I can’t tell you how much I loved this place. Full of life and beauty. Definitely a place I would recommend.
If you are traveling in you 20s or ever 30s. This is a must see destination. Here are some tips I wish I would have known prior to going.
1. Where to Stay
Honestly I would stay in the city center. We stayed at the Maverick City Lodge and it was exceptional. You can either use booking.com or Hostelworld.com.
You might think you are saving money by staying outside of city center but believe me. You’ll want to stay in the center.
If you stay at a hostel they should have something planned every night. Everyone talks about the ruin bars. Yes they are a must see but if you are wanting to interact with new people then do the pub crawl. It is about 15€, with a shot and entrance provided. My favorite thing about this whole trip was the organized nightlife. Partybookers has events going on every night.
Probably my biggest recommendation for the partybookers would be the boat party. You can choose from three options. First is just entrance with a gratuity welcome drink = 15€. Second option is entrance with two gratuity welcome drinks = 18€. Third is entrance with “unlimited” beer = 24€. Always always ask what unlimited means because unlimited in this instance means for ‘2 hours.’ Keep this in might at any function you go to.
Not only do you get to drink on a boat but you get an awesome view of the parliament building and other structures at night. Seriously the view was worth it.
Apparently Hungary is a part European Union which means they ‘should’ accept euros. Let me just put a damper on that right now. Go ahead and change currency to fornits. More than likely they won’t take card and accept cash ONLY. Anyway you look at the currency you might as well think 1€=300 fornits. It’s honestly the simplest way to convert.
As soon as you get into the city. Get a city map. I can’t stress this enough. You can download an app for the metro but it’s easier with the map right in front.
Also I know people tell you to always but a ticket but ALWAYS buy a ticket for the tram/metro/bus. They are always controllers at the entrance and exit. And just when you thought there wasn’t a controller there is always one. I was fined 24€= 8000 fornits just because the machine didn’t work. It might not seem like a lot but the ticket is less than a euro so you might as well buy it.
5. Sites to See
The number one thing I recommend would be the free walking tour. There are three free walking tours but I didn’t have patience for all three so my friend and I just picked the general one.
I say free because it is free but the tour guide will tell you it’s free and then say ‘Tips are greatly appreciated’ so just a fair warning. Still a wonderful tour but just a warning.
On this tour our guide took us to the major tourist sites as well as told us stories about different history behind different artifacts. I won’t tell you in case you want to visit and see for yourself 🙂
Here is a list of must-sees:
- Fishermans Bastian
- Hósök Tere
- Matthias Church
- Parliament Building (At night)
- Ruin Bars
- St. Stephen’s Basilica
- Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Any questions just comment below 🙂 thanks for reading !!