Holidays in
Budapest

A vibrant city of many cities

Centuries of dramatic history have made Hungary’s capital one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and each of its districts has its own particular character. The city’s unique setting – encompassing the low mountain range of Buda Hills and the flatlands of Pest with the Danube flowing in between – ensures that Budapest holidays are memorable adventures. Expect extraordinary views, a fascinatingly deep heritage, intellectual café culture and lively Eastern European nightlife.

From the heights of Buda Castle (which you can reach on foot or by funicular), you’ll not only enjoy the beautiful Baroque palace itself, but also stunning panoramic views of the lower part of the city. Budapest is divided into 23 districts, some of which are legendary. Belváros-Lipótváros (District V) is home to St Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian Parliament and the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge, as well as a wealth of cafés, bars and restaurants. Terézváros (District VI), meanwhile, has the city’s State Opera House, Heroes’ Square and the verdant City Park.

Alternatively, there’s Erzsébetváros (District VII), famous for its cool ‘ruin bars’ built in the remains of run-down buildings in the old Jewish quarter, and also the impressive Dohány Street Synagogue. Holidays to Budapest should also include a visit to one of the city’s famous thermal baths, which use natural spring water. Once cleansed, head to a bakery to try a local cake – an almond and hazelnut meringue Esterházy torte, perhaps, or a chocolate and caramel Dobos torte.

All resorts in Budapest

Three tips for a top trip

Sign up for a cardYou can buy various types of the Budapest Card, which allows you to use the city’s public transport and provides free entrance to many of the city’s top attractions.
Go from bath to barIf you like a party, the famous Széchenyi Baths, which are open at night-time as well as during the day, hold numerous pool parties throughout the year.
Stop off for a coffeeBudapest’s coffee culture flourished during the years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 19th century, so many of its storied coffee houses retain decadent interiors.

Best attractions to see in Budapest

Hungarian Parliament

On the Pest side of the city, this is one of the capital’s most popular sights. The largest building in the country, it is beautifully lit up at night.

Buda Castle

As if Buda Castle itself wasn’t pretty enough, its surrounding district provides spectacular panoramic views over Pest, worth viewing during daytime and at night.

Heroes’ Square

Flanked by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Műcsarnok Palace of Art, the square is imposing and impressive with its statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyar.

Your Budapest questions, answered

Hungarian. While it’s considered a very difficult language to learn, visiting Budapest with a few introductory words will go a long way towards ingratiating yourself with the locals.

Some of the thermal baths sell their own soaps made from the natural spring waters – if you want to splash out, they also stock swimwear from local designers.

Absolutely. From the stunningly located towns of Esztergom and Eger to Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Balaton, it’s easy to find a change of scene within an hour of Budapest.