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From cultural landmarks and unforgettable experiences to one of the most unique bar scenes in Europe, Budapest ticks all the boxes when it comes to your best mate’s big send off.
The lively Hungarian capital has built up a reputation in recent years as a bit of a party mecca thanks to pubs housed in crumbling former factories and lively boat parties along the Danube. And then there’s those only-in-Budapest stag do activities, from cruising in Cold War tanks to target practice at KGB shooting ranges.
It would be impossible to book a stag weekend in Budapest without visiting the old Jewish Quarter (aka District Seven), either. Located on the Pest side of the river, it’s famed for its numerous ruin bars - derelict buildings turned staggeringly good drinking holes.

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Stag activities in Budapest

Searching for unique Budapest stag ideas? Take your pick of the following activities or get in touch if you’ve got something more specific in mind…
Budapest bar crawl

Budapest bar crawl

A good, old fashioned bar crawl is made even better in Budapest thanks to cheap drinks and endless epic venues. Have a top night with the lads for as little as £15pp.
Stag do Bubble football

Bubble football

Like your typical kick around, but instead of football boots, shorts and a tee, you’ll be dressed in a hilarious bubble suit.
Wine Tasting in Budapest

Wine tasting

Didn’t know Hungary had its own wine industry? Treat your tastebuds to some of the country’s best bottles with a tasting session led by an English-speaking sommelier.
Quad Biking in Budapest

Quad Biking

Head out of the city centre and speed through the stunning Hungarian countryside for a few hours on an adrenaline-rushing, quad bike adventure.
A beer bike cycling on a cobble Street in Budapest

Beer bike

See the city and get your heart rate pumping with a boozy bike trip around Budapest. Choose to sip on fine wine or knock back a few pints of local ale.
Budapest bar crawl

Budapest boat cruise

From sightseeing tours spotting major monuments to party boats complete with shots and dancers, Budapest cruises can be as cultural or as clubby as you like.
Stag do Bubble football

Széchenyi thermal baths

Book a morning spa session to help you all recover from your hangovers or head there at dusk for one of the bath’s insane pool parties.
Tank driving in Budapest

Tank driving

Always wanted to get behind the wheel of a tank? Budapest stag dos offer the perfect opportunity to drive off-road in a Cold War-era machine.
A man at a shooting range in Budapest

KGB Shooting in Budapest

Let off some steam at a Budapest shooting range using high calibre firearms and receive technique tips from a weapons extraordinaire.
The Sparty at the thermal baths

Sparty tickets

Combining a unique venue (i.e. one of the city’s incredible thermal baths) with shots and dancing, Budapest’s sparties are unforgettable.
Horse racing in Budapest

Horse racing

It might not compare to Ascot, but Budapest’s Kincsem Park is still worth a look in. It’s the oldest racetrack in Hungary and a fun place for placing bets and guzzling cheap booze.
Private plane flying over Budapest

Private plane ride over the city

Want to wow the stags with an experience they’ll always remember? Try soaring across the city on a private plane tour.
A helicopter flying over Budapest

Helicopter adventure

Similar to the above, this Budapest stag do activity sees you exploring the city’s key sights from up high in a helicopter.
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Palinka tasting

Sip on various versions of Hungary’s national drink, a fruit brandy that’s capable of leaving you feeling worse for wear the following day.
The main stage at Sziget with a big crowd

Sziget festival tickets

Get the hens some tickets to the biggest music festival in Europe and dance ‘til you drop on lush Margaret Island.
The castle in Budapest

Clamber up Castle Hill

The home of Buda Castle, rainbow-roofed Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle Hill is a cultural hub and a great spot for some stag selfies.
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Chill out on Margaret’s Island

From ice-skating in winter to segwaying in summer, Margaret Island is a sublime spot for outdoor pursuits. What’s more, it plays host to Sziget Festival in August, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe.
The Great Market in Budapest

Stroll around the Great Market

Shop for souvenirs, snack on Hungarian specialties or taste some local booze at this truly immense market located in the heart of Budapest.
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Neighbourhoods not to be missed

Jewish Quarter

Found on the Pest side of the river, the Jewish Quarter (aka District Seven) was formerly a ghetto during WWII, but rose from the ashes to become one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Budapest. It's where you'll find the city's famed ruin bars - ramshackle yet welcoming drinking holes lodged inside abandoned old buildings - as well as dozens of cosy restaurants, independent shops and the beautiful Dohány Street Synagogue.

