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Why Budapest is the best place for your stag/hen party

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Have a special guy or gal in your circle of friends that is about to tie the knot? While you may be happy for them, you are also aware that things won’t be the same in the years that follow.

As such, many throw one last big blowout party for their pal; known as a stag or hen do, it usually involves a trip to a foreign city, where ridiculous hijinks take place, usually involving alcohol.

If you are stuck on where to go, Budapest is a great stag party destination; in this article, we’ll make the case for this Central European city.

1) There is a lot to do

As you might expect, there are tons of amazing bars, pubs, and nightclubs in Budapest, as this town’s reputation precedes it.

This is especially true of ruin pubs, which boast an atmosphere that will take your party to the next level.

However, there is plenty to do when you aren’t imbibing as well. There are plenty of cultural and historical sights, from Buda Castle to Fisherman’s Bastion.

If you are into it, there are weapons ranges where you can work on your aim. Throughout town, there are numerous bathhouses that channel the thermal springs that lie beneath the surface of the city of Budapest (excellent places to soak away a hangover).

As a result, you can expect to have a balanced trip here, instead of stumbling from one licensed establishment to another during your entire time there.

2) Beer is dirt cheap

However, it is impossible to deny that the vast majority of stag and hen dos revolve around the consumption of alcohol.

When it comes to pints of beer, Budapest wins big time, as one can throw back nine pints for the obscenely low price of £10 on average.

So long as you pace yourself and watch your friend’s as the weekend unfolds, the value that you can get for your money here will help keep everyone’s costs low.

As for other alcoholic drinks, a glass of wine costs about the same as a pint, while cocktails generally cost less than £4, though this can vary widely.

3) The locals are friendly

While the groom or bride to be is generally assumed to be off-limits when it comes to meeting a beautiful stranger, the rest of the party is exempt from this requirement.

Fortunately for guys and girls that are looking to have a little fun with a Hungarian partner, they tend to be rather extroverted and eager to spend time with foreigners.

Watch out for scams, though, that have targeted foreigners go to a specific bar with them. They order drinks and then disappear.

The bill is then brought by an intimidating bouncer, listing obscenely expensive prices that need to be paid immediately … or else.

Top cultural attractions in Budapest

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Planning a Euro trip in 2016, and have Budapest as one of your main stops? Make the most of your time in one of the grandest cities in Central Europe by filling in your itinerary with the top cultural attractions in Budapest.

1) St. Stephen’s Basilica

Begin your culture scavenger hunt in Budapest by checking out St. Stephen’s Basilica. Named in honour of the first king of Hungary, it is one of the biggest churches in the entire country, and it is well-known for its prominence (tallest building in the city), its giant bells, and its spectacular interior, which boasts an unbelievable background to its altar.

2) Hungarian Parliament Building

The seat of government is not normally the first place that travelers seek out when they go looking for attractions in a foreign city, but in Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament Building is a work of art that cannot be ignored.

Located on the banks of the Danube River, this Gothic Revival style structure can be toured by requesting tickets through its official website before you depart for Hungary. It’s worth the trouble though, as this national treasure contains the Hungarian crown jewels, magnificent frescoes, and has numerous statues of famous Hungarian military and political figures throughout history.

Want to be able to reach the Parliament Buildings without having to battle your way through traffic from the other side of town? There are hotels and cheap hostels near the Danube that will put you within walking distance or a quick subway ride from its front doors.

3) Shoes on the Danube Bank

Another attraction located on the Danube is one of a more sombre nature, as it pays tribute to victims of the genocidal violence that was prevalent in Budapest and across Europe during World War II.

The cast iron shoes signify the fact that fascist militia ordered Jews to take off their shoes before they shot them on the edge of the Danube, which carried their bodies away.

Dress appropriately when visiting, and conduct yourself in a respectful and quiet manner while observing this sad testament to the worst impulses of human nature.

4) Buda Castle

Finally, no visit to Budapest can be concluded without a spending at least a half day crawling the grounds of Buda Castle.

Serving as the home of Hungarian royalty from the mid-13th century, there is much to see here – from labyrinths in the basement, to its chapels and the Grand Throne Room, the variety of environments within will make it tough to leave at the end of the day.