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Old world charm colliding with Europe’s best nightlife; Budapest is a one-of-a-kind stag destination thanks to its brutal history, thermal baths and rowdy ruin bars.
Budapest In A Nutshell
- Cleft in two by the swirling waters of the Danube, the cities of Buda and Pest are a treasure trove of baroque and art nouveau buildings.
- An abundance of hot springs means self-care at Budapest’s thermal baths is the ultimate hangover cure
- Cheap beer and a boisterous bar scene spell round-the-clock partying.
Bubbling underneath Budapest are hundreds of natural hot springs, built into thermal baths that relax muscles and cure hangovers. Locals love these so much, it’s nicknamed the ‘city of spas’. The most famous is Szechenyi: a gorgeous complex with outdoor pools that, even in winter, steam at a toasty 77C. Dividing the city in two is the Danube, which from on a river cruise you can spot the regal Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion in Buda, and the Death Eater-esque magnificence of the Hungarian Parliament Building in Pest. For something different, play rare pinball machines at the Flipper Museum, or drink Hungary’s favourite liquor straight from the barrel at the Zwack Unicum Museum.
There’s no better street food in Budapest than langos: deep-fried flatbreads topped with sour cream and cheese, made fresh in the Great Market Hall (perfect for munching on as you take in the sights). It’s also mandatory that you eat at a traditional Hungarian bistro. These cosy venues serve classic dishes like goulash and chicken paprikash with nokedli (fluffy egg noodle dumplings), best paired with a cold glass of Dreher beer. If visiting in summer, bright pink sour cherry soup (sour cream, sugar and sour cherries, served cold) makes for a surprisingly good sweet treat.
You (and your wallet) will rejoice in knowing that Budapest has Europe’s cheapest alcohol prices: pints are as low as £1.30, while a round of ten drinks will cost you little over £20. Craft beer is making a big name for itself in the Hungarian capital, but you can’t go wrong with a cheap and cheerful Soproni. The most famous of local spirits is Unicum (ring in the jokes), a blend of 40 different herbs known to make many tourists scrunch up their faces.
There’s no stag worth having that doesn’t spend at least one night in the city’s ruin bars. These incredibly cool venues are housed inside derelict pre-war buildings, once scheduled for demolition but now given a new lease of life. The most iconic is Szimpla: a vast, graffiti-scrawled assault on the senses, filled with random junk, plants and fairy lights. Red Ruin is a glorious communist-themed bar, where you roll dice and are given whatever shot the number matches on the menu. If you’re in Budapest in summer, book a ‘Sparty’: wild Saturday nights that turn the Szchenyi Thermal Baths into massive pool parties.
Budapest Neighbourhood Guide
Made up of 23 distinct districts, Budapest is a fascinating mosaic of a city, bursting at the seams with lively nightlife and a thriving cultural scene which puts good living at its heart.
District VII - Erzsébetváros
Known as the Jewish Quarter, Erzsébetváros - Budapest’s district 7 - is the epicentre of the city’s bohemian social scene, boasting bars and nightclubs in spades. You’ll discover speakeasies and hipster bars specialising in craft beer here - and everything in between. Steeped in history, the district is where you’ll also find the largest concentration of the city’s famous ruin bars: quirky watering holes built in the ruins of abandoned pre-war buildings, stores or lots.
District VIII - Józsefváros
At Pest’s southernmost tip, district 9 is off the radar for many tourists to the city. While not an obvious hit with visitors, locals revel in the colourful if rough-around-the-edges area with its pop up bars and restaurants. District 9 is perhaps better known these days though as the craft beer district. Billing itself as the first craft beer bar in Eastern Europe, Élesztőház brewhouse in particular, with its rooftop courtyard and extensive tap-list, flies the flag for the district.
District IX - Ferencváros
This former working-class enclave is now one of the trendiest parts of Amsterdam, home to the famous Albert Cyup Market and an increasing number of young people setting up hip brunch cafes. Come here for a taste of Amsterdam at its coolest.
District V - Belváros-Lipótváros
The true heart of the city, Belváros is home to most of Budapest’s star attractions, including the palatial Hungarian Parliament building, poignant ‘Shoes on the Danube’ Holocaust memorial, iconic Chain Bridge and grandiose St Stephen’s Basilica. Its architectural and historic charms aside, the upmarket district is a busy thoroughfare for locals and tourists alike. And much like district 7, Belváros shows off a different side at night with local haunts, bars, clubs and restaurants offering a night to remember.
