Things to do in Zagreb: Your ultimate city guide

If you are looking to explore Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, here are our recommendations. Discover what to see, where to go, how to get around, and where to stay.

When people decide to go to Croatia, their choice rarely stops on Zagreb.  They privilege the coastal towns, the beachfront locations, and we cannot blame them.  But when we chose to go to Croatia in the middle of November, there was no point trying to hit the beach, those days were long over.  So we decided to go to Zagreb because we knew there would be a cool city to discover, there wouldn’t be tons of tourists, and we could go to a place that is often overlooked.  When you want to do things your way, Zagreb is the place for you!

If you come to Zagreb, we recommend you stay for 3 days, to be able to fully take in all the sights at a leisurely pace.

You’ll notice that there’s not tons to do in Zagreb and that’s ok.  The city has a laid-back vibe, making it easy to explore at your own pace.  It has a booming restaurant scene, for all the foodies out there.  It also has the biggest number of museums per square meter, for those trying to get their culture on.  It may not have beaches, but it makes up for it in many other ways.

The statue of King Tomislav in Zagreb, Croatia
The statue of King Tomislav

When to go

As always, it depends what you want to do, and what your favourite season is.  Zagreb has 4 distinct seasons with temperatures rising in the summer to 25 degrees C, and dropping close to zero in the winter.  It’s also one of the rainiest capitals in Europe, so come prepared.

If you’re a Christmas fan, make sure you head there for Zagreb’s Advent.  Christmas markets are sprinkled all over the city all through the month of December, making it the perfect spot to do some shopping for unique gifts.

What to do

There’s plenty to see and do in town, and even a few things you can check out around the city.  Everything is pretty close together, and you have tons of parks and green spaces, so walking around is the best option!

Zagreb Cathedral

No European city would be complete without its cathedral.  The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of Zagreb’s icons.  With its twin towers and defensive walls with round towers, this church is quite beautiful to visit, adding to the city’s skyline.

The Zagreb Cathedral in Zagreb, Croatia
The Zagreb Cathedral

Across the Cathedral, you will find the famous fountain of the Virgin Mary with her Angels.  The gold-plated beauty is hard to miss.

Inside the Cathedral, you will find peace… and the embalmed body of Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac.  He was the Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 to 1960, renown for helping the Jews and others to escape during WWII and publicly condemning the Yugoslavian government and its actions during the war.  He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1998 for all his work.

The Virgin Mary monument in Zagreb, Croatia
The Virgin Mary monument

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Ribnjak park, right next to the Cathedral, is a great place to wander.

Dolac Market

You know how much we love food, and fresh local products (mainly produce), so Dolac Market was a must on our list.  This open-air market is one of the iconic features of the city.

The local Dolac market in Zagreb, Croatia
The local Dolac market

Here, you will find local vendors selling fish, cheese, fruits and veggies, some toys and handmade goods, and pretty much anything else.  Come early in the morning to get the freshest and best products.  Head there around 3-4pm to get the best deals.  And no matter when you go, make sure you’re hungry!

St Mary’s Church

With its beautiful gold and green spire standing tall, this beautiful 18th century church is hard to miss from the market.  Take a little moment to step inside and admire its  beauty.

A view of St Mary's Church from the Dolac market in Zagreb, Croatia
A view of St Mary’s Church from the Dolac market

Tkalčićeva

Undoubtably the most colourful and lively street in Zagreb, this is where you’ll find all the bars, restaurants, boutiques and shops.  You’ll also find the statue of Marija Jurić Zagorka, Croatia’s first professional female journalist, and advocate of equal rights (and you know how much we love strong independent women!).

The Tkalčićeva shopping street in Zagreb, Croatia
The Tkalčićeva shopping street, lined with boutiques and restaurants

In the area, you will also find the Bloody Bridge which is actually an alley that connects Tkalčićeva with Radićeva.  The bridge that was originally there was torn down, but the alley still bares its name.

You will also find the statue of St George with the dragon he killed.

The statue of St George and the dragon in Zagreb, Croatia
The statue of St George and the dragon

The Stone Gate

This is your official entrance into Upper Town.  It is the only old town gate that remains in the city today, although it was rebuilt in the 18th century.  Under the arch, you will find a little chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Zagreb.

