Many people have a rather bizarre perception of Hungary and Budapest and perhaps that is because of the general misrepresentation of news in Western Media. Putting all political opinions aside let us look in to that synopsis by examining the US State Department Hungary’s advice.
If you are a US Citizen travelling to Hungary you will be more than welcome to visit any of the numerous tourist attractions and sightseeing experiences in Budapest except perhaps your own embassy which needless to say is surrounded by huge bomb proof barriers and armed guards twenty-four hours a day.
According to the US State Department…
Although Hungary is generally a safe place to visit, you should use caution and stay alert. Be especially careful in train stations, crowded tourist areas, and crowded buses, trams, and metros. In addition, you should avoid demonstrations and political rallies. In a few past instances where demonstrations have turned violent, authorities have used riot police and water cannons to control crowds.
In recent years, right-wing radical groups have gained popularity in Hungary due to their nationalist messages, which includes intolerance towards Jews [people of Jewish faith], Roma [people of Romanian descent], and homosexuals [lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender people]. Although these groups are not explicitly anti-U.S., you should avoid public demonstrations and confrontations with their members. Be alert and aware of your surroundings, and pay attention to what the local news media have to say.
For more useful information about Budapest than that is provided by the US State Department Hungary see our regularly updated Budapest Guide.