Hungary Travel Guides for Backpackers

How to escape the crowds in Budapest and visit like a local

Among the European cities a long weekend away from each other, Budapest stands firmly as one of the top choices for youngsters, couples, and families alike. While the capital of Hungary is full of history, pleasantly tree-lined boulevards and a hefty stretch of riverside walks, the tourism can feel overwhelmingly targeted at young people hitting the town to get drunk on the cheap. But here’s a few budget suggestions to escape the crowds and feel like a visiting local.   Grab a coffee – and maybe buy an antique chair! If you follow the common advice of staying in Pest, […]
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Travel Guide: Budapest on a Budget

Have you been wanting to see Hungary? But worried about how to be the best tourist without breaking the bank? Look no further! Széchenyi Thermal Baths Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the largest and most popular bath in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, actually the largest in Europe. Located in a scenic park and built in the neo-baroque style fitting its 1913 opening, it has a certain old-world glamour to it. It has 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools of varying temperature. The complex also includes saunas and steam rooms, and optional extra spa treatments. It’s open every single day, and […]
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What To See In Budapest, Hungary

With so many wonderful destinations to visit I wanted to help you narrow down your list by recommending Budapest, Hungary as your next destination. Living in Budapest, Hungary completely transformed me as a human being and opened my eyes to more than I could ever imagine. It was much more than just tasting delicious foods, a fascinating history, and beautiful architecture. I learned so much by visiting all of the hot spots tourists love to visit, as well as the places loved by all of the locals. I fell in love with the food the instant my taste buds tasted […]
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Take a walk in the parks of Budapest

Although Budapest is a crowded big city in Hungary, fortunately, it also has many green parks.  I think everybody needs them, those spots where you can leave the city behind, to get some fresh air and enjoy nature. Besides these benefits, a lot of interesting programs are waiting for you at these places. Let me introduce to you some of them! Margaret Island Margaret Island is one of the islands of Budapest, between the Margaret and Árpád Bridge. It occupies a sizeable area of the city. It’s basically a big green park with beautiful plants, trees, and flowers of course. […]
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Budapest Travel Guide – A Fun Alive City

Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, boasts of historical monuments, ancient thermal baths, gothic churches, and a very happening nightlife. I have created a personalized Budapest Travel Guide out of my own experience of touring the city. And I must say, 2 days are not sufficient to explore the city, but here's how you can plan your itinerary to get the best out of it. Day 1 Dohany Street Synagogue The largest synagogue in Europe, Dohany Street Synagogue has a capacity of almost 3000 people, and it served as a shelter for many Jews during the Nazi era. The Jews […]
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The Danube bend – Eastern Bank

A perfect one-day getaway from the noise of the big city, Budapest, if you are full of urban sightseeing. Just hop on a train (leaving every hour) and visit the bend of the Danube, situated only between ½ hour-hour from Budapest. The Danube river, running from West to East, offers adventures all along Hungary and makes an almost 90-degree bend towards the South just above Budapest. Surrounded by hills and with the Szentendre island in between, the scenery is just breathtaking. You can find a wide range of outdoor activities, depending on your preferences. The forests and hills offer stunning […]
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Top 5 things to do in Budapest

Budapest has been very popular lately, the number of tourists has been increasing every year. Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, with a population of 2 million people. And of course thousands of tourists every day. As a local, I have seen the city and the main tourist spots so many times, but there is something, that is still so magical about Budapest. Every time I see the Danube with its gorgeous bridges or the Gellert-hill with the Buda Castle, I become a little child, who is amazed by everything around her. It is beautiful, peaceful and looks like […]
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A Complete Guide to the Top Attractions in Budapest

From historical sites and relaxing thermal baths to eclectic ruin bars, there’s something for everyone in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Although I spent two enjoyable weeks in this beautiful city, it only took an afternoon to fall in love as I walked around to explore some of it’s interesting sites. If you only have a few days to spend in Budapest, you can certainly see all of the must do attractions as it is a pedestrian-friendly city that also has a great transit system. The public transportation system consists of a subway, streetcars, buses and trolley buses which are […]
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Budapest: One of the most popular destinations in Europe

