City breaks tend to involve a lot of walking, so it’s always a good idea to find an apartment or hotel close to the hotspots you plan to visit.
Split into ten districts, each neighbourhood in Budapest has something exciting to explore, but visitors hoping to walk between the city’s tourist attractions will enjoy staying Downtown in District V. However, be warned the hotels and apartments tend to be quite expensive.
If you’re on a budget, make camp in the Jewish Quarter, District VII, where you’ll find lively bars and lots of after-hours fun.
Hungary may be famous for its goulash, but visitors to Budapest shouldn’t miss the sweet treats on offer at New York Café.
Housed inside a stunning Italian Renaissance building first opened in 1894, it’s steeped in history. If you can put down your camera long enough, order a coffee and a delicate pastry.
For a dinner with a difference, visit the glass-roofed Mazel Tov restaurant, where you’ll eat in a courtyard under the stars.
The city is famous for its “ruin bars”, where old buildings meet new crowds every night.
The biggest bar and nightclub is Instant & Fogas Ház, which has 18 bars, seven dance floors and is open until 6am daily.
It’s a great place for a dance, but definitely not for those in search of a quiet drink.
Voted as one of the best cocktail spots in the world, Boutiq’Bar is a must-visit for intimate evening. The drinks list is extensive and the expert bartenders can whip up tasty twists on all the classics.
For an overview of the city, head down to the harbour where you can enjoy a boat tour down the River Danube.
A 48 or 72-hour pass for the City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off tour can include a trip on the water, making the ticket great value for money. The bus routes cover all the main tourist traps, including Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Citadel.
But no visit to Budapest would be complete without an afternoon spent relaxing in one of the city’s famous spas.
The Szechenyi Baths is one of the most popular, and features 18 hot spring pools.
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