St Mark’s Square

Impossible to miss once you’re in the Upper Town, St Mark’s Square and Church are the heart of this part of the city.  The Church was built in the 13th century and still stands tall today.

St Marc's Church in upper Zagreb, Croatia
St Marc’s Church

All around the square, you will find important government buildings like the Banski favori, the Governor’s Palace, and Sabor, or the Croatian Parliament.  This is also where you will find the Croatian History Museum, the Old City Hall an the Croatian Museum of Naive Art.

Catherine’s Square

Another important part of the Upper Town is Catherine’s Square with St Catherine’s Church.  It’s said to be Zagreb’s most beautiful Baroque church.

St Catherineès Church in Zagreb, Croatia
St Catherine’s Church

Right behind the church, you will find the best view from Gradec.  You will see the Cathedral, Dolac market for sure.  On a clear day, you will also see the dome of Mirogoj cemetery and Mount Medvednica.

A view of Zagreb from the Strossmayer Promenade in Zagreb, Croatia
A view of Zagreb from St Catherine’s square

Strossmayer Promenade

Running along the southern edge of Gradec hill, you have the Strossmayer promenade.  Lined with trees, it is a peaceful place to walk around, admiring the city from above.
There, you will find the statue of Anton Gustav Matoš, one of the city’s greatest enthusiasts and beloved Croatian writer.

A sculpture of famous poet Antun Gustav Matos in Zagreb, Croatia
A sculpture of famous poet Antun Gustav Matos

You will also find the world’s shortest passenger cable railway, the 66-metre funicular!  This connects Lower Town to Upper Town, although there are steps that might get you there just as quickly!

The cannon atop the Lotrščak Tower firing at noon in Zagreb, Croatia
The cannon atop the Lotrščak Tower firing at noon

The funicular is just next to Lotrščak Tower, the only preserved mediaeval tower from he 13th century fortifications.  This is where they shoot the famous canon from.  Every day at noon, a loud bang can be heard here.  Watch out, because it’s much louder than expected!

Museum of broken relationships

We usually consider ourselves pretty lucky, in love and in life.  But luck was not on our side when we were in Zagreb.  Despite the rainy and grey weather, we made the best of our time here.  And as you know, we’re not big on museums, but there was one we were really looking forward to exploring – the Museum of broken relationships… but it was closed when we went.  It closes once every four years, and it had to fall on the dates we were there!

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia
The Museum of Broken Relationships

Started in 2006 this museum started out as a joke between two lovers who ended their relationship.  Today, it’s a globally crowd-sourced project that features items left over by lovers when their relationship ends.  Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?!  Yeah, that’s why we wanted to check it out too!  Guess we have to go back.

If you’re looking for museums to check out, you’re in luck because Zagreb is home to the largest number of museums.  There is really something for everyone, from the Nikola Tesla technical museum, to the archeological one, and a ton more.

Art Park

Right below the Lotrščak Tower, as you take the steps down to Lower Town, you will find Art Park.  This cute park for children is decorated by street artists.  We love street art, and this is the only place we found some in the city, along with a short staircase by Catherine’s square.

Ban Jelačić Square

Between Upper town and Lower town (though considered to be a part of Upper), you will find Ban Jelačić Square.  It’s the city’s commercial centre, and has been since 1641.  This huge square, with the imposing statue of Ban Josip Jelačić is where a lot of the trams and buses stop.

The monument in Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb, Croatia
The monument in Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb, Croatia

The Lenuci Horseshoe

Ok, at this point, we could break down all the little things you can find around the Horseshoe that makes up the Lower Town of Zagreb, but that would be waaaaay too long.  As they say: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”. So here is what we suggest.  Walk down the horseshoe.  And stop and admire what you feel is important to you.  The horseshoe is made up of sooooo many parks.  Find a bench and people-watch.  There are museums all around it too, so you can stop and explore one of them if you feel like it.  Just do you, boo.

Start at Zrinjevac park, where you have the Meteorological Post, First Fountain and the Archeological Museum. You can also find HAZU and the Gallery of Modern Art there. Just after, you will find the Art Pavillion.

You will then get to King Tomislav Square with its imposing statue greeting everyone coming out of the main railway. Turn right when you get to the Hotel Esplanade, an iconic landmark of the city since 1925.  Fun fact: Guests from the Orient Express used to stay here.  One of its famous guests was Josephine Baker, a provocative dancer from the 20’s.

