Say hello to... Budapest
‘The Queen of the Danube’ has magnificent sights lining both sides of the mighty river. Huge squares and grand buildings tell detailed stories about Budapest’s impressive history. Thermal baths, decadent cafés and arty pubs also highlight how this hip Hungarian capital offers up incredible original experiences.
No.17-TripAdvisor's Top 25 Destinations
From thermal baths to ruin bars, Budapest has struck gold – this historic Hungarian hotspot has bagged number 17 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations in Europe.
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When dusk draws in, the city ignites. As well as trying the local fruit brandy, pálinka, make a stop at Budapest’s famously ornate coffee shops. Delicacies are liberally spiced with paprika – such as the classic stew, goulash. Wander along the Danube and you’ll see loads of restaurant boats to sample traditional cuisine by the waterfront.
Travelling around Budapest is a beautiful, unique experience, all thanks to the Millennium Underground Railway. The oldest system in mainland Europe, its stations have a classic style that harks back to the late 19th century when they were built. Many areas of the city are pedestrianised too, including Heroes’ Square, plus there's an overground system to utilise.
- History lovers – Stand in awe outside Parliament Building, a structure of incredibly striking spires and domes. Cross over the unmissable suspension bridge of Budapest, the Chain Bridge, and you’ll reach the staggering castle grounds. Buda Castle’s a wowing UNESCO World Heritage site. Be there on the dot for the Changing of the Guard.
- Shopping lovers – For unique souvenirs, Hungarian folk art shops sell traditional embroidery, delicate dolls and local pottery. The really grand, glamorous shopping starts on Váci Street – the main medieval thoroughfare in Pest. Andrássy Avenue is also lined with boutiques and architectural marvels, but if you want to bag a bargain, hit the Great Market Hall.
- Nightlife lovers – As the sun goes down, you’ll find the trendiest joints for after-dark tipples. From the bar top to your champagne flute, Icebar keeps things cool, so don the thermal capes and get acquainted with this wintery wonderland. If edgy haunts – all rustic and neon – are more your thing, don’t miss the ruin bars.
Budapest has plenty of visitor hotspots these are just a few of the 'Must do's'
- Heroes' Square – Nothing better captures Hungary’s rich history and cultural values than Heroes’ Square, a war memorial and World Heritage Site in its own right. Stroll along the iconic Andrassy Avenue to reach it, and gaze up at the towering statues of prominent rulers from the past 1000 years.
- Castle Hill – You get several attractions for the price of one at Buda Castle Hill. After you've admired Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion, hop on the funicular railway to check out the President's house, Alexander Palace. There's also the Royal Palace, which contains not one but two museums, and Castle Garden Bazaar.
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath –Take a break and relax in one of the most popular thermal baths in Budapest. This natural hot spring is over 100 years old and is also one of the biggest natural hot springs in Europe. Along with the relaxing hot springs, there are also indoor geothermal pools where you can get massages or even bask in the saunas.
Find your next Budapest city break now...
Sziget Festival- 5th-11th August 2020
Dance around the Danube and catch hundreds of acts as they take over Budapest’s pretty-as-a-picture Óbuda Island for a week-long music extravaganza.
CAFé Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival 2nd-18th October 2020
Back for another year, CAFé Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival is ideal for creative types. Get set for over a fortnight of modern classical music, theatre performances, visual art and much more at this exciting inspirational event.
Restaurant Week- 12-18th October 2020
A range of Budapest’s best restaurants show off their culinary skills with a week of special deals. Many even offer a fixed-price 3-course menu for as little as £10.
Christmas Markets- December 2020