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Experience in Budapest, Hungary by Dóra

Published by Dóra Nagyiványi — 8 days ago

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What is it like to live in Budapest? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

Budapest is a historical capital, what you must see and feel at least once in a lifetime. Outstanding urban landscapes, the beautiful Gothic Castle of Buda including Fisherman's Bastion, building of the Hungarian Parliament, the Romanesque-Gothic Renaissance-Baroque building Vajdahunyad Castle, fabulous spas - just to mention few from the best to see.

What is the student lifestyle like in Budapest?

There’s no way around it: studying abroad in a new foreign city introduces you to a new way of life, whether you come to Budapest or not. Your path will be full of all kinds of new possibilities and no day studying abroad is truly the same. You’ll get to know people from all walks of life, of so many cultures and you’ll live new, exhilarating experiences. You’ll get to know life in a way you’ve never done before. One day, these times will become just memories, because that’s the way time works. But even then, your semester abroad will always be a bright spot in your past, a time when you learnt more about the world than ever before and met some of the most amazing people you’ve ever encountered. That’s how bittersweet studying abroad is – it’s bittersweet in the most beautiful way.

How much does it cost to live in Budapest?

The cost of living in Budapest is quite low compared to other European capitals. The most expensive part, as almost everywhere, is accommodation.
For travelling, the best option is a monthly ticket. You can get a student ticket around 10 Euro (3,450 HUF), which is not bad for unlimited travel around the city. The money you spend on food very much depends on the places you visit. You can get a daily lunch menu for 700-900 HUF (2-3 EUR), a Chinese or pizza is around 1,500-2,000 HUF, while a meal in a standard restaurant starts from 2,000 HUF. Or you can just cook something at home; a weekly shopping with getting the necessary food and drink will cost around 8,000-10,000 HUF.

Alcohol and cigarettes are cheap, especially if you compare prices to other major European cities, but if you go to a trendy bar, you can spend much more than in an average place. Ruin pubs are more and more famous, and attracting mostly tourists and international students, but if you would like to get real Hungarian experiences, visit smaller places, or leave the so-called Bulinegyed (district VI and VII) for outer areas.

What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?

Goulash (gulyás)
Fisherman’s soup (Halászlé)
Főzelék (Though it looks like a soup at first sight, a more accurate description might be a thick vegetable stew.)
Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage leaves)
Slow cooked broth like soup with a selection of vegetables and meat
Bean soup, with many vegetables, smoked pork hock pieces and noodles
Chicken or Beef stew
Mixed vegetable stew (made of primarily tomato and paprika, somewhat similar to ratatouille, but without squash and zucchini)

What places would you recommend visiting in Budapest?

Gellért Thermal Bath
St Stephen’s Basilica
Dohány Street Synagogue
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Hungarian Parliament Building
Buda Castle
Fisherman’s Bastion
Matthias Church
Vajdahunyad Castle
Hungarian State Opera House
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
Margaret Island
Heroes’ Square
Great Market Hall
Gellért Hill and Citadella
Andrássy Avenue

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