Budapest, an underrated gem, plays host to fewer tourists than London or Paris. Yet its charm lies in its vibrant nightlife and rich historical sites, cheap eats and thermal baths aplenty. Budapest comprises three cities – Buda, Pest, and Obuda. Consequently, choosing the right neighbourhood can enhance your experience.
To help you make informed decisions, here’s my guide to the best neighbourhoods in Budapest offering proximity to all the action.
Castle District (District I): For Sightseeing
The Castle District, located in Buda, is a hub for tourist attractions like Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Gellért Hill. It also hosts two famous thermal spas, Rudas and Gellért Baths. Though it leans towards the upscale, the area offers a range of accommodations and eateries, and it’s also close to the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, connecting to District V.
* BUDGET: Hotel Orion Várkert – A small hotel with basic comforts and a great location.
* MIDRANGE: Monastery Boutique Hotel – A modern hotel in a 300-year-old abbey, close to major sights.
* LUXURY: Hotel Clark – An adults-only property offering a luxurious stay.
Parliament and Belváros Districts (District V): For Convenience
This district is at the heart of the city. Here, you’ll find key sights like the Parliament building and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Also, the Central Market and the stunning chain bridge are close by.
* BUDGET: Central Market Hall Hostel – A cozy hostel near the Central Market.
* MIDRANGE: Bohem Art Hotel – A hotel that feels like an art gallery, close to the river and shopping street.
* LUXURY: Matild Palace – A luxurious palace-like hotel to make you feel like royalty.
Terézváros (District VI): For Local Vibes
A budget-friendly area, Terézváros is home to Széchenyi thermal bath and tourist sites like the Terror Museum.
* BUDGET: Silver Hotel – A hotel with basic comforts and a great location near the shopping street.
* MIDRANGE: Mirage Medic Hotel – A hotel close to the popular thermal spa.
* LUXURY: W Budapest – A hotel with large and colorful rooms and excellent facilities.
Jewish Quarter (District VII): For Food & Nightlife
The Jewish Quarter houses the Dohány Street Synagogue and a thriving nightlife, featuring unique ruin bars.
* BUDGET: Onefam – A social hostel perfect for solo travelers.
* MIDRANGE: Vagabond Grand’Or – An apart-hotel perfect for families or those wanting to cook their own meals.
* LUXURY: Anantara NY Palace – A lavish hotel with a grand interior and luxurious facilities.
All the neighbourhoods listed here are places most travelers, including myself, spend their time in. They offer the main sights, nightlife, city’s past, and incredible cuisine. So, pick your neighbourhood and enjoy!
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