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Budapest City Guide

Dubbed the Paris of the East by some, Budapest's inspiring architecture, memorable river views and unique café culture will have you head over heels in love with this city.

The city's Buda Castle is three attractions wrapped up into one. This castle isn’t just an impressive building, but also home to the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Set aside at least half a day to have a look around the current exhibits and see the castle and the wonderful grounds to their fullest.

To get to the castle, you can either climb the stairs up Castle Hill or avoid the climb by taking the Buda Castle Funicular. The funicular is a cliff side cable railway which connects Adam Clark Square to the castle. Don’t want to miss the views of Budapest? You can always take the steps back down!

However, Budapest doesn't just stop there with the fantastic views. For further city views, take a visit to the largest church in Budapest, St. Stephen’s Basilica. The church is an iconic part of Budapest’s skyline and it took over 50 years to build! Tackle the 364 steps up to the dome’s observation deck – or take the lift – and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across Budapest.

Uncover a new side of Budapest by taking a night time cruise along the Danube river. The city’s famous Chain Bridge is spectacularly lit in the evenings and the outline of Budapest's buildings looks incredible against the dark sky.

Coffee culture was introduced to Budapest in the 16th century and it became increasingly important after the growth of coffee houses in the 19th century. Gerbeaud, one of Europe’s oldest cafés, can be found in the heart of Budapest on Vörösmarty Square. The café is well known for its delicious cakes, confectionaries and coffees, and you shouldn't return from your Budapest holiday without visiting it before you leave.

Take a trip to Budapest for a break that’s filled with new and delicious foods, cultural discovery and unforgettable views.

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Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Erzsebet krt 43-49, Budapest
of 5, from 1,894 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Impressive landmark building with imposing Neo-classical façade and soaring glass atrium, set on Pest's busy Erzsébet Avenue, and housing shops, a spa, ballroom and conference centre.

DnD Apartments Buda Castle

DnD Apartments Buda Castle

Batthyány utca 49, Budapest
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Castle Hill, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fisherman's Bastion and Buda Castle. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Rudas Baths are also within 2 mi (3 km).

K+K Hotel Opera Budapest

K+K Hotel Opera Budapest

Revay Utca 24, Budapest
of 5, from 840 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Built in the 1990s, this marble-floored hotel sits on a residential street behind Andrassy Ut, one of Budapest's main thoroughfares, within 500 metres of St Stephen's Basilica and Heroes' Square, and next to the Opera House.

DnD Apartments

DnD Apartments

Kun utca 4., Budapest
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Budapest City Centre, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Erkel Theatre, Arena Plaza Shopping Mall, and Hungarian National Museum. Hungarian State Opera House and Heroes' Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Moments Budapest

Hotel Moments Budapest

Andrássy út 8., Budapest
of 5, from 264 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Andrassy, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Andrassy Avenue, Hungarian State Opera House, and Gozsdu Courtyard. St. Stephen's Basilica and Dohany Street Synagogue are also within 10 minutes.

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Erzsébet Tér 7-8, Budapest
of 5, from 1,125 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Amidst leafy boulevards and imperial edifices, the hotel is a half-kilometer (a quarter-mile) from St Stephen's Basilica, and one km (a half-mile) from the National Gallery.

Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center

Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center

Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21, Budapest
of 5, from 700 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center is located on one of Budapest's main streets, a 5-minute walk from the Hungarian National Museum. The UNESCO-listed Castle District is right across the Danube River, less than 2 miles (3.2 km) away, and guests can climb Castle Hill to soak up panoramic views.

Continental Hotel Budapest

Continental Hotel Budapest

Dohany Utca 42-44, Budapest
of 5, from 843 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Continental Hotel Budapest is located in the heart of Budapest, 2.5 blocks west of Blaha Lujza tér Metro Station. The Great Synagogue, 4 blocks away, is the largest synagogue in Europe. Guests can take a leisurely walk across the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle, 2 miles (3 km) west.

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