Straddling the Danube, the twin enclaves of Buda and Pest together make one of the most beguiling capitals in Europe, and their main pleasures won’t break the bank. A day at a spa, such as the glorious yellow baroque Széchenyi Baths, costs around €15.
Spend the day lounging by the pools, taking the occasional dip, cooling off under the fountains, and watching the old men play chess at the waterside tables. Come evening, the “ruin bars” of District VII beckon – idiosyncratic bars tucked away in the neighbourhood’s courtyards. The tipple of choice is the cheap local white or rosé drunk long as a spritzer, perfect in the baking heat of summer.
Where to stay
Best for location to city centre: Arcadia Hotel Budapest
Best for a little luxury: Hotel Palazzo Zichy Budapest
Daily budget: Basic €40, occasional treat €60
Drink: Beer (large) €2–2.50
Food: Goulash €3–4
Travel: Train: Budapest–Eger €8.50
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