District I - Várkerület
Due to its terrain, district 1 is the best place to go for sweeping panoramic views of the city from the ramparts of Buda Castle or the Fisherman’s Bastion. Busier during the day with tourists flocking to ride its funicular railway, sit in its cozy cafes and stroll its cobblestone laneways, this mostly residential area is worth a look in for the views of Pest alone.
Read more in ourBudapest Stag Guide.
Getting to Budapest
Flights toBudapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airportfrom London are a breezy 2 hours 45 minutes, starting from a tempting£20-£50in the low season. Affordable travel prices in the low season make it an extremely popular stag and hen destination, so don’t be surprised if you share your flight with fellow partygoers! Note that prices are prone to getting pretty steep in the high season (usually summertime), so book early to avoid disappointment. Once you’ve landed in Budapest, it’s a 35-minute journey by road to the city centre; we recommend you take anairport transfer with guide.
When To Visit Budapest
Hungary’s capital city sears in hot summers and shimmers in cold winters, with the months in between staying dry and warm. In other words, it’s a city at its best in all seasons.
Spring:From March to May, the city is at ease with itself, not least because tourists are at a minimum. Obviously this mean flights and accommodation are stable and much more affordable. The weather is typically dry with temperatures eeking up to21cas locals prepare to party at the Budapest Beer Festival in May.
Summer:By far the busiest period - and conversely the hottest and wettest months of the year - in Budapest. With the mercury hitting30cat times, visitors embrace the sticky heat in the summer months to rock out at Sziget music festival in August. Expect high prices but perhaps it’s a small price to pay for the buzzing atmosphere in the streets and bars.
Legal:Some city districts have prohibited the sale of alcohol after 10pm because of alcohol-related disturbances. If caught drinking or in possession of open containers of alcohol in public spaces (particularly near schools, churches or parks) or on public transport, you may have to pay a £130 (50,000 HUF) fine but the law isn’t actively enforced unless you are being a nuisance.
Illegal:All drug use is illegal in Hungary with zero tolerance laws strictly enforced. Cannabis use and possession carries the same weighty punishments as heroin. If it's your first offence, possession of less than 12 grams will likely lead to a one-off reprimand (consumption carries a 2-year sentence). Possession of larger amounts leads to a five to ten-year prison sentence.
Unique Budapest Stag Ideas
Here are some the best stag activities you can do in Budapest
- Zip back in time and beat the clock
Travel back in time behind the wheel of aTrabant: an iconic automobile that was the only car available in the Eastern Bloc before the Berlin Wall came down. Cruise through Budapest and take in the sights, as tourists gawk over these remnants of history. If you have a more fervent need for speed, ourKarting Grand PrixandQuad Trekkingexperiences will hit the mark.
- Soak in thermal baths by day, pool party by night
It wouldn’t be a trip to Budapest without soaking in the famous Szechenyi Baths: 18 thermal pools over 100 years old, built over a natural hot spring. Even in the dead of winter they’re warm, making them the ultimate hangover cure. Once refreshed, you can restart the action at the Sparty Party, where flowing drinks and pumping music turns the baths into a buzzing pool party. After, opt for our a massage at our [Luxury Spa Day(https://chillisauce.com/stag/in-budapest/day/do-spas-and-pampering/go-44641c38575823fb139e) to work out the damage from the night before.
- Handle classic firearms and blast your mates with paint
Blow off some steam at ourPistol Shooting Range, where you’ll get the chance to blast targets with classic models like the Glock 17 handgun and Remington 870 shotgun. Alternatively, theUltimate Firearms experienceprovides ample thrills andPaintballwill have you putting all that practice to good use.
- Drink by bike, boat and strip cruise
Clink pints aboard your very own bar-on-wheels, cruising around Budapest atop a14-seat beer bike. Take the action to the Danube on a privateRiver Cruise(buffet and open bar optional), or invite some gorgeous guests on ourStrip Cruiseto heat things up.
- Party with class or get down and dirty
Place your bets inKincsem Park, Hungary’s oldest race track, where cheap drinks turn the event into a bouncing day out. Swap horses for the luxury of ourParty Limo, or get down and dirty with our scantily-cladMud Wrestlingchampions.