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10 Reasons You MUST Visit Budapest

You simply must visit Budapest. It's filled to the brim with gorgeous architecture, fun parties, relaxing spas, delicious food, unbeatable wine and some of the nicest people on the planet - Hungarians! There's so many things to do and see in Budapest and it's incredibly good value. 

We visited Budapest in the summer and loved it so much we stayed for a month. We then went back for another six... It's without a doubt our absolute favourite city in the whole of Europe. When it comes to being in love with Budapest - we are the experts. 

Here are 10 Reasons You MUST Visit Budapest

1. Budapest is a beautiful city 

Did you know that the Hungarian Parliament Building is the prettiest parliament building in Europe, and quite possibly the entire world?! 

And it's not just that, the whole of Budapest is filled with beautiful architectural structures - religious buildings and residential apartments alike! 

And it's not just the buildings, Budapest has a lot of beautiful parks and open green spaces. It's also the perfect place to bike around (it's super flat). 

2. Spas all over Budapest

Hungary is the third most thermal country in the world, and Budapest is the only city in the world with natural and healing spas!! 

spas budapest visit

There are lots of spas dotted all across the city - there are outdoor pools, indoor pools, saunas, tiny pools of different temperatures - it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon or two.

Our favourite spa was Gellért - it's so beautiful inside!

Also sparties are a thing in Budapest - night time parties in the spa, complete with drinking!  

3. The ruin bars are cool af

And it's not just in the spas where Hungarians know how to party, have you heard about the ruin bars? These are abandoned buildings that were due for demolition which were taken over by artists and transformed into insanely cool bars. You simply have to visit them! Think two parts graffiti mixed with four parts cheap drinks and going to a ruin bar. 

Basically, if you're looking for SUPER cool bars with cheap drinks and fun people, Budapest is for you.

Everyone told us it was a big tourist trap, and it is, but we still loved Szimpla (the most famous ruin bar). 

4. Budapest has a cat cafe

No longer do you have to trek out to Asia to find a cafe where you can share a cuppa with a cat - Budapest has a cat cafe!! 

cat cafe budapest

5. Hungary has the best wine

Before we'd been to Hungary we'd never tried Hungarian wine - in fact we didn't even know Hungary made wine. 

hungarian wine

It's obvious why though: Hungarians don't shout about their wine too loudly because it's SO GOOD and they clearly want to keep it to themselves ;) I don't blame them. Actually don't try Hungarian wine, just give it all to me.  

Whilst we're talking about alcohol, let's not forget unicum which is our favourite Hungarian spirit: 


And Pálinka, Hungary's national spirit, which can be made out of any fruit (including banana).

Hungarian beer is also top!! Our favourite was a local, cherry draft beer. So good.  

6. Danube River Cruise

Whilst we're talking about alcohol, we should mention that in Budapest you can go on a river cruise and drink lots of wine (you can also go on a river cruise and drink no wine, but that's not as fun). 

Like I just said, Hungarian wine is dope, and the Danube River is beautiful - combine the two!

7. Hungarian food is delicious

Hungarian food: not the most famous of the European cuisines but it's definitely still delicious. 

budapest food

Goulash is warm and filling - not great in summer but perfect in winter. We also loved how paprika and/or poppy seeds play a big part in a lot of Hungarian foods.

More proof that Hungarians are the nicest: we don't eat meat or fish, and every Hungarian we met said 'oh no, that's hard, all our food has meat in' and then proceeded to help us find loads of yummy meat-free meals. Yey!

We HIGHLY recommend you eat Hungarian food with real Hungarians.

Find out more about Hungarian food with our blog post: Quick Guide to Hungarian Cuisine 

8. Budapest weather

Budapest has perfect weather: hot summers and cold winters. When we were there in the summer there were beautiful blue skies and it was hot everyday (and only rained once). 

summer budapest weather

We've heard in winter it gets super cold, snows and the Danube freezes!! We'd love to go back to Budapest in the winter (and try out those spas again). 

9. You can see a 1000 year old hand

hungary hand

If you've made it this far and haven't booked your flight to Budapest then maybe this will persuade  you (though probably not)...

In St Stephen's Cathedral you can see the actual hand of St Stephen's!!! It was super special and when he died they were worried about it being stolen, so they preserved it. To this day you can see the mummified hand of a saint. Kind of ew, but something cool to tell your grandkids. 

10. Hungarian people are awesome


Okay I borrowed this photo from Pixabay because I thought it was funny - we never saw Hungarians in Budapest on horses or dressed weirdly, in fact they all dressed pretty cooly.

And that's one of the reasons we LOVE Hungarians: they are really, really cool! Really chill, really passionate with AMAZING taste in music.

But even more than we love their coolness, we love their niceness. Every Hungarian we've ever met and/or spoken to has been super nice. For example, we decided to embarrass ourselves on YouTube and try to speak Hungarian:

Needless to say, our Hungarian is awful, but man the comments and messages we had from Hungarians were so LOVELY, they were so helpful and supportive and kind about our awful Hungarian. 

Where to stay in Budapest
We stayed for a whole month in Budapest at an Airbnb - they're great for long term stays because you get a good discount. Actually they're great for short term stays too because you get a kitchen and all your other usual home comforts. 

If you're new to Airbnb have a voucher  from us!

House sitting
We've never house sat in Budapest, but we did spend two whole years house sitting in Australia and Europe. House sitting in Budapest is definitely a great option - you can really immerse yourself into everyday living and have the company of a pet or two. Find out more about house sitting in Budapest here!

The Aria Hotel

We also spent two nights for Tanbay's birthday at the Aria Hotel and HIGHLY recommend it. They have a complimentary wine and cheese hour, a cool rooftop bar and an awesome spa. 

10 Reasons You MUST Visit Budapest

Conclusion: tip top. Budapest is the best and you've simply got to visit! We'd love to go back asap, but we'd also love to explore more of Hungary!! Top of our Hungary bucket-list is to visit Balaton and visit the wineries where my favourite Hungarians wine are made (literally anything from the Tokaj region.)

Looking for 40 MORE Reasons you must visit Budapest? Check out our latest post - 50 Things You Must Do In Budapest

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We're Laura and Tanbay, a British/German couple who have successfully weaselled our way out of the rat-race and want you to do the same!


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