It’s a known fact that Budapest is an extremely beautiful city, with amazing attractions and a variety of entertaining activities you can enjoy all year around. But what happens in the city once the sun goes down and why should you experience Budapest at night? Do all the exhibits in the countless museums come to life and cause havoc on the streets or do all the historical figures that once lived in the city’s time-worn buildings roam around the venues?
Well, all these fantasies might be just that, but the city does transform at night when its architectural masterpieces and wonderful streets are bathed in a magic light that creates a fairytale atmosphere.
Start your nocturnal adventure by going for a walk on the Danube promenade. Most of Budapest’s iconic landmarks are set along the riverbank, so walk slowly and take in the fresh air and the breathtaking views of these fantastic sites that have a whole new aura in the splendid light.
Another way to make the most of the mesmerizing panorama is by going on a river cruise on the Danube. Sip on your delicious cocktail or enjoy a savoury dinner while cruising calmly beneath the stunning bridges and watch how the city flickers to life and transforms into a golden wonderland. The Parliament building and Buda Castle are some unforgettable sights.
Not the romantic type? The Buda Castle: History & Myths Evening Walking Tour is a bit more on the dark side, literally and metaphorically. The 2 hour-long walking tour will give you an insight into Hungary’s bloody history while strolling through Buda Castle at night. Learn about Hungarian folk stories and legends about famous historical figures such as Elizabeth Bathory, the bloody countess or the Romanian Prince, Vlad Dracula.
If you’ve had enough of the scary stories, it’s time to lighten the mood a bit and head over to some great parties. But since you’re in Budapest, let’s keep it traditional and start the party at one of the famous thermal baths. Széchenyi Baths, Rudas Baths and Lukacs Baths all host amazing Sparties where you can relax in the heated pools while listening to good music and enjoying some refreshing drinks and snacks.
However, if you’re looking for something edgier, you must join in on the latest trend and spend your night at one of the many “ruin pubs” in the city. The pubs are basically old abandoned buildings that have been transformed into eccentric bars. The beautiful derelict architecture of these places is brought to life by colourful artworks and quirky decorations that create an eerie atmosphere. They are also open during the day, but at night is when they shine the brightest. Instant is the biggest and most impressive ruin pub in Budapest, with 8 bars, 4 dance floors and a wonderful garden to keep you entertained all night long.
If you’re not yet convinced that Budapest is a magic city, we dare you to go and see for yourself.