Two years ago, I had an opportunity to pay a visit to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, or maybe even the world. I heard stories about it, and they were all true. The city is captivating. No matter how long you stay, there is not enough time to see all its beauties and attractions. Budapest is the capital and the largest city, located in Central Hungary. It lies on the Danube River, which divides the city into two parts – Buda and Pest. By road, it is 378km north of Belgrade, 216 km south-east of Vienna, 545 […]
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Must Try: Ruin Bars in Budapest, Hungary

Do you want to taste the real Budapest feeling? Visit one of our best places – our Ruin Bars. This article will help you to find the outstanding Ruin Bar that fits you the most in the heart of Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. but first, let’s answer the first question comes up to your mind: What is a Ruin Bar? As for its historical background, the first ruin bar, Szimpla kert (see below) was established in 2001. Urban legends say it was the idea of a group of young, thirsty guys, who were looking for cheap place to drink. […]
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Why you should visit the colourful Szeged

Have you ever tried to give each place you visit a “title”? I have always thought about Prague as “The city of lights”, about Berlin as “The city of past” and well, also about Rome as “The city of history”. It’s a nice game to play when you go somewhere. We always focus on what we should see of a town or a city we visit for the first time. But, let me say something new: forget about to visit, and start considering what you might feel, while walking inside a museum, or enjoying a glass of a local drink. […]
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Budapest in two days

Hungarians speak almost the same language as I do. I lived one year in the Hungarian capital city: Budapest; and I got to say they have such a beautiful place. The architecture there is amazing, everywhere you turn there´s a monument to something or someone. Weather is good also, it rains a lot so there are pretty plants in all gardens. And then there´s alcohol wherever you go. So party, a lot of partying. I don’t consider myself as a party person, on my planet, people appreciate quietness pretty much. We have bars where people can just speak to each […]
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Surviving a Study Abroad in Budapest

  The City of BUDAPEST Probably one of the most cultural and historical cities in the world. Do not hesitate about its name: Which fun fact: it’s composed of two words representing the two parts of the city that conforms the capital of Hungary. The Buda side, mainly known by being the “old” or antique part of the city and the Pest side, which contains most of the sightseeing of the city. Doesn’t really matter the side you decide to stay for your semester abroad, since the city is really well connected and has a well-communicated transportation system (might experience […]
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3 Kooky Things That Make Budapest a Gem

After I graduated from college, I circumnavigated the globe with my a cappella group. It sounds insane, and for good reason. It absolutely was. About midway around the world, we stopped for almost a week in Budapest, Hungary. Before arriving there, we had visited Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and India; so, as you might imagine, Budapest actually felt a little familiar to me. However, as time continues to put distance between me and that unbelievably fun week in Hungary, I realize more and more how foreign Budapest actually is. It's more than a little crazy, its troubled but vitally important history […]
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Places to enjoy the winter in Budapest

There is not much snow in Budapest nowadays, but when there is, it’s stunning. It feels like you are in a winter wonderland and all you want to do is run around like a little kid. Here are some places where you can get the most out of this beautiful weather. Just make sure you have warm clothes on! Normafa Probably one of the loveliest places to go on a hike and enjoy a gorgeous view of the city. You can simply explore the forest and the different routes, have a workout in the fresh air surrounded by nature, have […]
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Budapest – Visiting Magical City On A River Danube

Three years ago I applied for a scholarship in Budapest to study the Hungarian language for one semester. Living in Budapest for 5 months was a blast! I met a bunch of foreign people from Egypt, France, Venezuela, Colombia, Russia, Ukraine, USA, Canada, Poland, Japan, Korea, China, Brazil, Argentina, Hungary. I was living in a dormitory and made a lot of friends. I'm still in contact with some of them and try to visit as much as I can. Hungarian language: My roots are from Hungary from my mother's side, so no wonder I'm madly in love with the city […]
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Drinking Your Way Around Budapest