Keep going as you will make your way through the Botanical Gardens.  If the Gardens are open, take a stroll there, as you’ll be able to discover over 10,000 different plant species.
Keep going as you will come upon the Croatian National Theatre and the very sensual Well of Life.

Don’t be surprised to see students around there, as the Zagreb University is just there.  You will also find the museum of Arts and Crafts and the Mimara Museum. Did you spot the other statue of St George, this time killing a dragon? Famous guy, isn’t he!

Outside Zagreb

If you are looking to leave the city centre and explore things that are different, we have 2 spots to recommend for you.

Mirogoj cemetery

Ok, we know what you’re thinking.  Why in the world are we recommending a cemetery?!  Well, this is no ordinary place.  The architecture here is absolutely beautiful.  We don’t want to make this a main tourist attraction, but both a random tour guide and our hostel recommended we walk around here.

The entrance to the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia
The entrance to the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia

This is Zagreb’s main cemetery, opened in 1876.  It is the final resting place of many notable Croats, and people from all religions.  This is why you will see all sorts of Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim symbols around.

A path covered by trees at the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia
A path covered by trees at the Mirogoj cemetery

If you go here, please be respectful.  It is not a place to take Instagram pictures, but a place of respect and humility. Just take in the beauty of nature and enjoy the moment.

To get there, take the 201 or the 226, just near the Zagreb Cathedral. The bus stops right at the cemetery.

Medvednica Mountain

We love a city that’s so close to nature.  Just North of Zagreb, you will find Medvednica Mountain.  Because Zagreb is known for being rainy, we didn’t have a chance to go here, but we know we will be heading up for a hike next time we’re in the city.

There are plenty of ways to get up there, but the most eco-friendly is biking or taking the bus.  If you head there, here are some more details on how you can do it.

Where to stay

Chillout Hostel is our favourite place to stay in Zagreb.  With a name like Chillout, there’s really no way to go wrong, is there?!  This hostel fits in perfectly with the vibe of the city: friendly, laid-back and full of life.

Downstairs, you have the bar where locals and travellers can meet.  Such a chill vibe, cool music and awesome staff makes this a place to meet new (or old) friends.  Super well located, right near Art Park, at the steps of the Upper Town, Chillout has super comfy rooms, with your choice of dorms or private.

As if that wasn’t enough, their staff is super friendly.  Corey made it a point to let us know where all the cool spots were, and had some awesome recommendations for us when it came to restaurants and things that were off-the-beaten path.  Plus, they offer free walking tours around the city, so you can learn more about the sites.

We can’t wait to head back here, meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Where to eat

Because we had such a short time in Zagreb, we have 2 recommendations for you in town:

Mali Medo: This microbrewery is known for its craft beer and delicious food.  Situated in Tkalčićeva, this place has an extensive outdoor terrace, so it’s perfect in the summer.  Derek loved his Pub plate that had a bit of everything.  I opted for pizza, as our waiter told us it was better than Italian pizza.  If you try, let us know what you think.  The verdict is still out for us!

Stari Fijaker: If you’re looking for typical Zagreb or Croatian food, this is your spot.  They don’t have many vegetarian options, but they were very accommodating, modifying their side dishes for me.  I had the delicious veggie steaks.

Getting around

Zagreb is fairly small (but oh-so-cute) so walking around town is your best bet.  However, if you want to get somewhere faster, or  get out of the rain, their bus and tram network is pretty awesome.

Zagreb Card

If you’re looking to visit all the museums (which would take you a long time), you may want to get the Zagreb Card.  Like in other cities, it gives you discounts on so many entrances and attractions, free transport and so much more.  It may be worth investing in the card if you plan on hitting these places up.

Street art in Zagreb, Croatia
Some faking nice advertising

Although our time in Zagreb was short, it was the sweetest.  Such a cool, laid-back city, so many parks and beautiful architecture, we highly recommend you find some time, head away from the coast, and discover this capital!

Have you ever been to Zagreb?  Did we convince you to check it out?  Let us know in the comments.


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Things to do in Budapest: Your ultimate city guide

If you are looking to explore Budapest, the capital of Hungary, here are our recommendations. Discover what to see, where to go, how to get around, and where to stay.

