In this post I will tell you what it’s like to travel to Hungary as a solo female traveller and also share my tips on alternative things to do in Budapest.

Is Budapest safe for a solo female traveller?

Absolutely! From the first day, Budapest felt like home. As a solo female traveller, it’s easy to travel from one Europe country to another. The language, food and architecture might be different, but there’s still something familiar that you can relate to. Usually there’s no culture shock! Every Hungarian who I encountered on my trip was very friendly and helpful. I found out that the city felt quite safe for solo female travellers.

Budapest city didn’t felt too big and actually was quite easy to conquer by foot. You can walk freely around the city at any time without the fear of shady people yelling or following you. On my 3 day journey in Budapest, I noticed that there was some police men around the city which made me feel safer as a woman. On my trip I also encountered a local protest against the Hungarian government late in the evening. I even talked to a local girl about the protest and people around me didn’t seem to be violent of any kind.

Alternative things to do in Budapest

So you have been to all the major tourist sites in Budapest. What now? You can read all my previous Budapest posts here to learn where are the best panorama spots over the city? What and where to eat and drink? Why you should go to a spa? Now here are my tips on how to explore alternative side of the Budapest city.

1. Explore Budapest at night

When I travel, I usually don’t walk alone at night. That’s just common sense to be safe as a woman. I have to say that if you want so see another side of Budapest you must explore the city at night. It’s a completely different experience! If you’re not a night person see at least the beautiful Hungarian Parliament Building, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Fisherman’s Bastion and the green Liberty Bridge. At night Budapest turns quite romantic when all the city’s lamp posts will light up.

Hungarian Parliament Building

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2. Find cool graffiti in hipster neighborhood

I love graffiti and street art. It’s unusual way to explore what kind of city you are visiting through art. There should be more street art all over the world so that people could express themselves. No more boring gray concrete houses, more art and plants! The best place in Budapest to find street art is in the hipster Jewish Quarter (7th District)This district is quite small but full of energy. I won’t tell you exact addresses of these graffiti that I found so that you can have fun and find them yourself.

Graffiti in Budapest

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3. Visit ruin bars

I have to admit that I have never been a bar person. It’s not my thing. I was surprised to find myself in one of the coolest ruin bars, Szimpla Kert (Kazinczy utca). What are ruin bars you might ask? It’s a bar that has been established in a shabby abandoned building. The decor is quite crazy with full of small interesting details.

I was in Szimpla Kert at noon and noticed that this place was for everyone! Not just young party people but even for families and elderly. There are several ruin bars in town, but Szimpla Kert is the first one in 7th District and also the most famous one. I strongly recommend to leaving your prejudice behind. Go and see this place. If you’re not a drinker you can go there for brunch at weekends!

Things to do in Budapest Szimpla Kert ruin bar

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4. Discover statues all over the Budapest

The city has interesting statues everywhere! I found few on my first day in Budapest. You can find several statues too just by walking the Danube river promenade. There’s even a Ronald Reagan and Columbo with a dog statue in the city. My favourite find was the smallest statue in Budapest. It must be a local secret, because it was hard to find any information about the statue from Tripadvisor or even Google!

So what is this mystery statue? This cute mini statue must be just about 20 cm long and it’s called a nagy ho-ho-ho horgász. Apparently it’s a Hungarian cartoon character (source). If you walk along the Bem Rakpart Street on the Buda side towards the Margaret Bridge, you just might find it.

Budapest statue