Culture vultures will thrive in this melting pot of appeal and intrigue, while revellers will embrace the vibrant nightlife, unique artistic scene and wonderful culinary prowess – the deep fried carp is a must. However you choose to spend your time in this fascinating city, you’ll depart having uncovered your new favourite city when embarking on Budapest holidays.
Once you’ve had your fill of palace, delve into the Lions’ Courtyard, beautiful Hunyadi Garden and gaze across at the city from the Savoyai Terrace. If you still haven’t experienced a desired fill of culture, pop into the Historical Museum of Budapest to gain more information regarding the history of the palace. Stroll back across to the Pest side of the city via one of the magnificent bridges across the Danube – the Chain Bridge is arguably the most attractive option.
Once back on dry land, head out on foot along the grand city streets. Stop off and cast an eye upon the stunning St. Stephen’s Basilica before uncovering even more heritage in the city’s Jewish Quarter. Have a marvel at the Opera House, or duck inside and catch a performance if you have the time, money and luck to catch an artistic performance in Hungary’s capital. If you don’t make it into the comfy velvet seats, expose yourself to some alternative artistic relics in the National Museum and the Natural History Museum. For a particularly moving and comprehensive insight into Hungarian history, pop into the superb House of Terror - a bone-chilling documentation of the impact of the Hungarian Revolution, something that can be further appreciated at the magnificent Heroes’ Square.
After exploring throughout your holidays to Budapest, you’ll be in need of some rest and relaxation, and what better way to indulge in some pampering than at the city’s famous Turkish baths? There are numerous pools of differing temperatures to help sooth your aching limbs, while wave pools will keep the little ones entertained if you’ve travelled to this scintillating city as a family.
Combining elements of East and West into one vibrant city, Budapest is a fascinating destination to explore. So what better way to do it than on foot? Wander the streets of this charming capital, past palaces and churches, and you’ll soon find yourself wrapped up in its truly unique atmosphere.
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Situated as it is on the meeting point of two very different cultures, it should come as no surprise that the cuisine of Budapest incorporates a wide range of different flavours. The best way to enjoy this fantastic cuisine would be by paying a visit to one of the city’s countless fine restaurants, and sampling some of the local delicacies!
Anyone on a romantic break to Budapest would do well to pay a visit to the city park. Before the 18th century, this large plot of land was no more than a swamp on the city outskirts. The land was developed by the Austro-Hungarian royalty however, and turned into a beautiful city park. Here you’ll be able to enjoy some magnificent examples of imperial architecture or simply stop off for a picnic.
Budapest boasts some of the oldest public baths in Europe. These Turkish style baths were built on the remains of ancient Roman baths, and are still a popular destination today. Take a swim in the therapeutic waters, or you could enjoy an invigorating spa treatment during your visit.
If you’re looking for a little culture during your trip to Budapest, then head straight for the ‘Castle District’. This is where you’ll find the magnificent Royal Palace, overlooking the waters of the Danube. Other famous attractions in the area include the Matthias Church and the ornate Danube Bridges.
The culture-rich city of Budapest offers a good choice of galleries, for anyone who has a passion in art. The Museum of Fine Arts houses a collection spanning numerous continents, and here you’ll be able to admire the works of some of the world’s best-loved artists. Alternatively, the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art offers a striking glimpse into the country’s vibrant modern art scene.
The Hungarian National Museum should be the first stop for anybody looking to better their understanding of this nation and its heritage. Then there’s the Budapest History Museum, which focuses more specifically on this city, and its tumultuous past. On the other hand, visit the Museum of Applied Arts, to enjoy fascinating exhibitions of locally produced textiles, woodwork and architecture.
On the Buda side of the city, there are a number of low mountains and foothills which are known locally as the ‘Buda Hills’. Just a stone’s throw away from the city itself, this would make the perfect destination for anybody who enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking.
Those travelling to Budapest with the whole family will find a superb range of children’s attractions on offer. Younger children are bound to appreciate a trip to the miniature railway, while kids and grown-ups alike will find themselves mesmerised by the varied range of animals on display at the Budapest Zoo.
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If you’re looking for a way to keep your children entertained during your holiday to Budapest, then why not treat them to a cruise? Book your places onboard a pleasure boat, and you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful experience of gliding gracefully down the Danube, enjoying unique views of the city’s most famous landmarks.
If you’re thinking of taking your family for a meal out in Budapest, then you won’t be short on suitable options. Particularly in summer, there is a large culture of al fresco dining in this friendly city. You’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine as you savour a delicious range of both local and international cuisines, at one of the city’s many family-friendly restaurants.
Bicycles are a common sight on the streets of Budapest, and there are some great provisions in place in the way of cycle lanes. So, if you’re exploring the city with your family, why not take advantage of this? You’ll be able to hire out bicycles almost anywhere in the city, and it’s a great way to explore!
Famous across Europe as one of the top destinations for stag and hen parties, Budapest boasts an impressive range of nightclubs by anybody’s standards! After starting your night off at one of the many lively city centre bars, take your pick from a wide range of music venues and clubs, where you’ll be able to drink and dance until well into the early hours.
One great way to take in the sights of Budapest, would be by booking a tour on one of the many passenger boats that sail up and down the River Danube. From here you can admire many of the city’s main attractions – including the Royal Palace.
Some of the other entertainments that will be on offer during your trip to Budapest include a range of casinos, theatres and opera houses. The city also hosts a number of exciting annual festivals – the Budapest Fringe Festival for example celebrates local Hungarian music, comedy and theatre, while the Titanic International Film Festival is held every April, and is a great place to check out new releases.
When it comes to finding somewhere to stay in Budapest, you’ll find there are some great options available to those travelling as a part of a larger group. From private rooms and small dormitories at the city’s many hostels, to full service hotels – you’ll find a great range of properties on offer, and many offer discounts for group bookings.
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