Budapest in detail

Where to Stay

NeighbourhoodForAgainst
Castle DistrictIn the thick of historic Buda with million-dollar views of the Danube and Pest.Few budget options; relatively limited entertainment and somewhat isolated.
Gellért Hill & TabánGreat views of the city and river; very green and tranquil.Away from it all in a negative sense, though transport links are good.
Óbuda & Buda HillsExcellent choice if you’re looking for the countryside in the city.Terrible choice if you’re not looking for the countryside in the city.
BelvárosClose to just about everything, especially eating, drinking and entertainment options.Noisy all day and night; more expensive than most other parts of the city.
Parliament & AroundVery central to things that matter; lots of important sights nearby.Not always a great selection of places to eat and things to do after dark.
Margaret Island & Northern PestExcellent mix of built-up areas and parkland.Not much in the way of sights; transport gaps (unless you count trolleybuses).
Erzsébetváros & the Jewish QuarterEntertainment central – the district for the party animal you know you are.In-your-face and touristy; can be very noisy at night.
Southern PestFull of ‘real’ neighbourhoods with far fewer tourists than other districts.Red-light districts and dodgy bars – the only area in the city where your should keep your eyes open at all times.
City Park & BeyondBudapest’s biggest park, with lots and lots of things to see and do.Few accommodation options and far away from real life, despite relatively good transport links.