City Wrap Up: Budapest

Exploring a capitol city can be daunting, so here is a quick and simple guide to Budapest for any young adventure seeker.

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To See:

Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church

Perched on top of the mighty hills of Buda, the Bastion and Chrich have some of the best views in Budapest- plus are a photographers dream themselves!

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Buda Palace

Fit for a king, literally. The palace is extravagant and beautiful, walk around, then through to see the amazing kingdom in all it’s glory.

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Parliament

Located on the Pest side of the Danube banks. Make sure you book yourself in for a viewing or group tour as it isn’t always open to the public, but definitely worth the trouble. See it from the river on a night cruise for the best angle!

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To Do:

Thermal Baths

My favourite, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath that is located in the northern outskirts of town. It is pretty busy all year round but worth every penny. Don’t get tricked into buying a ‘package’ unless you want the works- you can just buy single entry with a towel for much less than the pricing boards state! Grab a locker, soak in the sun and jump into one of the many thermal baths. Opt for one with medical properties (the ‘Medicine’ baths inside the buildings) and you will feel the difference.

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Night Cruise down the Denube

A must. The views of all the city lit up is breathtaking. Plus you can have a wine on board or even a meal if you choose the right company.

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Hop on Hop Off Bus

Value for money and the best way to see it all. For only about $25 you can get a 24 hour pass that you can use across the whole city and a free night cruise is included. This will take you to all the main attractions with optional commentary in all languages, perfect for history buffs like me. You can learn, see and work your way around the whole city plus get off and on as you please. They come to each stop every 5 minutes so you are never waiting long!

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To Eat:

Ruin Bars $  – Szimpla Kert

Ruin bars are famous in Budapest, but Szimpla is hands down one of the coolest bars I have ever been to. Random maze of cool sculptures, a painted car turned into a table and so much to choose from on the menu. Food, cocktails, beer- this is a must do.

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Dock 8a Boat Restaurants $$$

Along the foreshore of the Danube you can find many restaurants on-board permanently docked boats. Dock 8a (where the Hop on Hop off boat cruise departs) has plenty of options for meals on-board various size boats. These are a little pricey but the view and service is great!

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To Stay:

Hotel Palazzo Zichy $$$$

See my review of this inner city hotel here. Palazzo Zichy is in walking distance to many of the attractions and shopping, great breakfast and beautiful big rooms at a good price.

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Grandio Party Hostel $

Cheap. Friendly and a whole lot of fun. What more could a twenty-something year old want? Read more here 

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