Welcome to the beautiful capital of Hungary, Budapest!  Split in two by the Danube, you have the hilly Buda, home to the awesome castle, and the fairly flat Pest (pronounced Pesht, so you don’t sound like a total tourist!)  Unofficially, it’s one of our favourite cities in Europe… but we say that about every place we go!  The city with a rich history, funky culture and beautiful architecture has something for everyone.  Here are just a few of the amazing things to see and do.

When to go

As always, it really depends on what you want to do while you’re here.  If you want to avoid crowds and extreme weather (either too hot or too cold), make sure you go between March and May, or September through November.

The summer months in Budapest are the hottest and wettest.  January is probably the coldest month, and the winter sees a lot of snowfall.  But it’s beautiful to see and accommodations are at their lowest.

A view of the Hungarian Parliament Building from the Fishermans Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
A view of the Hungarian Parliament Building from the Fisherman’s Bastion

If you don’t mind the cold and want to check out the Christmas markets, mid-November and December are the perfect time to go!

What to do

The city has something for everyone to explore.  Whether you like castles and beautiful old buildings, or awesome food and hipster bars, if you are like us, you will just fall head-over-heels in love with Budapest.

Buda Castle

It’s impossible to miss the Buda Castle.  It sits proudly on top of Buda Hill and makes the city look so regal.  This used to be the home of the Hungarian kings back in the day.  Today, it’s home to a bunch of museums.

Behold the Buda castle in Budapest, Hungary
Behold the Buda Castle in Budapest

From the massive grounds, always free to walk around, to the stunning architecture, the intricate design and impressive city views, the Buda Castle is a must in Budapest, and on Derek’s list of favourite things to do in a city.

Fisherman’s Bastion

Also named the Halászbástya, the Fisherman’s Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 and served to protect the castle and the city.  Today, it’s Budapest’s most visited attraction and an awesome viewpoint to see the whole city.  You get really impressive views of the Parliament from here.

The Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
You must go see the Fisherman’s Bastion, steps from the Buda Castle

Make sure you walk around the many paths around the Bastion.  You can also get really creative with your shots, so enjoy your time here.  Climbing up the towers comes at a fee, but if you visit early enough, or on a rainy day, you might get lucky (if you know what we mean!)  Luckily, there are actually a few free days from October 15 to March 10.  And night hours are free too.

Matthias Church

Located right in front of the Bastion, Matthias Church is one of the largest of the medieval Hungarian Kingdom and has a very rich history.

The Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary
The Matthias Church

It’s quite impressive from the outside.  To get a glimpse of the inside, you have to pay a fee.

St Stephen’s Basilica

Named in honour of the first king of Hungary, this is the 3rd largest church in the country today.  As impressive as it is from the outside, it’s even more spectacular inside.

Hungarian Parliament building

You will surely be impressed when you walk by the Parliament of Budapest.  Not only is it the largest building in Hungary, as well as the tallest, it’s also the 3rd largest parliament building in the world.  With tickets, you can visit the parliament and the museum of the national assembly.

The Hungarian Parliament building all lit up at night in Budapest, Hungary
The Hungarian Parliament building shining bright

If you’re not impressed by its size, the architecture of the building will surely get you.  It’s just stunning!  You get the best views of the building from across the Danube.  Make sure you head there in the morning and at night as it looks completely different.

Shoes on the Danube

This is a memorial created by film director Can Togay and sculptor Gyula Pauer, on the east bank of the Danube River.  The memorial honours the 3,500 victims killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during WWII.  They were forced to remove their shoes and shot at the edge of the river so their bodies were carried away by the flow.

The famous Shoes on the Danube river at night in Budapest, Hungary
The famous Shoes on the Danube river

Placed on the Pest side of the River, near the Hungarian Parliament, these shoes are a moving tribute to the victims.  Visitors today leave flowers, candy and candles at this site.

Great Market Hall

Located at the end of the famous shopping street, Váci utca, the Great Market Hall is the largest and oldest indoor market in Hungary.  Whatever you are looking for, you will probably find it here.  From fresh fruits and veggies, souvenirs, clothes and everything in between, the Great Market Hall is quite a trip, even if you’re not shopping.

