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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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.
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 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.
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.
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.