Cheap flights to Budapest
Boasting the romance of Paris and the beauty of Prague, but beating them both on price, Budapest should be your next weekend break destination.
When it comes to beauty, there really is nowhere quite like Budapest – the ‘Queen of the Danube’ is right up there with tourist heavyweights Paris, Vienna and Prague. The difference? Well, Budapest has that distinct eastern flavour to it that sets it apart from the competition – the Ottoman baths here are the real thing, don’t you know.
And so is the architecture, which ranges from Baroque and Neoclassical to Art Nouveau and neo-Gothic. Wander the city’s elegant tree-lined boulevards, pop into its many leafy parks or sail down the Danube for mind-blowing photo opportunities few other cities can offer.
Budapest is a city that is forever being rebuilt, renovated, and restored. Check out some of the major additions to the city, such as the new fourth metro line. The 7.3km line has 10 stations, each of which are different and architecturally interesting, featuring lots of curves and colours. The Bálna (which translates as "whale", due to its shape) is a new cultural, entertainment, and shopping center on the Danube near Fovam ter station. balnabudapest.hu
From 10 April, the Museum of Fine Arts will host The World of Toulouse-Lautrec to mark the 150th anniversary of the artist's birth. The comprehensive exhibition includes 200 graphic works, large posters, his cold needle series, and several illustrated books and albums (41 Dózsa György Utca, szepmuveszeti.hu).
Gozsdu Udvar, a redeveloped Bauhaus apartment block, has become Budapest's answer to London's Covent Garden. An upscale flea market runs here on the weekends, but the bars, cafes and restaurants are buzzing seven nights a week (13 Király Utca, gozsduudvar.hu).
Explore the seventh district Jewish Quarter, where contemporary Budapest intersects with the past. The beautifully restored Great Synagogue and the Rumbach Utca Synagogue (which is unused and in need of repair) give a glimpse into the quarter's Jewish life, as will visits to restaurant's such as Macesz Huszár (26 Dob Utca) and Kadár Étkezde (9 Klauzál Tér). Scoping out galleries like Printa (10 Rumbach Sebestyén Utca) and Chimera (5 Klauzál Tér) introduce the area's creative contemporary side.
Wine lovers who take the two-and-a-half-hour trip to the Tokaj wine region will revel in discovering the diverse range of wines in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. whc.unesco.org/en/list/1063