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Guarded by 4 lions, the Chain Bridge is an icon of Budapest.  This 19th century suspension bridge spans the Danube river and links Buda to Pest (see what we did there?! Chain bridge.  Links.  Hehehe)

The famous Chain bridge lit up at night in Budapest, Hungary
The famous Chain bridge lit up at night

This bridge is a convenient and beautiful way to get from one side of the city to the next.  Just make sure you check it out during the day and at night.  It looks so different when it’s lit up.

Hősök tere

Also known as Heroes’ Square, this is one of Hungary’s major squares.  Surrounded by museums, at the end of the famous Andrássy Avenue, Hősök Tere is an important landmark of the city, also where the first subway station in the city was constructed.

To be honest, although this is an important landmark of Budapest, it didn’t really strike a chord with us.  Luckily, you don’t need to get out of your way to see it.  It’s near the Vajdahunyad Castle and the Széchenyi thermal baths

Vajdahunyad Castle

Did you think we weren’t going to recommend this castle either?  Have you even met Derek?!  Built in 1896, this castle is quite impressive, especially in its beautiful setting in the City Park.

The Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest, Hungary
The gate of the Vajdahunyad Castle

You can enter the courtyard for free, but to visit the inside and the museum, tickets are required.

Hungarian State Opera House

There are certain things you find out the hard way… by showing up and seeing that the Hungarian State Opera House is having a full facelift was one of those things for us!  We can’t blame anyone though, considering that the Opera House was founded in 1884.  It’s ok to get a little work done once in awhile.  Just note that it will be under restoration for the next 2 years, until 2020.

The beautiful inside of the State Opera house in Budapest, Hungary
Since the outside is under massive renovations, we had to settle on seeing the beautiful inside of the Hungarian State Opera house

You can still enter the main hall, which is stunning.  You can still do a tour of the Opera House, which you need to pay for.  And you will be treated to a mini concert, which sounded amazing from where we were standing in the lobby.

Dohány Street Synagogue

We’ll be honest with you here, we didn’t actually go into the Synagogue, though we really wanted to.  But the almost $20CAD entrance fee was a bit of a hard pill to swallow, especially at this point in our travels.

The Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary
The Dohány Street Synagogue

The Dohány Street Synagogue is a historical building.  It’s the largest synagogue in Europe.  It’s the second largest in the world.  It looks beautiful from the outside, and we’re convinced it’s just as gorgeous from the inside.  So if you do go, please let us know how it is!  They do offer a free tour around the Synagogue, so make sure you check times before you get there.

Széchenyi thermal baths

Did you even go to Budapest if you didn’t go to a bath?  No!  No, you didn’t!

The Széchenyi baths are some of the oldest and largest in Europe.  Fed by 2 thermal sources, going here requires almost a full day.  It’s a moment of pampering, relaxing and self-care, so make sure you keep a good chunk of your day for it.

You can get your tickets online, at your hotel (that’s where we got ours) or directly at the baths.  There, you will have the chance to go to one of the 2 thermal outdoor pools, the outdoor lap pool, or one of the many indoor pools, all at varying temperatures.  They have a gym, a spa (for massages), a cosmetics bar and so much more.

Just make sure you bring your towel, flip flops, and a bathing cap (if you want to do laps in the pool).  A good tip is also to bring a bottle of water, as it does get quite dehydrating to be there.  Then, just enjoy and relax!

Jewish quarters

Welcome to the coolest quarters in Budapest.  Lined with boutiques, restaurants, cool bars, hole-in-the-wall eateries, this place is buzzing, especially at night.  This is also where you will find the cool Ruin Bars and Cafes in the city.

So walk around and pick any restaurant or bar to have a drink at.  It will be delicious and it will be fun!

Ruin bar

This is another place that we ask: Did you even go to Budapest if you didn’t go to a ruin bar?  And again, no!  You probably didn’t!

Come party at Szimpla Kert in Budapest, Hungary
Come party at Szimpla Kert

Rumour has it that these ruin bars started in the early 2000’s, when a bunch of friends were looking for a cheap place to grab a beer.  When they didn’t find what they were looking for, they decided to create their own spot.  They set up shop in an abandoned building and started selling $2 beers.  It was more of an underground movement back then!  The first one to open was Szimpla Kert, so that’s where we went.

A view from the second floor of Szimpla Kert in Budapest, Hungary
A view from the second floor of Szimpla Kert

Today, the ruin bars are not so underground, and definitely not as cheap.  They are however, very cool, and a fun place to drink, especially considering that most have been transformed by artists.  Filled with thrift store furniture, odd trinkets and mementos, packed with people from all over the world and all walks of life, our ruin bar experience was quite fun!

