Discover why Budapest has long been a much-loved destination among European travellers. Take an evening summer stroll along the beautiful banks of the Danube River, and enjoy the vistas of the city from the top of Castle Hill.
Whether you’re looking to taste Hungarian food, unwind in world-famous thermal baths or discover the city’s history and culture, a holiday to Budapest really does have something for everybody.
Budapest has a rich and complex history. Explore the fall of the communist regime at Memento Park, an open-air museum built to remember Hungary’s communist period, featuring many statues torn down at the end of the regime. Meanwhile, impressive architecture can be found in the intricate decorations of St Stephen’s Basilica or the majestic beauty of the Great Synagogue.
The city boasts plenty of natural hot springs which have been converted into thermal baths, so be sure to take advantage of them on your holiday to Budapest. Take a dip at Szechenyi; with 15 pools of varying size and temperature, there’s plenty of space for you to relax. It’s a distinctly social experience as well; you may even see people playing chess while they soak! For something more adventurous, the Rudas Baths run a spa party that combines music, drinks, dancing, and of course, a dip in the thermal bath.
After soaking in the baths it’s time to soak up some culture and the Hungarian National Museum is an ideal place to start. The dedicated collection stretches back thousands of years and will surely leave a good impression. Art lovers will flock to the Hungarian National Gallery, housed in the baroque Buda Castle, where you’ll enjoy examples of Hungarian artwork stretching back to the medieval period.
If your cash is burning a hole in your pocket, having saved on a cheap holiday to Budapest, the Central Market Hall is the ideal place to spend your spare cash. Wander around the gothic revival building to browse stalls filled with local crafts, souvenirs and quality clothing.
Snack on Lángos, a deep fried pastry that comes with a variety of toppings, while shopping in the market, or maybe find some Hungarian black pudding. If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Fatal Restaurant serves a delicious goulash, along with a selection of other Hungarian specialties in a charmingly rustic setting.
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