Budapest Budget Holiday
Budapest is youthful in spirit, while surrounded by old world charm. The old world vs. new world charm of Buda and Pest, the imperial hues, the embattled history and the vibrant youth culture of the city endears it to travelers of all types, especially those that are looking for a low budget trip in the heart of Europe.
The Buda side is a veritable box of jewels, begin here with the Castle and walk your way through to the Fisherman’s Bastion to take in the stunning view of the Hungarian Parliament and the city beyond. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a chimney / funnel cake. Do not get caught up in gambling.
Further on, explore the labyrinth of Buda Castle, the Gellert Mountain and Citadel or wind down slowly to enjoy a restful afternoon on Margaret Island.
Back on the Pest side, stroll down the long Andrassy Utca to experience the architectural diversity and rich history of the city. You will walk past the opera and end up at the famous Heroes Square and experience everything in between from the baroque and neo-classical to jugendstil and art noveaux and utilitarian communist architecture. To immerse yourself further into Budapest, take a free walking tour (tipping appreciated), most of which start outside Café Gerbeaud. While you are waiting, perhaps you’d like to step inside for a taste of the best confections in the city.
Before you start your day, stop at the Central Market for some breakfast. You’ll be surprised at how much you can get on a low budget. St. Stephen’s Basilica, which shelters a sacred relic believed to be the hand of King Stephen I, should find a place on your itinerary too. However, your Budapest budget trip will be incomplete without a visit to the thermal baths. Take your pick among the most popular ones at Szechenyi, Gellert or Rudas.
In league with the best monuments and sights, Menza is a veritable institution in Budapest. Enjoy an appetizing meal, on an astonishingly low budget. Or enjoy great traditional fare at Stex. You’ll be spoiled for choice if you’re looking for a night about town. We suggest you head straight for Szimpla or Kuplung - don’t be fooled by the ramshackle exterior; this is where Budapest comes to party!
To make the most of your Budapest budget trip, consider renting an apartment in the city. Among the best in low budget hotels, there is Hotel Belvedere and Museum Central Hotel, which are both highly recommended. There are also many cheap, comfortable hostels if that is more your style.Oh! Don't forget that no Budapest vacation is complete without a taste of goulash!!