Budapest is without a doubt one of the best budget destinations of 2013; one of the few capital cities where the luxurious option is an affordable one. Not only that, but there’s a wealth of sights to see and things to do when you get there.
It’s quite rare if a trip to Budapest doesn’t include a visit to one of the many ancient spas dotted around the city. All the spas are based within beautiful ancient buildings, and claim to have healing powers to ease joints and aches. Personally I just think they’re a fantastic way to relax and enjoy a good day out. If you’re in a couple or group be aware that some of the baths don’t allow mixed bathing, the Szechenyi Baths and the Lukacs Baths are the best to head for this.
Make sure you head to Castle Hill (you can catch the Funicular Railway or walk) and check out the views of the city or visit the famous Buda Castle or houses of parliament. If you do head to the castle make sure you check out the Labyrinth underneath where you can explore ancient tunnels with just the light of your torch to guide you. There’s always something going on at Castle Hill, whether it’s markets or one of the monthly festivals (look out for the wine or chocolate festivals, yum!). If you want to sample more Hungarian cuisine then you only need to head to the Central Market Hall (by Liberty Bridge) to find a huge choice of market stalls serving traditional dishes. I recommend you give Langos a go – a deep fried flat bread cooked with cheese and other toppings which you can easily buy from the stalls.
As the city is set on the river Danube there is a whole range of boat trips and cruises you can take. You can go sightseeing in the day, or an evening dinner and dancing cruise or even a nightclub cruise. There is a great amount of choice and it’s one of the best ways to view the city. There’s a lot to choose from so make sure you check out a few before you pick one as you’ll get the best price this way.
Nightlife in Budapest is not to be underestimated. You’ll find in the main city centre there is a huge choice of large and glitzy clubs which offer a lush setting to enjoy cocktails and champagne. One of the best and most popular is Trafiq. For something a bit different and off the beaten path head to the Jewish Quarter, where you’ll find the ‘ruin bars’. These are basically abandoned buildings and ruins which have been turned into trendy bars and clubs, Szimpla Kert being one of the best ones. Many of them look like run down houses or shops rather than bars or clubs but they certainly have character and usually a lively atmosphere.
Another great thing about heading to Budapest (obviously there are quite a few!) is the fact that you can stay at 4 and 5 star hotels for a fraction of the cost of other capital cities. There are always plenty of cheap Budapest hotels to choose from, with many offering great discounts.
Have you been to Budapest? Where would you recommend?