Budapest by Locals

Explore One of the World’s Most Romantic City!

Budapest By is an independent travel guide created by a local family who have been living in the Hungarian capital for more than 15 years now.

Dubbed often as

  • Paris of the East, or
  • The Pearl of the Danube, Budapest sits at the crossroads of West and East exuding a combination of the modern and the exotic.

Note: Danube Cruises (with meal/drinks) are available all summer in 2021. Tickets in limited number! Please book in advance!

Insider Tips on Sights, Things to Do, Hotels, Eating Out

The Royal Palace in Buda as seen from Pest

Travel Basics
Detailed travel information for tourists: flights to Budapest, airport transfer, getting around, basic facts, maps, best time to visit, costs and prices and more.

tourists in a city
Accommodation in Budapest
Guide to choosing the right accommodation for your visit. Best hotels, apartments, hostels and other budget lodgings by areas.


Top Tips – Favorite Sights & Activities
Our favourite activities for tourists: cruises on the Danube, wine tasting, and wine tour in Etyek, unique guided tours, concerts, folklore, and gastronomy programs
a cruise boat on the DanubeThings To Do & See
Recommended things to do and see compiled by locals for a fulfilling holiday. Top attractions, popular sightseeing tours, including guided Jewish Heritage Tours, hidden sights you don’t want to miss on your holiday.
A young couple enjoying a romantic candlelight dinner at restaurantTaste Budapest
Have a taste of the city during your stay: find the best restaurants and cafes, and discover food specialties in Hungary. Learn about local cuisine, and popular dishes.
the southern palaces of the Varkert Bazaar, front viewBudapest Events
Month by month events in 2017. Festivals, classical and light music concerts, sport events, museum exhibitions all the year round in Budapest.

Why Visit Budapest?

View of the Danube and Erzsebet Bridge in Budapest
Elizabeth Bridge

Can’t decide whether our city is worth a visit? Browse our pages about the many sights, activities, culinary delights, entertainment, and cultural programs it offers.

My family (husband and two children) is living in Budapest so we know it inside out.

All four of us love different aspects of the city and have his/her own favourite places and activities that we write about on this website.

We also share insider tips on

  • hotels and other accommodation,
  • how to get around,
  • main and hidden attractions,
  • sightseeing tours,
  • events,
  • where to eat, and
  • shop to help you plan your visit.

With so many things to do and see, planning your vacation can seem a bit overwhelming at first.

That’s why we created this website.

You’ll find all the necessary information about this alluring city, the capital of Hungary on our pages.

Not just the need to know facts you may read about in most guide books, but our version of the city: the good, the bad and the ugly.

We love Budapest with all its charms and downsides that we share with you on our site.

Hungary’s capital is often called the Paris of the East. I wouldn’t compare it to Paris nor any other cities.

Budapest is unique; it has its own distinctive character, and attractions.

History left its traces everywhere. You can see them

  • on her grand buildings,
  • in the cobbled streets of Buda Castle, and
  • on people’s faces.


Despite of modernisation efforts, the capital of Hungary managed to preserve its identity offering something for everyone:

  • old world charm and modern lifestyle,
  • magnificent architecture,
  • grand coffee houses and trendy cafés,
  • a diverse cultural life with superb classical music concerts music in the Opera House and the latest hits in glitzy nightclubs,
  • shiny new shopping malls and little antique shops.

Budapest offers you affordable luxury:

  • fine cuisine,
  • delicious wines,
  • historic thermal baths offering traditional as well as modern wellness treatments at moderate prices,
  • last but not least, it has the Danube with the graceful bridges spanning it.

The river is flowing gracefully, and the two parts, Buda and Pest, welcome it with a warm embrace.

Danube – A Bond Between Two City Parts

Rather than dividing Budapest, the Danube is in full harmony with the two parts offering striking vistas; earning her two other nicknames

  • “The Pearl of Danube”, and
  • the “Queen of the Danube”.

Budapest is not too large and not too small. It has just the right size that makes it a pleasant place to live in, and discover.

You can explore its major sights on foot.

There are plenty of places that are excellent for leisurely walks:

  • the leafy Buda Hills,
  • the historic Castle District, or
  • the idyllic Margaret Island.

The city is also ideal for romantic vacations offering a wide range of good-value hotels from large luxury accommodations to more intimate designer hotels.

To help you plan your travel we compiled a hand-picked list of the best-value hotels based on travellers’ reviews.

That’s Budapest, in the heart of Europe, where East and West meets.

The attractions combined with locals’ legendary hospitality make a trip here a special experience.

Some fall in love with our city at first sight, others become obsessed with her after a thorough acquaintance.

One way or the other, I hope you’ll keep coming back!

Let us be your invisible guides for your perfect vacation!