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5 August 2022 | 3 nights | 2 people
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About Budapest

Two cities for the price of one, Budapest is a melting pot of European cultures and history, with stunning architecture and fascinating sites - including the panoramic northern bank of the Danube which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Insider Tip: Travel to Budapest before 7th April to experience the Budapest Spring Festival, the city’s most prestigious arts festival. With events planned from opera and classical concerts to jazz, it is a great time to explore a city coming to life after the winter.

Food and drink

If all you know of Hungarian food is goulash and dumplings, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised, as the chefs of Budapest are starting to spread their wings and develop a more modern cuisine, largely based on the food of the pre-communist Magyars. Classic ingredients to look out for include paprika, smoked bacon, sour cream and Hungarian noodles. You'll also find pheasant, wild boar, venison and hare, along with freshwater fish like carp, perch and catfish. Finish with a strudel pancake or curd-cheese balls called turogomboc. Hungarians are primarily beer drinkers, but you'll also find a selection of fine red wines and, of course, the legendary Tokaji dessert wine.

Shopping

Since the collapse of communism, the inhabitants of Budapest have made the most of their new-found freedom to shop, embracing western brands and the concept of the shopping mall. The West End Mall, near Nyugati Station, is a mecca for high street fashion, but you may be able to search out up-and-coming Hungarian designers.

Flea markets and antique shops can prove fascinating hunting grounds, while presents to take back home include folk art, hand-made porcelain, ceramics and jewellery.

The Great Market Hall is the larget market hall in Budapest where you can shop like a local for paprika, caviar and salami underneath the impressive tiled roof. Visit in the morning to see the market in full swing.

Things to see

Castle Hill

Take a funicular to the top of Castle Hill for views of the city, the Turul Statue, the Royal Palace and a selection of museums and churches.

The Royal Palace

Dominating the Buda skyline, the palace was built during the 18th and 19th centuries and now contains the excellent Hungarian National Gallery.

The Houses of Parliament

Based on our own House of Commons, this monumental building contains 21 kilometres of staircase. Guided tours are free of charge for EU passport holders (get there early!).

The State Opera House

A performance of the State Opera Company will be the highlight of any visit to Budapest.

Things to do

Take a cruise along the River Danube - by day or by night - for the most wonderful views of the city.

118 thermal springs serve the city centre - you can enjoy the warm water at the Keraly Thermal Baths or the Rudas Medicinal Baths.

Take a stroll along Vac Street on the Pest side of the river, for people-watching and shopping.

Take a bus to Sculpture Park to see the monolithic Communist statues of Lenin, Marx and Engels.

Rent a bicycle, roller skates or a pedal car on Margaret Island and explore this vast, tranquil park.

Budapest Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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12th April 2022 by She Get's Around

The best spas in Budapest – Everything you need to know

If you’re thinking of visiting Budapest then here is everything you need to know about the best spas in Budapest. I went to Budapest in January for a long weekend and honestly had the best time. I absolutely adored the city and think it is the perfect weekend escape. It has everything you need, incredible architecture, lovely people. delicious food and of course, amazing spas or public baths....

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6th March 2022 by Where Angie Wanders

How to See Budapest in Three Days: The Best Budapest 3 Night Itinerary

Ultimate Three Day Itinerary for Budapest Budapest, the capital of Hungary, often referred to as the Pearl of the Danube, or the Paris of the East is a short 2 hour 30-minute flight from the UK and is one of Europe’s most popular cities for a three-night break. I adore the history and architecture of Eastern European cities and having visited Prague, Ljubljana, Gdansk and Tallinn, had my sights set on travelling to Budapest to discover her unique charm and character. If you are wondering......

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18th October 2021 by The Scrapbook of Life

3 days in Budapest – The very best itinerary + how much it costs

Located on the banks of the mighty Danube River, Budapest is fast becoming one of the most popular city breaks in Eastern Europe. Rivalling well-loved neighbours like Prague and Krakow, the Hungarian capital boasts an eclectic array of architecture, a vibrant nightlife and a photogenic skyline. With a whole bunch of things to do, a few days Budapest makes for the ideal short getaway no matter what you’re looking for. So to help you see some of the best bits, I am sharing my perfect 3 day...

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14th April 2021 by Italian Trip Abroad

The perfect 2 days in Budapest Itinerary + MAP

Budapest has been on our bucket list for a long and finally, we cross it. We fall in love with Budapest and want to share with you our guide on how to organise a perfect Budapest itinerary 2 days. In your what to do in Budapest in 2 days itinerary you can’t miss visiting the main sightseeing of the city, drawing the perfect route to visit Budapest in two days. A perfect Budapest in 2 days includes a relaxing spa and a lovely walk to the Fisherman’s Bastion where the view is breathtaking....

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28th March 2021 by Italian Trip Abroad

20 Budapest Instagram Spots | Budapest photography spots

Budapest was a blast for us, an incredible city, often overshadowed by other European Capital. Budapest needs more attention. We decided to create a list of the best Budapest instagram spots. A guide for photography enthusiasts to roam around the city and enjoy the beautiful architecture and unique landscape. This will be a blog post dedicated to the best photos spots in Budapest....

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18th February 2021 by Phil and Garth

Budapest in 2 days – The best thermal baths and sights

We took a long weekend to beautiful Budapest – one of Europe’s most photogenic cities. We visited with our friends Paul and Anthony to enjoy bathing in the city’s famous thermal baths. In this Budapest blog post we’ll show you how to see Budapest in 2 days like we did. The top Budapest attractions – best thermal baths and the must see sights. Lots of ideas to add to your own Budapest itinerary. Or check out our suggested 2 days in Budapest itinerary at the bottom of this page....

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12th February 2021 by Andy

Cheapest places to holiday in May

May is, arguably, one of the best months of the year to take a break, across the globe. Mainly, because you can take advantage of the May Bank Holidays, but you’ve just missed the rush of the Easter season. Then, there’s absolutely gorgeous weather, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean.You’re likely to find bargains too, for hotels, flights, cruises and all-inclusive deals, as prices drop after April. Get ready to pack your beach towel, don’t forget your flip flops and make the most...