Budapest – Reviews, Attractions, Information
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Essential Budapest Information before Arrival
There are essential information you need to know before arrival to Budapest. I receive a lot of questions concerning flight and airport information, accommodation tips, weather and so much more. Here you can find the answers to many open issues that you might have in your travel plans and if there is still something open please do not hesitate to drop me a line.
Arrival in Budapest
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Hotels and Accommodation in Budapest
Facts & Figures about Budapest
Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is often referred to as “The pearl of the Danube” or “The Paris of Eastern Europe”. The beautiful city along the Danube river offers a wonderful mix of history and the 21st century. With nearly 2 Million inhabitants Budapest makes around 20% of the total population of Hungary and is obviously the central point of politics, industry and culture in the country. In former times the 3 in depended cities Óbuda, Buda (together about 1/3 of the total size) and Pest (approximately 2/3 of the total size) have united to become Budapest as we know it today.
The Weather in Budapest
A big question especially for tourists who visit Budapest for a holiday the weather plays an important role so solid weather information is essential and will influence your program for the duration of your stay. In general the weather in Budapest is a warm, continental weather but winters over here can get freezing cold. On the right hand side you can find today’s weather and a 5 day forecast for Budapest.
The Hungarian Currency
In Hungary you will need to pay in Hungarian Forint. Even though Hungary is part of the European Union it has not yet joined the Euro hence you will need a lot of head calculation skills during your stay. As a very rough indication 1 Euro is 300 HUF (Hungarian Forint) which is pretty easy to calculate. Why I am writing this? I received a lot of complaints in the past that taxi drivers, bars and other places try to rip off tourists and if you do not know the currency exchange rate you are a perfect target. So always divide the amount by 300 (for Euro) respectively 225 (for USD).
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 Sights
- Holocaust Memorial Budapest
Hungarian history is very rich but also has some dark eras; the Hungarian Holocaust being one of the …
- The Aquincum Budapest
The old civilian town Aquincum is a definite must see for any tourist visiting Budapest as it is sit …
- Megyeri Bridge Budapest
A city divided into two by the Danube river, Budapest, is truly a city of bridges. With eight major …
- Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest
The Vajdahunyad Castle is a definite must see tourist attraction located in the City Park of Budapes …
- Palace of Arts Budapest (Művészetek Palotája)
The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája) is located next to the National Theater found in Ferencváro …
Recently added Tours
- Fireworks on National Holiday (Watch from a Boat)
Watch the biggest fireworks show of the year from our ship! The 20th of August is a national holiday …
- Retro Budapest Photo Trip
What do you learn during this tour? To look for touching details To create good inside photos To mak …
- Different Perspective Photo Trip
What do you learn during this tour? To apply different composition rules To select an original persp …
- Night Photo Trip “Stars and Light Trails”
What do you learn during this tour? To set your camera for night photos To determine the best photo …
- Back to the Roots Tour
Many descendants of emigrated Hungarians decide to visit each year the country of origin (Hungary an …
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.
- Földes Józsi Vendéglöje
Földes Józsi Vendéglöje is a small hidden restaurant on Buda side in the 2nd district not far away from Margaret bridge. This typical Hungarian restau …
- Zeller Bistro
Zeller Bistro is the top rated restaurant in Budapest according to TripAdvisor (what effect that has I will discuss later in the article) so I thought …
- Bed Beach Budapest
Budapest is a magnificent city known for its breathtaking architecture, it’s rich history and its beautiful scenery. It is also a city which is becomi …
- Morrison’s Liget in Budapest
Budapest is a city famous for its nightlife and its mega clubs, in September of 2011 Morrison’s Liget was opened and instantly joined that exclusive l …
- Up! The Club in Budapest
Budapest is a city that is world renowned for it’s nightlife, a city made up of bars, lounges, mega clubs, outdoor venues and even an entire island de …
- Urimuri Budapest – Downtown Nightlife Hotspot
Urimuri is one of the new nightlife hotspots in Budapest downtown located extremely central on Andrássy út near Déak Ferenc tér. Yet another ruin bar …
- Club Studio Budapest
As a tourist in Hungary there are many unique and memorable things to do but one thing that truly sets Budapest apart from most other Eastern European …
- Club Trafiq in Budapest
Club Trafiq in Budapest is one of those hip places these days where you spend hours in the queue just to get in just like Ötkert for example. In case …
- Paprika Vendéglő Budapest
Paprika Vendéglő in Budapest is a restaurant offering traditional, hearty Hungarian dishes in oversize. From traditional gulyásleves (Goulash Soup) to …
- Ötkert Budapest
Ötkert is one of the most popular clubs in Budapest these days so prepare for long queues in case you show up Friday or Saturday night. Located in the …
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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
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.