Budapest City Guide Introduction

Budapest City Guide Introduction - Budapest, Hungary

When Ernő Rubik invented his "Magic Cube" in the mid-seventies, he could never have predicted how it would entertain and mystify the masses. And dare we call this colorful, twisting, ever-changing structure a metaphor for the city in which it originated? (Oh yes, we just went there.)

Like the puzzle that occupied millions during the 1980s (and is still sold in souvenir shops throughout its hometown), Budapest is a colorful, constantly changing city. On any given day, you're just as likely to see the bustle of fashion-forward girls in flashy tights rushing to school or work as you are to witness calm elderly gentlemen passing a relaxing afternoon on a balcony.

A combination of two ancient towns—Buda and Pest—on opposite sides of the Danube, Budapest may well be the Gemini of European cities. A stroll through town reveals modern minimalist shopping malls and lavish 19th-century mansions. And though Budapest is steeped in the past, with a rich history dating back to the Romans, the city manages to be undeniably, inarguably present.

From our Budapest blog

Who are we? EuroCheapo is a guide to the best cheap hotels in Budapest and throughout Europe. Since 2001, EuroCheapo’s editors have been visiting hotels unannounced, inspecting the rooms, and recommending those that are the most affordable, central and clean.

Budapest remains a city that’s welcoming to budget travelers. With affordable restaurants, moderately priced attractions (spa, anyone?), and budget-friendly hotels, the city's been one of our favorites for more than a decade.

Getting started: Ready to read about affordable places to sleep? Either search for your dates in the box above or click into our reviews of recommended hotels. If you’d like a little guidance on which part of town to stay in (Buda? Pest?), read through our neighborhood overview. For more pointers on keeping it cheap in Budapest, check out the articles listed below.

The enthusiasm of many travelers exploring Europe by train seems to flag when they reach Budapest. The Hungarian capital is so very easy to reach from the west and north, and it is thus possible to travel as far as Budap ... read

If you are planning travels through the Balkan region this summer, it is worth bearing in mind that the pattern of rail services has changed radically over recent months. And the changes are not generally for the good. C ... read

In today’s installment of “4 Cheapo Questions for…” we interview Tim Leffel, an award-winning travel writer, editor of the narrative webzine Perceptive Travel, and all around knower of budget tra ... read

It’s that time of year when, with the onset of summer, Europe’s rail schedules are amended to reflect holiday travel patterns. The exact dates when new services kick in vary by country, but here’s a flavor of w ... read

Back in fall 2010, we highlighted some of the key missing links in Europe’s rail network. These are those frustrating gaps, where even the most dedicated rail traveller must switch to a bus: Poprad (Slovakia) to Zakopa ... read

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