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To do in Budapest on tour: Esztergom

You can easily visit Esztergom from Budapest! Wanna know more? Take a look at

When my sister was here in Budapest, I wanted to show her more of Hungary than just the capital. We were planning an outing to Lake Balaton in her second week, but because the weather cooled, we skipped that. Instead, we went to Esztergom, a city north of Budapest.

And not just any city: one of the oldest cities in Hungary (even the former capital!), the location of the biggest church in the country, and you can just walk across a bridge to Slovakia! Esztergom plays an important part in Hungary’s history, and as a Hungary-fan, you can’t skip a (short) visit.

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5x Budapest during winter

Visiting Budapest during winter? No worries, there's still enough to see and do without having to freeze. Read more on!

Budapest is gorgeous: the buildings are impressive, the views from Buda are breathtaking, and I can wander through the city for hours at the time without getting bored. The winter in Budapest can be a little cold to be outside a lot (-20°C last January!), but there are also different experiences in Budapest during winter than during summer.

Winter is cold, but also very cozy, warm, and festive. So throw on all your clothes (I’m not even kidding), and go out with friends and family to enjoy the cold and atmosphere. The mulled wine or hot chocolate is extra enjoyable afterward! I put together a list five things to do in Budapest during winter.

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Jánoshegy – the highest point in Budapest

Let's go to the highest point in Budapest; Jánoshegy! You'll see the best views from the Erzsébet lookout tower. Want to know more? See

Budapest is a green city. There are a ton of parks and green spaces spread throughout the city. Every knows the City Park (Városliget), and Margaret Island (Margit Sziget) – the green heart of Budapest. On the Buda side of the city, there are the Buda hills, including parks and possibilities to hike. Last month I walked/hiked up Jánoshegy with my sister, the highest point in Budapest. And it was worth it!

The top of Jánoshegy (János hill) is the highest point in Budapest with 527 meters. The hill is in the Normafa area. In this green area, you’ll find hills filled with parks, playgrounds, forest, restaurants, etc. There are several walking, running, and bicycling paths. We saw families with children in the playgrounds, couples on dates, but also friends enjoying the cooler weather. That can only mean Normafa is always a good idea.

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How to meet people in Budapest

New to the city and looking to meet people in Budapest? Here's how I did it, plus some useful groups and great meetups! Read more on

When traveling by yourself, or moving abroad by yourself, it can be hard to meet people and make new friends. So many are just passing through, and locals mostly have a complete group of friends already. You don’t know anybody, you don’t speak the language (well), and people who’ve been here longer already have their group of friends. I already knew some locals before moving to Budapest, but I really wanted to meet more people. Also when I was still visiting the city, I loved meeting new people. But where do you find them? There are a lot of people asking about this, so here it is: how to meet people in Budapest.

There’s a difference between meeting people when you’re traveling through, or when you’re living somewhere (temporarily). In the last case, you don’t want to have to find new people to hang out with every week, but you want to try and build a social circle. That’s why I’ll be making a difference between traveling and living in Budapest.

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5x the most beautiful views in Budapest

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I absolutely love (city) views, and what’s better than a view over my favorite city? Not a lot, that’s right. Today I’m sharing the most beautiful views in Budapest, from Buda as well as Pest!

Most views in Budapest are from the Buda side, simply because this is where the hills are. Keep in mind that you’ll need to walk some hills for most view points in Buda. Bonus tip: go up just before dusk. This way you’ll see the view in the daylight (with blue skies hopefully), as well as with sunset and the lights of the city.
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Magyar Állami Operaház – Experience the opera in Budapest

Do you want to attend the opera in Budapest? Great idea! Find more info on planning your visit to the opera on

Maybe you know, maybe you don’t: Hungary has a rich opera history. Just in Budapest, you’ll find several opera houses and the country was home to various important composers. An opera experience can’t miss during your visit to Budapest. 

The most beautiful (and important) opera building in Budapest is the Hungarian Opera House at Andrássy út, the most important street in Budapest. Just the building is worth a visit, but you won’t have to win the lottery to attend an opera. If you do it right and have some patience, that is.
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To do and to see in Budapest