How to Spend the Perfect Weekend in Budapest
Budapest is divided in two by the Danube River. One side is known as Buda and the other is Pest. This city is the perfect getaway for a weekend away. Whether you’re into thermal baths, exploring unique, chic ruin bars, a history buff or a cuisine fiend, this city caters to you. The city is known for its bopping nightlife and cultural scene but has an abundance of 20th century history reminders, which will ensure a dynamic itinerary for your perfect weekend city break in Budapest.
What to Do in Budapest
Szechenyi Thermal Baths
One of the most visited tourist spots in Budapest is the Szechenyi thermal baths. These thermal baths, in particular, are one of the largest in Europe. It homes a large indoor and outdoor area. Enjoy the spa baths located in front of a lavishly decorated palace. Depending on the time you plan on visiting the baths, your visit can be as calm or as wild as you wish. Guests can enjoy a massage or relax in the multiple thermal pools.
For those more inclined to attend a spa party or a “sparty”, then you’re in for a treat. Sparties are a one-of-a-kind experience, which involves all-night pool parties in 2 of the thermal outdoor pools. It includes laser shows, DJ’s and plenty of alcohol.
Visit a Ruin Bar
These are atmospheric makeshift bars located in ruins of old buildings with quirky furniture and bric-a-brac, and a cool drink selection, becoming an emblem of Budapest itself. Szimpla Kert is one of the first and best bustling ruin bars that originated in Budapest. Not only does it offer visitors thriving nightlife, but also the choice of fresh bakery products, street-style food menus and a Farmer’s Market on Sundays.
Budapest River Cruise
Embarking on a cruise of the “Pearl of the Danube” allows guests to take in fascinating views of landmark monuments, such as Buda Castle and the Vigado Concert Hall. These cruises can be taken day or night. A nighttime option is usually my personal favourite, as you can enjoy illuminated panoramic views. Some night time cruises have the option of enjoying a candlelit dinner and cocktails or booze cruise options for those inclined. Whichever your preference, this is definitely a more exciting option to take in the views of Budapest.
The Great Market Hall
This is one of Budapest’s most popular street markets. Wander through the colourful market, spread over 3 floors, and filled with decadent smells and sights. If you enjoy fresh food, photo opportunities, window shopping and food tours then this location should be on your visit list.
Shoes on the Danube
If you find yourself strolling along the banks of the Danube river, one stop to take in, is the ‘Shoes on the Danube’ monument. Erected as a tribute to pay respect to those who were murdered by The Arrow Cross along the banks of the Danube in WWII. It consists of over 60 pairs of 1940’s style shoes made out of iron and installed along the Danube promenade. The intimacy of the monument is very striking, with flowers and candles laid by the relatives of the victims.
Where to Eat in Budapest
For wine and cheese lovers, this deal is perfect. If you are a non-staying guest at the hotel, it offers an unlimited wine and cheese reception for only €25 per person, between the hours of 16:00 – 18:00 every day. The quality of food and attentiveness of the staff are incredible. Enjoy live music from the pianist and sit back and relax in this chilled out atmosphere. A perfect pre-dinner spot to keep you going.
Based on the Ruin Bar concept, this quirky restaurant comes in at one of the most recommended restaurants in Budapest. Have a look at their menu here. Make sure to book this Israeli-style restaurant in advance.
In Budapest’s foodie culture, the infamous street food known as Langos is a must-try. It consists of a deep-fried dough, made into a flat, round shape (similar to pizza), and traditionally topped with sour cream and cheese. Other options include adding bacon, sausages, jalapenos, etc. It’s a cheap eat around €1.50-€2 and available at street vendors and multiple choice of restaurants.
Where to Stay in Budapest
4* Soho Boutique Hotel
This chic and quirky 4* boutique hotel is a staff pick here at Click&Go. The location is perfect, right in the heart of Budapest, just a few minutes’ walk from the Danube River. So, ideal for both business and leisure travel. Over 75 guest rooms have sound-proof windows and LCD TVs. This hotel boasts a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor, awarding it a Certificate of Excellence.
3* K9 Residence Apartments
These 3* apartments boast a terrific location for travellers and offer amazing views of the city. Located a 2-minute walk from the National Museum and Deak Ferenc Underground Station, these apartments make a great base for your weekend stay.
4* Rum Budapest Hotel
This stunning 4* hotel was TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s 2019 Choice Award Winner and no wonder why. This hotel appeals to modern urban explorers and is located near the Danube River in the historic centre of Budapest, only 5 minutes’ walk to the Great Market Hall. The stunning rooftop bar is perfect for enjoying a drink in the summer sunshine with friends.
Are you ready to explore this Eastern European gem?