In a city where many tourists spend their time capturing architectural wonders on camera, it’s easy to forget that the people of the city are as much a part of its charm as the buildings themselves. Pausing between snaps of Budapest’s obelisks and palaces to say “hi” to the locals is just as rewarding, and can often lead to more meaningful images of the city than any postcard could ever hope to capture. Whether it’s popping into a local market, joining a group of Hungarians for an evening stroll or taking the time to sit in a crowded cafe and listen to a live band play, the people of Budapest are as vibrant and colourful as the architecture they call home.
Gun shooting might not be the first activity that comes to mind when planning a stag do, but for those who want to step outside their comfort zone and feel the power of a firearm, budapest shooting can be incredibly cathartic. With packages that include all the equipment and weapons you need to take part, as well as a qualified instructor on hand to help, a stag do at a Budapest shooting range can be one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll have in the city.
Although Budapest isn’t a major film production centre, it has been a favourite location for Bollywood movies, with many of the locations used in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Don 2, Dhoom 3 and Chori Chori Chupke Chuke Sanam shot in the city. Other recent movies shot in the city include Raabta, where Shahrukh Khan and Kriti Sanon spent a good amount of time, Force 2 where John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha stayed close to the Chain Bridge, and the tram that Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai are hugging in front of in Dangal was actually filmed in Budapest.
As well as being a great city for shooting in, Budapest also has some of the best gun ranges in Europe. The number one shooting facility in the city, Budapest Shooting Club, positions itself as having more than 150 different guns available for use and offers a variety of packages depending on how exhilarating you’re looking for your experience to be.
Regardless of the type of package you choose, all participants are given safety instruction in English and can expect to be challenged with a Churchill Challenge that sees 30 rounds of ammunition, a timer and a duelling tree (which is basically a post with ping-pong bats on each side) at their disposal. There’s even the opportunity to compete on a leaderboard, with the fastest person to fire 13 shots at each target winning a prize. This is a stag do experience that will not only give you an adrenaline rush but also leave you with unforgettable memories. budapest shooting