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That city seems to be the center of the planet for the number of tourists spread through its beautiful streets. There’s an endless number of monuments and wonderful squares. It takes at least one week to visit the city calmly.

Budapest is also referred as global city, as it’s extremely important in the worldwide economy. A very interesting curiosity that we learned is about where the name came from, because, in the past, there was a junction of the cities of Buda, located in one side of the river, and Pest, located in the other side, and to keep everyone happy, the names were merged.

Buda Castle

We got to a sumptuous garden, very beautiful and with a bunch of flowers, as the season of the year was propitious. It’s named Várket Bazar, the entrance is free and is located in front of the royal palace. After visiting it, to get to the castle, it was necessary to go up a huge stairway, but you can use the funicular (tram) for 1200 Forints (17 Reais). There’s also a street (like an uphill) whose access is free too. Upwards, near the doors of the castle, the view of the city is fantastic.

As well as all of the castles, there’s a small town beside it with very typical houses and buildings of that time, and walking over there, we saw the house of the president of Hungary, Sándor Palace, and also a terrace named bastion of fishermen.

The entrance fee of the castle is 3260 Forints (45 Reais).

The fee for the tour in the mazes of the castle is 2000 Florins (28 Reais), and it can be done in the evening.

Buda Castle

Garden of the Castle


Matthias Church

It was built in 1015 in a romantic style, one of the most beautiful we have already seen so far, due to amazing details in its towers, and the central tower highlights from the others for being black.

The entrance fee to visit it are 1800 Forints (25 Reais).

Matthias Church

Side View

House of Houdini

Walking over there by chance, we saw the house of a famous magician of the 1900’s. Houdini was the master of outstanding escapes. Nowadays, the house has become a museum with the items used by him on the shows, and there’s a magic presentation every half hour.

The entrance fee is 2600 Forints (36 Reais).

House of Houdini

Magical Coffer

Central Market

It’s one of the main touristic points of Budapest, known by everybody, where you can find a lot of items much cheaper than at other markets.

There, you can buy a lot of souvenirs of the city, such as caps, purses, shirts, wallets, keychains and also an endless number of stores of seasonings and spices such as salamis, meat, fruits and vegetables. On the upper floor, you can find the places I like the most: the ones of typical food. There are a lot of restaurants and snack bars, with well-presented and succulent dishes. It’s very worthwhile to choose one to taste during a break for lunch, after walking around the city.

Front of the Market

Traditional Dobos Torte

Inside the Market

Typical Food and Beverage

Városliget Park

It’s a huge park, so there’s a bunch of things to do and to visit. We’ll comment some ones below:

The gardens: They are great to relax, have a picnic, walk your pets, see some ponds and fountains.

Zoo: It’s the oldest zoo in Hungary, one of the oldest in the world, with over 1500 types of animals. The entrance fee is 3300 Forints (45 Reais).

Lake: It’s very long and there are paddle boats available for renting, and you can enjoy them with your family, kids love it.

Castle: In the island of the park, a small but very beautiful castle was built, to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of Hungary. The entrance is free, you only pay to get into the museum of agriculture, beside it.

Around all of Varosliget, it’s possible to find a lot of pubs and restaurants. The access can be done through the subway line M1, tram, bus, or on foot, as we did.

Enjoying the Park

Pond and Paddle Boats

Castle of the Park

Warm Springs of Budapest

There’s a huge number of warm springs in the city. And who doesn’t love to relax in a heated pool and with medicinal properties? The most visited ones are: Széchenyi, the hottest spot, Gellért, the most beautiful and organized one, and Rudas, the coziest one.

We visited Széchenyi, located in the center of Varosliget Park, with a lot of outdoor and indoor pools. The entrance fee is 6200 Forints (76 Reais), and increases if you choose more services such as massages, towels, robes, flip flops, etc. We found other ones for more affordable prices, from 10 Euros (45 Reais).

