City Guide Budapest, Hungary

Visiting Budapest

Budapest is a city that still bears the scars of communism but one that is constantly developing into one of the world's greatest capitals. Split in two by the grand River Danube, on one side you have the Buda, the hilly side dominated by the castle and Royal Palace. On the other you have the Pest, a flat side where you will find the city’s financial district, high street shops and its most popular bars. But something you can find anywhere in the city are its public baths...don’t leave without treating yourself to a dip in one.

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Budapest City Reviews

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    Close but far

    It is only a few minutes from everything, but far enough that the drunk people avoid it. It was quiet at night, the street noise was not an issue.

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    City of Spas!

    Amazing city with beauty everywhere. The spas are absolutely amazing and definitely worth going to. I went to Budapest last year for the first time after hearing all about it and I am very excited to be returning in a few weeks!

    Insider Tip:Take your student card to the spas if you have one. The tourist route isn't always the best one. Find directions to your hostel before arriving- not everybody speaks enough English to help you.

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    The receptionist told me it had just been refurbished, and you can see signs of it everywhere. The walls are as white as fresh snow, the showers sparkle. It was quite silent at night, none of those shouting, boozing kids.

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    The Hidden Treasure Chest

    Budapest was the first stop of 6 places we visited and as soon as we left we wanted to go back. Everything was cheap, the views were breathtaking, the sights were stunning and the people were friendly. We found that most of the stuff we wanted to do was free, and so were the trams and buses.

    Insider Tip:find a hostel with cooking facilities as the food to buy in supermarkets are so cheap, 60 HUF for a loaf of bread... that 12p! experience all of budapest, not just the touristy bits. GO TO MARGRETS ISLAND dont leave.

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    Pest is very city based whereas Buda is more of an old town feel. There are good shopping areas in Pest whereas Buda has the views. It wasn't as cheap as expected but still good value. Restaurants on the Buda side leave a little to be desired.

    Insider Tip:Don't get the Budapest card, it's not worth it other than transport. See the city by night from both Buda and Pest sides of the river! Watch out for crappy exchange rates in bank ATMs as we got screwed over. We used Fotaxi which was good. Don't get taxis off the street, book them. Airport transfer bus is cheaper.

Hungary: Itinerary

Divided into two distinctive districts by the River Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful cities. To the west of the river lies the Buda district, distinguished by its hilly landscape, and to the east lies Pest, a flatter and more commercial district. Explore both sides to find museums, cafés and a vibrant nightlife.

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