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“Ask pretty much anyone what they recommend you do in Budapest and they’ll likely suggest a night out at Szimpla Kert. The iconic party place is undoubtedly the city’s most famous nightspot, and has inspired wave after wave of “ruin pubs” that have popped up in the years since it opened. We sat down with one of the owners, Ábel Zsendovits, to talk about the role Szimpla has played in Budapest becoming one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, particularly among young people. While you might think he’s too busy running his Szimpla empire to have a lemonade with us, he was generous with his time. Location: H-1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14 ”
592 locals recommend
Synagogue
“Within a few minutes walk you can reach the Jewish Quarter and take a tour of Europe's largest synagogue. The synagogue offers guided tours in several languages and can be studied with the history of the place. The place combines both beauty and power. At evening/night you can stroll the nearby streets and enjoy the beauty. warmly recommended.”
412 locals recommend
History Museum
“Very special, shocking and a little sad historical exhibition. It is not just a museum where you can see pictures. Not recommended for little child.”
258 locals recommend
Museum
“The Hungarian National Museum collects, preserves and presents the historical relics of the Carpathian Basin and Hungary since 1802.”
203 locals recommend
Opera House
“The opera house in Budapest stands as one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe.. Designed by Miklós Ybl, one of Europe's leading architects in the mid to late 19th century, the Budapest Opera House quickly became one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe. Many important artists performed here, including Gustav Mahler, who was also the director for three seasons. The Budapest Opera House is considered to be amongst the best opera houses in the world in terms of its acoustics, and has an auditorium that seats 1200 people. It is horseshoe-shaped and, according to measurements done by a group of international engineers, has the third best acoustics amongst similar European venues (after the Scala in Milan and the Paris Opera House). ”
303 locals recommend
Zoo
“it is a very nice and old Zoo many events for children. This is at the beautiful Heroes Square, and Andrássy street.”
177 locals recommend
Castle
“The once famous Medieval palace, built from the 13th to the 16th century, has a varied history. The original castle was destroyed during the liberation of Buda from the Turks and then it was replaced with a smaller Baroque palace in the 18th century. Today, the Royal Palace is home to the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Library.”
212 locals recommend
Café
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“It was the meeting point of poets in the beginning of the 20th century. Now it belongs to a 5 star hotel and is beautifully renovated. The café that was once chosen as the most beautiful in the world.”
160 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Another ruin bar / club, basically grew into Fogas but a separate entity, also open till morning.”
155 locals recommend
Castle
“Castle and moat next to the central park. A great and accessible relief from modern buildings and streets.”
140 locals recommend
Plaza
“It is a street with a lot of restaurants and bistros. Very vivid especially in the evening. ”
137 locals recommend
Concert Hall
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“kvárium Klub, the surrounding , and the adjacent Deák Square together constitute the largest and perhaps best-known meeting point of downtown Budapest. Thousands of youngsters gather here night after night to chill out in the park or on the steps of the club. Akvárium Klub is more than a simple bar: it is a culture center with a wide musical repertoire from mainstream to underground. There is always a good concert and a smashing exhibition, performance, or other event happening here, in a friendly scene, situated right in the city center. Furthermore, Volt-Lokál found inside brings the atmosphere of the best festivals to Budapest week by week.”
112 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Budapest is the most popular entertainment place for young people. It is waiting for you on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you arrive after midnight, you can no longer avoid the huge queue.”
117 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“The A38 ship is a local favorite and a concert venue attracting high-profile bands and DJs. From jazz to pop to rock, A38 displays a wide range of genres when it comes to music. They offer the best parties which all take place on a ship giving some of the best views of the Danube. A38 is located on the Buda side of the city and features live music on the deck. The basement floor is a great place for dinner but keep in mind, like most restaurants in Budapest, they don’t offer many vegetarian options.”
133 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A treasure box of Hungarian art from the Gothic times up to the end of the 20th century. The four floors of the Royal Palace, part of which was converted into the Gallery building in the 60s, houses superb collections of Hungarian Art! From time to time you can also visit fantastic temporary exhibitons, like the one which is open until 20 October: Surrealism, from Dali to Magritte. Do not miss it. An audiogide helps you to learn more about the pieces of art in English, French, German, Hungarian and Italian.”
78 locals recommend
Museum
“Great concert venue offering very affordable prices for world class performances. An added bonus is that the Ludwig Museum is located in the same building and you can visit the museum for free with a concert ticket.”
99 locals recommend