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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

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12th February 2021 by Andy

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12th February 2021 by Andy

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12th February 2021 by Andy

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21st January 2021 by Urban Travel Blog

Budapest Baths: Some like it hot…

“This is the place where Budapest comes to chill out,” Laszlo, a banker in Pest, tells me. “Many people come here to relax, but some come to do business deals, discuss politics, socialise, or meet members of the opposite sex – I even met my wife here!” he says with a glint in his eye. A visit to Budapest is not complete without a visit to one of its many marvellous bath houses....

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24th May 2019 by Rachel Nicole

Four days in Budapest: My travel diary

I’m so excited to get started with some blog posts on my recent trip. If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been to Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest last week. Stefan and I spent two days in Bratislava and then took a day trip to Vienna before heading to Budapest for four days. I’ve got to say Budapest absolutely blew me away. It’s for sure, one of my favourite cities that I’ve visited in Europe. I was slightly unsure of how to go about the style of blog...

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23rd May 2019 by Rachel Nicole

Six places to eat and drink in Budapest

After my giant Budapest Travel Diary post, I thought I’d better divulge in all things Food and Drink from the trip. As we usually do on most trips (and just generally in life), we spent a lot of the time eating and drinking. I think I mentioned in my previous post that we did expect Budapest to be a little cheaper but we were going to some quite nice places. I’m going to try and include prices in this post as much as possible but the Hungarian Forint is quite hard to get your head around....

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19th January 2021 by John

Discover the cheapest destinations in Europe for your next holiday

There’s no doubt about it, travel throughout Europe can be an expensive addition to your budget.Some of the world’s most famous destinations, including Italy, France and Spain, are absolutely fabulous, but can easily stretch the wallet on accommodation alone. But, never fear, the team at Simply Holiday Deals has come to the rescue, with a map of the cheapest destinations in Europe, based on the Europe Backpacker Index for 2015.Based on good quality hostels, the price of daily meals, drinks...