Dramatically set along the Danube River to a backdrop of the Buda Hills, Budapest is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Wander through its streets and you’ll find an eclectic mix of gorgeous architecture ranging from baroque, to neoclassical, and art nouveau. With this in mind, its little surprise that much of the city centre has been designated as a World Heritage Site. And its history stretches back through the centuries as a spa town, thanks to a huge network of natural hot springs under the city. So finding a bathhouse to unwind in is easy.
One of the best ways to enjoy city breaks in Budapest is to stroll through the streets, soaking up the atmosphere and taking in the sights.
Along the way make sure to seek out the Parliament buildings, built in a neo-classical style and home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels. Visit green oases like the beautiful City Park and the People’s Park. You could take a trip to some of the city’s spas like Király Baths and Rudas Baths. And you should definitely hop over to one of the islands in the middle of the Danube like Margaret Island, which also houses clubs, running tracks and sporting spots, and lively terraces for that evening drink.
Budapest is an ancient city with so much history and a huge number of cultural hotspots to discover, so make sure to do a bit of homework to find the places you’d love to see.
To give you a little inspiration, at Aquincum Museum you can see intriguing Roman remains, Nagytétény Castle Museum has a collection of historic furniture, the House of Terror is now a museum but formerly the Nazi headquarters, and what used to be the Royal Palace now houses the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Library.
Typical of such a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, there is no shortage of great restaurants and bars to visit during your stay.
From the upmarket and fashionable, to the cosy and comfortable, there really is something to suit everyone. Popular places to get you started include Comme Chez Soi for Italian cuisine, Zeller Bistro for Hungarian food and the charming Walzer Café for a relaxed bite to eat.
To round off your evening, why not take a trip to one of the city’s fashionable bars like Szimpla Kert and Kisuzem, or even across to Margaret Island to dance the night away.
Budapest is also featured in our guide to Where's Hot in August.
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