Wondering what to do in Budapest? Whether or not to go? See for yourself in this honest review of Budapest…
I went to Budapest this Summer (thanks British Airways!) and it is a fantastic city, that everybody should visit at least once. I have filtered down the things to do, so that you can maximise your trip!
Buda and Pest are both nice, both have advantages and disadvantages, so check the map or the things you are drawn to and choose somewhere based on that. A general rule of thumb is, Buda has more grandeur and Pest is busier.
I stayed in a beautiful AirBnB (thanks AirBnB!) on the Pest side, a 2 bedroom lush apartment with views over a bustling Budapest street. If you’re going anywhere at all, always check AirBnB for accommodation.
Budapest has some of the best nightlife I have ever experienced. From huge outdoor bars that incorporate food stalls, to underground clubs that have several mini dance floors all with different genre’s of music, Budapest has it all. Every night of the week is lively too, so not just Friday and Saturday.
The ruin bars are worth visiting, the most popular of which is Szimpla Kert. They are good value and unique to Budapest, so definitely check them out. Chris’ favourite was Instant, a large and popular jaunt. There are also some decent riverside bars, so obviously stroll towards the water to find them.
Another aspect I like is that the majority of drinkers are locals, whereas my preconceived idea of Budapest was that it would be all stag do’s and foreign party goers. There’s something for everyone here, so you shouldn’t miss a good night out in this city!
Liberty Statue is near the Citadella on the Buda side (will make sense when you see a map) and is a decent attraction, mainly for the views. It is a relatively steep climb but took us less than 30 minutes, so no Mount Everest.
Next up is Buda Castle, which is a grandiose World Heritage site nestled next to the river, slightly North of Liberty Statue.
The castle has many interesting features and is a fantastic visit, and yet again offers some fantastic views. Don’t miss it.
Finally, although briefly mentioned before and not an attraction as such, the river that separates the two sides of the city is definitely a big draw. Some fantastic examples of architecture and engineering surround the calm water, so spending some time walking the banks is a must. My panoramic skills must need some work, as I have made that boat look MASSIVE…
I spent a good while here, and if there’s something that didn’t make this post, it’s cos it was no good or not unique. I found the culinary experience underwhelming, but food (and drink!) is cheap and fun everywhere. Make sure you book a restaurant too, as not many accept walk ins.
A beautiful city nonetheless, that everyone should visit, however a weekend here is ample.
Did I miss something great in Buda? Leave a comment below…