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BUDAPEST FOR COUPLES (YOUNG AND OLD)
It’s no coincidence that Budapest is called “The Paris of the East”. From the high vantage point of the Citadella to the Banks of the Danube. From the Castle District with its lovely cobblestone streets to the majestic and beautiful hills of Buda and the lavish Váci Street. There are plenty of places where two people can create lasting and beautiful memories.
Try a couples massage in one of the lavish thermal baths or take a romantic river cruise on the Danube, complete with dinner and entertainment.
Or check out the many concerts by local and international artists taking place at the many eclectic venues like the A-38 Ship, a decommissioned war vessel docked on the Danube.
BUDAPEST FOR FRIENDS (OF ANY AGE!)
Traveling to Budapest with a group of friends can be a fantastic experience due to the exciting nightlife of the city. Ever heard of the Ruin Pubs? They’re the perfect example of how creativity and entrepreneurial skills can turn a once run-down neighborhood like the 5th district into a vibrant, life-filled quarter. Szimpla Kért, Fogas Ház, Aquarim Klub, Morrison’s 2 are just some of the few incredible venues where you can party all night with different music in each room.
And if you want to combine the tradition of going to a historic spa with modern heart-thumping sounds why not try a Sparty? A sparty is a Spa Party and is held primarily at the city’s majestic Szécsényi Spa.
If you’d rather have a more relaxing experience you can try Szécsényi during the day or head to one of the other historic spas in the city.
16 century Rudas and art nouveau Gellért Baths are amongst the most famous in the city while the lesser know (but lovely!) Lukács Baths offer free entrance to anyone purchasing a Budapest Card.
BUDAPEST FOR KIDS
Being a child in Budapest is a fantastic experience. There’s simply no shortage of things to see and do. Even for free!
The city is filled with brand-new perfectly appointed playground that are guaranteed keep your little ones busy for hours! (the ones next to the Parliament and Gellért Baths are especially worth a mention!).
If that’s not enough you can head to the Palatinus Beach on a hot summer day or try out the year-round fun at the slides of Aquaworld.
If your little ones are into cars and trains or if you want to see how Hungary looked like during the Communist era there’s no better place than the Miniversum.
As the name suggests it’s a miniature universe where many Hungarian and international cities are meticulously reconstructed on a miniature scale. Kids of all age will have the pleasure of seeing it come alive by remotely controlling trains, cars, trams, runways and even miniature figures.
And if your kids would rather see the real life-size trains the Railway Park is guaranteed to keep them happy. Besides admiring over 30 historic steam engines children delight in riding the small train that goes around the park. One of the trains even has a small steam engine and the tracks have real railway crossings with blinking lights.
Animal encounters are also an option in Budapest. The Zoo is one of the few in Europe where you can admire a koala and the Tropicarium is great for getting up close with exotic species like sharks and rays (that you can even pet!).
Budapest offers a wealth of sporting, culinary and entertainment events year-round.
While the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix (held in July) and the Sziget Music Festival (in August) are probably the most famous overall, there are lots of interesting events year-round.
Vörösmarty Tér host lovely Christmas and Easter Markets. The Budapest Spring Festival (between March and April) brings a rich variety of performing artists to the city. May Day has events and festivals for the whole family and there are a wealth of gastronomic festivals not to be missed: the Gourmet Festival, the Belgian, Czech and Budapest Beer Festivals, the Rosalia Rosé Festival and the Junior Wine Festival.