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From Buda to Pest

[ 0 ] April 4, 2013 |


A change is as good as a rest so why not make the most of a long weekend and take off on a city break?

While jetting away for a couple of days couldn’t be easier in the age of budget travel and cheap hotels, it would still be wise to take out some award winning single trip travel insurance from Virgin Money before your trip.

Now that’s sorted, you’re free to enjoy your holiday as you please. Here’s how we believe you can best enjoy the more unusual destination choice, Budapest.

Your time in Budapest

The capital of Hungary is the perfect place to spend two full days. With plenty to do, as well as affordable accommodation and dining options it ticks all the boxes when it comes to city breaks.

Situated on the banks of the Danube, Budapest actually consists of three cities. There’s Óbuda, the oldest section, with Celtic and Roman ruins, Buda in the hills on the western bank, famous for its historic Castle Hill, and last but not least there’s the bustling Pest. In this area you can go shopping, witness governmental buildings and make the most of commercial districts on the flat plain of the east bank.


Start your day by wandering over the bridge across the river from Pest into Buda. Slowly meander around the castle district – one of the most romantic pedestrian sections in the city.

A medieval town with atmospheric streets, houses, beautiful monuments and gas lamps, the winding streets and narrow houses date back to the Middle Ages and a feeling of grandeur permeates the air.

Before crossing back into Pest, pay a visit to The Royal Palace on top of Castle Hill.  Erected in the 14th century and rebuilt in Baroque style 400 years later, it was the residence of Hungarian kings for 700 years. Today it embraces the most visited museums and galleries in Budapest, such as the Budapest Historical Museum and Hungarian National Gallery.

Budapest Royal Palace

Back in Pest, it’s worth walking along Andrássy Boulevard which is lined with eclectic 19th and 20th century mansions designed with artistic thoughtfulness. The Boulevard is also home to one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, sneak in for a peak if you can.

The evening

In the evening search for a ruin bar, they’re all the rage in Budapest and can be found in abandoned buildings (hence the name) in the city’s Jewish quarter.

From outside, they look like normal homes but enter and you’ll find yourself in the middle of a funky, bustling bar. They’re a great place to unwind with locals before day two of your Eastern European adventure.

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