Breathtaking landscape, an incredible night life and all at a very respectable price.
Located on the Danube River, Budapest has an extensive World Heritage Site and is known as one the most beautiful cities in the world, and it didn’t take long to see why. Spectacular structures swamp the Hungarian capital, and it’s near impossible to do anything in Buda without a breathtaking view.
The city is becoming more and more popular with visitors, and their stays are helped even more by the fact that Hungary has its own currency. The Hungarian Forint, known as HUF, was introduced following WWII to stabilise the countries economy. And while it did that, it also means the exchange rate today gives you a little more bang for your buck.
Although a little confusing to begin with, as 10,000 HUF is exchanged for around 30 pounds. The fact beer and wine can be found for around a pound, yes one English pound, and food is available for the half the price it is in the UK, makes you a lot more willing to get your head around it. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll spend most your meals working out how much it would have cost you back home and enjoying it even more.
Our hostel for the 6 days was in an ideal location for almost anything in the city. Avenue Hostel, like much of the cities accommodation is intertwined in a block of apartments full of locals. 10 minute walk away from the nearest station and 10 away from the views on the Danube & Parliament buildings we couldn’t have picked a better spot.
Many people stay at Avenue to take a step back from the busy nightlife, but don’t be put off by this as the hostel proved to be one of the most sociable we’ve visited. There is a 10pm curfew on all noise as the neighbours get a little agitated, but that’s late enough to head to the cities Ruin Pubs, with new friends following closely behind.
They offer free breakfast as well as kitchens for all visitors, and the bed designs mean there is a enough floor space in the rooms. Bunk bed are all conjoined in the centre of the room, with individual curtains for privacy and a locker each (with locks provided).
You can check it out all out here – Avenue Hostel
Showers are powerful, toilets are big and both are regularly cleaned. The hostel offers a washing service, free towels and the beds are ready made, which is a nice touch after making your own bed following hours of travelling.
Reception is 24 hour and you can also buy tickets for the Spas in Budapest to save queueing on arrival.
We went with Szechenyi Spa during our stay, and wish we could have fitted Gellert in too. They are that good! The three outdoor pools are nearly 30 degrees, coupled with the indoor ones that provide jacuzzis, weights pools as well as saunas and steam rooms. The spa also offers massages, but if you’re looking for a mud bath, Gellert Spa is the place for you. Tickets are around 4000 HUF and worth every penny. Do not eat there though, the food is disgusting and prices are ridiculous (in our opinion, anyway!).
As mentioned earlier, the river Danube lines the cities coast line and the views are truly spectacular. You can visit St. Stephen’s Basilica on the way, then make your way to the Parliament buildings, the Shoes on the Danube, and even walk a long the Chain bridge and up to the Royal Palace.
After a day of sightseeing, the cities night life is something you have to experience. Famous for its ruin pubs, Buda comes alive at night. Bars such as Instant, Kuplung, Szimpla Kert and Fogas Haz are a few we visited and all are extremely impressive. Cool designs and hidden secrets around every corner you’re never bored.
If you’re planning your next destination, or even a city break. Budapest is the place to go. An amazing city with something for everyone.
Until next time, Buda…