Why should you choose Budapest of all the places there are in Europe? Easy. It is not only beautiful, but there are a lot of fun activities, delicious food and is quite affordable.
The ideal time to visit is spring and the early summer days, as it is after the freezing cold of the winter, but before the heatwaves of summer arrive. The nice weather accentuates the beautiful features of the city. Although there are events throughout the city the whole year, this time allows visiting festivals outside for the outdoors lovers. You can see what the city has to offer on budapestinfo.hu.
I News suggest three different places to stay, based on visitors’ various needs. For bizarre art lovers, they reckon The Bohem Art Hotel to be the best choice. The hotel is covered in art — thus the name — from murals to old photographs to sculptures. There is a bar serving snacks, tea and coffee for free. Rooms start at €80 and include free wifi and breakfast.
For people who come to relax, they suggest the Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget. The place has several pools to dive into at different temperatures. Extra beds to be added to the room can be required for children, free of charge. Prices start from €116 and include bed only.
Those who came for the views should go to Continental Hotel Budapest. The rooftop has a pool and leaf-shaped loungers, as well as an incredible view of the hills, the Citadella and the Cathedral. The inside is stunning as well with beautiful mosaic-tiled bathrooms and murals. Prices for room only start from €116.
Getting around the city is quite easy thanks to the public transport network of the city. One can leave the airport by cab (around €22), by bus 100E which leaves every 20 minutes (€2.76). Once you leave the airport, there are several ticket options for public transport from single tickets to months-long passes. If you want to visit many of the attractions, then the 48-Hour Budapest Card would be ideal for you, as it includes free public transport.
I News offers also offers a list of places and restaurants to visit.
You can go to one of many of the thermal baths of Budapest. Szechenyi Bath offers three outdoor and 15 indoor pools, all of which have different temperatures. A day pass with a locker costs €18.
In the mood to do a little shopping? Go to the Central Market Hall located on Vámház boulevard. It has two stories and the appearance of an old train station. Tourists swarm the top floor, while the bottom floor is full of unique honey, delicious chocolates and lots of meat.
If you happen to visit in winter, Vörösmarty square is where the big Christmas market takes place. But in the other seasons of the year, it is giving a home to Gerbeaud, a beautiful café with a terrace for those who like to sip their drinks outside.
Got thirsty or hungry while exploring the city? Budapest has many bars varying in style to quench your thirst. There is Szimpla, the perfect prototype of a ruin bar, with mismatched furniture, graffiti all over and several bars, while Mazel Tov is on the classier, more elegant side, with Israeli food being served. Kőleves — which also has a ruin bar part — serves a wide range of fantastic food, including vegetarian options. The place is quite laid back, with the walls covered in art.
Százéves Étterem, meaning hundred-year-old restaurant, is the oldest restaurant of Budapest. It is located in an incredible baroque building and offers many Hungarian specials and classics.
Want to hit the museums and sites? Do not leave the House of Terror out. Although this is not a place for light-hearted people. It tells the story of Hungary under the oppression of Nazis and Soviets. Each room of the exhibition shows a horrible scene of what Hungary went through, with amazing installations.
If you are looking to see something more upbeat or just not as depressing, you should visit Buda. There is the Castle District, with the Fisherman’s Bastion, a tourist favourite. Not too far is the stunning Matthias Church with its unique mosaic roof. The Hungarian National Gallery and the Castle Museum are also located there, with tickets costing €5.5 and €6.15 respectively.
According to Viktor Somogyi, a local of Budapest, The Flipper Museum is a must-see as well. It has Europe’s biggest pinball collection and machines from each era, all of which you can play with for unlimited time.
Tired of running around the city all day? Go to Margaret Island and sit by the dancing fountains. Or if you are not yet tired, you can wander around the exquisite rose gardens, or hire a bike and go for a ride around the island.