I love drinking. Like love it, and European habits only added to a well-established Kiwi enjoyment of a cheeky brew or two. If you don't believe me, you don't have to scroll far through my Instagram posts to see one that features a wine bottle. I also love Budapest. Budapest is known by some at the 'Paris' of Eastern Europe, except unlike Paris everything in Budapest is actually affordable. Booze is cheap, accommodation is affordable and is a city filled to the brim with culture and history. Of all the places I've been while traveling, my favorite place to go […]
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Pécs: 8 special spots worth seeing in the “city of culture”

About the city of Pécs Pécs is a marvellous city located in the south area of Hungary. It is commonly referred to as the city of culture, for many simple reasons: it is one of the oldest cities of the country, rich in (ancient) monuments; additionally, the first university of Hungary was the University of Pécs, founded in 1367, which made the city the most important stage of education for many years. If you are interested in cultural traditions, memorable monuments, and ancient buildings, Pécs is the ideal destination for your next holiday in the middle region of Europe. However, I would […]
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Balaton in the summer…always a perfect choice

Balaton at the summer…always a perfect choice Balaton, the lake in the in the west-north part of the Hungary, also well known as Hungarian sea, surprises us during the last days of this August 2016. We decided to travel with my husband Jair for a prolonged weekend and after a few times thinking about choosing this destination, we booked the pension. Honestly, we were curious about the biggest freshwater lake in the Europe, since we already talked about the idea with our friends many times. Most of the time, the same rule apply for the travelling…the company and the mood count the […]
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The monastery ruins of Salföld -Lake Balaton, Hungary

Destination: Lake Balaton- Káli basin In September we decided to take off for a long-weekend to Balaton, Hungary along with our dog. I was very excited about this trip and not just because Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe. Even though it is a much frequented holiday destination, it has a lot more to offer than beaches, buffet food and beer. Not so long ago I heard about a hidden monastery in the woods that once belonged to the mysterious monks of The Order of Saint Paul. Just like any other nation around the world Hungarians also have […]
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Budapest: Five non-mainstream things to do in the heart of Europe

Budapest, the capital of Hungary is a huge and lovely city – probably not as big as Paris, but yet, it could take at least three-four days to visit the mainstream touristic sights one by one. I know, I have lived there, I have wandered around the streets and seen many things touristic eyes cannot see – so here I would like to give you guidance to go a bit deeper and see the side of Budapest many foreigners do not see. Square of Roses Most of the people have no idea about it, but there is a beautiful and peaceful […]
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Hungary, The 5 reasons why I love Budapest

One of the questions I am always asked when I meet new people or old friends I haven’t seen for a long time, is why do I like Budapest, in Hungary so much? I must admit it; I feel completely confused in front of this question. How can I describe this feeling of being happy, of being whole, this feeling of belonging here? So I thought it over, and little bit by little bit the picture became clearer in my mind and this is why I love this city. But don’t get me wrong; it is not an exhaustive list! And […]
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Traveling on a Budget in Budapest, Hungary

*All monetary amounts are in USD, unless otherwise marked* My boyfriend and I recently completed a two month bicycle trip around a significant portion of Europe. Because we were traveling for two months, and are recent college graduates, we wanted to keep our daily expenses as low as possible. That meant hunting for bargains wherever we could find them. And the countries with the lowest prices were Hungary and the Czech Republic. Göcsej Völgye Kemping The first night we arrived in Hungary, we stayed at a place called Göcsej Völgye Kemping, a campground run by a very sweet couple, Margit […]
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Budapest: City of Friends

“Budapest is the world’s melting pot of Architectural styles. From Roman amphitheaters and Gothic-styled cathedrals to traditional Turkish baths, Budapest has it all.” -Lust for the World Budapest is arguably one of the most varied cities I have visited, along with Hungary as a country itself. It beckons you from afar as you enter the city with neon lights reflecting off the buildings to captivate approaching travelers, new to the cities aurora, like a glowing beacon. It may at first seem intimidating as a city from the central station, yet after a few minutes walk towards the center the city […]
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