Budapest at night, Budapest
These are the most common and most beautiful views from the top of the Gellért hill. In fact all the tourist make their photos from the same places, because there are parts where the threes are too tall to make photos.
In february 2005 in a big storm some threes were broken and now there is a long line, wich offers a splendid view with photo taking opportunities, while before the storm you could see only the threes there.
It`s really interesting going up to the Citadel and waiting that the lights appear little by little. First the streets, than slowly the monuments are getting illuminated: The Chain Bridge, the Royal Palace and the Castle district, The Cupola of the Parliament, The Academy of Sciences, the Gresham palace, The Innercity Parish church, the Serbian ortodox church, The Basilica...ecc...
The chain bridge at night is simply stunning. No matter if the lions have tongue or not:) Some people say they (at least 2 of the four lions) don`t have it, others swear that they do have. I`ve never checked it out and I guess I never will:) But I put in some photos to show how fantastic this bridge is by night.
First, from a close range:
The Oroszlános udvar (Lion`s Court) is my favourite place in Budapest. If I come here in the winter when there is snow, and the Court is all illuminated, well, that`s a fantastic feeling for me. Her you can find the entrances to the National Gallery, to the Budapest History museum and to the Széchenyi Bibliotheque. You can see the cupola wich hopefully will be replaced within some years to the original very decorated neobaroque one. But despite of this, here you can see the original facades. so I absolutely suggest you to visit this place when it`s already dark.
This is the most famous viewpoint of the Royal Palace: from the Elisabeth Bridge, through the Duna Korzó, to the Chain Bridge. Very well known by the tourists and everybody makes his own photos from these places. And they are right. It`s an amazing feeling taking a walk on the Duna Korzó when the Palace and the Castle hill is lit up.
But the illumination is far not ready. The castle walls, the so called Bazaar of the Castle`s Garden (Várkertbazár) the Carmelite chloster aren`t lit up yet, but it hopefully will change within some years. Anyway: the views are simply stunning also now.
...and the views.
You can have the best views of the Chain bridge from the Royal Palace and from the Funicular.
At the southern part of the Royal palace there is a big wall where you can easily make exellent photos from the chain bridge and environment. If you want come up to the castle area with the funicular, do it when it`s dark, and the Bridge is lit up. Marvellous experience!
Budapest is beautiful by night, the best views I have seen are :
- General view of Budapest from Buda castle
- View of the Danube and both city sides from chain bridge
- Walking around the chain Bridge and liberty bridge.
- Walking around Fisherman Bastion
Couldn't go there at night cause we all decided to watch the world cup instead at an open air party by T-Mobile, haha. Went there my last day at Budapest though. It wasn't that hard to find as it's actually located really near the central. We literally walked there from Vaci Utca. Such an amazing place with great music and loads of character. I will defitely go there again. Next time will be at night rather than 3 o'clock in the afternoon on a Sunday.
Dress Code: Just casuals would do.
Those who live in Budapest are justly proud of their country's musical heritage. It's certainly no mean feat for such a small nation to have produced two of the world's greatest 20th century composers in Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. And, in such an emotive city, where you start to think that even taxi rides should be accompanied by a soul stirring rhapsody, it's not surprising to learn that the classical music and opera scenes are flourishing here.
Listed in my other tips are some places of interest (well, at least to me)...in regrds to nightlife in BP and classical music...
Dress Code: Depending on where you are going...but generally I would say dress rather nicely...somewhat formal...so no jeans and polo shirts.
Many of the old buildings in Budapest are illuminated in night time (or at least in the evening). You should not miss to walk along the Danube on the Pest side to see the Castle in light . On Castle Hill the Fishermen?s Bastion and Matthias church are also illuminated. If you stand on the Buda side you will see that only part of the Parliament is illuminated. In a few years when the restorations are finished the whole building will probably be illuminated. Also the St Stephen?s Basilica and some of the bridges are in lights.
There are some lovely places to eat/drink in Budapest at night, but it's a bit like the UK in that you won't find much open after about 2am.
In the summer the Kertz garden bars are nice places to drink, and they stay open pretty late (varies from place to place and year to year I think) but you won't usually find dancing or anything there ( I think there are sometimes live bands/jazz, but not when I was there). We failed to find any kickin' nightclubs while we were there, but maybe we just weren't looking in the right places. There was a big dance festival thing on while we were visiting, but it seemed to be mainly techno of the 'Gatecrasher' type that was big in England a few years ago - lots of fluorescent bras/leg warmers and dreadlocks!
Eating is a bit of a hassle for vegetarians - especially if you cannot speak Hungarian and so can't ask if things contain meat- they seem to sneak it into everything!
Watch out for pizzas - often the 'tomato' sauce hsa meat in it too!
As we were in an apartment we were able to eat pasta and sauce every night - dull!
If there is some beautiful in Budapest is strolling around the bridges and the streets ir going up to Buda hill and take a look from the top to the river the parliament and Pest region as we did with my friends....of course it was 1st of October and wasnt cold but not in winter time!!
We spent our first night there going up to buda castle and visiting it from one end to the other end. We could see the palaces and above all this beautifull fortress designed under a turkish influence..amazing i thought the first time there..cos behinf a gothic church there is this stunning construction .
Want a beer? Play some ping-pong? This is your place. 80's funky music beatting. just great!! It has an enormous terrace to chill out. And in the inside, you can taste a little bit of everything, from a sofa to an uncomfortable chair, lol.
Loved the way the toilet paper was accomodated!!!
it's one of the cornerstones of traveling. a time tested, foolproof rule. if you want to hang out, ask the locals where to go. which is how we got to alcatraz. great place. great band. great looking guys. 'nuff said. 500 forints get you in, you don't want to leave.
Dress Code: you have to look like you tried but not too hard