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Why Choose Budapest for

Last Updated 09/03/2017

This stunning Eastern European city is known for its super festive Christmas markets, relaxing thermal baths and idiosyncratic nightlife scene. If there’s any city that passes the hen party test, it’s gotta be Budapest.

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Nightlife

Split into Buda and Pest, the capital is super easy to navigate – with the nightlife as big as it is eclectic. Most of your hen party nights out will take place within Pest’s walkable districts – first and foremost, the Jewish Quarter. This quirky, alternative neighbourhood is overflowing with waves of ruin bars, which occupy previously run-down buildings and courtyards, and are filled with edgy graffiti, bric-a-brac and even sawn-off Trabant cars. These are fabulous haunts to sample froccs; Budapest’s famous fruity wine spritzers.

Three tiled images of Hello Baby club, and two sections of ruin bars in Szimpla

You and the girls will also spill into Pest’s District 5, home to a Georgian mansion, housing super-club, Hello Baby. This palatial club has three floors with an open-air quadrangle in the middle, quirky projections upon the walls and giant, translucent bubbles suspended in mid-air. Also, Otkert is an unrivalled party space housed within a beautifully renovated 19th century building, featuring an open air dance floor, and you can celebrate ‘til sunrise with five DJs performing across two rooms.

Christmas Markets

Boldog Karacsonyt, one and all (that’s ‘Merry Christmas’ to you…) If your Budapest hen party is in December, there’s no way you can miss out on the traditional Christmas markets in the stunning Vorosmarty Square. Filled with twinkly lights, wooden stalls selling authentic European wares and mulled wine, it’s a hen party paradise. Not only that, there’s even an ice skating rink where you can flaunt your finest pirouettes (maybe before the mulled wine).

Three tiled images of the Budapest Christmas markets

Shopping

Retail therapy may not be the first thing you think of when you’re planning a hen party in Budapest, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what the Hungarian capital has to offer. Boasting boutique and vintage shops, high street stores and huge shopping centres like West End - it’s a shopper’s dream. There’s even a monthly design market (WAMP), which sells home-grown fashion pieces by Hungarian designers. Scrap London Fashion Week, we’re off to Budapest…

Three tiled images of clothes markets and a woman having a glamorous makeover

Activities

Known for its ridiculously cool shooting packages, you and the girls can become real life Bond Girls (sort of), on your Budapest hen party – getting behind the triggers of the likes of AK47 Kalashnikovs, 17.9mm Glocks, 357 Magnum revolvers, SA 26 rifles, Rugers and shotguns. There’s also the likes of vintage makeovers, chocolate bon-bon making and spa days, to please the more girlie of hen parties.

Three tiled images Szechenyi Thermal Baths

Szechenyi Thermal Baths

You’ve prepped that bikini bod for months, and a trip to Szechenyi Thermal Baths is a must. You can relax in 18 indoor and outdoor pools, 10 saunas, a steam cabin and two thermal springs with temperatures up to 77 degrees. They even host lavish pool parties in the summer, too.

Accommodation

Whether you’re after 4-star luxury with in-house spas, smart aparthotels or just a place to lay your heads between all that partying – we’ve got central accommodation to suit every hen party’s needs.

Three tiled images a map of Budapest, a bridge going into Budapest and some trams in the centre

Essentials

Budapest is your best friend for planning a hen party on a budget. A glass of wine will cost less than £1 and an indulgent cocktail only £3.50 – leaving plenty of cash left in the hen party kitty. Budapest is extremely easy to get to, with regular, reasonable flights from many major UK cities (see our Flight Finder for more info) and also super cheap to travel around once you’re there; with unlimited daily travel on buses, trams, undergrounds, trolleys, the cogwheel railway and local trains costing only £4 for 24 hours.

If we’ve whet your appetite (we know we have), take a look on our Budapest hen weekends page to start planning your last night of freedom.