Must do's in Budapest
Re-source and replenish your energy levels in the thermal baths. The ultimate must-do during your citytrip to Budapest is a visit to the thermal baths of Széchenyi Gyogyfurdo, Europe's largest spa and the smartest one in Budapest! Just unwind and indulge in the magnitude and stature of the impressive open-air healing pools of this renowned hot spring.
The Castle District: previously Buda's city centre and over seven centuries old. Enjoy the stunning views from atop the picture-perfect medieval Fisherman's Bastion with its fairy-tale towers and decorative fortifications. Other must-see highlights are the Royal palace and the Kings Matthias Church.
The zoo: absolutely recommended for young and old. Here animals live in their natural habitat, including nocturnal animals. Don’t be surprised if you see a bat fly by!
Budapest: Insider tips
Get a free guided tour: some residents or students volunteer as city guide and take you on a walking or cycling tour through Budapest. It is very popular and free of charge. Noblesse oblige to tip (the amount is up to you)
Celler restaurants: affordable food scenes are found underground in Budapest and served delicious local produce. Paprika is the symbol of Hungarian cuisine and peppers are used in most traditional dishes. Try a Pálinka, a fruit brandy similar to a Belgian fruit jenever.
Do not retire to your bed early. Budapest’s night scene is vibrant and varied. Why not pop in at the Szimpla kert, the pioneer of our ruin pubs and definitely the most well-known amongst locals and tourists alike. Walls are painted with graffiti and wayward art and the pub is furnished with eclectic remnants of times gone by. It would be a shame to miss a chance of having a Dreher (beer) here or enjoy a hookah puff.
Last but not least: Wi-Fi is widely available in Budapest and almost always complimentary.
How to explore Budapest?
Did you know that Budapest runs the second oldest metro line in the world? Today, with the inauguration of a third metro line, the rapid transit system conveniently links the city’s major hotspots.Rent a car and visit the outskirts of Budapest or its neighbouring cities and nature hot spots, such as Lake Balaton, the largest freshwater lake in Europe.
Budapest Travel information
Travel documents: a valid Belgian identity card will suffice to board your flight to Barcelona
Local time: there is no time difference with Belgium
Currency: The Hungarian Forint (HUF). 100 HUF = 0,32 EUR (Euro)
Climate: Budapest has both a maritime and continental climate. Summers are characteristically warm to very warm and winter rather cool. Snowfall is not exceptional in Budapest.