Budapest is the capital of Hungary and in my opinion, is extremely underrated!
I’m sure most people are familiar with the city as they have heard George Ezra sing about how beautiful it is or have watched Grand Budapest Hotel – nothing against George, but it deserves a lot more recognition.
If you’re looking for a SUPER cheap getaway, Budapest is the place to go.
Airbnb will become your best friend if you are planning to visit Budapest.
We bagged an apartment for £57 a night – so between five of us, that was only about £10 each a night – bargain! It was so grand and absolutely humongous.
Pest, is the more ‘happening’ side of Budapest, so remember that when booking accommodation. If you didn’t know already, Budapest is divided into ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’. The two sides of the city are divided by the River Danube.
Erzsébetváros and Terezvaros are extremely central; everything is pretty much on your doorstep…clubs, bars, roof-top restaurants, everything you could ever need.
Located in Buda, the palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest (pretty cool huh?!) is a stunning sight and my personal favourite.
The castle takes you up the side of the river to an unbelievable view of the city below (a great panoramic photograph op). It’s free to visit and the best place to go if you want to feel like royalty for an hour or two.
They make for a pretty unique experience and are worth a visit if you want to soak in the culture and feel like a local.
If you are not familiar with the term, ruin bars are basically bars created out of old reclaimed goods. From the outside, they look like normal house fronts or abandoned buildings, but when you enter, you are taken into a quirky, artsy space packed full of dancing crowds.
They’re really good fun! Some are more of a sit-down and have a chat and a drink, whereas, some are full on clubs – so check beforehand what you’re getting yourself in to – or just wing it!
Ruin bars to visit:
Szimpla Kert (bar)
As we are on the topic of bars, this is a must see.
It’s a rooftop bar with, hence the name, 360 degree views of the city below…need I say more? Just take a look for yourself – I recommend going at sunset!
The bar is a little more high end and pricey than the ruin bars, but its so worth it.
Last, but not least (and probably the most obvious on the list), I know this is a given, but I had to mention it, as it was worth the visit and does live up to the hype.
Not only is it very photogenic, and great for a cheeky insta, it is absolutely huge – bigger than it appears on photos; it just keeps going, there are so many rooms.
There isn’t much to say on this place, it is just a huge communal bath, surrounded by smaller communal baths, some hot and some cold – but nonetheless, it’s a great place to chill out and soak up some rays.
A C C O M O D A T I O N: £171 (3 nights)
F L I G H T S: £40 return
S P E N D I N G M O N E Y: £80
T O T A L C O S T: £300 (ish)
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