Budapest, the capital of Hungary is a city rich in culture and history, it is also divided into two by the famous River Danube. Budapest is home to some of the most beautiful pieces of architecture you’ll see during a city break. The likes of Buda Castle are a sight to witness the sheer beauty of the abundance of influences that have graced this city over several years and periods. As well as historical sights, there is plenty in the city to suit the tastes of art and music lovers alike.
Budapest is also a great cheap holiday destination. Not only are flights and hotels affordably priced, but the low cost of food and drink once out there make this a destination for everyone to experience. The variety of hotels in this city make sure that every holidaymaker is satisfied with their selection and choice.
Most popular Budapest hotels
Continental Hotel Budapest
Royal Park Boutique Hotel
Hotel Castle Garden
Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge
Hilton Budapest City
Soho Boutique Hotel
City Hotel Ring
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Things to do in Budapest
The main attraction to Budapest for many tourists is of course the fascinating works of architecture and phenomenal pieces of art. The Buda Castle should be first on your list when it comes to exploring Budapest. There is even art collection inside of the castle which makes for an interesting visit. There are a number of Gothic style buildings in the city, for example the Hungarian Parliament Building and Matthias Church. Both of these landmarks are stunning pieces of architecture and allow visitors to go inside and explore.
Visit the Szechenyi thermal baths for a leisurely experience during your city break away in Budapest. This grand spa includes thermal baths built in the early 1900’s and huge outdoor swimming pools. It’s a great way to cool off during a visit in the summer months. Finally, cross over the Chain Bridge, this well-known structure connects the districts of Buda and Pest together, the western and eastern sides of the capital. It’s lovely to view at night, as it becomes illuminated with bright lights.
Places to eat
Budapest hosts many restaurants, some serving traditional Hungarian dishes and others which serve many major cuisine choices from around the world. As a result, there is plenty of choice when it comes to choosing where and what to eat in the city. Typical Hungarian dishes include gulyas and goulash. These are delicious, hearty meals which are perfect to warm you up on a cold day. They are characteristically made up of a stew which consist of meat and vegetables. After a night out, enjoy popular fast food spots which sell gyros and kebabs around the city.
Budapest for Families
Hungary’s capital is home to some great family attractions, so it is a fantastic choice for a family city break. As well as exploring the city in all its architectural glory, go on a family boat trip up and down the River Danube to discover even more in Budapest. If you’re looking for a relaxing family activity that is perfect for the young ones, head to the Children’s Railway. It’s a railway system that is ran by 10-14-year olds. This railway has an interesting history behind it, as it was opened by the Communist party in 1949 to get children involved in leadership skills. Moreover, a great family activity in the summer is to head to one of Budapest’s outdoor baths. Szechenyi includes thermal baths which are great for the whole family to enjoy some time splashing around.
Budapest isn’t a city which lies on the coast, so it isn’t exactly a beach destination. The closest thing you will get to a beach is the Danube river, but that’s not exactly the same. As Budapest is a lovely warm destination in the summer time, it’s clear that many locals and tourists would be looking to cool off. Since there isn’t a beach nearby, they turn to the baths. The Szechenyi thermal baths are a great idea to visit, if you’re looking for something close to a beach. These outdoor pools and thermal baths are a great way to splash around and have fun in the sun.
On the other hand, there are plenty of other spots across Budapest which offer baths. Palatinus and Dagaly are another two besides Szechenyi. Palatinus is probably the most popular spot out of all three. It is situated on Margit Island and did in fact start off as a beach back in 1919.
When to go
If you’re looking for a bit more adventure during your city break to Budapest, hop onto a bicycle. It’s one of the best ways to explore the city. You can get around easy on a bike and still soak up the amazing sites and atmosphere. Head towards the Buda hills where you can pick up the bike trails and enjoy the lush greenery that surrounds you outside of the city life. If cycling isn’t your thing, you can try a walking tour or maybe even a Segway tour. Whichever way you choose to get around the city, there are plenty of options to add a pinch of action and adventure into your Budapest holiday.
Budapest is a great city for wild nightlife, especially in the summer time. During this time, you will find a number of rooftop bars and parties all over the city. Ruin bars and spa parties are also popular nightlife events in Budapest. Ruins bars are located in old buildings which date back to the war. They combine several atmospheres into one. They are a bar, café, beer garden and nightclub all in one, and these are very popular and unique to Hungary. Ruin bars are a great cheap alternative to a typical night out. Szimpla Kert is the first ever ruin bar, so it is definitely worth a visit when in Budapest.
Budapest for Couples
Budapest is the perfect romantic city break for you and your partner to get away for a weekend. With a romantic backdrop and an abundance of activities for couples, what more could you ask for during a city break? Walk around this beautiful city and admire the views of neo-gothic buildings and architectural phenomenons. Enjoy the various art galleries that are dotted about the city including the art collection that is compired in the beautiful Buda Castle. Discover even more of the city during a boat ride down the Danube and bathe in the warm Szechenyi thermal baths (perfect for a winter city break).
Culture and history
You’ve already heard by now about how beautiful Budapest is and the reason behind its beauty is due to its rich history and culture. The Austro-Hungarian empire that once ruled influenced the style of many of the building you’ll find in Budapest, also through the empire’s wealth. Much of the city’s past can be seen throughout the city, from war-torn buildings which were left beyond repair and the country’s Communist era. The past has helped to shape the city which Budapest is today. Now, art and music is at the forefront of this wonderful city. This can be seen through the entertainment on the streets aimed at tourists or the dozens of art galleries which many enjoy during their visits.