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Ashley in Budapest: An Insider's Guide

By Viator, May 2017

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Viator's team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel (and live). From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we scour the options and find the coolest activities—which is fun for us, and helpful for you! See below for tips, insights, and hand-selected things to do from one of our travel experts.

The Traveler: Ashley Levy, Product Content Strategist

Describe your time in Budapest.
I lived there for a year and opened a writing school for both expats and locals. 

What was your favorite attraction?
Although it's less famous than some of the major attractions, I loved going to the Hungarian House of Photography (also known as Mai Manó House or Mai Manó Haz). Many of the photos on display provide a unique perspective into Hungarian history. Plus, the museum is centrally located just off busy Andrássy Avenue, making it an easy stop between places you may already be visiting.

What are three things a first-time visitor can't miss?
1. Take a dip in the baths.
Budapest's thermal baths are famous, and for good reason. The top two are Gellert, with its Art Nouveau style, and Szechenyi, which feels like a palace. Both are beautiful, have indoor and outdoor pools with varying temperatures, and offer spa treatments for an extra luxurious experience. Although other bathhouses may be more popular with locals, you'll still see some Hungarians at Gellert and Szechenyi, lounging and playing chess.

2. Spend a night out at the Ruin bars.
These bars in Budapest's old Jewish Quarter aren't your average watering holes. Instead, they're abandoned buildings and outdoor spaces that have been brought back to life with eclectic furniture, decorations, and clientele. While they certainly retain their alternative vibe, some are becoming a bit more posh, so there's something for everyone.

3. Make time for both Buda and Pest.
Until the late 1800s, Budapest was two separate cities divided by the Danube River. Although now united, each side has sites you can't miss. In hilly Buda on the west bank, you have the Castle District, Fisherman's Bastion, and incredible views over Pest below. On the Pest side, be sure to visit Parliament, St. Stephen's Basilica, Great Market Hall, and Hero Square. And to get a good sense of both sides at once, book a river cruise. My husband and I went on one during our last week in town and it was a great way to say farewell to this beautiful city.

What's the best Insider Tip you can offer future visitors to Budapest?
Most people don't think of Hungary as a wine destination, but there are quite a few vineyards in the region, many of which specialize in a dessert wine called Tokaji. You can take a day trip into the countryside to visit the cellars, or stay local and book a wine tasting tour in the city.

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Budapest Danube River Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy a relaxing night out in Budapest with this scenic Danube River cruise. Sip drinks including wine and Sparkling wine and choose an optional Hungarian ...  Read more

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Private Entrance to Széchenyi Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage, Budapest, Dinner Cruises
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Private Entrance to Széchenyi Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage

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Etyek Wine Country Tour with Dinner from Budapest, Budapest, Thermal Spas & Hot Springs
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Budapest Szechenyi Spa Entrance with VIP Massage, Budapest, Walking Tours
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Budapest Szechenyi Spa Entrance with VIP Massage

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Visiting Budapest is not complete without bathing in one of its world-famous thermal spring spas. Europe’s largest spa - Szechenyi Bath - with its 18 pools, ...  Read more

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Private Entrance to Gellert Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage, Budapest, Wine Tasting & Winery ... 
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Private Entrance to Gellert Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage

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Etyek Wine Tour and Meal with Chocolate Tastings, Budapest, Thermal Spas & Hot Springs
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Indulge your passion for wine and either chocolate or cheese on a 5-hour tour from Budapest. Choose a morning or afternoon tour that starts with chocolate or ...  Read more

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