Warm Springs of Széchneyi

Front Desk

Margitsziget Island

This is one of the places we visited and loved, you can see everything is prepared for the population to enjoy their leisure time well. The access to the island is quite different, in the middle of the bridge named Margit Hid, which connects the old Buda to Pest. There’s a downhill to the island, and the access can be done by bus, boat and tram, cars usually don’t enter the island, and you are free to take a tour with some rented items, such as bikes for 1 to 4 people, mini cars and electric motorcycles.

There are restaurants, snack bars, pubs, and a mini amusement park, but what caught our eye was the free performances of the musical fountain, which provides a show. We arrived there at around 10a.m., but if you can, visit it in the evening, as they combine lights that make everything even more beautiful.

Entrance of the Island

Musical Fountain

More Touristic Attractions

As the city is huge, there is a bunch of things to be seen and you can’t miss the parliament and its gardens, they are beautiful! Right next, there is the square where you can find Budapest Eye, a Ferris Wheel that provides a panoramic view of the city, the fee is 3260 Forints (45 Reais) for some minutes.

Another monument where we stopped to visit was the Saint Stephen’s Basilica. If you choose to enter, you must donate 1 Euro (5 Reais).

Parliament and its garden

Saint Stephen's Basilica

Budapest Eye

Where to Stay

We chose to stay in Airbnb, and we found an excellent place, a complete house, only 2 kilometers far from the center of Budapest, where the touristic attractions are located, and we had total attention from our host too.

Here is our Airbnb link, where you can have a discount too!

Means of Transportation

We arrived via flixbus bus from Zadar in Croatia and made a connection in Zagrab, (that’s right, bus connection, kkk), worth 33 Euros (150 reais) each ticket, bus station next to the subway station. Already inside the city we use the bus, to go to our Airbnb, ticket value 350 Florins (5 reais) each.

The means of transport are great and very comfortable, very easy to use, there are totems where tickets can be bought.


Tram and Metro

Safety of the Town

We thought it’s very safe during the time we stayed there. We saw some policing in the streets, but no guards at the touristic attractions. We walked a lot through all over the town during the daytime and it was very peaceful, the people are super friendly and helpful. We also avoided to take tours alone after 8p.m. We loved to take tours around there.

Travel Insurance

For you to travel in peace, it’s important to have a travel insurance which keeps you safe and has a comprehensive coverage. We always ensure with April Brasil Seguro Viagem, which covers all around the world, it has an app that is easy to access, for you not to keep all that paperwork when you need to use it, the best part, you can access it from everywhere in the world with service in our language.

So, don’t waste time and hire something safe, and we have a discount coupon, we’ll leave the link below too! Run and use it.



App April

Internet for your Trip

To keep your connection during all the trip, you need a great SIM card, with a worldwide coverage, internet 3G and 4G. For that, we used Easysim4u, the best internet SIM card in the world for your trip. And see that we have been through some countries and we always had the coverage of the plans of Easysim4u. Don’t waste time, run and hire your SIM card for your next trip.

Here’s the link for you to access and ensure your connection to the internet in the world.


Chip Internet

Kind of Currency

The local currency of Budapest is Florim Húngaro (Huf), and the exchange in dollar for May/2019 is $1.00 to 297,00 Huf. We recommend to exchange the currency in a safe place such as an airport or at Exchange, a bank in the town. It’s always good to have the local currency.


Total Expenses

Our expenses in currency (REAIS) in Budapest during 5 days for the couple were the following:

Feeding: R$91,00 (market, snacks)

Tours: R$340,00,00 (bus)

Lodging: R$416,00 (Airbnb)

We really came to the conclusion that the place deserves to be visited by everybody, as it’s very nice and there are many things to be enjoyed every day.

Walking around there was amazing, even more because we met a very cool couple from the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. We could change a lot of ideas with them, and we’ll definitely visit Minas, to tell them everything that will still go on in this journey.