So, you’ve got a couple of days off and want to max them out with some affordable shopping, scrumptious dining and top it off with a wide buffet of gorgeous spas, sites and culture? Then Budapest is definitely for you! The capital of Hungary has a ton of stuff to offer. And not just for those of us that shamelessly enjoy pampering ourselves with soothing massages, hot spring baths or munching great food and sipping some of the continent’s best beer and wine. And both sides of the city, Buda and Pest, have a lot more to offer than meets the eye – especially for us short time visitors.
The city is easy to navigate and though you’ll find taxis everywhere and a cable car network that covers most places of interest, the capital’s downtown neighborhoods are actually within reasonable walking distance. Taking one of the many bridges oner the Danube River from Buda to Pest makes covering Budapest extremely easy. Or, even better, why not jump on one of those sightseeing double-decker buses? Some tickets even include a few hours on one of the many river boats docked on the Buda side of town.
Need culture fix? No problem – you’ll enjoy some of Europe’s most amazing architecture, theatre venues and in the summer, street life that can rival both Paris and Rome.
Not only is Budapest easy to get to with an abundance of inexpensive flights from dozens of European cities. You’ll also find that you get a really decent bang for your buck or euro while here.
Compared to say, Stockholm, it’s generally 50% cheaper to vacation. During our weekend, we enjoyed a really good Italian meal with two main courses, two glasses of wine, two beers and two coffees for under €30 combined. Try that in London!