Budapest is a city split in two by the glorious Danube River and a few bewitching historic bridges. Illustrious as the ‘Paris of the East’, there are two completely independent towns – Buda and Pest, conjoined by the Chain Bridge and the Liberty Bridge. It is usually one city but with two diverse personalities and that is what makes this Hungarian beauty unique and perfect for Budapest holidays.
BUDA – A Remarkable City:
On the west bank, Buda offers the background of huge hills, the vistas of Fisherman’s Baston and the Buda Castle. The atmosphere is quiet and suburban. There are charming cafes speckled all over Buda, but moreover, visitors fall for Pest with cheap city breaks to Budapest.
PEST – Highly Enticing:
With the Danube flowing grandly, Pest is bigger than Buda. It’s vibrant and electrifying. Throngs of young people can be seen either strolling or zooming down the lanes on their bicycles. It’s purely a bike-friendly city and you can hire them easily.
If you decide not to hire any car during your Budapest city breaks, the bicycle adventure is refreshing and exciting. Pest is dotted with many stylish buildings, chic restaurants, famous ruin bars and a vigorous nightlife. Altogether, the entire ambience of Pest is highly free-spirited and modish.
Until and unless you see how stunning and animated Budapest is, you will not be convinced. If this write-up has not convinced you yet, check out the recommended places to eat, drink, explore. Set off to make your holidays to Budapest extremely memorable.
Best Places in Budapest:
- Szechenyi Chain Bridge – links Buda and Pest
- Andrassy Avenue – the historic way of Budapest with enchanting buildings and road links.
- Varosliget Park (City Park) – near Heroes Square
- Visit a thermal bath – either Szechenyi in Pest or Gellert in Buda
- Visit the Castle District – With Budapest holidays & city breaks, explore the Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion
- Visit the Central Market Hall – handmade souvenirs, food + drink, etc
- Check out the Budapest parliament building
- Visit the Faust Wine Cellar (near Fisherman’s Bastion)
- Vajdahunyad Castle
- Saint Stephen’s Basilica – take the elevator to the top dome for panoramic views
- Gellert Hill and Statue in Buda – explore a beautiful green park with an uphill hike
- Boat Tour on the Danube River – a delightful activity to learn a lot of history.
Restaurants to Pamper Your Taste Buds
- Ket Szerecsen – great for breakfast on your cheap Budapest holidays
- My Little Melbourne – top quality coffee
- Zappa Cafe – unique decor, coffee and confectionary
Lunch & Dinner
- Bock Bisztro – A prosperous restaurant with a rich Hungarian cuisine. It’s flamboyant in town. Make sure you make a reservation in advance.
- Spiler – A cool and a trendy Hungarian-American restaurant with a variety of good food and drinks.
- TG Italiano – If you wish to try something other than Hungarian food, this Italian restaurant is cool.
- Frici Papa – Quite affordable and a favourite of the locals, Frici Papa is quite popular. The food and the decor is very amazing.
- Pesti Diszno – Perfect family restaurant with exquisite food and a peaceful atmosphere.
- Butiq Bar – fancy and upscale cocktails
- Szimpla – Budapest is recognised for its ‘ruin bars’. Kazinczy Street hosts a number of them and Szimpla tops the list
- Gozsdu Court – a courtyard between Kiraly Street and Dob Street, which is the center to the pubs, bars, and restaurants. You will find many things to do in this area.
If you are on your honeymoon, you will be drawn towards the countryside of Hungary with city breaks to Budapest. There is nothing like visiting one of these five surreal places with your partner.
Balaton – Situated 80 miles from Budapest, Balaton is the largest lake surrounded by beautiful villages and abundant praiseworthy sights. This place is perfect for a romantic weekend and wild vacations. Do not miss the Miami Beach and the electrifying nightlife.
Pecs – Famous as the spot of Mediterranean vibes, Pecs is located 124 miles south of Budapest. It was famed as the cultural capital and was awarded as the City of Peace in 1998.
Kaposvar – Known as the City of Flowers, Kaposvar has a youthful vibe with universities and institutional centres all over the town. The huge square in the middle should be the starting point for exploring Kaposvar.
Gyor – Gyor is situated 120 km from Budapest, towards Austrian and Slovakian borders, the spectacular city houses tenth-century buildings, thermal baths and a synagogue.
With whatever little expectations you enjoy cheap Budapest breaks; the city will blow your mind. The first thing that throws you back is the architecture, which is impressively gorgeous; and the second – the Danube splitting the city into two.
Wherever your eyes turn, the corners of Budapest are highly captivating. Everything seems to be imposing with castle-like looks. We, as a new couple went to Budapest with almost no expectations and left the city by falling in love and craving for more.