Throughout the last decade Budapest has become a recurrent destination among young travellers due to the variety of things that it has to offer at convenient prices. It is the capital of Hungary and is formed by Buda and Pest, which in the past were two cities located respectively on the west and east part of the Danube.
The beauty of this city lays in the fact that it is made for walking. You can get almost everywhere by foot and you will always be surrounded by an interesting scenario, many of which are considered UNESCO world heritage sites. Once in the city, you can take a free walking tour to visit the main attractions like the Chain Bridge, the Parliament, St Stephen Basilica, the Buda Castle, the Fisherman Bastion and its view or you can simply decide to explore at your own pace and in a more spontaneous way. If you get lost you can always ask locals, they are friendly and willing to help. After a long day walking make sure you get some rest in one of the many thermal baths located in the city.
Hungarians are very proud of their culture and enjoy sharing it with people, especially when it comes to food and drinks. You cannot leave Budapest without eating “Goulash” or one of their typical dishes with paprika (spice used for everything). With regard to drinks you must take a shot of “Pálinka” and try “Fröccs” a combination of wine and soda water. If you are looking for a nice and interesting place to hang out, go to the Ruin Pubs located mostly in Kazinczy Street. These Pubs are famous because they were abandoned constructions that were transformed and decorated in particular way.
Finding accommodation is both easy and cheap. The city has quite a big quantity of youth hostels spread around the historical center. During summer it is better to book in advance, opposite to the winter season when demand for hostels is lower. Getting to the city is quite easy as well since Hungary has its own low cost airline called Wizz Air, which offers very low prices, perfect for young travellers. Once in the city you can use public transportation, which runs all night, take a taxi or simply walk to get around. In addition you can also take a ride in the second-oldest metro line in the world.
Before planning your trip have a look at the festivals and shows happening in the city, some of them are already quite famous and require booking in advance. Moreover, if you have some extra time, explore the rest of the country and remember to visit places such as Lake Ballaton or the Tokaj wine region.
Written by: Laura Duque