Budapest Eye

The Budapest Eye is a big 65 m ferris wheel that is located in Erzsébet Square.  We didn’t ride it, but a ride last about 3 turns, so 10 minutes, and costs €9 (roughly $10 USD).  It’s a great place to go to get a bird’s eye view of Budapest.

Come ride the Budapest Eye Ferris Wheel in Budapest, Hungary
Come ride the Budapest Eye Ferris Wheel

What to eat

Eat everything!  Seriously!  We loved every single thing we had in Budapest.  So eat everything your heart desires, it will probably be delicious!

Szimpla Kert:  We mentioned it before, and we’ll say it again.  Go to a ruin bar.  Go to this one.  It’s super cool, relaxed and tons of fun.  They serve tons of drinks there, as well as food, so you’ll be set for the night.  Another plus, they have tons of vegetarian options!

Bors GazstroBar This was our first stop in Budapest.  We had a delicious pumpkin soup (their soups change daily so feel free to try whatever).  Derek loved his pulled pork baguette and I adored my vegetarian one.  This is a street food style hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but with quality food!

Great eats at Bors Gazstro Bar in Budapest, Hungary
You don’t need to be a Star Wars fan to eat at Bors GazstroBar, but if you are you will love it!

Karavan:  If you love street food, this is the place for you!  They have it all.  Pizzas, burgers, Mexican, Hungarian, vegan, meat-lover, whatever you want, you’ll find it here.  Karavan is a group of food trucks set up in this cool courtyard with garden chairs, heaters and tables.

Desszert Neked When you’ve had enough to eat, eat more… dessert, of course!  We had some cake pops and chocolatey desserts here and they did not disappoint.  W’d love to tell you exactly what we had, but we enjoyed them way too much.  Anyway, we’re convinced you’ll love everything you have there.

Grab a yummy dessert at Desszert Neked in Budapest, Hungary
Grab a yummy dessert at Desszert Neked

Where to stay

There is only one option for us in Budapest: the D8 Hotel.  Newly opened, this hotel has everything you need to have a great time in the city.  Centrally-located, steps away from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, and pretty much close to everything you want to visit, you can’t ask for more.

Wediditourway at the D8 Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
Chilling out at the D8 Hotel

Start the day off right with a delicious breakfast (try their croissants! They are some of the best we’ve had) then head out to explore the city.  If you need to get some work done before, no worries!  Their lobby and lounge areas have everything you need to get connected and get things done.

And don’t worry if it’s raining while you are there – they offer the cutest umbrellas so you don’t miss a minute of exploring.  We love these thoughtful touches D8 has thought of to make your stay comfortable and as pleasant as possible.

Welcome to the D8 Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to the D8 Hotel in Budapest, Hungary

If you need any recommendations, if you need to book a trip to the thermal baths, their staff can take care of that for you.  They gave us extra towels for the baths, booked our tickets, gave us insider tips on where to go and what to do.  We wish we could have stayed here forever!

Getting around

All the sites in Budapest are fairly close to each other.  You know how much we love to walk, so we would go from one place to the next by foot.  Considering we had such a great hotel, so close to everything, we would even stop in sometimes before heading to a different part of town.

If walking is not your thing, Budapest has a super convenient subway system that can get you from one place to the next in a jiffy!  They also have trams and buses, so think eco-friendly and use their awesome public transportation system!

Budapest Card

And as always, depending on what you want to do and see, you may want to grab the Budapest Card.  You’ll get to use the transport system for free, visit your favourite museums and attractions for free, or at a discounted rate, and you get so much more.

Just make sure your initial investment will pay itself off with what you want to do and see.  Then, reap the benefits!

The Buda side of the Danube river in Budapest, Hungary
The Buda side of the Danube river

We loved our time in Budapest.  We know we say this often, and we really mean it (Every. Single. Time)!  But seriously, we loved it here.  From the delicious food, amazing architecture, relaxing baths and just walking around soaking in the history and culture of the city (we also soaked in some rain!).  We highly recommend you spend at least 3-4 days here to take in all the beauty of the city.

Have you been to Budapest?  Is it on your list yet?  Let us know in the comments.


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