Budapest

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Beautiful Budapest is one of the most vibrant capital cities of Europe and one of our top destinations for a Hen Party abroad. Straddling the blue Danube River, medieval Buda offers a stunning panoramic view of contemporary Pest. Art, architecture, and the rich musical tradition of this famous city encompasses nearly 1000 years of history offering your Hen a once in a lifetime experience

Key Facts

Currency: Hungarian Forint
Official Language: Hungarian
Dialling Code: +36
Emergency Number: 112
Population: +3.3 million

Located in the South of Hungary, near the border with Slovakia, Budapest really is a city that has it all making it an ideal destination for a hen weekend. The city is as architecturally stunning as it is culturally rich, as traditional and historical, as it is fun, lively, buzzing and youthful.
Its nightlife knows no bounds stretching from classical music concerts and opera, to alternative bars in derelict buildings and rave parties in thermal swimming pools. The pubs and clubs are renowned throughout Europe, the food is like nothing else you have tasted on the continent, and the activities for hen groups of all tastes, and in all seasons, are endless.
If you’re thinking of travelling abroad for your hen weekend, consider Budapest, where the opportunities for both traditional hen activities, as well as alternative hen ideas are guaranteed to satiate!

Top Things to Do

Day

  1. Relax at a traditional Thermal Bath: Your hen do in Budapest is meant to be indulgent right? So a great idea for a hen activity is to indulge your bodies at one of Budapest’s famous natural thermal baths. The city has dozens and some even turn into late night bath parties, staying open until the early hours of the morning!
  2. Take in the view from the Fisherman’s Bastion: Resembling something of a fairy tale castle, the neo-Gothic Fisherman’s Bastion is not only an iconic symbol of Budapest, but also offers some of the best all-encompassing views over the city. Take in a bit of culture on your Hen trip abroad in Hungary with a trip up to the bastion.
  3. Cross the Chain Bridge from Buda to Pest: Built in the 1840’s, Budapest’s Chain Bridge still serves its original purpose, transporting people from Buda to Pest. It is an institution in the city and makes a great spot to get some cheesy ‘Hen Weekend in Budapest’ photos for facebook!

Thermal Baths in Budapest

Night

  1. Get cultural at the Hungarian Heritage House: You are all modern women we know, but sometimes a little bit of tradition can be good, especially when you are travelling abroad to Budapest for your hen do and you want to explore the Hungarian traditions. For an authentic folk experience head to the Hungarian Heritage House in Buda for a performance of plays, music and dance.
  2. Hungarian Wine Tasting: Did you know Hungary is famous for its delicious wines? A Hen do in Budapest seems like the perfect opportunity to savour the local flavours and taste some of this liquid gold!
  3. Have a drink at a Ruin Bar: Drinking is almost an obligatory activity on any hen do abroad but instead of making it just about the booze, make it a cultural experience by drinking in the infamous Budapest Ruin Bars hidden inside abandoned buildings.  

 

Top Hen Activities in Budapest

Trabant Trek: Taking in the sights of the city is an important way of finding your feet in your new hen destination, but rather that tiring out those fabulous feet, why not find your wheels instead and have some iconic and historical fun whizzing around Budapest in an old school Trabant, the symbolic car of the area.
Opera House Tour: Drunken debauchery and horrible hen hangovers aside, you are actually highly cultured, sophisticated and elegant ladies right? Well an alternative hen idea is to indulge your inner divas with a visit to the stunning Budapest Opera House. It’s classic, timeless and spectacular. Just like you!
Dinner in a private Hungarian Wine Cellar: A romantic candle lit dinner in the atmospheric surroundings of an underground wine cellar, surrounded by your favourite group of women, eating delicious traditional Hungarian food and copious amount of local wine… Sound tempting? This is a perfect way to start a crazy hen night out in Budapest.
Private Danube cruise:  Ah the Danube, songs have been written about it, pictures have been painted of it and people from all four corners of the world have travelled down it. It also offers some of the most picturesque views of Budapest, so taking a cruise will ensure you get stunning hen photos to remember and share.

Trabant Trek in Budapest

What to Eat

Hearty soups, stews and game dishes, paprikás and goulash
DINE OUT @ ONYX on Vörösmarty Street for the traditional flavours of Hungarian cuisine with an excellent local wine selection

What to Drink

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
DRINK OUT @ Csendes Társ on Magyar Street for a casual and cool night out with the locals.

Exclusive Destination Events

Budapest Spring Festival: April 10 – 26
Budapest Dance Festival: April 22 – 29
Belgian Beer Festival: May 10 – 18
Craft Beer Festival: June 7 – 9
Budapest Summer Festival: June 6 – August 31
Red Bull Air Race World Series: July 4 – 5
Sziget music Festival: August
Festival of Folk Arts: August 16 – 20
Budapest Short Film Festival (BuSho): September 2 – 7
Budapest International Wine Festival: September 10 – 14
Budapest International Film Festival (or BIFF): September 19 – 20
Budapest Design Week: October 3 – 12
New Wine and Cheese Festival: November 29 – 30
Budapest Christmas Market: November 28 – December 31

Public Transport

Budapest is an ideal size to explore on foot however if your hen group are tired of walking (and dancing the night away) there are plenty of trams and trolley buses you can hop on for a quick lift. Budapest is also served by a very efficient metro system. For activities that are located outside the city centre an easy suburban railway, or HÉV system is also in place.
If you feel like indulging in a city tour, hire a private coach to take you around the top sights, and for the ultra-decadent hen trip get a pink limo transfer complete with your own champagne and a stripper.  

Pink Limo in Budapest

Climate

Budapest has four very distinctive seasons, all of which hit the capital with force and intensity. Winter is freezing cold, Spring is fresh, Summer is hot and sunny, and autumn is warm and peaceful. The best time to visit it Spring and Autumn, both for the pleasant weather, and for the smaller crowds and less tourists, however visiting in Winter can also be rewarding with hen activities like ice-skating and plenty of indoor fun to be had. November until March sees temperatures drop to as low as -15°C at night. Spring lasts from March until April and is the freshness before the onslaught of the hot, humid summer between May and September. The temperature in autumn from September until October is moderate and the days are long and warm with minimal rainfall.

 

Useful Costs

Cost of a good meal in a restaurant: 1200-3000 HUF
Cost of a pint of beer: 300-500 HUF
Cost of a glass of wine: 400-600 HUF
Cost of a Cappuccino: 400-500 HUF
Cost of a one way ticket on the bus: 350 HUF
Cost of Taxi: 250-300 HUF
Cost of a museum ticket: 800-1,500 HUF

Tip from a Local

“Don’t miss out on the infamous Budapest ‘Ruin bars’, which are basically abandoned buildings transformed into retro pubs. This is alternative Budapest at its very best bringing eccentric design together with great underground music and an eclectic mix of Budapest’s artists, creative and intellectuals. One of the best is One of the best is Instant, with its surreal labyrinth of 23 rooms, 6 bars and 4 dance floors.” – Rita, Budapest.

 

Did You Know?

  • 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.