Budapest by Night, Budapest
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
After eating a lovely dinner (Gulash) with lots of paprika, having a wonderful dessert with red wine--it was a long dinner since musicians started playing Hungarian music and I just couldn't leave the place--I took a midnight stroll. As you can see by the Christmas tree, this was during the Christmas season.
The Sunday night we were there the bridge was closed to car traffic so we were able to take a quiet and leisurly stroll across the Danube. The bridge itself is beautiful especially at night when it is all lit up. And the sights from the bridge such as Parliament, Matthias Church, and the Palace are breathtaking.
The night life is Budapest is quite good. If you enjoy good music and drinks, there are a few discos around, and the crowd is really young. The girls are beautiful, and entry is not a problem, as long as you pay the entry fee.
This is a view of the Lanchid Hid (Chain Link Bridge) with the Royal Palace on the hills of Buda behind it.
We could not enter to the Buda Castle for luck of time, but the night after leaving the city we watch the castle iluminated. It was a lovely look.
Our friend and guide I, tok us to see the Buscolo Hotel. He said we simply must see it because it is so beautiful at night. He was right...the hitel is beautifully illuminated and was worth the walk.
Like most bautiful cities when the sun goes down, the lights come on. All the major buildings are beautifully lit and have another dimension of beauty to them.
The views from Castle Hill are fantastic by night and well worth a good hour gazing at the skyline. The perfect place for couples.