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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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Where to stay in Budapest

Budapest showing a river or creek, an administrative building and heritage architecture

Inner City Budapest

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,188 area reviews)

St. Stephen's Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge are top sights in Inner City Budapest, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Vorosmarty Square Station or Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station to see more sights in the area.

Inner City Budapest
Erzsebetvaros, Budapest, Pest County, Hungary

Erzsebetvaros

4/5Very Good!(679 area reviews)

Dohany Street Synagogue and Kiraly Street are top sights in Erzsebetvaros, and you should be sure to explore the luxurious spas. Hop aboard the metro at Keleti Station or Deak Ferenc ter Station to see more sights in the area.

Erzsebetvaros
Hungarian State Opera House which includes a statue or sculpture

Terezvaros

4.5/5Wonderful!(356 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Terezvaros. If sightseeing is on the list, Hungarian State Opera House is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Vorosmarty Street Station or Kodaly Circus Station to see more of the area.

Terezvaros
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Castle Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(188 area reviews)

Travellers love Castle Hill for its stunning river views, and you can see more of Budapest City Centre by jumping on the metro at Batthyany Place Station or Szell Kalman Square Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Buda Castle.

Castle Hill
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Belváros - Lipótváros

Known for its fantastic nightlife and stunning river views, there's plenty to explore in Belváros - Lipótváros. Check out top attractions like St. Stephen's Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and jump on the metro at Vorosmarty Square Station or Kossuth Lajos ter Station to see more of the city.

Belváros - Lipótváros
Hungarian National Museum which includes interior views

Jozsefvaros

4/5Very Good!(371 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Jozsefvaros. Arena Plaza Shopping Mall is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Nepszinhaz utca Station or Klinikak Station to see more of District VIII.

Jozsefvaros

Top hotels in Budapest

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bliss Hotel And Wellness
Bliss Hotel And Wellness
4 out of 5
Ó utca 43-49, Budapest
The price is £47 per night

Located in Terezvaros, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oktogon, Hungarian State Opera House, and House of Terror. St. Stephen's Basilica and Parliament ...

4.1/5Very Good! (339 reviews)
Mark

"Accommodation was great, and hotel facilities excellent. Location of the hotel Was very central. Staff all very pleasant and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Bliss Hotel And Wellness
Iberostar Grand Budapest
Iberostar Grand Budapest
5 out of 5
Oktober 6. utca 26, Budapest
The price is £124 per night

Located in Inner City Budapest, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liberty Square and St. Stephen's Basilica. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Hungarian ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)

"Room was amazing, very spacious and luxurious. Staff were super friendly and extra accommodating for my birthday. Facilities were very nice, definitely worth getting the breakfast. Perfect location for getting around."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Iberostar Grand Budapest
New York Residence
New York Residence
5 out of 5
Osvat utca 2-8, Budapest
The price is £100 per night

Located in Erzsebetvaros, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Blaha Lujza Square and Dohany Street Synagogue. Hungarian State Opera House and Vaci ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"Loved the room, location, food, piano bar, shopping in the area. However more deep cleaning needs to be done, espetially with international travellers : need Purrell at restaurant entrance and cleaning of tables with Clorox."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

New York Residence

Popular places to visit in Budapest

Parliament Building
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Parliament Building

4.5/5(987 reviews)

Gaze at the grand building of the democratic government of the people of Hungary and enjoy its reflection in the Danube River.

Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool
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Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool

4.5/5(281 reviews)

Soothe your aching joints in Budapest’s famous mineral hot springs housed in an impressive building where you can also enjoy a range of spa treatments.

Szechenyi Chain Bridge
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Szechenyi Chain Bridge

4.5/5(1,053 reviews)

Learn about the intriguing history and construction of the city’s most famous bridge, which offers interesting views along the River Danube.

Buda Castle
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Buda Castle

4.5/5(983 reviews)

One of the highlights of the Budapest skyline, this palatial structure also offers interesting galleries and museums.

Szechenyi Thermal Bath
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Szechenyi Thermal Bath

4.5/5(548 reviews)

Relish the remarkable experience of a bath party and relax in one of the 18 pools of Budapest’s famous hot spring water.

St. Stephen's Basilica
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St. Stephen's Basilica

4.5/5(923 reviews)

Ride an elevator to the dome of this large church to admire the panoramic views across Budapest and the Danube.

Top things to do in Budapest

Danube Bend Day Trip with Lunch
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Danube Bend Day Trip with Lunch

£61
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

£15
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Danube Sightseeing River Cruise with Optional Margaret Island Visit
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Danube Sightseeing River Cruise with Optional Margaret Island Visit

£12
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Budapest Card with Unlimited Public Transportation
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Budapest Card with Unlimited Public Transportation

£20
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Danube Sightseeing Evening River Cruise - 'Danube Legend'
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Danube Sightseeing Evening River Cruise - 'Danube Legend'

£17
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Adult Ticket in 3D Gallery Budapest
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Adult Ticket in 3D Gallery Budapest

£10
Per adult

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