If you know something about Budapest you may know that it is a city created by three smaller cities/towns Buda, Old Buda and Pest. The Buda/Pest sides in fact were not actually connected permanently until the construction of the Szechenyi Chain Bridge.
If you are wondering whether to stay on the Buda or Pest sides you will be best satisfied with your choice by what you aim to get out of the city or by staying at a hotel on the Buda side for a few nights and then choosing a hotel on the Pest side for a few nights.
Below you will find our the highlights, in terms of tourist attractions and things to do, based on the Buda/Pest decision of where to stay.
Highlights of Buda in Budapest
The most recognisable landmarks on the Buda side are Buda Castle and the Freedom Statue. There are numerous highlights to the Buda side particularly if you are looking for a romantic and idyllic few days exploring Hungary’s history.
Below you will find our 5 favourite highlights of the Buda side:
- Buda Castle
- The Hungarian National Gallery
- View from the Gellért Hill
- Events such as the Buda Wine Festival and Buda Beer Festival
- Partying in the summer long until the sun comes up at Romkert
Highlights of Pest in Budapest
The Pest side is more lively than the Buda side of Budapest with lots of shopping, nightclubs and restaurants. The centre of the Pest side is more commercial than the Buda side and the result is there is more to do although perhaps at a faster pace than some desire.
Below you will find our 5 favourite highlights of the Pest side:
- Shopping on Váci utca
- Visiting the Hungarian National Museum
- St Stephen’s Basilica and nearby restaurants and bars
- Partying at ruin pubs like Ötkert, Morrison’s 2 and Szimpla Kert
- Heroes Square and nearby attractions like the Szechenyi Baths, Budapest Zoo and the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest
For more information about the best hotels on the Buda side and the best hotels on the Pest side see our frequently updated Budapest Guide.