Castle Hill

No trip to Budapest is complete without strolling (or catching the funicular railway) up to the UNESCO World Heritage Castle Hill. Near its summit is where you'll spot grand Buda Castle - the home of the Hungarian National Gallery and former seat of the Hungarian royal family - while the top is scattered with stunning structures like dreamy Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church with its colourful roof.

Gellert Hill

Gellert Hill neighbours Castle Hill and it's a great spot for both bathing at the art deco Gellert Baths and taking in beautiful vistas. Increase your heart rate hiking up weaving pathways to the Citadella, a 19th century fortress that's now one of the best viewpoints in the city. If you're feeling a bit delicate, catch the number 27 bus instead.

Belváros-Lipótváros

More commonly known as District V, this is the very centre of Budapest and a real hub for shopping and dining. It's also where you'll discover key landmarks like St. Stephen's Basilica and the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building. The area's vast riverfront is home to the city's hippest bars and clubs, in addition to some of the best markets for treats and souvenirs.

Stag accommodation in Budapest

No matter your group size or budget, Budapest always delivers when it comes to stag-friendly accommodation.

Those travelling on the cheap will find numerous hostels with cool facilities and unbeatable city centre locations (by that, we mean they’re right on the doorstep of Budapest’s best bars). If you’re looking for a little more luxury, the commercial centre is filled with sleek shops, trendy cocktail bars and 5-star hotels with lush spas and swimming pools to boot.

For those hoping to bunk all the stags under one roof, a spacious city centre apartment could be the ideal solution.

Here’s a slice of what's on offer to give you an idea:

The Wombats City Hostel in Budapest

Wombats City Hostel

Located midway between the river and the Jewish Quarter, this lively hostel is the ideal spot to base yourself for a rowdy weekend away in Budapest. Check into Wombats City Hostel’s clean, comfortable rooms and enjoy easy access to all four corners of the city from the nearby Deák Ferenc Tér bus and tram interchange.

The restaurant at the Meininger Budapest Great Market Hall

Meininger Budapest Great Market Hall

Right in the centre, right next to the Great Market Hall (surprisingly). Meininger is a state of the art hotel with a relaxed atmosphere, games room, B&B options and rooms that range in size from twin rooms up to 6-bed dorms. Clean, modern, damn comfortable!

The bar at the Ibis Styles Hotel in Budapest

Ibis Styles Hotel

For a slightly more upmarket option that’s still well within your price range, the minimalist yet modern rooms at Ibis Style Hotel are a great compromise. You’ll find a handful of these hotels in Budapest, from one in the Jewish Quarter to one near Petőfi Bridge that’s surrounded by pubs and jazz bars.

The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Budapest Korona

Mercure Budapest Korona

After private, comfortable ensuite rooms for a decent price? Check out the Mercure Budapest Korona in the Inner City district that’s within easy walking distance of the river and Liberty Bridge (it leads to must-see Gellért Hill).

A car in front of the Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria Hotel Budapest

Boldly proclaiming itself the number one hotel in Central Europe, the Aria Hotel Budapest serves up luxe rooms (think king size beds, Nespresso coffee machines and in-room iPads) as well as one of the best rooftop bars in the city. It couldn’t be better positioned for visits to St. Stephen’s Basilica, plus it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the riverfront.

The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Budapest Korona

Corinthia Hotel

For stags on their best behaviour, the posh Corinthia Hotel on the edge of the Jewish Quarter is a no-brainer. It’s found in one of the city’s most elegant 19th century buildings and was formerly known as the Royal Hotel Budapest. Select to stay in its luxurious suites and benefit from complimentary access to the exclusive Executive Lounge.

The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Budapest Korona

Budapest Harmony Apartments

Get the best of both worlds when it comes to iconic heritage sites and sensational nightlife with Budapest Harmony Apartments’ offerings. The company’s larger rentals sleep between six and ten people, with the plush penthouse apartments even boasting roof terraces and hot tubs.

The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Budapest Korona

Dream Homes Budapest

Dream Homes Budapest is one of our top picks for self-catering, with stylish and spacious holiday apartments available right in the heart of the city. For larger groups, there’s a seven bedroom villa in Buda complete with indoor pool and epic cityscape views.

There’s plenty more where this came from so use these as a guide when you chat to your travel planner.