Budapest by Night, Budapest
Have a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi0DxXq1ssc. Are they birds (starlings), or bats?
Makes quite an impression, anyway.
And they've redone the paving in the square outside the Parliament, it's very chic now.
Among the main touristic assets of Budapest are the illuminations all the year. It has been written here that Budapest is better at night than in daytime and it is true.
The major illuminations are those on the Buda side of the Castle, the Fisherman Bastion and Matthias church, further to the north near the Batthyany Ter the St. Anna church.
On the Danube the monumental Chain bridge. On the Pest side the Parliament, St Stephen's basilica, Gresham Palace and to the south the Market just to mention the most important ones.
Best is the walk on the promenade Duna Korso along the Danube on the Pest side with the restaurant and hotel terraces and the views on the Buda hill.
I agree with other VT travelers that City looks even better under lights. The lights illuminate the city with a incredible glow. I walk with my friends all over Peshta and dint feel unsafe don't even second.
Budapest is a wonderful city by day but even better at night. The lights illuminate the city with a beautiful glow. We walked from the Buda side across the chain bridge to Pest. It was a great walk and the bridge looked phenomenal.
Budapest is very beautiful during the day and also very beautiful during the evening and night.
There are a lot of restaurants , beautiful views of the Danube area (parliament , buda castle) lighted.
You must walk in the Danube promenade and see the beautiful views of the buildings around.
Budapest illumniated at night was quite breathtaking. The "Chain Bridge, Parliment, Royal Palace can be seen along the banks of the Danube and some really excellent pics can be taken from any part of the city.
A city does transform itself at night, and Budapest was for me a really good example of this. Many of the buildings look so much better when they are illumniated.
The towers of the Fishermen's Bastion, built in the late 19th century as a monument for the Guild of the Fishermen, give one of the most beautiful views on Budapest. However, the complex itself is also quite special and looks magnificent in the evening and at night. If you can, try to go 2 times (during the day and at night), but if you don't have enough time for that, try to go just at night. There's less people there then, and the surroundings, the views and the quietness make it an absolute romantic and relaxing place.
I love the Budapest in the night. Light, Danube, Buda Castle, Chain Bridge,.... Love it. For a city of its size, Budapest has a huge choice of things to do and places to go after dark - from opera and folk dancing to jazz and meat-market clubs. It's almost never difficult getting tickets or getting in; the hard part is deciding what to do.
Budapest has a great nightlife - loads of places to go chill out. At hostels you get various cards which you can use to get discounts on. I happened to go to a couple of places - one was the Jazz garden - for Jazz fans. Good music and great food. Another one is Fatál - hungarian for "wooden plate" - great food - the quantities are quite large. There's plenty to do - just walk around.
The monuments of Budapest are beautifully lit at night but as they are so widely spread, unless you have a car I would recommend taking one of the tours on offer. My hotel booked one for me and I was particularly lucky because it turned out I was the only person on it that night... so I was whisked all over Budapest in a little minibus, sitting up front with the driver who acted like my personal guide. He was very friendly, spoke extremely good English and had a great sense of humour so it was an enjoyable evening. The other advantage of doing this is that a local guide can give you additional snippets of information that your guidebook might have missed.
Buda Castle is a historic place. It's really beautiful and impressive. We went there with a funicular (don't forget transpot cards and Budapest card don't value there, the ticket costs 700HUF). The view of the river and Pest are great, We could see the Parliament, the bridges etc.
In the Castle there is the national Gallery (free entrance with Budapest Card). The gallery has a lot of temporary exhibition and it really worth a visit.
You could also make a walk around the Castle, enjoy the viwe of Buda (it's too green!!!!). I really like Mattyas fountain and the garden around the castle.
I liked most the Castle during the night when it is lighted and it looks really baronial!!!!
BUDAPEST gives me a great impression my first time there above all at night... beautifull sights around above all over the bridges.. its a great city with a lot of small detaches as light on the bridges so trimmed ..
You feel like at home when you are in Budapest..this was my feelings once i was there for second time during my trip after visiting the uglyest city of Bucharest...so dirty and dark!!!
Boat tours - Danube Legend – A pleasant hour on a ship sailing between the splendid visions of Buda and Pest & an hour walk on Margaret Island. Evening tour is one hour up and down the Danube. Price 4 200 HUF. Departure at Pier 7 . Danube bank near Vigadó tér at 11:00, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 20:15, 21:00 and 22:00. From July also available 13:30,17:30.
We were in Budapest in July. On Saturday evenings the Chain Brindge changes into pedestrian street. It's very nice to walk along the embankments, cross the Danube river and go up to Fishmen Bastion to see the city and the river from the top.
My opinion, upon visiting the Buda Castle, is the breath taking views at night. Walking down the Castle District streets on a cool summer evening and taking in the sights is a must. The night view of the Castle overlooking the Danube is the most romantic view I have ever shared with anyone.