Budapest – a city full of culture, history, vibe, food and recreation. I was lucky to travel to Budapest in August 2017 when it was quite warm during the day and decently pleasant at night. Aug – September is just the perfect time to visit. Great weather! You will always find a ton of tourists in the city. But folks partying till 5-6 AM steals the show. The party scene is fabulous in Budapest. A ton of chilled out bars, clubs, yacht parties – If you want to party, this turns out to be a really good city to visit. But the day scene isn’t bad either. There are a ton of restaurants and sightseeing spots – there is a lot of history in the city. Walking is the best way to explore the city. Hop-on Hop-off is an alternative. Budapest is divided into districts. District V and District VII are definitely the most happening. Remember to buy some Paprika – the city is famous for its spice! Here is how I spent 3 days in Budapest (and would totally go back again). Below you’ll find some of the best things to do at BP –
- Ruin bars/Clubs/Parties
Most of the bars are around in District VII
Ruin bar crawl is very famous in the city. This goes way beyond an average drunken night out. Great music, friendly people and amazing cocktails. Make sure you order the local drink ‘Palinka’. Its a must do. Bar crawl is a great way to explore the best bars. Costs around 10-15 Euros and they take you to a ton of bars, also includes a drink or two. Some famous bars include – Szimpla Kert, Kuplung, Instant. Make sure you visit this area called Gozsdu Udvar. It’s full of bars – a very happening area. We were lucky to find a super party happening just under the Chain bridge. This restaurant converted to a club with a great DJ playing the tunes of the 90s. The environment was too good to miss out. Catch these parties over the weekend. Akvarium – with a glass bottom pool by the road, people with dipped feet in it and a bar downstairs was too good to miss out. Get a drink and sit in the pool while admiring the city views all around. Szechenyi bath party every Saturday is wonderful if you like baths! It is a whole different experience.
Budapest Parliament building is the third largest in the world and very beautiful! Is one of the highlights of the city and a must visit. Great for getting some beautiful click and an hour long walk in the evening. Follow the route by the river to walk to the Chain bridge after the Parliament.
Chain bridge – Walk across the famous Chain bridge (evening and night views are mind-blowing) – This bridge is a very famous spot and you’ll see it in several movies, especially Bollywood.
Buda castle – Hike or take the elevator up. Beautiful view of the city from the top. You can see most of the city from here. A must visit!
Citadella – The Buda Castle area has three structures like you must have not seen before. The structures combined with the sky makes for a dramatic backdrop. Presenting Citadella for you!
Matthias church – In the heart of the Buda Castle, beautiful in and out.
Fishermans Bastion – Usually folks drive up or take the elevator and combine this with the Buda castle tour. But I took a different route. Very few know about these hidden stairs that take you to the bastion. The hike is so green. Recommend doing this just before the sunset. It’s quite a bit of stairs – so be prepared to get a little breathless if you are like me who doesn’t have the best stamina in town 🙂 The bastion has cute little shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Very famous for its panoramic views and the castle-like structure is a stunner – great for clicks!
There are tons of restaurants in BP. What really impressed me was the food and coffee at the New York cafe. Beautiful interiors and live music makes this cafe a must visit. Remember to reserve if you’re a large group.
Some local delicacies include – Golash, Langos, Fozelek, Somloi Galuska. Get these before you leave BP!
If you are reading about BP, you will read about thermal baths. These are very relaxing (of course! who doesn’t like baths and spas). Keep this for the end of the trip. Szechenyi is one of the most famous. If you have time for just one spa, hit the Szechenyi! Also well known for its night party on the weekend.
Do everything but the cruise that is included with the hop-on-hop-off. It is a major waste of time. Recommend not doing it unless it is a fancy dinner cruise.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post! The above itinerary should keep you busy for good 3 days in Budapest. Its a city for everyone. Start planning or if you already have, have a great time in Budapest! Leave your comments or questions. Would be happy to help!