Digging For Hidden Gems in Budapest

Digging For Hidden Gems in Budapest

Budapest has sprung into life and has quickly become one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.

Many refer to it as the backpacking capital of Europe. After spending just a short time here, you can see why. The trendy bistros, hipster pub ruins, and rustic vibe are all reasons why so many tourists visit this city.

The downside is that it attracts around 30 million visitors each year! So if you’re looking to beat the crowds or you want to experience more of this breathtaking city, check out Budapest’s best-hidden gems down below.

Crowds gathering in front of Matthias Church in Budapest
Crowds gathering in front of Matthias Church

Ket Rombusz

This magical pub ruin is located on the Roman Embankment, just outside the city centre. You can bring food from a store or a local market and cook on one of their BBQs for free! The bar here sells a wide range of drinks at extremely low prices.

It’s hard to believe you’re just 15 minutes from downtown Budapest as you’re surrounded by nature and can smell the fresh country air.

Entry fee: Free
Address: Budapest, Római part 43, 1031 Hungary
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ketrombusz/

A pub ruin in Budapest
Seating in Ket Rombusz

Szemlő Mountain Cave

Although Budapest sees around 30,000,000 visitors, the city’s caves see nothing like that. Only a fraction of visitors coming to town visit the spectacular caves. And when they do, they usually visit the more popular Palvolgyi Cave.

At Szemlo Mountain cave, you can experience just as fantastic mineral formations without the tourists and at a lower price.

Entry fee: 1,000 HUF (2.80 EUR)
Address: Budapest, Pusztaszeri út 35, 1025 Hungary
Website: https://www.dunaipoly.hu/en/

A cave in Budapest, Hungary
Inside the caves

Kiraly Thermal Bath

Since 1934, Budapest has been known as the city of spas. There are 6 thermal baths dotted around the city, so you are spoilt for choice. Many tourists visit Széchenyi Thermal Bath. The largest and most popular bath in Budapest.

However, if you’re looking for a hidden gem, you should visit Kiraly Thermal Bath. This is arguably Budapest’s most beautiful bath, and it comes without the flocks of tourists.

Entry fee: Adult with cabin 3,000 HUF (8.35 EUR)
Address: Budapest, Fő u. 84, 1027 Hungary
Website: https://en.kiralyfurdo.hu/

A steamy Kiraly thermal bath
A steamy Kiraly thermal bath

Tomb of Gül Baba

What was once a Muslim pilgrim site is now a National Monument.

This is an urban oasis overlooking the city. Capture amazing views and photos of the town, then take a relaxing stroll through the gardens and learn about how this 16th-century landmark came into existence.

Entry fee: Free
Address: Budapest, Mecset u. 14, 1023 Hungary
Website: https://gulbabaalapitvany.hu/en/homepage/

The tomb of Gul Baba in Budapest
The tomb of Gul Baba

Elizabeth Square

This square isn’t exactly hidden. It’s located in downtown Budapest, which has a Ferris wheel and a busy metro station. So why is this a hidden gem? It’s because so many tourists walk straight through the square without stopping to explore it.

One side may just be a metro station and a Ferris wheel, but the other is much more than that. Hidden behind a row of wooden huts is everything a tourist dreams of. Street food stalls, a pool, and an underground bar can all be found here.

Entry fee: Free
Address: Budapest, Erzsébet tér 5, 1051 Hungary

A ferris wheel in Elizabeth Park
The Ferris wheel in Elizabeth Park

Feneketlen Lake

This quiet lake is the ideal place for relaxing. You can take a walk around the lake, sit on the grass, or layout out on the grass and have a picnic.

If you prefer to exercise, you can do so on the tennis court, the running track, or even its street workout court.

Entry fee: Free
Address: Budapest, 1114 Hungary

Lake Feneketlen in Budapest
Lake Feneketlen

Since Budapest is a popular tourist destination, it is hard to find parts of the city without the herds of tourists, especially in the summer months. However, by visiting the hidden gems mentioned above, you can explore this wonderful city like a local and without the crowds.

On top of this, you will return home with a unique story about your visit here. For more information on visiting Budapest, click on the link down below.



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