Budapest by Locals – Explore One of the Most Romantic Cities in the World

See Budapest Through the Eyes of Locals – Insider Tips on Sights, Things to Do, Hotels, Eating Out is an independent travel guide created by a local family who have been living in and loving the city for more than a decade now.

Budapest view at DuskHave you heard many things about Budapest and Hungary?

Are you curious what’s the Hungarian capital like?

Dubbed often as Paris of the East, or the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest sits at the crossroads of West and East exuding a combination of the modern and the exotic.

Can’t decide whether Budapest is worth a visit?

Browse our pages about the many sights, activities, culinary delights, entertainment, and cultural programs it offers.

My family (husband and two children) is living in Budapest so we know it inside out. All four of us love different aspects of the city and have his/her own favourite places and activities that we write about on this website.

We also share insider tips on hotels and other accommodation, how to get around, main attractions, sightseeing tours, events, where to eat, and shop to help you plan your visit.

With so many things to do and see, planning your vacation can seem a bit overwhelming at first. That’s why we created this website. You’ll find all the necessary information about this alluring city, the capital of Hungary on our pages.

Not just the need to know facts you may read about in most guide books, but our version of the city: the good, the bad and the ugly.

We love Budapest with all its charms and downsides that we share with you on our site.

Budapest Travel Guide – Plan Your Visit

tourists in a cityTravel Basics
Detailed travel information for tourists: flights to Budapest, airport transfer, getting around, basic facts, maps, best time to visit, costs and prices and more.
the Danube with the bridges at duskAccommodation in Budapest
Guide to choosing the right accommodation for your visit. Best hotels, apartments, hostels and other budget lodgings by areas.
a cruise boat on the DanubeTop Tips – Favorite Sights & Activities
Our favourite activities for tourists: cruises on the Danube, wine tasting, and wine tour in Etyek, unique guided tours, concerts, folklore, and gastronomy programs
tourists at the Hungarian national MuseumThings To Do & See
Recommended things to do and see compiled by locals for a fulfilling holiday. Top attractions, activities, hidden sights you don’t want to miss on your holiday.
a couple in a restaurantTaste Budapest
Have a taste of our city during your stay: find the best restaurants and cafes, and discover food specialties in Hungary. Learn about local cuisine, and popular dishes.
a festival in Buda CastleBudapest Events
Month by month events in 2015. Festivals, classical and light music concerts, sport events, museum exhibitions all the year round in Budapest.

Why Visit Budapest?

a panoramic view of the Danube with the Chain BridgeOur capital is often called the Paris of the East. I wouldn’t compare it to Paris nor any other cities.

Budapest is unique; it has its own distinctive character, and attractions.

History left its traces everywhere. You can see them onher grand buildings, in the cobbled streets of Buda Castle, and on people’s faces.

Despite of modernisation efforts, the capital of Hungary managed to preserve its identity offering something for everyone:

Hungarian Parliament building in Pest

  • old world charm and modern lifestyle,
  • magnificent architecture,
  • grand coffee houses and trendy cafés,
  • a diverse cultural life with superb classical music concerts music in the Opera House and the latest hits in glitzy nightclubs,
  • shiny new shopping malls and little antique shops.
Budapest offers you affordable luxury:
  • fine cuisine,
  • delicious wines,
  • historic thermal baths offering traditional as well as modern wellness treatments at affordable prices,
  • last but not least, it has the Danube with the graceful bridges spanning it.

The river is flowing gracefully, and the two parts, Buda and Pest, welcome it with a warm embrace. Rather than dividing Budapest, the Danube is in full harmony with the two parts offering striking vistas; earning her two other nicknames “The Pearl of Danube”, and the “Queen of the Danube”.

Budapest is not too large and not too small. It has just the right size that makes it a pleasant place to live in, and discover. You can explore its major sights on foot.

There are plenty of places that are excellent for leisurely walks:

  • the leafy Buda Hills,
  • the historic Castle District, or
  • the idyllic Margaret Island.
The city is also ideal for romantic vacations offering a wide range of affordable hotels from large luxury accommodations to more intimate designer hotels. To help you plan your travel we compiled a hand-picked list of the best-value hotels based on travellers’ reviews.

That’s Budapest, in the heart of Europe, where East and West meets. The attractions combined with locals’ legendary hospitality make a trip here a special experience.

Some fall in love with our city at first site, others become obsessed with her after a thorough acquaintance. One way or the other, I hope you’ll keep coming back!

Let us be your invisible guides for your perfect vacation!