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Zebee City Guide Series: Budapest, Hungary

We are crushing out big time on Victoria Wiglusz with her Budapest city guide. We dare you not to fall in love with the Hungarian capital after reading this guide. Be warned it will make you want to eat brunch immediately!!

Check out her insta @vicky_wig


One thing that makes Budapest so dynamic is its mix of Western and Eastern Europe. The city is still transitioning, so more and more young Hungarians are breathing new and youthful life into this great city. I recommend the perfect amount of days to explore the most out of Budapest is 3-5 days! Apart from all the seshing and partying I did (typical millennial), my favourite area was perched just above the city, I called it the "princess palace" Castle Hill is a must-visit neighborhood of Budapest. Some of the buildings date back to 14th and 15th centuries. Set aside a day to discover its winding cobble stone streets, SO PRETTY AND INSTAGRAMABLE. The area also contains many of Budapest’s top attractions like Trinity Square, Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Buda Castle.


MY FAVOURITE BAR OFF THE BEATEN TRACK...


Szimpla Kert



ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE A NEW VISITOR TO THE CITY...


Budapest has a good network of public transport with loads of cute trams. They’re all affordable but be sure you always validate your ticket because they do check tickets often (you don’t want to get fined).


Hungarian is a really really hard language, it was funny trying to learn even basic words and I completely failed. While the alphabet looks similar to English, the letters are pronounced much differently — so don’t expect to read many signs or menus. BUT - everyone is so super friendly, they'll be willing to point you in the right direction if you're lost or wanting to find anything out.

Taxi drivers have a reputation for ripping off tourists, especially BRITS and Americans, so beware when using taxis. Always use real taxis and insist they use the meter, or just use a tram because its much cheaper. Also, basic stuff but watch out for pickpockets, I always carried a bum bag around my waist, as the locals aren't idiots and can spot a tourist with lots of disposable money.

THAT GREAT PLACE WITH INCREDIBLE PRICE...


Gelarto Rosa (for the best ice cream ever - and they make it into the shape of a rose)

THE ONE FOOD DISH YOU HAVE TO TRY...


Budapest is SO GOOD for brunch, STIKA Budapest do the best bacon pancakes and eggs benedict (yes I got both).

NUMBER ONE TOURIST TRAP TO AVOID...


Rip-off taxi's

HOW TO DO THE TOURIST SIGHTS WITHOUT BEING A TOURIST...


The banks of the Danube river are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site so you should spend some time visiting the Danube Promenade. It’s also a great place to see many of Budapest’s best sights, you could spend all day walking along it and not get bored from the views.


Built in 1894, the great market hall draws a major crowd looking for fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, and random souvenirs. It is a bit of a tourist trap as the prices are a lot higher than what you’d find over on the Buda side of the city. However, it’s a nice place to go for small bites and to look at the architecture of the hall.

The House of Terror is a museum detailing Budapest’s time under Nazi and communist rule — specially it focuses of the secret police of both parties. It’s housed in the secret police’s former headquarters (which was also their torture site). It’s a very interesting museum and it’s one of the cities most visited attractions. Although make sure you book in advance as the museum was shut when we got there and we had no idea its closed only on Mondays!

City Park is where people of Budapest go to escape the city (it’s also where you’ll find the Széchenyi Baths). In this 302 acres park, you’ll also find a zoo and a replica Transylvanian Vajdahunyad Castle. It’s a fun place to explore on a nice day.

The largest square in Hungary and it celebrates the thousandth anniversary of Hungary. It also marks the entrance of City Park so you’re sure to come across this monument. Its really pretty here and makes such a good pic for the gram.


LAST BUT NOT LEAST - Széchenyi thermal bath, built in 1913, is probably the most popular and it’s a beautiful neo-baroque bath complex that consists of 11 medicinal pools and eight swimming pools. It’s also one of the largest spas in Europe. A ticket will cost around £15, and this includes a locker to put your stuff in.



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