Other central areas to stay in Budapest
There are a number of other central districts that you can choose to stay in when you visit Budapest. Some of these include:
(Culture, Shopping, Bars, Theaters)
If you are a big fan of culture, this is the perfect place to stay in Budapest, as it is considered the cultural hub of the city. You will find the equivalent of Paris’ Champs Elysee her, Andrassy Utca, and this will lead you to places such as the Liszt Music Academy and the State Opera House. You will also find many charming outdoor cafes and bars along Nagymezo Utca, which is ideal if you want to relax with a drink and simply watch the world go by. This is the area that is likened to the theatre districts in places such as New York and London, making it ideal for those who are looking to soak up some cultural entertainment while also being close to the many facilities and amenities in District V.
(Architecture, Sightseeing, Nightlife, Young Adults)
This district is known for being the old Jewish Quarter and is a great place to soak up some history as well as take in the diverse architecture. This includes everything from historic synagogues through to the vibrant tenement buildings that can be found here. Although it went through some difficult times in decades gone by, this district has now become a lively and charming area. It is home to the Great Synagogue, which is the largest one in Europe and amongst the largest in the world. You will also find a variety of other attractions in the area, which includes the Jewish Museum. District VII offers access to plenty of amenities such as a great choice of dining facilities as well as good transport links to make it easier to get around.
(Architecture, Arts, Food)
When you stay in District VIII in Budapest, you will find yourself in an area that combines the arts, architecture, and music. This diverse area has come a long way over the years, making it a popular choice amongst tourists who want to enjoy being close to the centre of the city but not right in the heart of the hustle and bustle. This district is where you will find the Palace Neighbourhood, which is where many aristocratic families used to live. Many of these palaces have now been converted to hotels, universities and a range of other institutions. You can also benefit from access to a range of local facilities, which includes a range of outdoor cafes and restaurants.
(Gastronomy, Family, Solo Travellers, Concerts, Nightlife, Street Food)
District IX with his unique atmosphere is a good choice to stay in Budapest. It is part of the city center, so there is a lot of public transportation opportunity (metro, tramway, bus) all over the area. The streets are full of bars, cafés, street food and restaurants, perfect for the fans of gastronomy. The Raday Street is one of the most famous places in Budapest in terms of dining, the street is literally lined with restaurants (both Hungarian and international), you can find here the popular Michelin-starred Costes as well. Staying in this neighborhood, you should definitely check out the Great Market, which is a must for every tourist. District IX has a pulsing nightlife because of the several night clubs and the Müpa, which is a big concert hall next to the Danube.
(Relaxation, Sightseeing, Family, Couples, Park, Hill)
Although District XI is located in the calm and peaceful Buda, there are many opportunities for entertainment in this neighbourhood. In the last decade District XI changed a lot, plenty of cafés, bars and galleries opened up around the Bartok Bela Boulevard. From the city centre, you can easily reach the district by tramway or metro (M4). Right at one of the metro stations, there is a big green area, Bikas Park, which is great if you would like to go for a walk or relax on the benches. It has a playground for children, a big running track, an outdoor gym for a workout, a basketball and a soccer court as well. Not far from the Kosztolanyi Dezso Square the Feneketlen Lake (literally it means ”bottomless lake”) is also a beautiful place with a jogging track and outdoor fitness machines. At the top of the Gellert Hill, you can find one of Budapest’s most emblematic symbol, the Citadella, which served as a fortress in the past. Now it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. For Hungarians the Citadella with its famous Liberty Statue is the symbol of freedom. From the 235 m high Gellert Hill you can get a stunning, panoramic view over the city.
(Architecture, Heritage, Sightseeing, Tourist, Gastronomy, Couples)
Situated in the historical part of the city, in Buda, District I (often called like Castle District) is a perfect choice for you if you are looking for a peaceful place to stay with amazing view on the Danube and the east side of the city. The nights are extremely quiet, it is very nice to take a romantic walk at that time on Castle Hill. Since the area consists of a labyrinth of small streets, it is a little difficult to drive a car even for a local in this neighbourhood, but the public transportation network is well-built and everything is easily accessible from the city centre with bus or the unique funicular railway. The district is filled with buildings, which are all part of the city’s architectural and historical heritage. It is worth to make a visit at the Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church. In the castle area, a lot of gastronomical and cultural festivals take place, for example, chocolate or wine festival, and you can find there some nice museums as well. The restaurants are a little expensive, but these traditional Hungarian, French and Italian dining facilities offer very high-quality service.
(Relaxation, Nature, Family, Hiking, Car)
A little far from the city centre the District XII is situated on the west side of Budapest, in Buda, and consists of big green areas on the hills. If you want to spend your holiday outside of the busy city centre, it might be an excellent choice for you. Despite the fact that there is no metro in this district, you can get everywhere easily by bus. Also one of the most popular hiking destination in Budapest, Normafa lies in this area, it got renovated just a few years ago. Normafa has everything that you need for a nice day in nature: beautiful view, walking/hiking trails, benches for picnic and even playground for the children. In wintertime, when there is snow, it is also possible to ski on the hill.
(Sightseeing, Family, Park, Zoo, Museums, Festivals)
District XIV is located not so far from the city centre and easily accessible by metro (M1) or bus. The district is famous for its beautiful big green area, the City Park, which is Budapest’s biggest park and popular cultural centre at the same time. All year long a lot of festivals and cultural programs take place here. This area is especially ideal for you if you want to relax in nature, make a picnic and enjoy the beautiful view, or visit one of Europe’s largest thermal bath, the Szechenyi Spa Baths. In City Park, you can find also plenty of opportunities for entertainment: zoo, circus, museums and other attractions like the Vajdahunyad Castle or the Heroes’ Square. There is a few coffee shops and restaurants at the park if you are looking for dining facilities, also the well-known Gundel Restaurant can be found there.
(Sziget Festival, Young Adults)
Despite District III is located far from the city centre, you might consider making a visit there in the summer. Every August Europe’s one of the largest music festivals, the Sziget Festival is held in this district, on the Obudai-Sziget (Obudai-Island).