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Budapest Off the Beaten Path

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Budapest might be famous for its castle, the Danube, and grand spas, but there is so much to discover about this vibrant city that's hidden away from the crumbs on the tourist trail. If you like doing things differently, whether it's something offbeat or if you just want to hang out with the locals, then this guide is for you.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Like a Local

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Matyas Caves

Geologic Formations

Kerepesi Cemetery

Cemeteries

Art Nouveau Cafe

Restaurants

Children's Railway

Rail Tours

Lehel Market Hall

Flea & Street Markets

Csaszar Baths, Veli Bej

Spas

Eleszto

Restaurants

Gul Baba's Tomb (Gul Baba turbeje)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Escape House

Escape Games

Jennifer W's City Tips

  • Budapest has great public transport, but if you want to experience local life then it's best to walk. Get lost, find hidden courtyards, and see the city in a different way.
  • District VII might be popular with tourists and bachelor parties, but if you want to escape all that, head into the neighboring District VIII to find a more local scene.
  • Take care of your belongings at all times, especially on public transport. Even locals can get pickpocketed so take care.
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    Matyas Caves
    Geologic Formations
    Jennifer W Says:

    Adrenaline junkies should head underground for a spot of caving under the city. Budapest is abundant in natural caverns, and while you can explore the show caves in Pálvölgy, if you like getting dirty and fancy something more adventurous, join a caving group for a spot of spelunking.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can organize spelunking trips in English if you book as a group, although some hotels and hostels can also do this for you.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Danube-Ipoly National Park
    • Tight! 14/01/2010
    • Caving in Budapest - A must do for those who dont mind tight spaces 14/09/2007
    • Matyas Caves
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    Kerepesi Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Whenever I travel to a city, I love visiting the local cemetery. Cemeteries are often sanctuaries of peace and quiet, abundant in local history, and in my opinion they are also very beautiful — Budapest's Kerepesi Cemetery is no exception. With iconic monuments and tombs erected to commemorate Hungary's greatest writers, historical figures, and artists, you can learn a lot about the city's past from a walk around the cemetery grounds.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you visit on October 31 or November 1, the cemetery is lit up with candles to remember the dead, making it a beautiful time to go.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 401 things to do in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Huge open-air funeral art collection. No entrance fee 20/02/2015
    • Woow and Creepy 03/01/2015
    • Kerepesi Cemetery
    Address:
    Fiumei ut 16
    Budapest 1086
    Hungary
    Other:
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    Art Nouveau Cafe
    Restaurants (Hungarian)
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Art nouveau lovers in search of a chic little cafe should check out this peaceful oasis in the Bedo House museum. Its secessionist lounge is one of my favorite spots for a cup of coffee in the city. Even though it's close to Parliament, it still feels hidden away from the tourist track.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is no need to visit the museum here, since a trip to the cafe (and the bathroom!) will give you a sense of the place.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #794 of 1,718 restaurants in Budapest
    • Great Little cafe, with attached art nouveau museum 16/02/2015
    • Great surroundings 04/01/2014
    • Art Nouveau Cafe
    Address:
    Honved Utca 3
    Budapest
    Hungary
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    Children's Railway
    Rail Tours
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    Jennifer W Says:

    When the weather is good, get out and escape the hustle and bustle with a trip to the Buda Hills. The route is over 11km long, and is staffed by children aged 10-14 (under adult supervision, of course). It's the largest children's railway in the world and it is a fun way to go up into the hills.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a picnic with you and make a day of it!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 162 Tours & Activities in Budapest
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Makes you smile 05/04/2015
    • Pleasant way to spend a splendid Sunday afternoon 01/03/2015
    • Children's Railway
    Address:
    MAV Zrt. Szechenyi-hegyi Gyermekvasut
    Budapest
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 1 397 5394
    Other:
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    Lehel Market Hall
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Forget the famous Central Market and shop like a local in the Lehel Market Hall. The building might look like a nightmare crossed with a ship mixed up with communist architectural styles with a little neoclassicism thrown in, but this local market hall will give you insight into local life in Budapest. Drop in here for a spot of lunch and a little shopping, or simply to do a bit of people watching.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Take a walk in the neighborhood around Visegrádi utca and Pozsonyi út for some architecture spotting. You'll find art nouveau and Bauhaus buildings here in District XIII.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #186 of 401 things to do in Budapest
    • Local indoor market 10/04/2015
    • A place to shop without tourists all over the place 02/04/2015
    • Lehel Market Hall
    Address:
    Lehel Square
    Budapest
    Hungary
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    Csaszar Baths, Veli Bej
    Spas
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    Jennifer W Says:

    If you want to enjoy Budapest's famous spas, but you're also looking to escape the crowds and the price tag, then you should head down to the Veli Bej Baths. Like its more famous contemporary, the Rudas Baths, the Veli Bej Baths also date back to the Ottoman era. This Turkish spa complex is compact and a fraction of the cost when compared to the city's more famous spas.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a walk round the corner to the drinking fountain at the Lukacs Baths. The thermal waters here have curative properties, so knock back a couple of pints!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 47 Spas & Wellness in Budapest
    • Amazing baths 15/04/2015
    • Very nice Spa 05/04/2015
    • Csaszar Baths, Veli Bej
    Address:
    Frankel leo u 54
    Budapest 1023
    Hungary
    Phone:
    011 36 1 438 8641
    Other:
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    Eleszto
    Restaurants (European, Hungarian)
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    Jennifer W Says:

    Craft beer fans should head out to District IX for Eleszto, one of Budapest's iconic ruin bars, but with a hoppy twist. This specialized bar dedicated to Hungarian craft beer was once off the beaten track, but has been steadily gaining popularity, although mostly with Hungarians.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Ask the bar staff for a recommendation if you're not sure what to order; you can also ask for a taste if you want to try before you buy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #99 of 1,718 restaurants in Budapest
    • Great beer and bartenders 13/04/2015
    • Beer paradise 23/03/2015
    • Eleszto
    Address:
    Tuzolto u 22
    Budapest 1094
    Hungary
    Phone:
    70 233 5052
    Other:
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    Gul Baba's Tomb (Gul Baba turbeje)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jennifer W Says:

    While it's quite a hike up from the city center, Gul Baba's Tomb (Gul Baba turbeje) from the Turkish occupation offers a fascinating glimpse into Budapest's history. It might be in need of some maintenance, but you won't find a more unusual place in the city, and if you're interested in Turkish Budapest beyond the baths, it's definitely worth the walk up.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to have a look round the mausoleum, you'll need to grab the attention of the groundskeeper, but if he is around he will be happy to let you into the tomb.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #168 of 401 things to do in Budapest
    • The most important holy place of Islam in the northern Europe 31/03/2015
    • Interesting Tomb in Budapest 08/03/2015
    • Gul Baba's Tomb (Gul Baba turbeje)
    Address:
    14 Mecset utca
    Budapest 1023
    Hungary
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    Escape House
    Escape Games
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    Jennifer W Says:

    If you'd like to try an unusual activity in Budapest, give the Hungarian craze of 'exit games' a go at Escape House. There are four rooms you have to break out of in an hour, and there are plenty of other live action room escape games to try out. Test your wits with a series of logic puzzles you have to solve in order to get out the room.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Keep an eye out for hidden basements or games tucked inside ruin bars. There are dozens of these games around Budapest — a must-do for a traveler looking for something different.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 78 Fun & Games in Budapest
    • fun and unique experience 17/04/2015
    • Best escape game for me 07/04/2015
    • Escape House
    Address:
    Csengery utca 66.
    Basement
    Budapest 1067
    Hungary
    Phone:
    +36 70 257 9621
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