Top reasons to visit Budapest during Summer
It’s easy to explore and full of places to go
Although Budapest is one of those cities that are fairly easy to explore on your own (thanks to the number of bus, tram lines and the oldest metro network in Europe), it’s the free, organized sightseeing tours that make is so special.
If your pockets aren’t deep enough, you could sign up for the Free Budapest Walking Tours, offering complimentary visits to key landmarks, as well as multiple thematic tours. It’s a fantastic and convenient way to unravel the secrets of the city’s Jewish District, explore various Ottoman ruins scattered across the banks of Danube and experience the capitol’s communist past.
If you fancy a more “active” style of sightseeing, you could always rent a bike at several locations across town, such as the MOL Bubi network with several pick-and-drop stations across all Budapest.
Apart from the free walking tours, Budapest offers a wide range of attractions that are easily affordable even to those with tight budgets. The always-changing capital of Hungary is a boiling pot of new business, themed hotels, tiny cafes and grungy pubs that try to attract new clients and tourist with low prices.
In a recent survey conducted by a travel magazine hoppa.com, Budapest turned out to be the cheapest holiday destination in the world. (According to the site, you can spend a memorable and active time during summer season for only 50EUR a day!). Naturally, if you’d like to visit all the museums, do some shopping and enjoy more organized events, you might have to reach out a bit deeper into your pockets.
The Europe’s greatest baths
Budapest lies on vast, natural springs and wells containing mineral-rich waters and gases. No wonder the inhabitants of Hungarian capital decided to take advantage of the fact. The city is littered with numerous baths, which generate from two different time periods:
- Turkish baths (Veli Bej, Rudas, Király) dating back to the 16th century and the Ottoman’s Empire rule
- Modern, 20th century baths of Széchenyi and Lukács, consisting of vast complexes of 15 indoor pools, 3 outdoor ones, saunas and steam chambers.
But contrary to traveler’s belief, the Budapest’s baths are something much more than places that serve the purpose of cooling your feet. They are public places where you can socialize, hang out with your friends and spend a pleasant afternoon in beautiful, historical scenery of thousands of mosaics and sculptures.
The open-air museums
Beautiful, sunny summer days are too tempting to stay indoors for too long. If you crave to taste the city’s rich past, there is no better way to do so, than visit some of its famous open-air museums.
If you’ve never experienced the cold reality of the past communist days, you can venture among enormous metal statues of comrades Lenin, Marx and Engels and see other propaganda artworks inside the Memento Park.
Dive even deeper into the past, back to antiquity, by visiting the ruins of Aquicum in Óbuda – a place where once stood an ancient outpost of the Roman Empire. Here visitors can explore the remnants of the pinnacle of human civilization on the European continent, with its numerous artifacts and astonishing mosaics.