube shore by night and combining this with fun and party is even better. Included in the price is the regular ticket (12,49€) for the Party Cruise as well as one welcome drink but you can also purchase a “extra beverage ticket” which includes a voucher for extra 5.000HUF drinks for only 31,06€ which obliges you to drink all drinks from the bar during the 1,5 hours of the tour. After…

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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 get in the mood for a long night out in the famous Budapest nightlife. The ticket includes either 2 cocktails of the list below or 3 pints of beer (0,5l) for the duration of the tour which lasts 1,5 hours. Of course you can order more drinks if the included cocktails or beer are not enough for you. Next to your drinks you will be served some snacks. The choice…

    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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    Restaurant Ramenka

    Ramenka is a small but stylish and good restaurant in the Jewish quarter focussing on serving superb Ramen – a Japanese noodle soup. If you are looking for other food then Ramen you better go and choose another restaurant as Ramenka solely serves soup except from a few side dishes. Nevertheless if you want to eat a fabolous Ramen Ramenka is your place to go to. Located just across the famous ruin pub Szimpla kert Ramenka has a top location with tons of people passing by. The restaurant is very minimal and fairly small so you don’t want to go there to have a romntic candle light dinner with your partner but rather get a quick but awesome soup on a Saturday afteroon before you pop in the city. With only a few places in the restaurant you need to plan some time for waiting to be seated but once you sit and ordered you will get your really tasty soup. There is not really more to say about Ramenka…

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    Trófea Grill Restaurant

    Trófea is an all you can eat restaurant chain all over the city including currently 6 restaurants. Mainly being a grill or barbeque restaurant in Trófea you can choose the meat yourself out of the fridge and give it to the grill master who then freshly prepares it for you in front of your eyes. But that is not all, you also get fresh salads, grilled vegetables or fish, other dishes such as stews and of course a large variety of side dishes and desserts. In a nutshell that is it but the variety of food is just endless with mainly typical Hungarian dishes such as soups, pickles or stews but you can also have BBQ chicken wings or other dishes from all over the world. The heart obviously is the grill where you pick your meat and it is being grilled freshly for you. Sometimes if you get in early and are lucky you might even catch some nice steak or shrimps and not only chicken and pork meat….

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    Vegan Restaurants in Budapest

    Finding true vegan restaurants in Budapest is not too hard as this is a very vegan friendly city and once you have a look around you will be able to chose from several great vegan restaurants. I myself am not vegan so it took me some research to find them online but now I have gathered a nice little list of 100% vegan restaurants. No restaurants that seel 95 meat dishes and 1 salad which is vegan but these restaurants are exactly what you are looking for. Vegan, creative and in Budapest. List of Vegan Restaurants in Budapest Vega City Vega City is located in the heart of Budapest between Astoria and Kalvin tér. They offer daily different dishes from hearty dishes including cabbage and dumplings to more exotic food with coconut and curry. Web: https://www.facebook.com/vegacitybudapest Nemsüti Nemsüti is near Margaret Bridge on Pest side and offer weekly menus including soups, sandwiches, pasta, salads and more. Web: http://www.nemsuti.hu/ Kozmosz Kozmosz is in the 6th district of Budapest and they say…

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    New York Bagel Budapest

    New York Bagel is a place to grab a quick breakfast before heading to work located in the 13th district on Vaci út. Located next to massive office buildings with thousands of workers commuting by every day New York Bagel has a perfect location for the right customers. The little shop is not much more than a sales desk and a small bakery because the bagels are baked in store. A small selection of bagels to not over do it and your breakfast is ready to go. You can choose between 8 bagels including the superb “Tuna Melt” with Tuna and melted cheese or the “Manhatten” with Ham & Cheese. You can also get a classic with cream cheese and salmon, a vegetarian bagel or a hearty barbeque. All bagels in New York Bagel are well topped so you never have the feeling to just eat the bagel but you taste and feel the toppings. The essential part is that the bagels are world class and really tasty. Here you…

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    Karaván – The Street Food Plaza

    Karaván in Budapest is taking advantage of the increasing popularity of food trucks in Budapest (yes, there is already a festival for it). A small lot in Budapest downtown where a building used to be but got demolished functions as a parking place for several street food artists serving classy food before, during or after your party in the nightlife of Budapest. It is a wild mixture of tasts, all independent serving the food they know the best and all of it is really tasty. Trucks include the famous Parázs Presszó serving Thai food, the new invention Kolbice a bun stuffed with Hungarian sausages and sauces, a place selling all things deep fried, a Lángos truck and of course you can get warm and cold drinks as well. All this combined with a great atmosphere in the middle on Budapest and the romance of ruins as know from the famous ruin pubs in Budapest makes Karaván a great experience. The location is as mentioned alreay in downtown Budapest, right next…

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    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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    Jewish Culture Festival

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    II. Food Truck Show Budapest

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    Budafok Wine Festival

    Location: Downtown Budafok

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    BUD:Runway Run

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    Location: Budapest Airport

    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.

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    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.