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Budapest Budget Holiday

created by fahad on 2017-08-23

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!!
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    Gellért Hill

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    Sight

    The story goes that Bishop Gellert died a martyr in the 11th century. Legend has it that he was p...

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    Buda Castle

    71 votes

    Sight

    Royal Palace with an equestrian statue of Prince Eugene.

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    Fisherman's Bastion

    54 votes

    Sight

    A walkable terrace on the bank of the Danube river. The Bastion takes its name from the guild of f...

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    Hungarian Parliament Building

    43 votes

    Sight

    The Hungarian Parliament Building (Hungarian: Országház, pronounced [ˈorsaːkhaːz], which translat...

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    Margaret Island

    32 votes

    Park / Zoo

    Whether you bike, jog, swim, or just stroll, you'll see the locals come here to relax and get aw...

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    Széchenyi thermal bath

    39 votes

    Sight

    These thermal baths offer healthy treatments and promise relaxation.

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    Hősök tere

    38 votes

    Sight

    Hősök tere (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈhøːʃøk ˈtɛrɛ]; English: Heroes' Square) is one of the majo...

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    Andrássy út

    20 votes

    Sight

    Linking Elizabeth Square with central park, this road is a UNESCO Heritage site.

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    Menza

    42 votes

    Restaurant

    Menza’s unique 60s/70s retro style, with orange, green and brown decor, might be a little jarring...

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    Magyar Állami Operaház

    13 votes

    Theater / Opera

    A pearl of the neo. This imposing neo-Renaissance and baroque structure was modeled after the Vien...

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    St. Stephen's Basilica

    21 votes

    Sight

    St. Stephen's Basilica (Hungarian: Szent István-bazilika, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈsɛnt ˈiʃtvaː...

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    Gerbeaud

    15 votes

    Café

    Gerbeaud is a landmark in Vörösmarty Square in downtown Budapest. The café has a long history tha...

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    Kuplung

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    Bar

    Kuplung, is housed in a former car repair garage which has been totally renovated into an art wor...

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    Szimpla

    27 votes

    Bar

    Old broken down building just strong enough to hold the bar!. A bit hard to find, but it's in a co...

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    Stex

    4 votes

    Restaurant

    Simple but cosy. Situated on the outskirts of the Budapest Korut (ring), Stex offers a great varie...

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    Vásárcsarnok

    48 votes

    Shop

    Peppers and salami under steel and glass. Központi Vásárcsarnok (Central Market Hall) is the bigge...

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    Gellért Baths

    26 votes

    Sight

    These baths, a jewel of Art Nouveau, opened in 1918. There is a garden located near the wave poo...

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    Rudas Baths

    6 votes

    Sight

    A Turkish dome (1556) at the foot of Gellért Hill. The beautiful swimming pool was built in 1896....

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