Budapest Travel Guide
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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.
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.
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
Every Thursday, 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 “all you can drink ticket” for only 31,06€ which obliges you to drink all drinks from the bar during the 1,5 hours of the tour. After the cruise you have the…
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…
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 Central Market Hall, the The Synagogue (the second biggest Synagogue in Europe) and than reach the city park. Around the city park you will see the world famous Széchényi Baths, the Budapest Zoo and of course the iconic Heroes’ Square where you will stop to watch the statutes of the most famous Hungarian kinds and dukes. After getting back on the bus you will drive along the Andrássy út and…
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 unforgettable day discovering Budapest and be on the fresh air. Of course if the weather is nice you will be able to sit on deck and have the perfect view on all the sights that are located among the Danube including all historical buildings, beautiful hotels, the Budapest bridges and the beautiful Margaret Island. Coffee Cruise Budapest Information The cruise starts at 12:00 and lasts for 1 hour. Coffee Cruise…
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 Hungary and abroad. Their repertoire covers almost every musical style from Baroque music to the music of the 20th century. They perform the most famous classical melodies combined with a traditional Hungarian folk instrument, the cimbalom (hammered Dulcimer). It is a unique opportunity to hear the masterpieces of the great composers interpreted by a folk instrument and a symphonic orchestra in a way which can be enjoyed only in Hungary….
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.
Hai Nam Pho Bistro bistro is a small, simple yet fantastic Vietnamese restaurant on Buda side. From outside it looks like one of these fastfood Chinese restaurants that you find at every second corner in Budapest ans also from inside it looks fairly unspectacular. Nevertheless you will leave Hai Nam Pho Bistro with the will to come back to eat one of the Phos (Vietnamese soups) or any other dish. For me a good sign about originality and quality of the food is when people from that particular country sit in a retaurant and that is the case here. The menu is relatively small which makes the choice easy. It consists half of Phos and the other half of meat and vergetable dishes that you can order with rice or noodles. A Pho is traditionally a beaf broth made of bones with slices of beef in it as well as noodles and vegetables. But also seafood, vegetarian or other meat is possible. Regarding the other dishes you get a lot…
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 the Kolbász Festival but a specialized Fröccs and Barbecue Festival is missing on the list of events in Budapest. For 3 days the festival is held over the Pünkösd (Pentecost) weekend and offers food and drinks for small and big. It is a very relaxing time you can spend on the festival and get a try of Hungarian tradition at the same time. To stay up to date with the…
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 the inside is very cozy and comfortable so that you perfectly can enjoy good wines and little snacks while having a chat with friends or business partners. In case you don’t know what to drink out of the large selection (check out the image in the gallery to get an idea about the amount of wines being served) the bar tenders or waiters will help you out by recommending you…
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 to convince me to recommend it to you. Veranda has made improvements compared to the last time I have been there so that I can without concerns recommend you to go there once you happen to be on Kopaszi Gát. The food in Veranda was one of the points that has not really convinced me however yesterday it was very good and there is nothing to complain about. It is…
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 picture above. Inside as well as outside the Csalánosi Csarda is friendly and cozy and in the same time modern and clean. The staff is friendly and helpful, also with the massive menu of over 200 dishes and side-dishes, and also multilingual with English and German. You also get on request or if the waiters realize you speak a foreign language a English or German menu to make your choice….
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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
It's all about bread and pastry
From 10.00 until 16.00
Location: Budai Vár
All about the beers
Location: Bálna Budapest
30th anniversary tour!
Location: Papp László Budapest Sportaréna
Fine Food Festival for Gourmets
Location: Millenáris Park
Festival for the Hungarian National Drink
Location: Városháza Park
Top 3 recurring Events 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.