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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.


Guide to Exploring Budapest


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Opera Apartments

Opera Apartments

Terez Krt 19, Budapest
3.3
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Andrassy, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Oktogon and Hungarian State Opera House. St. Stephen's Basilica and Heroes' Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£151
Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

Szechenyi Istvan ter 2, Budapest
4.6
of 5, from 912 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This Budapest hotel is located at the foot of the Chain Bridge, offering views of the Royal Castle Hill and the Danube river.

£65
Airport Hotel Budapest

Airport Hotel Budapest

Lorinci u. 130/a, Vecses
4.2
of 5, from 244 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Nepliget, MindQuest, and PANiQ-Room. Arena Plaza Shopping Mall and Hungarian National Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£92
K&K Hotel Opera Budapest

K&K Hotel Opera Budapest

Revay Utca 24, Budapest
4.6
of 5, from 826 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.

£151
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Erzsébet Tér 7-8, Budapest
4.7
of 5, from 1,106 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.

£92
Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Lorinc Pap Ter 2, Budapest
4.8
of 5, from 1,200 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Known for its friendly and gracious service, this boutique hotel is on the Pest side of Budapest, in the historical Palace Quarter. The Museum of Applied Arts is 3 blocks away, and the Hungarian National Museum is about a 5-minute walk. Grand Boulevard is nearby.

£105
Hotel Moments Budapest

Hotel Moments Budapest

Andrássy út 8., Budapest
4.9
of 5, from 241 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Andrassy, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Andrassy Avenue and Hungarian State Opera House. St. Stephen's Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge are also within 15 minutes.

£171
Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Erzsebet krt 43-49, Budapest
4.8
of 5, from 1,875 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.

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