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Budapest Stag Do Reviews
Is Budapest Ideal For Your Stag Do?
All You Need To Know
Budapest is an absolute gem of a city and one of the best places for a stag do in Eastern Europe. Often described as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest is actually comprised of two cities that straddle the Danube River.
Buda is perfect for the sophisticated, refined gentleman who appreciates the finer things in life; an exquisite meal, a world-class bottle of wine, VIP drinking establishments and high calibre entertainment.
Pest on the other hand is the rebellious younger brother. This is where the hip, creative young sub culture comes out to play. The music is underground, the bars are gritty and the lifestyle is cheap.
The two sides work together in harmony creating a destination that can be enjoyed by all types of groups.
Currency: Hungarian Forint
Official Language: Hungarian
Dialling Code: +36
Emergency Number: 112
Population: +3.3 million
Budapest is an efficient city in terms of public transport, which makes it an ideal destination for a stag weekend. It is easy to walk around the city, rent a bike, catch a bus but also to jump on the metro.
The system is cheap, quick and efficient but if you feel like spending a little extra grab a taxi or hire your own means of transport.
Budapest is famous for its four pretty intense seasons. However, extreme weather conditions aside there are still plenty of stag activities that can be enjoyed all year round.
Spring lasts from March until April and sees the city bathed in a freshness that clears the air before the summer, perfect weather for outdoor activities like Cross Country Quad Biking or Paintball.
Summer, from May to September, gets sticky, hot and humid. It’s great to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine at this time of year but we can help you come up with some top alternative ideas? Think of some chilling activities such as a day out at the in demand Thermal Baths or a night Party at a Spa - a.k.a Sparty
Autumn lasts from September until October and although the weather is still warm, Budapest does tend to get a bit of rainfall during this time of year so bring a light waterproof jacket. Between November and March the Hungarian winter in Budapest can be bitterly cold with temperatures reaching as low as -15°C.
- Go for a tour of the Parliament: Stag dos don’t usually involve politics, but a visit to Budapest’s iconic Parliament is well worth taking a time out for.
- Take in the view from the Fisherman’s Bastion: The building itself looks like something out of a Disney classic, but the views from the neo-Gothic Fisherman’s Bastion span the whole city.
- Cross the Chain Bridge from Buda to Pest: Buda or Pest? Come on, everyone has a favourite side? If you can’t decide, just go back and forth across the Chain Bridge until you make a decision.
- Eat at the Central Market Hall: A man’s got to eat, especially when drinking copious amounts of alcohol all day long. So for an authentically local stag experience in Budapest, visit the Central Market Hall where stall after mouth-watering stall is piled with some of the most traditional Hungarian delicacies in town.
- Have a drink at a Ruin Bar: Ruin bars have become a famous Budapest institution and are perfect for a stag do drinkathon on a budget. Taking old dilapidated abandoned buildings and turning them into achingly cool, conveniently cheap and effortlessly grungy places to party the night away, Budapest’s ruin bars have become top hot spots.
- Trabant Trek: Fancy jumping into a rusty old 50’s Trabant and zooming around Budapest in it for a day? Yep, we thought it was a good stag activity too! While a Trabant Tour will allow you to see lots of the cities sights, it also offers a unique glimpse into Hungary’s history.
- Thermal Baths: The Thermal Baths is a great idea to take a few hours for oneself and to take advantage of the summer heat but also to detox after the end of a long weekend in the capital. Worthy of a visit where you can get a massage, relax in a mini whirlpool or sunbathe and work that tan.
- Horse Racing: This day out is great for the gamblers withint the stag group. Head out for a day of boozing and placing bets at the Budapest Horse Race track.
Recommended Food: Hearty soups, stews and game dishes, paprikás and goulash
Local beers: Dreher, Borsodi and Soproni
Local Wine: Sweet Tokaj wine, Egri Bikavér red win, Somló white wine
Local Liquors: Unikum, Palinka distilled fruit brandy
Cost of a good meal in a restaurant: 1600-3000 HUF
Cost of a pint of beer: 400-600 HUF
Cost of a glass of wine: 500-700 HUF
Cost of a one way ticket on the bus: 350 HUF
Cost of Taxi: 250-300 HUF
- Budapest is actually divided in two parts separated by the river Danube. Buda is a bit posher and upmarket, while Pest is more hipster and alternative
- Clinking your beer glasses together when you say “cheers” is frowned upon and considered bad luck
- Budapest’s Parliament building is the third largest in the world
- The famous Budapest underground system, or Metro as it is known by locals, is the oldest in mainland Europe
- Budapest wasn’t always the capital city of Hungary. Until the 13th century the capital was Esztergom